Worcester’s Christmas Eve parkrun attracted a record 750 entries and had the second highest turnout in the UK. This is the largest number of runners in Worcester's history and reflects the growing interest in Christmas Eve (and Christmas Day) parkruns.
The organisers did a sterling job at co-ordinating a parkrun of this size, helped by a record number of volunteers who proved to be more than up to the task.
Many of the runners wore festive costume in keeping with the season and there was a VIP touch to this event with the presence of the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Worcester. The sheer volume of runners taking part, including more than 70 first timers, amazed both these dignitaries.
Ben Jones of Worcester AC was first home in 16:53 and achieved an age-graded score of 76.41%. Second place finisher unknown. Jake Cavens also of Worcester AC was third in 17:43 and achieved an age-graded score of 77.33%.
Molly Browne of BRAT was the first female home in 18:31, giving her a new PB and an age-graded score of 79.93%. Harriette Drew of Oxford University Cross Country Club and Katherine Smith of Pershore Plum Plodders both finished in 20:58 with age-graded scores of 70.59% and 71.78% respectively.
Clare Dalton of Canicross Worcestershire was the midpoint runner in 28:27.
Ending on another positive note is news from parkrun HQ that the all-time UK attendance record was broken on Christmas Eve with over a 100,000 runners, joggers and walkers participating.