Christmas Day Southwark parkrun #267

For the first time in our now 5 year history, Southwark parkrun held an extra event on the morning of Christmas Day this year and - no exaggeration - the community feel around the park was second to none. The atmosphere was incredible, as we welcomed 134 runners, both regulars and visitors from around the world, to join together for a festive 5k run.

Austine was our Run Director on this momentous occasion and led the way in the costume stakes - there were Christmas Hats, jumpers, tinsel, santa suits and reindeer antlers aplenty throughout the field, and the finish area and course were Christmas decorated too. We'd like to say a massive thank you to everyone who volunteered and made the event happen, namely:

Andrew MELROSE  •  Anmol KHURANA  •  Austine MOEMEKE  •  Buffy GAMBIER  •  Charlene LOW  •  Christopher TSANTOULAS  •  Elizabeth LOW  •  Ellie AWFORD  •  Gillian DAVIES  •  Giovanni GRAGLIA  •  Hazel BRUCE  •  Kaylee COXALL  •  Lesley PALFREY  •  Matthew SCRIVIN  •  Mehboob KHAN  •  Mike KROTOSKY  •  Paul WILLIAMS  •  Sheila SILVEIRA  •  Sian AWFORD  •  Susan COLEMAN  •  Vicky NOCK

Huge well done to everyone who ran, of course - the perfect way to earn any indulgence that may have been entered into later in the day! I'll highlight a few:

  • Congratulations to Tony Wilson, who entered the parkrun 50 club with his Christmas Day parkrun!
  • Congratulation too to Mehboob Khan, who entered both the parkrun 100 club and parkrun v25 club with his run+volunteer combo on Christmas Day!
  • Well done to Issac Maxwell and Kathryn Robertson Arrebola, who achieved their first 'first finishes' at Southwark
  • Eight runners got a new Southwark parkrun PB - fantastic efforts!
  • And finally a huge welcome to the 28 people visiting Southwark parkrun for the first time, including those four for whom it was their first parkrun ever. We hope you enjoyed our event and we hope to see you again soon!

The festive parkrun fun hasn't ended yet though! We have our normal Saturday event at 09:00 on 29 December, followed by another special extra on New Year's Day Tuesday 01 January with a LATER START at 10:30 - it's the only day that running multiple parkruns is allowed so check out the special events list (and engineering works on the tube and National Rail if applicable, especially if you're planning Peckham Rye then Southwark) and see if you can find a compatible double, if that's your thing! Or just enjoy a lie in and come to Southwark Park for 10:30... (usual Southwark combos involve Peckham Rye or Highbury Fields first, and we've heard tale of runners making it from Wanstead Flats and Greenwich before too - but check your journey options first as you don't want to be late!) We still need volunteers for our New Year's Day run too, so if you want a more leisurely start to 2019 whilst still being part of it all, then please get in touch!

Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to everyone in, and who has ever visited, our fantastic community. See you on Saturday for more of the same :-)

Matt (A504185)


Southwark parkrun
Event number 267
25th December 2018

This week 134 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 28 were first timers and 8 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:

Andrew MELROSE • Vicky NOCK • Kaylee COXALL • Buffy GAMBIER • Giovanni GRAGLIA • Matthew SCRIVIN • Mike KROTOSKY • Mehboob KHAN • Susan COLEMAN • Ellie AWFORD • Anmol KHURANA • Sian AWFORD • Paul WILLIAMS • Austine MOEMEKE • Hazel BRUCE • Lesley PALFREY • Christopher TSANTOULAS • Charlene LOW • Sheila SILVEIRA • Gillian DAVIES • Elizabeth LOW

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Southwark parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Isabel CLARK who recorded a time of 16:52 on 5th August 2017 (event number 202). The male record is held by Paul MARTELLETTI who recorded a time of 14:51 on 16th September 2017 (event number 207). The Age Grade course record is held by Clare ELMS who recorded 96.58% (18:02) on 4th February 2017 (event number 177).

Southwark parkrun started on 7th September 2013. Since then 10,803 participants have completed 48,863 parkruns covering a total distance of 244,315 km, including 8,303 new Personal Bests. A total of 716 individuals have volunteered 4,056 times.

 

Christmas events 2015

 

Christmas time… what does it mean to you? Well if you’re Sir Cliff then it means mistletoe and wine. If you’re a Southwark parkrunner then it means… probably running. And socialising. With cake. Fancy dress. Maybe alcohol. Certainly pubs. Read on if you want to find out how we’ll be featuring each of these at Southwark parkrun this winter.

 

Christmas dinner (Saturday 13th December)

 

Our next social event will be a sit down dinner on Saturday 13th December. We’ve called it a ‘Christmas Dinner’ but it’s essentially like any other pub dinner but occurring during December, which automatically makes it Christmassy. We’ve reserved some space at the Old Salt Quay pub, by the river in Rotherhithe station (see Google maps here) from 7pm. EVERYBODY is invited and we’d love to see as many of you as possible. For now just make a note in your diary, or join the Facebook event. In a couple of weeks we may ask for numbers to give the pub an estimate of how much space we’ll need.

 

Christmas themed run (Saturday 20th December)

 

The parkrun event on Saturday 20th December will be Christmas themed. This means you’re all very much encouraged to dress in whatever festive apparel you can get your hands on (and run in!). Santa hats, reindeer antlers and full-on Christmas pud costumes will all be applauded with glee. Please note that parkrun safety rules still apply, so unfortunately one horse open sleighs will not be permitted on the course.

Here are some photos from last year to help awaken that festive spirit:

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Southwark parkrun festive run 2014

 

Christmas Day and New Year’s Day

 

Basic parkrun doctrine states that parkrun events are only ever held on Saturdays (or Sunday for junior events). Well, there are two days a year where we’re allowed to break this rule: Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Unfortunately it doesn’t look like we’ll manage an event on the 25th December (blame the London exodus, transport issues and general gluttony) but we will be bringing you an event on New Year’s Day. Thursday 1st January, we’ll be running our usual event at a later time of 10am (because we’re good to you). Start 2015 as you mean to carry on by running a free 5k course with some friendly folk in a park in South London.


Auld Lang signage

 

Best of luck with the shopping, cooking and enduring the next 8 weeks of seasonal tunes blaring intrusively at you wherever you go!

Mike

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