Pontefract parkrun # 185 – 13/12/2014

Brrrrr.... That was chilly!

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Yesterday morning I'm quite sure many people looked out of their bedroom windows, saw the frost and went back to bed. 94 hardy runners weren't put off, pulled on their running kit and came for a run in the park. This run wasn't about the runners though, it was all about the volunteers. While the runners were all munching their cornflakes, Steve Berry, Run Director, was anxiously walking around the course. Before you'd laced up your trainers a small group of dedicated volunteers was running the alternative course checking it for safety. Others were checking the timers and scanners and setting up the funnel. At the very last minute it was touch and go but with some extra marshals drafted in and wrapped up warm, we were good to go.

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Three cheers to the volunteers!

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Only one runner, Jenny Hannon, ran her first parkrun with us yesterday, what a day to pick! We hope we will see you again soon? We also welcomed tourists from Sheffield, Roundhay and Newcastle. We were surprised to see any PBs given the conditions but four runners pulled one out of the bag, great running Jane Bennett, Michael Casey, Tony Walsh and Nicoleta Raileanu!
Terry Forrest led the field home for the 20th time with Christine McCarthy leading the ladies home. Full results can be found here.

Many thanks to Georgia Kees of Sweatshop who took some great pictures yesterday! You can find them here.

Christmas Fancy Dress

Hannah Watkinson is your Run Director next week and the dress code is "Christmas". Don't be a scrooge, break out that Santa hat!

New Club Members

Congratulations to the three Pontefract parkrunners who joined the 50 club this week:

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Dates for Your Diary

20th December - Christmas Fancy Dress
25th December - Christmas Day parkrun 9am
27th December - Normal parkrun
1st January - New Years Day parkrun 9am (Also, another at 10:30am at Nostell Priory parkrun)
3rd January - Normal parkrun
10th January - Normal parkrun
17th January - Normal parkrun
24th January - NO PARKRUN - Northern XC Championships in the park