Event 384 – Run Report – 15 December 2018


A strong wind greeted the 114 hardy souls and 15 amazing volunteers who braved the start of Storm Deirdre on Saturday morning. Fortunately we started early enough in the day to avoid the rain but we still had the winds to contend with……

Due to the weather conditions, we ran the route in reverse. Going out along the lower prom was tough, especially with the sand blowing about but along the top on the way back was a joy as the wind gave everyone a wee helping hand.

Remarkably two people managed new PBs – a fantastic achievement in those conditions. Congratulations to Jonathan Major and Katrina Clark!

Amazingly we also had three first timers this week including a visitor from Mexico. We hope you all enjoyed your first foray at our beach route and will come back when the weather is a little kinder!


Huge thanks to our wonderful volunteer team this morning in the challenging conditions:
Craig JOLLY • Carolyn SNEDDEN • Fiona SEWELL • Mark FINDLAY • Alan MARRIOTT • Hamish MACDONALD • Jim MCCURRACH • Mark MCDONALD • Bryan MILLS • Neil MCBAIN • Harry SAYERS • Louise BEATON • David HUNTER • Kristin MCCURRACH • Mitchell RENNIE

We just need a lead bike for 22nd December and there are plenty of free slots for our extra parkrun on Christmas Day and on Saturday 29th December. If you can help, please email in to aberdeenhelpers@parkrun.com and we’ll get you added to the roster.
The full roster can be seen at:



Congratulations to Andrew Thompson on completing his 250th parkrun of which 221 have been completed at Aberdeen and a further 22 at Hazlehead. Aberdeen parkrun is also where Andrew met his lovely wife Suzy and their son Ben celebrated his 1st birthday earlier this year. It’s amazing how much coming along to parkrun each week can change your life! We look forward to seeing you sporting the green 250 t-shirt soon Andrew.

Congratulations also to Jane Traill, Murray Swapp & John Reed who all ran their 50th parkruns today. Red milestone T-shirts will be winging their way to you very soon folks!


This week’s results can be found at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/aberdeen/results/latestresults/


Over the Finish Line first for the ladies was Hannah Mutch in 22:01 while first timer Katherine Thomson came across second in 23:42 and third was Hazel Thompson in 23:51.


First across the line was Stuart Milne in 19:33 with Jim Moir second in 19:54 and Andrew Thompson third in 19:59.


Congratulations to these parkrunners finishing first in the following junior categories:
JW15-17: Ellen Cowie 32:07
JM11-14: Drew McDermid 22:05


As it’s the last parkrunday before Christmas, this Saturday will be our traditional Christmas themed fancy dress run. So get your Santa hats out along with the Santa, elves, snowmen, Christmas trees and turkey costumes. Don’t forget the tinsel either and fingers crossed for a less windy run! 

See you all next week when Graham is your run director.


Aberdeen parkrun event number 383 Saturday 8th December

Welcome to the run report for the 8th December

A Massive thanks to Tony Little for stepping up and being the run director today

It was Tony’s first time and he did a great job, he enjoyed it very much and more importantly will he do it again? Tony would like to thank everyone for supporting him this morning and especially the volunteer team who ensured the event went like clockwork.

I hope Tony’s speech on putting something back for our parkrun in terms of volunteering resonated with you.
After the event we went back in our cars to the Brig of Don pub for processing the results and coffee and breakfast with some of the runners

When we were turning at the lights to go to the Brig of Don pub Tony took the wrong turn and ended up in the Don view pub (as he had never been back to our new post coffee place) and he went into the pub and was met with pool players who thought he was there for the local pool competition!

After the run I had the task of getting more names on the volunteer board. I managed to get 10 names for the coming weeks and a promise from Rajendra Rejmi and his friends of runners that they would pick a day in the New Year and commit to running and organising the event. Fantastic

What a great New Year’s resolution to have that you all could have and achieve. "I promise to do little more Volunteering at our parkrun"

187 runners today,
A very good total for today’s event
The 20 volunteers who made this event happen:
Colin BURNETT, John CONNELLY, Ray CROMBIE, Samantha CUMMING, Mark FINDLAY, Fiona HOWIE, Tony LITTLE, Jane MACASKILL, Bryan MILLS, Stuart MITCHELL, Mitchell RENNIE, Harry SAYERS, Carolyn SNEDDEN, Rohit SONI, Lois SONI, Cassia SONI, Ally SUTHERLAND, Ben WARE, Philip WARE, Craig Wilson

Conditions today – Stayed dry but a little cold -well it is December
We had the wind for the first part on the top promenade coming across the route which seemed to help the runners and the wind across on the lower promenade which had the opposite effect and then a gust of wind in your face from the stones to the finish.
Did you run well today--did you get a pb?
Notable mentions on a pb today were
Mark McDonald, John Dargie, John Reed, Steven Eunson, Jillian Eunson,
Andrew Williams Hayley Wilson, Elizabeth Sloan, Robyn Reddington,
Gordon Watt -Kay Watt and Jenny Styles

We had a total of 20 PBs today.
The wind is the factor in not so many pbs today as after finishing I noticed many of runners saying that their time was slower today
It can be depending on the wind 30 seconds to well over a minute slower with the conditions on the day.
Well done in achieving a personal best today or running to your best time of the year.

We had a grand total of 14 First timers at our event today
Samantha did an excellent job of briefing the first- time runners and visitors from Falkirk, Edinburgh, Stirling and even as far as Brazil at our event today
Samantha was so good she had to do the first-time runners briefing twice as we had some runners turn up last minute.!
We had Sarah Mcilroy from Falkirk who was visiting and on walk to 5k programme and managed today for her first time not to stop and walk .Well done to Sarah- the smile on your face told its own story.

Stephanie from Brazil who walked the course with our tail walkers Lois and Cassia said for exercise she does this in Brazil on the beach in high temperatures and a lot less clothing on and found it very cold today?
Where would you rather be?

We hope all the visitors and first- time runners to our parkrun enjoyed the run and event and you are welcome back anytime To our first time ever runners at our event today it was great to see there, and you have now started your parkrun journey.
The results are on the web page under the latest results tab and is e-mailed to you once the results are completed and verified.

The 1st one home today was Ben Nelson in quick time of 17.34 Well done to Ben
2nd back was Lewis Khan in 17.37 a first timer at our event
3rd back was Jim Moir in time of 18.48
Jim was back after a spot of volunteering as he put himself forward to be part of a group into the study of diabetes. Jim was not allowed to much physical activity for a month as part of the research study. Well done to Jim
1st Female back today was? Yes -you guessed it Hannah Mutch back to form in an excellent time of 20.42
Well done to Hannah
2nd Female Finisher was Alex Shaw running well in 21.18
3rd Female Finisher was Heidi Ross in a very good time of 22.20

Next week we have a full team of Volunteers but the weeks after we have still places to cover
We were looking for volunteers so if you can take a turn at helping and supporting our event for the last two weeks in December Xmas day at 9.30am and New year’s day at 11am and into January
Just e-mail in to our volunteer co-ordinator Carolyn at the following aberdeenhelpers@parkrun.com to choose your role and date you can volunteer
It’s Free- It’s Fun-It’s your parkrun.
See you on Saturday where we have Craig Jolly as your run director
It will be Craig’s third time as Run Director and after his “John Kennedy” rousing speech address on Volunteering as RD first time I wonder what he has in-store next week at the run director briefing. He will be helped and supported by Bryan and myself throughout the event.

Your run reporter for the 8th December
Colin Burnett


Aberdeen parkrun event number 382 1st December 2018

Aberdeen parkrun #382, December 1, 2018

How to balance celebrations and tributes in the same breath...
Amidst Saturday's celebrations of milestones & an impressively long list of personal bests, there were...

A golden glow cast itself over our parkrun on Saturday morning. In a blaze of black & gold team kit, Metro Aberdeen Running Club came out in full force to pay tribute to their teammate Grant Allan who had recently passed away. As the Metros gathered to share their memories of him, they pinned on "Grant 711" numbers - the number he wore in his last race. We also had lot's of parkrunners who aren't in Metro wearing "Grant711" A ribbon of "Grant 711" numbers parkrunning along the promenade made for quite the poignant sight. I suspect that extra golden glow from above may have been Grant smiling down upon us.

Though I didn't know Grant other than to say "Hi" at parkrun, I do recall he had volunteered in the Lead Bike role on a number of occasions. 20, to be exact. So, for me, wearing a "Grant 711" number while performing the Lead Bike role on Saturday was quite special. From my perch on the saddle I could see the Metro black & gold team colours woven through the field of parkrunners along the promenades. And through this Metro black & gold filter....a touching homage to Grant unfolded.

Amidst Saturday's 336 parkrunners, we welcomed 20 First Timers. We hope you all enjoyed your first foray at our beachy~keen route & relished the tail wind reward on the lower prom. Though a tad breezy on the top prom, generally the wind behaved itself... by Aberdeen parkrun standards, that is.

52 Personal Bests!
Impressive stuff speed~stars!

A huge shout out to Metro Aberdeen Running Club for delivering the first four runners over the Finish Line. Dashing with panache, Metro's Cameron Strachan (1st), Nathan Tosh (2nd), Rankin Lascelles (3rd) & Jonathan Campbell (4th) led out the string of PBs. Of note, is Cameron's finish in 15:41 which stands him 8th in the top men's finish times at our parkrun. What an amazing time given he had to negotiate through a bit of the Sahara Desert that had drifted on to the lower prom. Cameron had a 1:10 gap over our 2nd place finisher, & according to the number crunching keeners, he placed 7th in the men's 10 fastest UK parkrun times on December 1st! I suspect Grant was smiling down from heaven witnessing this stream of Metros making their PB marks on Aberdeen parkrun's results.

To check out all the amazing PB'ers & the rest of our FABerdeen parkrunners, sprint over to:


Over the Finish Line first for the ladies was Virginie Barrand in 18:50. Hannah Mutch came across second in 20:31, & Sarah Milne was third in 21:15. Both Virginie & Sarah run under the Metro Aberdeen Running Club banner whilst Hannah runs for Aberdeen AAC. Congratulations all!

Congratulations to these parkrunners finishing first in the following junior categories:

JW15-17: Alex Shaw 21:22
JW10: Mia McDermid 28:53
JW11-14: Keira Walker 34:08

JM15-17: Nathan Tosh 16:51 (PB!)
JM11-14: Drew McDermid 20:43
JM10: Harry Chalmers 28:22 (First Timer)

Tony McGarva punctuated his 250th parkrun with a PB! Is there any better way to celebrate one's 250th than by shaving 4 seconds off your previous PB? Totally inspirational, Tony! We look forward to seeing your 250 T-shirt flashing around in the near future.

Kudos to Jamie Ross, Jonathan Burns, Neil McBain, Ali Mathers & Sangita Regmi who all completed their 100th parkrun! Black milestone T-shirts will look fab on all of you!

Congrats to Kim Menzies & Charlie Burr who each parkran their way to their 50th. Kim also has an impressive 50 volunteer credits to her name. Red milestone T-shirts are in your future, folks!

December 1st marked 10 years of parkrun's presence in Scotland! From a single event at Pollok in 2008, parkrun has taken root across Scotland. We now boast 43 parkruns & 14 junior parkruns! What will the next 10 years of Scottish parkruns offer up?

Meanwhile, in other ten's moments, our December 1st turnout of 336 tied for our 10th highest attendance over the run of 382 Aberdeen parkruns. Our personal best for 2018 is 404 parkrunners. Can we top that before the calendar page turns?
Time will tell...

Under the brilliant direction of Run Director Fiona Sewell, these fabulous volunteers orchestrated Aberdeen parkrun #382:

Alan MARRIOTT • Alicea BAIN • Bryan MILLS • Callum WALKER • Cynthia FRY • Donald MCINTOSH • Fiona SEWELL • John CONNELLY • John DUFF • June BURR • Kim MENZIES • Kirsteen SAYERS • Mark FINDLAY • Mark RAMSEY • Mike SIEVEWRIGHT • Mitchell RENNIE • Rohit SONI

Thank-you all for contributing to make this such a memorable day.
For those curious about jumping into the volunteer pool, but haven't taken the plunge yet....
Check out openings on the future rosters at:


My husband, Donald, joined me to Co-Lead Bike on Saturday. We can both testify to the blistering pace the front runners set from the get-go. As we fought our way through the head wind on the top prom, I found it quite a challenge to keep a gap between me & front runner Cameron. Donald, on the other hand, found it a breeze. He even had enough power left to give me a hand with a few pushes to help keep me ahead of the game. Once we turned on to the lower prom, the tail wind helped me stay ahead of Cameron, but the multiple sand drifts slowed my speed considerably. My small victory of the day was that Cameron never overtook me. Phew.

How to balance celebrations and tributes in the same breath...
I wonder if Grant might just have wished for all the parkrunners to do their best & enjoy their parkrun.
And maybe, just maybe...we all carried at least a smidgen of Grant's joie de vivre on our shoulders to spirit us along.

A special thank-you to Fiona for your touching tribute to Grant before we set off on Saturday's parkrun.
The minute's silence observed before the start gave a chance for us all to pause & reflect...
Peace, Grant.

See you all this Saturday when Tony Little makes his debut as Run Director.

Reporting from the Edge of the Saddle...
Cynthia Fry


Aberdeen parkrun event number 381 24th November 2018

Today 261 people ran, jogged and walked the course. We had 22 were first timers and parkrun tourists from near and far.

The stars of today's event were as ever our volunteers:

Duncan MUNRO • Paul Kevin WEBSTER • Colin BURNETT • Clare RUSSELL • Mark FINDLAY • Margaret TURNER • Jim MOIR • Ray CROMBIE • Leeann PRATT • Alan GRIEVE • Rohit SONI • Malcolm SHENNAN • Bryan MILLS • Elspeth MATHESON • John CONNELLY • Ben WARE • Ellen COWIE • Leon BOURQUE • Mitchell RENNIE

Special thanks to Leeann for stepping in as tail walker at such short notice.

We had a birthday girl running today, Cynthia Fry. Hope you enjoy the rest of your day Cynthia.

Saghun Bhandari completed his 50th parkrun

First across the line today was junior runner Jack Gillespie in a time of 16:52
With a shiny new PB of 16:58 Joe Barton was the first senior male across the line
Alison Matthews was the first female finisher in a time of 20:07
First junior female finisher and with a shiny new PB was Toni Shaw in 22:04

35 out of a possible 239 runners achieved new PB's today, special shout outs to:

Mark Findlay
Kenny Garden
Scott Henderson
Junior runner Keaton Bramwell
Junior runner Mia McDermid and her Dad Mark McDermid
Gemma and Yvonne Robertson

We have a full roster next week and just need lead bike to fill the roster on the 8'th of December. Plenty of spaces to fill from the 15'th of December. Our event can't take place without volunteers so please do take the time to volunteer, it's fun and easy!

See you all next Saturday when Fiona is your Run Director.

Bryan (Run Director and run report writer 24/11/18)


Aberdeen parkrun Event number 380 17th November 2018

This week we saw the start of the colder days, certainly as far as volunteering was concerned! Personally speaking I think I’ll be donning extra layers from hereon in. Others also commented that they were feeling a tad chilled by the end so many thanks to all those of you who made the event happen:
Paul Kevin WEBSTER • Clare RUSSELL • Izzie MCDONALD • Shirley C • Carolyn SNEDDEN • Laura MCPHERSON • Jim MOIR • Tracy LEACH • Tony LITTLE • Rohit SONI • Mark MCDONALD • Malcolm SHENNAN • Bryan MILLS • John CONNELLY • Ben WARE • Alicea BAIN • Mitchell RENNIE

This week 288 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 22 were first timers and 25 recorded new Personal Bests. Very well done to those getting PBs: Rowan Frost, Patrick Gray, Rory Brand, Abi Will, Chloe Howle, David Corbett, Marie Dobson, Steve Allan, John Chalmers, Amy Hilditch, Gavin Coull, Lucy Mcilwham, Michael Hall, Deborah Hall, David Duffus, Bivisha Uprety, Ramraj Pahari, Colin Barclay, Danielle Stewart, Katy Gunn, Iona Jessiman, and Tanya Rennie.

We had a few visitors including Steven Alder from Colchester Castle parkrun who completes his first Scottish parkrun with us, and Kevin McMillan from Pless parkrun who was very complimentary about our course, promising to return on a calm day in the future. We also had visitors from Crichton, Camperdown, Margate and Portobello, all joining Carolyn for our First Timers Briefing.

As Satrosphere has now closed for refurbishment we moved to the Brig O’Don for coffee and were warmly welcomed with tea, coffee and a hearty breakfast on offer. A certain Jolly runner was in his glory, I’m sure!

No milestones were reached this week but the results indicate there are a few on the horizon. Do drop us an e-mail or speak to the Run Director if you’re hitting a magic number as it’s always good to share in the celebration.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Aberdeen parkrun Results Page.

Hope to see you all again soon,
Clare Russell
Run Director and Run Reporter

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