Christmas Day offers runners an extra opportunity on a day other than the normal Saturday. Not all parkruns stage a run but there is normally an event within a reasonable distance. On Christmas Day this year two local events were held at Pomphrey Hill and Wotton-under-Edge.
The only PB was achieved by Fred HAWKER at Pomphrey Hill, with a time of 19:47, an improvement of ninety-six seconds. There were two first places; Nicola OLDROYD was the first female at Bradford in 22:22 and Maciej BIALOGONSKI was the first finisher at Pomphrey Hill in 17:16.
One milestone run was spotted in the results; Helen CLARK completed her fiftieth run at Pomphrey Hill.
Steve Grant, not one to give in, after his frustrated attempt to do a parkrun on Saturday, stayed in Manchester and reports as follows:
Christmas Day at South Manchester parkrun (Platt Fields Park, Fallowfield) was the Santa fest you would expect with 379 runners turning up.
The course is a single flat ‘lap’ around wide tarmac and dirt paths. The course briefing was a classic – “It’s a very complicated route and looks like a plate of spaghetti on the course map so just follow the marshals’ directions”.
It was complicated, but it’s never as bad when you’re running a course, but I reckon it would take a few runs to be confident of knowing the right way. The turns were all pretty generous and the course was very well marshalled. The advantage of the course is that at no point would anyone be getting lapped and the two short contra-flows came up at particularly wide areas.
Given all that it’s still a pleasant enough course with decent facilities. The course starts by following the lake part way round before heading off round the perimeter of the park on grass and back towards the play area, over the tree lined river, round, back, over there, back to here etc. The glory finish is by the lake again to finish a little beyond where you started but heading in the opposite direction. With a bit of familiarity, it would be a good course to think of in sections but first-time round it was a bit difficult to work out quite how far through you were and if you keep going you always get to the end eventually.
Of the four South Manchester Parkruns I’ve done this again offers something different much as our four ‘home’ ones do.
The detailed results are below:
|Position||Gender Position||parkrunner||Run Time|
|A total of 624 runners took part.|
|South Manchester parkrun|
|A total of 379 runners took part.|
|17||16||Steven GRANT||00:19:33||2nd VM50-54.|
|Forest of Dean parkrun|
|A total of 158 runners took part.|
|A total of 159 runners took part.|
|41||5||Jenny ANDERSON||00:25:24||1st SW25-29.|
|Torbay Velopark parkrun|
|A total of 189 runners took part.|
|A total of 304 runners took part.|
|23||1||Nicola OLDROYD||00:22:22||1st female. 1st SW20-24.|
|A total of 499 runners took part.|
|Wanstead Flats parkrun|
|A total of 182 runners took part.|
|A total of 229 runners took part.|
|125||33||Susan CAMPBELL||00:30:11||2nd VW55-59.|
|Hilly Fields parkrun|
|A total of 151 runners took part.|
|32||4||Naomi AYLWIN||00:22:48||1st SW25-29.|
|A total of 150 runners took part.|
|3||3||Andrew MALLOY||00:19:49||1st VM45-49.|
|9||9||David ENGLEDEW||00:20:58||1st VM55-59.|
|10||10||Gordon EVERETT||00:21:00||1st VM40-44.|
|12||12||Jonathan GOODLAND||00:21:12||1st VM60-64.|
|25||3||Alison ENGLEDEW||00:23:44||1st VW55-59.|
|29||4||Marie MALLOY||00:24:03||1st SW30-34.|
|46||7||Isobel MEDCROFT||00:25:46||1st SW20-24.|
|A total of 401 runners took part.|
|Preston Park parkrun, Brighton|
|A total of 444 runners took part.|
|7||7||Daniel TITHERADGE||00:17:42||2nd SM25-29.|
|Longrun Meadow parkrun|
|A total of 361 runners took part.|
|61||5||Hannah WALSH||00:23:15||1st SW25-29.|
|Pomphrey Hill parkrun|
|A total of 388 runners took part.|
|1||1||Maciej BIALOGONSKI||00:17:16||1st overall. 1st SM30-34.|
|10||10||David BRUCE||00:19:36||2nd SM30-34.|
|11||11||Fred HAWKER||00:19:47||PB by 96 seconds.
|65||3||Alice DOGGRELL||00:23:52||1st VW35-39.|
|119||11||Karen WATSON||00:26:25||1st VW50-54.|
|227||60||Helen CLARK||00:30:28||50th run.|
|A total of 228 runners took part.|
|118||20||Martha PHILLIPS||00:28:25||2nd SW25-29.|