The cancelled run last week meant that by the time parkrun day rolled round this week, we were really missing seeing you all. parkrun withdrawal symptoms set in mid week, and manifested itself in some over the top fancy dress costume building at your event director's house. No run report to write, leads to too much spare time! It's all part of the parkrun fun though. Once again the weather worried us a bit the night before, the wind was blowing strongly, but on the day although it was breezy, it was relatively mild and dry.
Seeing everyone in their tinsel, santa hats, Christmas jumpers and full fancy dress made our Christmas Run really special, and was it just our imagination, or did even more of you join in this year?
We also benefited from the PA system and Christmas music that was in the park for the Cheeky Santa Dash after us, so we got to run round the route to some great tunes.
We had cakes at the finish area (thank you to all our bakers and people who contributed to this). And we got lots of hugs off our parkrunners too, it all combined to put us in a really Christmassy mood. Perfect!
We had small prizes for best adult costume and best junior costume, picked by members of the Event team, well done to Helen Greenhalgh and Megan Gore.
It may have been the darkest Saturday of the year, but it was full of really special moments, and you all helped create another great event and some wonderful memories. We had tourists from as far away as New Zealand, 16 first timers, and 17 PBs. We had pram runners (with the most gorgeous baby dressed in a Santa outfit).
We had dog runners in costume too, thank you so much for all your hard work in making this run so special.
Kari Edwards from our Event team has been injured for what seems ages, it was so great to see her running again at parkrun, supported and encouraged by Helen Boyer. Kari said "Helen was amazing she sang Christmas songs all the way round to keep me going." Top supporting Helen!
There are so many friendships and bonds formed or strengthened at parkrun, it is great to see families, groups of friends, and workmates running together. We love getting to know you all, and seeing you return to run at Preston again and again. You are our parkrun family, and its always great to see you all!
This is a group from All Hallows school choir, they all looked brilliant, well done to you all.
And this is first timer Helen Tattersall, supported by Stephen Cowell. She had a great first run with us, well done Helen.
Next week lots of PBs are expected as you will all be powered by Christmas puddings and mince pies.
Be proud of yourselves that you have kept up your fitness in the busiest month of the year, and renew your commitment to a healthier lifestyle with parkrun in 2015- it's going to be even better at Preston parkrun next year as we continue to grow and bond as a community. We love our parkrun!
Merry Christmas everyone, have a great day whatever you have planned, and see you all again next week!
Martin Gaughan was first over the line in 18:40
Steve Myerscough was second over the line in 19:02.
Simon Collins was third over the line in 19:04. A new PB for Simon, and well done on your first place in the Santa Dash later on the same day too!
Ella Moulding was first lady over the line in 20:45
Jayne Perry was second lady over the line in 21:01
Claire Melbourne was third lady over the line in 21:11
Volunteering at parkrun
Thank you so much to all our volunteers. The lovely people who brought you parkrun this week are Gina Biggs, Diane Brown, Jonathan Brown, Tina Carr, Angela Clarke, Kate Clarke, Felicity Cross, Carole Heaton, Louisa McNair, Freda Peacock, Samantha Ruscoe, and Andrew Tranter.
parkrun could not happen without our volunteers. If you would like to help out at a future parkrun get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org. There are a number of roles you could try, all of them easy to do. We have to find 14 volunteers every week of the year, and we would encourage all our runners to try volunteering, it really is great fun. You can see where we need help by looking at our volunteer roster here
Go on, give it a go, its fun, and a great way for us to get to know you better!
David Taylor improved from 19:47 to 19:12, well done David!
A big improvement for Stuart Topping, from 23:19 to 21:42
Nearly a minute faster for Euan Christie, his new best time is 22:04
Peter O'Grady ran his first Preston parkrun in June 2012, has now run with us 19 times and never beaten that first time, but he did it this week with a new best of 22:28, congratulations Peter!
Mike Crowther improves from 24:12 to 23:37
Leonard Webb gets another PB with a new best time of 24:19
Lisa Bolton ran well with a new PB of 24:34
Angela Brooks goes sub 30 for the first time with 29:50, well done!
Davina Bowling improves from 31:10 to 30:48
Marion O'Grady had a storming run and gets a new PB of 31:24, 1:34 faster. Brilliant running Marion!
Theo May ran well and finished in 35:43, down from 36:23
Rosemary Doran ran in at 36:34, a good performance and a new PB, well done.
Many congratulations to all our PB runners this week. To the rest of you, the beauty of parkrun is that you all get to try again next week!
And now for the stats.....
Event number 130
20th December 2014
Martin GAUGHAN (VM40-44) (Unattached) was first over the line in 18:40 - second time in 34 appearances.
Steve MYERSCOUGH (VM40-44) of Wesham Road Runners AC, was second over the line in 19:02.
Simon COLLINS (SM30-34) (Unattached) was third over the line in 19:04.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Martin GAUGHAN (Unattached) 2628 pts.
Kenneth BEEZLEY (Unattached) 2598 pts.
David TAYLOR (Wesham Road Runners AC) 1999 pts.
Ella MOULDING (JW11-14) of Lytham St. Annes RRC, was first (14th overall) over the line in 20:45 - second time in 2 appearances.
Jayne PERRY (SW30-34) of Lancaster & Morecambe AC, was second (18th overall) over the line in 21:01 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Claire MELBOURNE (VW40-44) (Unattached) was third (19th overall) over the line in 21:11 - has been first to finish on 19 previous occasions.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Claire MELBOURNE (Unattached) 2580 pts.
Suzanne GREGORY (Unattached) 2217 pts.
Sinead SWEENEY (Red Rose Road Runners) 2208 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Ella MOULDING (JW11-14) was graded 76.95% for the time 20:45 (14th overall).
Kenneth BEEZLEY (VM55-59) was graded 76.80% for the time 20:11 (11th overall).
Martin GAUGHAN (VM40-44) was graded 74.82% for the time 18:40 (first overall).
This week there were 162 runners, of whom 16 were first timers and 17 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different athletics clubs took part.
Preston parkrun started on 12th May 2012, and since then 3,045 different runners, including participants from 245 athletics clubs, have completed 17,961 runs covering a total distance of 89,805 km, and there have been 4,316 new Personal Bests.
The women's record is held by Alison LEONARD who ran in a time of 00:18:16 on 2014-11-29 (event number 128).
The men's record is held by Craig RUDDY who ran in a time of 00:15:38 on 2014-06-21 (event number 106).
The Age Grade course record is held by Marian HESKETH who recorded a 88.58% run (21:36) on 21st December 2013 (event number 80).
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Preston parkrun Results Page.