The day Santa Claus came to town!

"You better watch out, you better not cry, better not pout, I'm telling you why... Santa Claus is coming to town" So goes the song, but on 15th December 2018 not only did Santa Claus come to town (well, the Peter May Centre to be more precise) but also several of his relatives, Mrs Claus, some elves, a Christmas tree or two, a snowman and even a turkey! The Claus family and friends were all in town to run, jog, walk or marshal at the 301st Walthamstow parkrun, and there were some fabulous costumes on display for our annual Santa parkrun - well done to everyone who dressed up.

The weather had turned rather chilly and those wearing the full santa suit with hat and beard were the envy of those who weren't so covered up, at least until we got warmed up by running! Despite the cold weather, 105 people took part, including 17 first timers - welcome, and we hope you will join us again soon. First male finisher was Patrick Brown, wearing shoes this week after running barefoot last week, who finished in 17:57, and first female finisher was Sarah Proudfoot of Victoria Park Harriers and Tower Hamlets AC, who finished in 23:25. The cold weather didn't stop 6 people from recording new Personal Bests - maybe they were running extra fast to get in out of the cold! Well done to Thomas STOTTOR, George TIDMARSH, Al CHERRY, Julian FERREIRA, Ella HATLEY and Nimisha MISTRY on your shiny new PBs!

Many thanks to the 14 volunteers who braved the cold to help put on this event:

Sharron ROONEY • Stephen TARRANT • Leoni MITCHELL • Gabriel ELLENBERG • Angela LAMBERT • Graeme BELL • Steve PEACOCK • Gail SHEWELL-COOPER • Richard SELBY • Gwilym JOHNSTON • David TARRANT • Clare HIRST • Gail SEAL • Frieda JOHNSTON

We need a minimum of three more volunteers next week to ensure the run goes smoothly - two timekeepers and someone to hand out the finish tokens - so please do consider helping out. You have the advantage that you can wear lots of warm clothing as you don't have to worry about your extra layers getting in the way of your running!

And after next week (22nd December) our next parkrun will be on 29th December. Unlike some other parkruns we will not be open on Christmas Day or New Year's Day as the Peter May Centre will be closed.

No run report could demonstrate the festive fun of the Santa parkrun as well as photos, so do take a look at the photos on the website, a selection of which are reproduced below. See you all next week!

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