Aberdeen parkun event number 399 Saturday 16′th March

Aberdeen parkrun # 399, March 16, 2019

What a delight to have so little wind at the beach on Saturday. Many of us had layered up in anticipation of a blustery greeting of a rain/sleet mix. Surprisingly, the rain held off until we got well under way into parkrun. Many parkrunners may have been thankful for a few raindrops to help keep cool enroute, but consider the plight of our dedicated volunteers. Operating the timers, handing out finish tokens & barcode scanning can leave bare fingers chilled to the bone. Additionally, most volunteer roles involve standing in one spot. With rain added to the cool temperatures, the big chill can quickly take its toll. Hopefully all our volunteers thawed out quickly once parkrun was wrapped up. I suspect a steaming cuppa at the Brig O'Don went a long way to restoring body temps back to norm.

Thanks to our always amazing Run Director Graham Snedden for keeping things parkrunning smoothly.

RD Graham's Words of Wisdom

This week's team of chilled out volunteers were:

Alan BROWN • Andrew FERGUSON • Bryan MILLS • Catherine SHANKS • Cynthia FRY • Elizabeth KERR • Fiona KENNEDY • Graeme HAY • Graham SNEDDEN • Harry SAYERS • Jim MOIR • Lindsay BRUCE • Lisa SHAW • Malcolm SHENNAN • Mitchell RENNIE • Rohit SONI • Sarah CRICHTON • Sarah STRACHAN • Tash GRANT • William SKINNER

Thanks to all our High~Vis Heroes for smiling through the less than ideal weather. You're all stars!

Finish FUNnel

We love seeing new folks lend a hand at parkrun, so don't be shy, give it a try! To dip your toes into the volunteer pool, check out our future rosters at:


Meanwhile, Saturday's highlights began with...

We were delighted to welcome 31 shiny, new faces to their first Aberdeen parkrun! For those who were parkrunning for their very first time ever, we hope you enjoyed your initiation into the world of parkrun. The parkrun phenomenon is a little slice of magic.....kind of like chocolate....addictive & always leaving you wanting more. Remember to bring your barcode each time you parkrun so we can put your name up in lights in our results. No barcode, no time, no exception. And remember, your barcode is valid at any parkrun in the world so always pack it when you travel. You just never know when a parkrun opportunity will knock.

A special shout out to our First Timers who mentioned they weren't sure if they could make it around the course. When I spied some of you sprinting for the Finish Line I knew you had caught the parkrun fever! Well done all!

Though we didn't spot Angelina Jolie or Johnny Depp, some of our First Timers were parkrun tourists visiting from such glam spots as marvy Montrose, captivating Carnoustie, noteworthy Newcastle, luscious London, & bustling Bristol... just to name a few.
We look forward to seeing these 31 First Timers at future Aberdeen parkruns:

Kenneth Robertson, Tyler Brown, Thomas Walter, Ian Beattie, Duncan Sinclair, Murray Coull, Kyle Yeats, Ross Herbert, Sandra Beattie, Leah Robertson, Lize Xia, Wendy Adie, Scott Wood, Iona Masson, Jonathan White, Matthew Rafferty, Beth Towsey, Anna Wray, Mark Haggart, Judith Smith, Sam Horn, Jemma Byres, Simone Hamer, Hugo MacAngus, Romanie MacAngus, Matt Nairpour, Shannon MacAngus, Alick MacAngus, Megan Runciman, Ann Webb, & Deborah Adekoya.

Fiona's First Timers' Briefing

Out of a possible 252 runners, 53 dashed their way to new PBs!
Congratulations to:

Rankin Lascelles, Graham McCabe, Michael Simpson, Sandy Laing, Mark Mitra, Christopher Paterson, Chelsea Cook, Scott Thompson, Avibesh Gautam, Oleg Yerkhov, Francis Neat, Shane Reid, Andrew Williams, Erdem Babayigit, Helen Duguid, David Corbett, Torstein Skardhamar, Samuel Dobby, Neil James Cosnette, Kevin Mackie, Greg Cooper, Sylvain Desgre, Alastair Bews, Mark McIlroy, Sam Crichton, Jacqueline Reaper, Jonathan Byrne, Sophie Wishart, Mostafa Elagouz, Marie King, Grant Shuttleworth, Mike Sievewright, Margaret Turner, Wendy Arthur, Catriona Young, Victoria Deveci, Maggie Seward, Maddie Pritchard, Stacey Kerr, Alison Fraser, Elizabeth Phull, Jill Cossar, Susan Murray, Fiona MacDonald, Natalie Ferguson, Keira Catto, Juanjo Asorey, Patricia Stenhouse, Shona Gossip, Harry Nicol, Rowena Cruickshank, Elaine Thomson, & William Thomson.

Thanks so much to pacers Jim Moir & Alan Brown who helped keep many of our speed~stars on track to reach their goals. It's always helpful to have pace bunnies in the mix!

Many of us have great expectations about our next PB, but I'm thinking Kevin Mackie never entertained a PB of this magnitude. He shaved 1:14 off his previous PB! What secret elixir of the running gods did Kev have for breakfast? Spill your secrets, Mr. Mackie!

1st over the Finish Line for the ladies in a fab time of 20:19 was Hannah Mutch. With 59 First Finishes to her credit, Hannah continues to top our First Finishers' table. She has a massive 181 parkruns to her credit, all of which have been at Aberdeen parkrun.
2nd in was Chelsea Cook in 20:58 earning her a shiny new PB! Chelsea shaved 22 seconds off her previous PB. She has completed 23 parkruns with 19 of them at Aberdeen.
3rd across the line was Gail Rennie in 22:44. Gail has 70 parkruns to her credit with 67 of them at Aberdeen parkrun.

1st across the Finish Line for the men's category was Rankin Lascelles in 16:42 earning him a shiny, new PB! Rankin has completed 55 parkruns with 40 here at Aberdeen.
2nd in was Ruairidh Campbell in 17:03. Ruairidh has 37 parkruns to his credit with 13 of them at Aberdeen parkrun.
3rd across was Graham McCabe in 17:13. This earned Graham a new PB on this his 6th run at Aberdeen He has now completed 177 parkruns in total.

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

JW11-14: Maggie Seward 28:35 (PB!)
JW15-17: Christine M. Young 29:17
JW10: Shannon MacAngus 40:26 (First Timer!)

JM11-14: Samuel Dobby 23:49 (PB!)
JM10: Hugo MacAngus 35:57 (First Timer)
JM15-17: Jordan Cruickshank 42:33

To check out all our parkrunners' names up in lights visit:


Seems like just yesterday when 273 FABerdeen parkrunners celebrated our 300th edition. But heck that was way back on May 20, 2017!
Ahhhhh......I remember it well.
It was a fancy dress affair with a star~studded cast including Spider~Man Nik! And who could forget our pace bunny Teletubbies who brought a touch of Laa~Laa Land to the party. Rumour has it Alan B. might be tempted to reprise his Po position.
But perhaps it was just a rumour...

Time now to flash forward...

On March 23rd we'll be celebrating our 400th edition!
Will there be fancy dress? Will there be cake? Will Spider~Man arrive just in time? Will Alison C. parkrun her 100th? Will yours truly parkrun her 250th?
So many questions!
So little time!
Be sure to join us next Saturday for all the answers when Run Director Bryan Mills & his merry band of volunteers host our 400th edition of Aberdeen parkrun.

Happy parkrunning
Cynthia Fry


Aberdeen parkrun event number 398 9′th March 2019

Today 301 people run, jogged and walked the course. We were joined by 36 first timers/parkun tourists.

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

Rosemary LEIPER • Jamie COVENTRY • Michelle BROWN • Emma Georgina SNEDDEN • Jim MCCURRACH • Susan COWIE • Rohit SONI • Malcolm SHENNAN • Caron SIEVEWRIGHT • Mike SIEVEWRIGHT • Bryan MILLS • John DUFF • Harry SAYERS • Ellen COWIE • Kristin MCCURRACH • Caiden THOM • Mitchell RENNIE

Special shout out to Ellen who reached her 25'th volunteer milestone today.

Next week we need a lead bike and funnel manager to complete the roster, please let us know if you can help

First male finisher was Andrew Love in 17:15
First female finisher was Kate Le Chevalier with a shiny new PB with a time of 19:38
First junior female finisher was Janani Mohan in 20:43
First male junior finisher was Jordan Cruickshank in 19:36

We had a number of runners reaching milestones today:

Running their 50'th parkrun were: David Hunter, Nigel O'Neil, Paul Bowie and Paul Gray
Junior runner Jordan Cruickshank reached his 100th milestone
Last but certainly not least, Graham Snedden, our Event Director, completed his 250th parkrun. Graham has over 100 volunteer credits to his name. Well done.

We had 41 out of a possible 265 parkrunners record PB's today. Well done to you all.

Clare Russell, regular RD and part of the Aberdeen parkrun core team, is hosting a 5k(ish) fun run on Tuesday the 9'th of April, in Seaton Park to raise funds for 'Friends of Orchard Brae'. There is no entry fee but a donation to the charity would be very much appreciated. The fun run is part of Clare's fundraising efforts as she prepares to take on the London Marathon on the 28'th of April.
Further details on the fun run can be found on the event page on Facebook:


See you all next week when Graham is your Run Director.

Bryan. RD and Run Report writer (09/03)


Aberdeen parkrun 397: 2nd March 2019

This week 314 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 41 were first timers and 48 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.

We had some impressive PBs today, notably including our top 2 male finishers, Jamie Coventry and Jim Moir. Hannah Mutch led the females home, her 58th first finish! Very impressive Hannah! Other PBs in the top 20 were recorded by Martin Mueller, Mike Winn, Daryl Stuart and Sam Orr.

Malcolm Shennan recorded his 2nd PB of the year, all the more impressive given that he's in the 60-64 age group, while Margaret Turner came up trumps for the ladies, recording a new PB in the 65-69 age category! Just goes to show that whatever our age we can continue to improve if we're willing to put the effort in. Great work!

Terry Davidson, Tessa Dunford, Samuel Stephenson, Peter Walterson, Shane Reid, Andrew Williams, Craig Hodge, Geoffrey Molloy, David Petrie, Natalie Leask, Steven Pollok, David Corbett, Dan Hall, Ruben McKay, Sughan Bhandari, Greg Cooper, Sangita Sharma, Elin Evenson, Ian Haig, Joseph Hibbs, Aine Conway, Gordon McKechnie, Jen Stewart, Paul McKeown, Anna-Jane Macduff, Victoria Devici, Cheryl Mainland, Cheryl Miller, Sophie Caroline, Hannah Orr, Alix Shearer, Ashley Pollitt, Emma Strachan, Carol Cameron, Cassia Soni, Kelly Wood, Sharon McArthur, Susan Dewar, Samantha Ross and Fern Vickery also all recorded PBs today. Well done to each and every one of you!

Our pacers, Alan and Chelsea did a great job running 25 and 23 minutes respectively.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Alastair BLAIN • Jackie WRIGHT • Clare RUSSELL • Alan BROWN • David MACLENNAN • Ray CROMBIE • Pete SMITH • Tony LITTLE • Lorna POTTER • Rohit SONI • Mark MCDONALD • Malcolm SHENNAN • Amy MACKIE • Bryan MILLS • Kevin MACKIE • Harry SAYERS • Gail RENNIE • Stuart DICKSON • Mitchell RENNIE

Many thanks to all our volunteers. We really do appreciate you! Stuart did a grand job of the First Timers Briefing, organised with his notes after listening in last week. Amy did the spot checks on times, ensuring our results were easy to process, and this freed me up to stand back, chat with our parkrunners as they finished, and generally enjoy being part of such an awesome community!

Running conditions were very good and it was a perfect day for volunteering. Who'd have thought our runners would be complaining of the heat in March?! Looking out the window as I write, it's hard to believe we're talking about the same day.

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

Hope to see you all again next week. First timers, please be assured that we always try to ensure a fine day on Saturdays. If for any reason our request goes AWOL we continue regardless and breakfast at the Brig O'Don tastes all the better!

Best of luck to everyone racing tomorrow! Be sure to get your Saturday volunteer stints booked in around your races for the season ahead.

Happy running!

Your Run Director and Run Reporter,
Clare Russell


Aberdeen parkrun event 396 23rd Feb 2019

353 runners turned up to run today
An excellent total for today’s event
We welcomed all our Visitors today and lots of runners who added a splash of colour from the Newmachar Running group

The volunteers who made this event happen –
They gave up their run today to let you all run

Alicea BAIN • Bernadette HILLSON • Bryan MILLS • Caiden THOM • Ceri WILLIAMS • Colin BURNETT • Malcolm SHENNAN • Michael BARKER • Mike MACKAY • Mitchell RENNIE • Neil MCBAIN • Paul Kevin WEBSTER • Ray CROMBIE • Rohit SONI • Stuart DICKSON • Tony LITTLE • Vanessa SANTOS • Victoria NOAD

Great to meet our new volunteers today who all enjoyed volunteering
Caiden, Bernadette, Ceri and Vanessa
Ceri even found time to be lead bike and then run the route

Congratulations to Victoria Noad on her 50th parkrun today

Congratulations to Shallene Catto on her 100th parkrun today

Conditions today-- Dry with wind in the faces of the runners on the first 2.5k then tropical conditions on the lower prom?
Did you run well today--did you get a pb or your fastest time of the year
We had a total of 58 PBs today
Well done in achieving a personal best today or running to your best time of the year.
We had a grand total of 44 First timers which is visitors and runners at their very 1st parkrun event at our event today
Victoria did a great job with all the first timers and runners from other parkruns
Thanks to Victoria for all the cake and toffee, chocolate brownies for the runners and volunteers.
It went down well with the coffee for the volunteers we had as the runners were on the course. Well we deserve a treat?
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. Keep it up!
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 David Buglass in fantastic time of 15.58 and a new PB
I chatted to David after his run and he said he struggled up the hill and into the wind??
2nd back home was Eoghan MacNamara in 17.12
3rd back was Paul Hadden in 17.58
1st Female back today was Jane Kidd in a fantastic time of 21.43 and a new pb and an age grade score of 89.33%
2nd Female Finisher was Carolyn Milne in 22.06
3rd Female Finisher was Jane Latham in 22.25
This coming Saturday (02/03) we still need a lead bike and barcode scanner
We have a full roster on the 9th of March
Then plenty of places to from the 16th of March onwards to fill.The 4th May has been booked up with volunteers already
We are looking for volunteers so if you can take a turn at helping and supporting our event
Just e-mail in to our volunteer co-ordinator this week at the following aberdeenhelpers@parkrun.com to choose your role and date you can volunteer
Brig of Don Pub for post run coffee and the big breakfast is the place to be for the post run chats.
Good to see Stuart Bell back taking photos of the event.






It’s free-It’s fun -its Aberdeen parkrun.
Next week it is Clare who is your Run Director
Have a good week running -See you on Saturday
Your run reporter and run Director for today
Colin Burnett


Aberdeen parkrun event number 395 16′th February 2019

329 people ran, jogged and walked the course. We were joined by 32 first timers and our tourists came from Krakow, London and Edinburgh amongst other places.

The stars of the event were as ever our volunteers:


Paul Kevin WEBSTER • Craig JOLLY • Alan BROWN • Carolyn SNEDDEN • Tony MCGARVA • George MCPHERSON • Alasdair MACIVER • Cynthia FRY • Jim MOIR • Jamie ROSS • Jim MCCURRACH • Susan COWIE • Alan GRIEVE • Rohit SONI • Mark MCDONALD • Bryan MILLS • Harry SAYERS • Ellen COWIE • Chelsea COOK • Alicea BAIN

Mark was RD for the second time and did a fantastic job.

Next week we still need a Lead Bike, Timekeeper and barcode scanner. If you can help us to fill these spaces then please email:

A special thank you once again to Stuart Bell for the fab photos of the event.

First male Finisher was Paul Hadden in a time of 17:06
First female finisher was Hannah Morrison in 19:19
First Junior female finisher was Melissa Regmi in 28:51
First Junior male finisher was Hamish Brown in 20:38

46 out of a possible 299 people recorded a new PB, special shout outs to:
Cassia Soni, who recorded a new PB for the second week on the bounce.
Mike Sievewright
Samuel Dobby
Alfie McRobb

We had a number of runners reaching milestones yesterday:
Steven Owens and Alan Grieve reached their 50'th parkrun
Kirk Anderson reached his 100th parkrun
Leeanne Pratt completed her 200th parkrun
Team Kerr, had a double Milestone with Elizabeth running her 200th parkrun and hubby Andrew running his 100th parkrun

Last, but certainly not least, Adam Scragg reached his 250th milestone.
Well done to you all.

See you all this Saturday when Colin is your Run Director.

Bryan (Run Report writer)

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