Runners at the start of the Christmas parkrun. Picture by Peter Boam.
PARKRUN HIGH winds, sodden ground and slippery mud did not dampen the spirit and determination of more than 140 madcap runners on Saturday morning as they took part in the annual Christmas parkrun at Medina.
Despite the stormy conditions, most did not only stick it out and get caked in mud for the cause, they also did it in festive fancy dress. Among the choice costumes was an inflatable sumo-style suit, Mother and Father Christmas outfits and a few reindeer.
Unbelievably there were a few runners who chose this week to be their first attempt at the 5km course, and they were Neville Bradshaw, Luke Kennett, Michael Kearney, George Willis, Cody Worsfold and Cerys Hepworth.
And one runner even managed to secure a PB time, Carys Broome knocking almost three minutes off her previous best.
In the midst of the fun and frivolity there was a race result and youth prevailed in this week’s run, with two 15 to 19 years athletes taking the top two spots. Michael Ilott won in 18.57, five seconds ahead of Sam Metcalf. Barrie Atkinson was third, in 19.20.
For the women, Mary Norman was first in 23.07, with Julie King next in 24.59 and Katherine Barrett third, in 25.03.
In addition to the running, a huge collection of food was made by the runners, filling "Ray’s Sleigh", which will be at the event for the next couple of weeks for the IW Foodbank.
Thanks were also made to the volunteers who marshalled in the horrendous conditions.