Hull Xmas Day parkrun, East Hull Park, Sunday, December 25, 2011

Alister Robson

It’s an old tradition of parkrun to run where possible on Xmas day and New Years day, even if that means consecutive days. Although we couldn’t run Durham parkrun on Christmas day because the sports centre was closed, as Jacquie and I were at her parents in Beverley, we popped along to East Park on Christmas morning and ran at Hull.

This is a very different parkrun to Durham, and unusually they were running the course in reverse as they normally finish at the park café, but as this was closed they had mince pies and non-alcoholic mulled wine in the car park. It was a very fast two lapper and I can easily see why this was the course Keri, who many of you will remember and has now moved down to her native East Yorkshire, cracked 20 minutes on at last.

As well as being fast it was also very friendly, and also rather unusual – there’s a wild animal enclosure, so you run past wallabies, deer and peacocks. The Event Director was also telling Jacquie about a tail-less squirrel called Stumpy that they’d befriended. I was going great guns up until the last corner when my stomach decided to relinquish the John Smiths of the previous evening and eventually snuck in in 22:22.

Jacquie by comparison had a much better run storming home in 26:42, only a few seconds off her season’s best, and winning a sprint to the line with another gent. Not bad at all given the excesses of the previous day!

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