It’s Christmas! – Walsall parkrun, Event number 91 – 21st December 2013

'Twas the Saturday before Christmas, and all round the park.
People were gathering, coming out of the dark.
The trainers were tied by the runners with care,
In hopes that PBs soon would be there.

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With a young race director near the finishing straight
We knew in a moment it must be our Kate.
More rapid than eagles her parkrunners came,
And she whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!

At the head of the sleigh - Martin Williams as Rudolph (First Finisher in 16m 18)
Now Dasher - Christopher Fullerton (17m 16)
Now Dancer! - Aaron Brown (17m 32)
Now, Prancer - Peter Dimbleby (18m 00)
And Vixen! - Oliver Mardenborough (18m 19)
On, Comet! - Alister Brown (18m 32)
On, Cupid! - Ian Talbot (18m 33)
On, Donner- Steven Darby (18m 43)
And Blitzen - Aimee Hopcroft (18m 44)

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Running Around The Christmas Tree

Thanks to everyone who dressed for the occasion - Nice to see Richard back down at the Arboretum as well!

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Run Results - Men's Placings
Martin WILLIAMS (SM35-39) of Tipton Harriers, was first over the line in 16:18 - 11th time in 16 appearances.
Christopher FULLERTON (SM25-29) of Tipton Harriers, was second over the line in 17:16 - has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Aaron BROWN (SM30-34) of Cannock & Stafford AC, was third over the line in 17:32 - was first to finish once before.

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Women's Placings
Aimee HOPCROFT (JW15-19) of Birchfield Harriers, was first (9th overall) over the line in 18:44 - 24th time in 27 appearances.
Isher MANDER (JW15-19) of Tipton Harriers, was second (15th overall) over the line in 19:50 - was first to finish once before.
Penelope Jane BARBER (VW50-54) of Tipton Harriers, was third (19th overall) over the line in 20:22.

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This week's fastest first-time parkrunner:
Richard LODGE (VM60-64) of Aldridge RC, was 38th over the line in 22:31

Welcome also to our other first-time parkrunners
Ryley Thomas, Jack Johnson, Michael Davis, Alan Pearce and Frances McCallum

This week's fastest first-timer at Walsall Arboretum parkrun:
Nickesh PATEL (SM25-29) (Unattached), was 17th over the line in 20:03. This run was Nickesh's 37th parkrun, with his other runs taking place at Colwick parkrun (Nottingham).

This weekend's other stats:
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Penelope Jane BARBER (VW50-54) was graded 86.58% for the time 20:22 (19th overall).
Martin WILLIAMS (SM35-39) was graded 81.39% for the time 16:18 (first overall).
Aimee HOPCROFT (JW15-19) was graded 80.69% for the time 18:44 (9th overall).

There were 9 unknown parkrunners this weekend - #DFYB !

Annual Points Competition - Men's Standings
Craig WATTERS (Oak Park RC) 2917 pts.
Peter DIMBLEBY (Birchfield Harriers) 2746 pts.
Andrew CLARKE (Unattached) 2522 pts.

Women's Standings
Beverley Susan WARD (West Bromwich Harriers) 3629 pts.
Abigail Victoria Louise WRIGHT (Aldridge RC) 3127 pts.
Lisa DIMBLEBY (Birchfield Harriers) 2894 pts.

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We Three Kings of WS1 are - following yonder star!

 

They're beginning to look a lot like T-shirts:
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Congratulations to Amanda and Alister who were presented with their 50-run t-shirts...

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... and to Tom, Evan, Hannah and Robert who received their 10-run t-shirts. Well done guys!

Parkrun tourists:
Yes, the Shabbas were skiving again. This time they headed over to Shrewsbury - a fairly new addition to the parkrun family as this was only their 13th run.

Runner

Time

Runs Completed

Darren REDMOND

18:32

31

Christopher COLLIS

18:39

8

Paul ROSS

19:39

33

Phillip BOX

20:14

20

Barry NICHOLLS

21:32

17

Harshad PATEL

22:42

76

Garry CRADDOCK

27:04

3

Byron MAIDENS

31:28

7

Marissa CRADDOCK

33:07

8

If you ran at a different parkrun this weekend and would like your time including, drop me a note and I'll add it in.
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Ho! Ho! Ho! A Very Merry Christmas to you all!

Walsall Arboretum parkrun stats:
Walsall parkrun started on 10th March 2012, and since then 1,716 different runners, including participants from 162 athletics clubs, have completed 8,790 runs covering a total distance of 43,950 km, and there have been 2,342 new Personal Bests.

The women's record is held by Stacey JOHNSON who ran in a time of 17:09 on 15th September 2012 (event number 26).
The men's record is held by Phil NICHOLLS who ran in a time of 15:00 on 8th September 2012 (event number 25).
The Age Grade course record is held by Josh Alexander KERR who recorded a 87.73% run (16:10) on 14th April 2012 (event number 6).

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Walsall parkrun Results Page. Follow us on twitter here and on facebook here.