Having initially looked like we might enjoy a cooler parkrun today the sun came out to play and we all enjoyed (or in many cases endured) yet another hot run! This week 301 people joined us at Aberdeen parkrun, of whom 30 were first timers. Claudia hosted our first timers briefing and welcomed both new parkrunners and tourists alike. We had visits from:
Matt Spragg of Sale Harriers in Manchester, running a very impressive time of 18:05 and finished in 7th position overall;
Jane from York, whose husband tells me she enjoys a regular bit of parkrun tourism;
George Nicholson, completing his 300th parkrun the week before his 70th birthday! George was joined by his son-in-laws and grandsons to make it a proper family affair! Lovely to see you all!
Rydal, Carolyn Milne's dog, who attended her first parkrun with us, slowing both Carolyn and Stuart Milne down significantly with her mid-run toilet stop. Naomi claimed first finish in the house of Milne! Well done Naomi - that's no mean feat when running with these two!
An astounding 52 runners recorded new Personal Bests, including our first finisher Scott Macleod in a time of 17:26. Hot on Scott's heels today was Jamie Ross finishing second in 17:39.
Hannah Mutch was our first female finisher today in a time of 19:41. Sarah Milne finished second in 20:30, and Chelsea Cook was the third female to finish in 21:40.
For the junior women, Emily Overend (JW15-17) finished first in 23:26. Lauren Bibby (JW11-14) was second in 24:25, and Ellen Cowie (JW15-17) finished third in 31:08.
In the junior male section, Oscar Lecore (JM15-17) equalled his PB by finishing first in 19:06. Robert Wood (JM11-14) finished second with a new PB of 21:02, while Drew McDermid (JM 11-14) was very close behind him in 21:12.
It was great to see some other runners proving that hard work does indeed pay dividends. We all know that PBs are relatively easy to come by in the beginning, but ease off as time goes on. Many of us enjoy parkrun for the social aspects more than anything else, not feeling the need to put the hammer down too often, myself included! After all, as the mug says, 'it was always about the coffee', and for many of us that is a sentiment that we hold dear. If you've missed this blog post, here's a link: http://blog.parkrun.com/us/2018/08/02/it-was-always-about-the-coffee/
If you've not joined us for post-run coffee please feel free any time! Everyone is welcome!
Coffee aside, it is great to see hard work paying off, and it certainly did for these runners today. Congratulations to:
Alistair Overend, JM11-14, claiming a PB of 21:39 on his 76th parkrun;
John Turner, VM 60-64, running a PB of 29:11 on his 46th parkrun;
Orson Murray, JM10 with a shiny new PB of 34:38 on his 47th parkrun; and
Shallene Catto, VW40-44 running 30:21 on her 79th parkrun.
The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:
Diane ROBERTSON • Clare RUSSELL • Alan BROWN • Alison HAMEL • Claudia SCRAGG • Ali MATHERS • Jamie ROSS • Jim MCCURRACH • Michelle BREARLEY • Lisa MICHIE • Susan COWIE • Mark MCDONALD • Malcolm SHENNAN • Amy MACKIE • Alex ROSE • Graeme HAY • Reece CARSON
Huge thanks to all our volunteers, without whom the event would not be possible. Next week we require a Funnel Manager and there are plenty of vacancies in September should you wish to help out. Check out the Future Roster here: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/aberdeen/futureroster/ All roles are fully supported by the Run Director who will ensure that everyone is comfortable with the requirements of their role. There is no pressure to get things right as pretty much everything is fixable in the event that it goes awry.
Personally speaking, I took my mishaps to a new level today. Previously I've shared with volunteers that I direct as it's the only role that I've not yet messed up. Today though I managed to get to the cafe only to discover that I'd allowed the finish token box, complete with safety pins, to go away with Malcolm, our wonderful Pre-event Setup volunteer, leaving me with a box full of finish tokens that couldn't be sorted as we had nothing to put them on. It felt like it took an awful lot longer than it does in the cafe doing it solo during the afternoon!
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Aberdeen parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Nicola GAULD who recorded a time of 17:04 on 25th February 2012 (event number 21).
The male record is held by Myles EDWARDS who recorded a time of 15:08 on 2nd May 2015 (event number 190).
The Age Grade course record is held by Carolyn MILNE who recorded 96.37% (19:18) on 8th April 2017 (event number 294).
Aberdeen parkrun started on 8th October 2011. Since then 9,672 participants have completed 70,889 parkruns covering a total distance of 354,445 km, including 13,057 new Personal Bests.
Run Director & Run Reporter