Christmas Day was also parkrun day as runners turned out in numbers to get the festivities started on the right footing. A PB proved to be an unexpected Christmas present for some.
From Arrow Valley to Forest Rec, Northampton to Worcester, the Midlands was alive to the sounds of feet pounding their way around a variety of 5k routes to celebrate Christmas. There was plenty of seasonal fancy dress on display although at Hanley; one runner appeared to be an extra from ‘Jurassic Park’ as he completed the course dressed in a giant inflatable dinosaur costume!
The weather was overcast and mild - a complete contrast to the sub-zero temperatures the previous weekend and the atmosphere was warm with a sense of excitement in the air. Here was an opportunity to work up an appetite for Christmas dinner in the company of like-minded individuals and burn off a few calories before the festive carb-loading began.
It was thanks to the efforts of race directors and their willing teams of volunteers that these special events went ahead. Christmas Day and New Year’s Day parkruns have grown in popularity for a variety of reasons that include friendship, camaraderie, exercise and enjoyment and the benefits they bring. Many people spend this season on their own and as founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt said in his message: "being part of our special parkrun community could make their day”.
Nearly 200 parkruns took place on Christmas Day with many people toeing the line for the first time.
More than 62,000 people worldwide participated in a Christmas Day parkrun.
There are parkruns taking place on New Year’s Day. Visit the parkrun UK
website for more details.
Photo courtesy of Steve Green.