parkrun report Wednesday 25th December 2019 by Rox
PB stays at 24:03
PB stays at 30:31
PB stays at 25:04
PB stays at 26:12
PB stays at 22:41
My final parkrun report of 2019 - Christmas Day parkrun.
Not all parkruns were being held on Christmas Day - parkrun Attendance Stats for 25 December 2019 show that in the UK there were 264 festive parkruns and 89,255 parkrunners. An enormous 2,545 runners at Bushey Park, now their most ever runners.
Worldwide there were 469 festive parkruns, and the worldwide parkrun population was 120,927 parkrunners. It is amazing how parkrun has changed the shape of many people's Christmas Day.
Locally we had Longrun, Street, Henstridge, Weymouth, Seaton.
The table above are the results I have identified so far from local events. After a usual Saturday parkrun, there is a consolidated report showing where Langport runners took part. However, with only some events being held on Christmas Day, there doesn't seem to be a similar report. So, I have included those I know that did run, but please let me know if you are not included. Tell me where you ran and I can add to the table.
A Christmas PB for Nicky at Longrun. Nicky posted on Facebook: "Christmas Day parkrun. 2nd in age cat and a PB in soggy conditions." Looking deeper, Nicky's previous PB was 25:01 back in Sept 2018, so a fantastic improvement. Fuelled to get home for her Christmas lunch? Top of our table.
There were 3 runners at Street: Richard, Hazel and Martin. Hazel 9th female and nearing her 50th parkrun.
Nick and I headed to Seaton prom. Lovely to see sunshine and blue skies. Lots of colourful outfits too. We were both happy with our best times there for a while. The parts on the pebbly beach do not get any easier.
Note - it is take two for Mike's 100th parkrun. I have just noticed his Facebook posting: "Fingers crossed tomorrow (Sat 28th December) at Street for parkrun 100. Chocolate Brownies, mince pies or Christmas cake. Love to see as many of my running chums there."
For those that enjoy stats, in 2019, 374 new parkrun events started, bringing the total number of parkrun events around the world to 2,078, and in July they saw the six millionth person register. In April, Japan joined the parkrun family with the launch of Futakotamagawa parkrun in Tokyo. Since then, there have been 11 more events in Japan.
The weekend of the 12th and 13th January 2019 saw a new global participation record with 371,184 parkrunners walking, jogging, running and volunteering across the world. Presume this has much to do with new year's resolutions, it will be interesting if this same spike appears in the second week in January 2020?
And it was November 2017 when the first prison-based parkrun was established. Two years on, there are now 30 parkruns in prisons, young offenders institutes and correctional facilities around the world. In the UK, more than 4,000 people have completed a parkrun on the custodial estate.
A few photos from this week:
(1) Seaton - the start. Nick & My hands are somewhere in the crowd: