Another dry Saturday morning greeted the faithful Shrewsbury parkrunners, all decked out in their festive finery and ready to run. As always there were lots of wonderful costumes Santa and Miss Santa, enough reindeer to pull a fully loaded sleigh and most notably chief elf, Simon Taylor, who definitely turned heads on his way to Stop after the run.
Of course, I must mention our now traditional “Nativity on the run” who were out in force complete with shepherd choir master and again this year they sang rousing carols every step of the way, even on their way up the hill! Well done everyone.
Thankfully there were no issues with ice today and the river stayed within its banks so our course was clear and this was reflected by 53 parkrunners achieving PBs today, including the first finisher Brett Edwards and our very own Geoff Kinlen. Not bad going considering how many were feeling a little jaded after Christmas parties!
The biting wind made for a chilly morning for the volunteers so a very big thank you must go to them for making our Festive Run happen. There were some very cold feet and frozen fingers as we packed away the kit.
Our Christmas get together was held at Stop in the Musem and I think everyone who popped in for a mince pie and festive punch had a nice time mingling with their fellow runners. There seemed to be a great atmosphere there and I’m sure that only got better for those who went on for a lunchtime time tipple.
I have kept things brief this week and will let Colin’s wonderful photos tell the story of another success event.
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year!
Finally the scores on the doors!
Event number 58
20th December 2014
Men's placings: Brett EDWARDS (SM30-34) of Shropshire Shufflers, was first over the line in 16:31 - 6th time in 14 appearances. Richard PRICE (SM30-34) of Shropshire Shufflers, was second over the line in 17:47 - was first to finish once before. Charlie ROGERS (JM15-17) (Unattached) was third over the line in 17:55. Current standing in the Men's annual points competition: Riccardo PENSA (Unattached) 1038 pts. Nicholas POLLOCK (Shropshire Shufflers) 941 pts. Paul WILLIAMS (Shropshire Shufflers) 899 pts. Women's placings: Eve LUCAS (JW15-17) of Shrewsbury Road Runners, was first (28th overall) over the line in 20:54 - 12th time in 20 appearances. Helen SKELTON (VW35-39) (Unattached) was second (33rd overall) over the line in 21:10. Annabel HODGSON (VW40-44) of Shropshire Shufflers, was third (49th overall) over the line in 22:19 - was first to finish once before. Current standing in the Women's annual points competition: Susan BONNELL (Shropshire Shufflers) 1055 pts. Annabel HODGSON (Shropshire Shufflers) 1029 pts. Alison MCKITTRICK (Unattached) 1010 pts. The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores: Pete SAVILL (VM60-64) was graded 79.66% for the time 20:29 (22nd overall). Brett EDWARDS (SM30-34) was graded 79.41% for the time 16:31 (first overall). Laurie DAVIS (VM45-49) was graded 77.49% for the time 18:53 (7th overall). This week there were 310 runners, of whom 24 were first timers and 53 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different athletics clubs took part. Shrewsbury parkrun started on 28th September 2013, and since then 2,993 different runners, including participants from 165 athletics clubs, have completed 14,912 runs covering a total distance of 74,560 km, and there have been 3,894 new Personal Bests. The women's record is held by Kim FAWKE-WILLIAMS who ran in a time of 00:17:37 on 2014-08-30 (event number 42). The men's record is held by Richard ROBERTS who ran in a time of 00:15:41 on 2014-12-06 (event number 56). The Age Grade course record is held by Paul WARD who recorded a 91.04% run (15:49) on 27th September 2014 (event number 46). Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Shrewsbury parkrun Results Page.