'Twas the parkrun before Christmas when all through the crowd
All were listening quietly, not a word said out loud.
The barcodes were present and stored with care
No barcode, no time, now excuses - Beware!
Under 11s were nestled withing reach of a grown up,
In hopes that our parkrun insurance was sewn up.
All our hi vis heroes, in warm woolen caps,
Were just settling in to cheer on the two laps.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear?
But Santa and Mrs Claus in their red running gear.
They had just the one reindeer, Rudolph, on a short lead
And were ready to parkrun, each at their own speed.
"Watch out for hazards!" was the crucial last call,
"Now dash away, dash away, dash away all!"
Santa took off with the others, thanking marshals as he went,
He really is a polite kind of gent.
And the Clauses always volunteer after doing 10 runs
So that others can also join in on the fun.
So with two laps completed and 5k now done,
Santa went through the finish chute to complete his parkrun.
With his barcode scanned and his token returned,
He'd wait for his email-had a PB been earned?
But I heard him exclaim, 'ere he jogged out of view,
Happy parkrun to all and a merry Christmas too!
Well done to the runners, walkers and joggers who completed our Christmas parkrun at Castletown. It may not have been the record-breaking two thousand plus who were at Bushy parkrun in London on Christmas Day, but it was an impressive turnout and there was a great buzz about the place. It was a deceptively chilly morning when our 230 took off, with Santa and Mrs Claus fulfilling tail walker duties. At the finish the atmosphere was festive and there was an assortment of tasty treats on offer, some Christmas tunes playing and even dancing volunteers (great moves, ladies!).
We had 2 milestones to celebrate this week with both Laura Murrary and Conor Devaney completing their 100th parkruns with us at Castletown. Congratulations to you both and well earned. Cheering on Conor's milestone and sharing in the celebrations was his daughter Nya, who celebrated her 2nd birthday as well at the weekend. Nya is a regular at parkrun with her mum and dad and has a smile for one and all each week. Birthday greetings are also due to parkrun's own Ed McGrane, another well-loved member of the Castletown regular crowd. We hope you enjoyed your slice of birthday/milestone cake and some chats in the cafe afterwards-it was a busy morning!
Just a quick reminder that we're still a few hands short for next Saturday's parkrun. If you haven't volunteered in a while, it might be a good opportunity to finish your parkrun year on a great note and give something back. Remember, parkrun is entirely volunteer run-without your help, there is no parkrun!
Big thanks to all of our hi vis heroes this week who braved the cold with admirable enthusiasm and helped to make this week's event so enjoyable for everyone.
All that remains is for me to wish you all a very happy Christmas and a peaceful and joyous New Year. May all your parkrun wishes for 2019 come true!
All the best,
Nicki, run director, Event 155