It seems like it was only yesterday when the festive season seem to be looming in the distance. Now we are less than a week away from Christmas day and the end of year holiday is almost upon us. Pegasus parkrun will be hosting parkruns at 8am on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day - it would be great to see you there. There is something special planned for the Xmas day event, where we will have a visitor stop in on his way home to the North Pole. His sleigh will arrive after 7:40am, so it would be a good idea to get kids to the start area early. Rudolph, Vixen, Dasher & Blitzen might be around, as well as a few elves... The skies were clear for the start of Pegasus parkrun #222, and 97 walkers, runners and joggers lined up in the start line to beat the 30-degree heat planned for later in the day. Today we had a few first timers at Pegasus – welcome to Gabrielle GRAY, Matthew CULLIMORE, Braden MCGIFFORD and Nathan WOODING. We had 2 visitors from Geraldine, and Libby HURLEY and Nicole BOND who did their very first parkrun. Hello to all of you! We also welcomed Shelley, a photojournalist who was doing a feature on Pegasus parkrun for the North Canterbury News. Look out for Shelley’s article on the 14-January edition. Hopefully, we will see you (and perhaps your partner and doggo) taking part in the future! Pole position today was taken by Alex WITT (18:33), followed by Joseph MATTHEWS (18:44) and Trevor JENKINSON (18:32). The first 3 females across the line were: Gabrielle GRAY (20:34), Haven DRINNAN (21:19) and Angela DOIG (21:27). The first 3 juniors to finish were Joseph MATTHEWS (JM15-17), Haven DRINNAN (JW15-17) and Alex BIDWELL (JW15-17). These folks obtained a new personal best today – well done to: Andrew COSTER, Toby BEHAN, Don YOUNG, Noah RODDIS, Becs LILLIEBRIDGE, Glen FOSTER, Nick WETHEY, Boyce ROB and Ann BOWER! 5 participants forgot their barcodes today (#DFYB) and representatives of 5 different clubs took part. Today we had 26 members of the parkrun 50 club, 20-members of the parkrun 100 club and 13 members of the volunteer 25 club. No milestones were achieved today, although a few folks are close to achieving next milestones. The team of volunteers today where: Lynley DEVON, Trudy DIGGS, Leigh HAMILTON, Jackie HANCOCK, Simon HANCOCK, Claire HANSEN, Anthea KANE, John KERRISON, Joanne LOW, Geoff MCMILLAN, Chris VAN DER LEER, Trev WHITE and Dean WILLS. Thank-you for volunteering your time! Thank-you to everyone who contributed to the Christchurch Kidney Society patient support group - we will be dropping off your donations next week. If you are travelling around New Zealand over the festive season, then you may still be able to partake in a parkrun. 22 out of 32 parkruns are planning events on either Xmas or New Year, or both. See you next parkrunday!