Aberdeen parkrun Event number 366: 11th August 2018

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.

Happy running!

Clare Russell
Run Director & Run Reporter

 

Aberdeen parkrun Event 365: 4th August 2018

We had another lovely day at Aberdeen parkrun with fine (albeit humid) conditions. It was certainly a great day for volunteering and we'd like to thank our volunteers this week, without whom the event would not go ahead:

Alastair BLAIN • Paul Anthony KNIGHT • Clare RUSSELL • Carolyn SNEDDEN • William WALKER • Lynn BUTTON • Martin COSSAR • Tony LITTLE • Rohit SONI • Mark MCDONALD • Malcolm SHENNAN • Bryan MILLS • John DUFF • Magdalena STEFANIAK • Stuart DICKSON • Vivien BROUGHTON • Reece CARSON

Ali Mathers and Mark McDonald paced 30 minutes and 24 minutes respectively. While pacers are not an essential role we do welcome them when all the key roles on the roster are filled and no pace is too slow so please feel free to give it a go, whatever your speed! Thanks also to Ali for leading the post-parkrun yoga / stretching session. It's good to see so many people participating in this.

Our volunteer roster is looking fairly healthy for the coming weeks, but we do have some vacancies remaining later in August and into September. Please remember that new faces are always welcome! There is further information on all of the volunteer roles at the parkrun support site: https://support.parkrun.com/hc/en-us/articles/200566523-What-do-the-volunteers-do-
If there's a role you'd like to try, please drop us an e-mail at: aberdeenoffice@parkrun.com

This week 266 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 28 were first timers and 42 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part. It's lovely to see so many first timers at the Briefing each week. Today we had visitors from Lincoln, South Buckinghamshire (Black Park) and Armagh parkrun. We hope that you all enjoyed your run with us.

Derek Dunn completed his 150th parkrun today. Congratulations Derek, and thanks for the cake! If you've not joined us at Satrosphere yet please feel free to come along in future weeks. Everyone is welcome! Just have a seat next to anyone in running kit and you'll be welcomed into the chat.

Our first finishers today were:
Nicola Gauld in an impressive time of 17:51, and Calum Calder in 17:28 with a shiny new PB! Congratulations to both runners.

Our first Juniors were:
Jamie Ferries (11-14) in 20:10 and Christine Young (15-17) in 27:28.

We would be grateful if you would please remember our Health and Safety rules at all times, primarily ensuring that Under 11s are within reach of their guardian at all times and listening to the pre-run briefing. Although we do have to cover the Health and Safety points each week there are other announcements made, such as one-off issues on the course and those celebrating milestone achievements.

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 9,642 participants have completed 70,588 parkruns covering a total distance of 352,940 km, including 13,005 new Personal Bests.

Happy running! See you next week,

Clare Russell
Run Director & Run Reporter

 

Aberdeen parkrun – Event Number 364 -28th July 2018

Aberdeen parkrun
Event number 364
28th July 2018

Many thanks to all who came along this week. 240 people ran, jogged and walked the course. There were 22 first timers and representatives of 20 different clubs took part.
The thunder and lightning stayed away! Course conditions were very good albeit a bit humid on the bottom prom. There was a small drizzle of rain which was rather refreshing whilst running.

29 of those who took part on Saturday recorded new Personal Bests – that 12%. Since Aberdeen parkrun started on 8th October 2011 there have been 12,963 Personal Bests recorded. An email sent to parkrun UK this week from one of our runners suggested that ‘PB’ should stand for “putting back” by volunteering after you get a PB. I’ll look forward to receiving 29 volunteer emails then!

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers- this week’s fantastic volunteers were:

Chris LANGTON • Jeremy SKEDGE • Vivienne LAIN • Esther FOWLER • Paul Kevin WEBSTER • Carolyn SNEDDEN • Graham SNEDDEN • Fiona SEWELL • Alan MARRIOTT • Christopher PROVAN • Dino ROUSSIAS • Steve WILSON • Mark MCDONALD • Malcolm SHENNAN • Bryan MILLS • Neil MCBAIN • Magdalena STEFANIAK • Caitlin STONE

NOW FOR THE STATS:
1st Male Finisher was Finlay Ness in 17:36 (PB recorded)
2nd Male Finisher was Jim Moir in 18:11
3rd Male Finisher was Hugh Walton in 18:15 (PB recorded)

1st Female Finisher was Hannah Mutch in 20:02
2nd Female Finisher was Elizabeth Kerr in 21:05
3rd Female Finisher was Chelsea Cook in 22:30

A REMINDER OF SOME OF OUR RECORDS -
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).
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Aberdeen parkrun Results Page

We were delighted to welcome visitors from Birmingham, Stockport and Dundee. The gentleman from Birmingham finished well up the field so I only managed to give him a wave as I came in through the finish funnel as he was walking back to his car. I did have a chat with father and son visitors from Dundee, Sean and Nairn Keith and they really enjoyed the course. We look forward to seeing you again.

Many thanks to Samantha Cumming and Tony Little who on their warm up run collected a full back of little from the top and bottom prom. It would be lovely to get a small group to do this again one Saturday morning to keep our beach area looking good. If anyone would like to donate some heavy-duty rubber gloves this would be much appreciated.

We had two MILESTONE CELEBRATIONS this week-

David Ovenstone completing his 100th parkrun
And
Fiona Sewell completing her 250th parkrun

We enjoyed the sweets at the end which Fiona provided and also the cake at the café. Fiona is part of the Aberdeen parkrun core team and gives a lot back to our parkrun. Not only has she now completed her 250th run but she has also completed 119 volunteer role positions. To add to that she likes a bit of parkrun tourism and has run at 60 different parkruns in the UK and abroad. She has also completed all the Scottish parkruns of which there are 40. A HUGE thanks Fiona for all you do – it’s very much appreciated.

We look forward to seeing you next week and in the meantime if you would like to volunteer please drop us an email at: aberdeenhelpers@parkrun.com. There are still a couple of gaps for next week. Clare Russell is next week’s Run Director.

Carolyn – Volunteer Co-ordinator and Run Report Writer (28th July 2019)

 

Aberdeen parkrun, Event 363, 21st July 2018

272 runners today,
An excellent total for today’s event
The volunteers who made this event happen:
Alan BROWN, June BURR, Gemma COLLINS, Kevin DOCHERTY, Stuart MACDONALD, Amy MACKIE, Scott MACLEOD, Ali MATHERS, Yvonne MILLMAN, Bryan MILLS, Victoria NOAD, Mark RAMSEY, Rajendra REGMI, Clare RUSSELL, Natalia SHEKHOVTSOVA, Carolyn SNEDDEN, Craig THORNHILL, Julie WARE, Ben WARE, Paul Kevin WEBSTER
Thanks to all the volunteers today from the Core Team
Conditions today I hear were very good for the run
Did you run well today--did you get a pb?
We had an excellent total of 61 PBs today –22.42 % of our runners
We had a grand total of 33 First timers at our event today
We had visitors from exotic locations from Brisbane ,Nice, Lisbon and as far as Banchory
We hope you enjoyed the run and you are welcome back anytime
Your result is on the web page under the latest results tab and is e-mailed to you once the results are completed and verified by parkrun HQ
The 1st one home today was Ben Ward in 16.14 and a new PB
2nd back was Chris Richardson in 16.22 and a new PB
3rd back was Andrew Love in 16.29 and new PB
1st Female back today was our female course record holder Nicola Gauld in 18.15
Well done to Nicola
2nd Female Finisher was Hannah Mutch in 19.20 and a new PB
3rd Female Finisher was Kirsty Mitchell in 21.11 a first timer to our event
Well done in achieving a personal best today or running to your best time of the year.
We are looking for volunteers so if you can take a turn at helping and supporting our event for August
Just e-mail in to our volunteer co-ordinator Fiona at the following aberdeenhelpers@parkrun.com to choose your role and date you can volunteer
Running story of the week-
Just a quick note on my trip to London.
I managed to fit in a parkrun to Southwark parkrun -as you do!
Located near the Surrey docks the web page instructions on how to get there were spot on for the tube or bus or walking.
Southwark parkrun had 327 runners and was run partly on the scorched grass and mainly tarmac on a new route due to building works at the boat shed
The route was 3.75 laps around part of the park.
The welcome was very friendly and the first timers briefing was clear and concise and I will share some little tips with the core team on things they do well which we can use.
The run directors briefing was easy to follow and soon we were marched off to the starting point and ready to go. After 1,.75 laps I seemed to get used to the lap circuit and improved my run and time. (very different from running out and back?)
You do run past other runners as you lap them but plenty of encouragement is shouted to all runners from marshals and runners which was great to see. Soon it was over and had a chat with the run director and some runners. They do have the same issue as most parkruns in getting volunteers and as it is run by students poses further issues for them although they all did a fantastic job on the day.
I was impressed by the signage and the marshals around the course encouraging and cheering all the runners. It was a very hot day and there was a cafe at the park they all went back to .
I could not join them however as had a tight schedule of the Tourist attractions to get back to.
I would recommend anyone to try this parkrun event if in London
It’s Free- It’s Fun-It’s your parkrun
See you on the 28th July
Your run reporter
Colin Burnett

 

Aberdeen parkrun Event number 362: 14th July 2018

Congratulations to Roger Appleby on his 200th parkrun today
Bryan was your run director today -well for the finish?
For only the second time in our event Bryan left the finish tokens at home in Ellon and had to go back and get them. Graham took over as the run director after a quick meeting with the core team who were at the event. Graham did a great job and we decided to delay the start for 5 minutes to allow some time for Bryan to get back with the finish tokens in time, but we did have some extra volunteers stepping up to help just in case he was not back in time with an alternative plan of getting the runners placings and finishing barcode numbers when the runners finished. However Bryan got back with a few minutes to spare so all was back on course. (Edit: For the record, the one other time the finish tokens were forgotten, it was by none other than your Run Reporter, Colin Burnett! On this occasion Alan Brown came to the rescue, driving to Colin's house to collect the aforementioned tokens, thankfully hitting every set of traffic lights at green on the return journey!)
261 runners today,
A very good total for today’s event
The volunteers who made this event happen:
Colin BURNETT, Reece CARSON, Lynn CHRISTOFFERSEN, Jamie COVENTRY, Esther FOWLER, Anne KEENLYSIDE, Chris LANGTON, Ashlea MACDONALD, Ali MATHERS, Marie-Ann MCLEOD, Bryan MILLS, David OVENSTONE, Rajendra REGMI, Clare RUSSELL, Fiona SEWELL, Graham SNEDDEN, Rohit SONI, Caitlin STONE, Lesley STRACHAN, Vidhata UPRETY, Paul Kevin WEBSTER
Thanks to all the volunteers today from Graham ,Bryan and the Core Team

Conditions today –

The wind before the run at the 8.30 recce run was slight on the top promenade but by the time we started the wind was stronger and the day was hotting up with no wind on the lower promenade which made it a more challenging run .
Did you run well --did you get a pb?
Thanks to all our pacers for helping and supporting the runners
We had 3 pacers today,
Rajendra Regmi –22 minutes
Ali Mathers running 25 minutes
Clare Russell pacing 30 minutes
We had a total of 19 PBs today –
We had a grand total of 37 First timers at our event today
Possibly it is the first time we have had more first timers than pbs?
We had visitors from Melbourne, Dundee and Falkirk
We hope you enjoyed the run and you are welcome back anytime
Your result is on the web page under the latest results tab and is e-mailed to you once the results are completed and verified by parkrun HQ on Saturday.
The 1st one home today was Stuart Milne in 17.36
2nd back was Allan Christie in 18.05
3rd back was Ryan Smith in 18.17 and a new Pb
1st Female back today was Hannah Morrison in 19.53 with a new Pb
Well done to Hannah
2nd Female Finisher was Lisa Michie in 22.50
3rd Female Finisher was Claire Smith in 23.11
Well done in achieving a personal best today or running to your best time of the year.
Thanks to Ali Mathers for the yoga session after the run.
It is proving popular with more runners participating every week.
We are looking for volunteers so if you can take a turn at helping and supporting our event during the next few weeks or within the next month.
Just e-mail in to our volunteer co-ordinator Clare at the following aberdeenhelpers@parkrun.com to choose your role and date you can volunteer
Running tip of the week-
Where can I get some useful tips on improving my running?
You can go on the internet or read in books
parkrun have some great tips from national runners and coaches on the newsletter page each week “Parkrun Pacers”. To improve your running.
But the one that is possibly the best is to go the café after our event where you can get tips on your running from our runners.
The experience they have and the different methods of training they do is great to hear and you can then try a few things that will help your running.
I won’t see you next Saturday as off to London for a few days and of course take in a parkrun!
Enjoy your run.
It’s Free- It’s Fun-It’s your parkrun
Your run reporter
Colin Burnett

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