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The Christmas number one is...Maidstone (not)parkrun!

Maidstone heads the parkrun charts for the 2020 festive season

Having the Christmas number one song has long been a highly prized accolade and in recent years has produced some surprising results. In 2020, the desire for some alternative fun to lift the spirits after a truly punishing 12 months saw LadBaby's sausage roll-themed Don't Stop Me Eatin' fend off stiff opposition from the Mariah Carey classic, All I Want For Christmas Is You to claim the coveted title for the third consecutive year!

LadBaby's offering is a pastry pastiche of Journey's hit Don't Stop Believin' and it follows previous successes with chart-toppers We Built This City On...Sausage Rolls and I Love Sausage Rolls. LadBaby is the YouTube comedian Mark Hoyle and his wife Roxanne, with their children as backing singers. Mark is only the third artist to have achieved three consecutive Christmas number ones. We reveal the other triple winners, their songs, and the dates below...

Meanwhile, there had been considerable interest and rivalry in the battle to be crowned the 2020 (not)parkrun Christmas Day number one and after a close-fought contest, the title went to Maidstone parkrun. The parkrun community sincerely hopes there will be no need to defend this particular victory and that parkrun for real will resume when it is safe next year.

(not)parkrun is the free and easy virtual alternative while parkrun is held in suspended animation due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Any 5k run anywhere, anywhen can be logged by individual parkrunners on the official parkrun website and counts towards the overall total for your home (not)parkrun.

In the week ending 20 December 2020, there were 10,262 (not)parkrunners logging 17,334 (not)parkruns at 698 (not)parkrun locations and Maidstone turned out 255 runners with an average time of 39:33 to see off the challenge of friendly rivals Witney (233 runners). The top six UK (not)parkrun participation list was completed by Chelmsford Central (174); Riverside (157); Bushy Park (148) and Tonbridge (138). A new set of results is published each week.  

For the latest on the parkrun scene, read our review of 2020/preview of 2021 parkrun story here 

So, back to the question of who were the previous triple Christmas number ones, what were their songs and the dates? It was The Beatles from 1963-65 with I Want To Hold Your Hand; I Feel Fine and double-A side Daytripper/We Can Work It Out. Then it was the turn of The Spice Girls to dominate the festive charts from 1996-98 with 2 Become1; Too Much and Goodbye. 

Image: Maidstone parkrun on Facebook

Update: Maidstone (245) also took the top position for the end of 2020 results from Witney (241); Chelmsford Central (185); Tonbridge (144); Riverside (140); Bushy Park (136) and Nonsuch (136).  

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