This weeks Run Report is courtesy of Paul Chapman who joined us from Conkers parkrun...
332 parkrunners lined up outside the Mansion House in Victoria park on Christmas Day 2018 and I was one of them, I hope you’d like to know my thoughts.
It was a mild morning for the time of year as all the parkrunners assembled in Victoria park. The team of volunteers had brought along hot drinks and mince pies for after the run, a very festive gesture and I’m sure it was appreciated by everyone. It was my 1st time at St Helens parkrun, I’ve got into the habit (some would say addiction!) of parkrun tourism.
After the briefing everyone lined up at the start, things set off quickly to say the least, the leading runners were flying, maybe eager to get home to open their presents! I’ve never seen so many people dressed up in Christmas attire, I lost count of how many Santa outfits where around and soon got into a nice rhythm on my run. As I lapped the park I was very impressed with how clean, tidy and well presented it was, a credit to the town and folk of St Helens. It was quite a musical event, I heard several people playing Christmas music as they made their way around the park and lots of spectators and volunteers cheering us on, the ducks in the pond were quacking and even a few cars driving past joined in the fun beeping their horns. This is the first time I have ever seen a turkey dressed as a marshall at parkrun, or maybe it was a marshall dressed as a turkey