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.
— Southwark parkrun (@southwarkpark) December 25, 2018
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!
— Cllr Mehboob Khan (@CllrMehboobKhan) December 25, 2018
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
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.