Aberdeen parkrun event number 379 10′th November 2018

Firstly many thanks to everyone for taking part in the one minute silence to mark the centenary of Armistice.

This week 247 people ran, jogged and walked the course. We welcomed 28 first timers/parkrun tourists from as far afield as Shetland and Glasgow.

Many thanks to stars of the show our volunteers:
Paul Kevin WEBSTER • William SKINNER • Izzie MCDONALD • Alan BROWN • Shirley C • Jim MOIR • Martin COSSAR • Derek DUNN • Tony LITTLE • Rohit SONI • Mark MCDONALD • Malcolm SHENNAN • Amy MACKIE • Bryan MILLS • Catherine SHANKS • John DUFF • John CONNELLY • Neil MCBAIN • Alicea BAIN

Special shout out to Amy who earned her 25 volunteer t-shirt today.

First male finisher was Jamie Coventry in 18:09
First female finisher was Holly Morrison in 20:11
First junior female finisher was Janani Mohan in 20:21
First junior male finisher was Kieran Downie in 22:47

5 of our runners reached milestones today:
Max Sheridan reached his 100th parkrun
Miles Atkinson celebrated his 50th parkrun with a new PB
Annie Robinson and Julien Caine reached their 50th parkrun
Lewis Robinson, junior runner, reached his 10'th parkrun

22 out of a possible 219 runners recorded new PBs, special shout outs to:

Mia McDermid, junior runner, was over 90 seconds faster than her previous PB
Scott Minty
Fiona Hunter
Gordon McKechnie
Andrew Williams

Next week we have a full volunteer roster but plenty of spaces to fill from 24'th of November onwards. Check the link below for full details of the roles up for grabs:


Please remember we can't host the event without volunteers, its fun and easy to volunteer

Today was our last coffee and tea cake at the Tram Shed cafe for 18 months. The Science centre is closing for major renovation. Many thanks to the team there for the coffees and teas on the house today. From next week we will be meeting for post run coffee at the Brig O'Don eatery just across the Shell garage on King Street.

See you all next week when Clare is your run director

Bryan (Run report writer and Run Director 10/11/2018)


Aberdeen parkrun event number 378 3′rd November 2018

Or at least Run Director Rob Sim made his brilliant debut appear so. Calm, cool, & collected, Rob made Run Directing look like a walk in the park. With 326 parkrunners & 21 volunteers to direct whilst the wind whipped everything into a frenzy, Rob certainly had his hands full. Thanks for stepping up to the mark to don the Run Directing vest, Mr Sim! We hope you'll become a regular in the RD role from here on in.

At end of the RD briefing this Saturday, 10/11, we will observe one minute silence to mark the centenary of the Armistice, please do respect those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Wear your poppy with pride or something red (if you have a 50 parkrun t-shirt that would be ideal)

Saturday 10th November will be our last coffee and cake at the Aberdeen science centre for 18 months whilst they undergo a major refurbishment. From the 17th of November our new post run coffee and chat will be the Brig O'Don Pub, everyone welcome. Please do support the new venue. Plenty of parking and closer to the start/finish line.

A whopping 47 First Timers tested their mettle on our breezy promenade. Some folks pay big bucks for a chance at wind tunnel testing, but here at Aberdeen parkrun, we offer it up for free! We hope all our First Timers enjoyed their gusty debut on our windswept course.

I took great delight in meeting some of our First Timers when I hosted the First Timers' Briefing. In the mix were parkrunners from Somerset, Derby, Fife & Inverness, just to name a few from away. We also had First Timers hailing from Aberdeen who would have been a bit less surprised by the blustery weather blasting about on the promenade. Congratulations to all of you for taking on Mother Nature. We're putting in a requisition for sunny, calm weather on your next visit.

Amongst our First Timers taking in a spot of parkrun tourism was Lisa Anthony completing her 50th parkrun. Lisa mainly parkruns at Hazlehead & has tossed in a few spots of parkrun tourism. Thanks for including Aberdeen parkrun in the mix & we hope you enjoyed our course for your 50th. Congrats Lisa!

Meanwhile, our First Timer with the most parkruns to her credit was Irene Miller with an impressive 428! Most of her parkruns were logged in at Edinburgh but Irene's repertoire boasts an impressive list of parkrun tourism, as well. Dare I say Irene might be just a tad in love with parkrun?

To mull over the stats on all our 47 First Timers, & the rest of the field check out:


First over the Finish Line was Jonathan Gamble in 18:07, heating up the Finish Funnel for David Stevens who came in 2nd in 18:53. A mystery "Unknown" snapped up 3rd. A ghostly apparition left over from Hallowe'en? Perhaps, but whoever our mystery parkrunner was, bring your barcode next time so we can put your name up in lights in future results.

In a time of 20:59, Carly McNeil was our first female to whip over the Finish Line. Alex Shaw, from our JW15-17 division, crossed in an impressive 22:01, and Jayne Addie took 3rd over the Line in 22:40.

Kudos to all our speed~stars. You're an inspiration to all who aspire to adding speed into our parkrun equation.

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

JW15-17: Alex Shaw 22:01
JW10: Mia McDermid 30:24 (PB!)
JW11-14: Keira Walker 31:00 (PB!)

JM11-14: Louis Kowal 19:58 (First Timer)
JM10: Lewis Bennett 27:41 (First Timer)
JM15-17: Alistair Ware 28:09

Well done to all our juniors who took on the 5k course, especially under such windy conditions. Fab job!

I parkran on Saturday & can personally testify that the headwind on the top prom was not "a breeze"!
"Mr. Garmin" said it was 39 kph and in my book that's definitely not "a breeze". It was more like a gale....
Which makes these speed~stars all the more impressive:

Given the headwind that plagued the first half of the course, how did anyone achieve a Personal Best, let alone 24 of you achieve PBs?
Did you hoist a sail to catch the tail wind on the 2nd half?

Congratulations to these wizards who worked their magic to post PBs under challenging running conditions:

Ludovic Krauss, Jake Coutts, Cameron Dixon, Daniel Janicki, Erdem Babayigit, Jules Galloway, Demi Beattie, Louise Chamaillard, Alastair Bews, Steve Allan, Hannah Wright, Amy Hilditch, Samantha Bunn, Iris Martin, Megan Shaw, Claire McDonald, Donnah Blake, Morgan Angus, Mia McDermid, Keira Walker, Vivienne Archibald, Sarah Crichton, Shereen Johnstone, & Tanya Rennie.

Pssst..... I want to know your secret!

Thanks also to this week's pacebunnies Helen Paddon, Mark McDonald, & Jim McCurrach who may just have had a hand in helping Team PB.

Congratulations to Metro Aberdeen Running Club member Susan MacIver who completed her 200th parkrun on Saturday! Susan debuted at Aberdeen parkrun in 2013 and has been a familiar face on the start line ever since. She has accumulated 171 of her parkruns at Aberdeen, 9 at Hazlehead, 4 at Ellon, & 2 at Camperdown with the remainder tallied from a string of parkrun tourism to bring her total to 200. In addition, her PB tallies in at an impressive 22:05, & she won the 2014 Female Points competition. For a change of pace, Susan also jumps into the volunteer pool for a spot of parkfun. Kudos on completing your 200th parkrun, Susan!

Aberdeen parkrun is made possible thanks to brilliant volunteers who orchestrate each event. A special shout out to this week's team who braved the elements so that 326 parkrunners could get their parkrun fix.
Thank~you to:

Adrian T MILES • Alan MARRIOTT • Bryan MILLS • Carolyn SNEDDEN • Caron SIEVEWRIGHT • Cynthia FRY • Graeme HAY • Helen PADDON • Jim MCCURRACH • Jim MOIR • Kevin MACKIE • Malcolm SHENNAN • Mark MCDONALD • Mark RAMSEY • Mike SIEVEWRIGHT • Paul Kevin WEBSTER • Ray CROMBIE • Robert SIM • Roger APPLEBY • Shallene CATTO • Stephen CLARK

We're always keen to see new faces jump into the volunteer pool. Don't be shy, give it a try!
Check out the openings on future rosters at:


For the number junkies....
Of 378 Aberdeen parkruns, this was our 16th highest attendance.

On Saturday, Emma Donegan blew through her final Aberdeen parkrun before her move to Bergen. We wish you all the best Emma & hope you have the chance to jump into the Lovstien parkrun. Recently, one of our First Timers was visiting from Bergen and put in a good word for their newly minted event (it's only 4 parkruns old!). If memory serves, First Timer Vitor mentioned the flight from Bergen to Aberdeen is only an hour & a half. For parkrun tourism buffs, pop Lovstien parkrun onto your radar.....and be on the lookout for Emma while you're there.

And just a reminder from your Aberdeen parkrun team about November 10th's event:

"This Saturday Aberdeen parkrun will observe a one minute silence before the start of the run to commemorate the contribution and sacrifice of the British and Commonwealth military and civilian men and women in the two World Wars and subsequent conflicts.

Please join us to mark the 100 years since the end of the First World War by wearing your poppy or something red (if you have a 50 parkrun t-shirt that would be ideal)."

Happy parkrunning
Cynthia Fry


Aberdeen parkrun event number 377 27′th October 2018

Despite the weather conditions we had 222 people walk, run and jog the route.We welcomed 23 first timers and parkrun tourists.

The event was made possible by our amazing volunteers:

Alastair BLAIN • Paul Kevin WEBSTER • Katrine SHARP • Craig JOLLY • Alan BROWN • Carolyn SNEDDEN • Graham SNEDDEN • Colin JACK • Adrian T MILES • Cynthia FRY • Jamie ROSS • Derek DUNN • Ivor DUFFUS • Donald MCINTOSH • Mark MCDONALD • Malcolm SHENNAN • Bryan MILLS • Neil MCBAIN • Anthonia ANUDU

Congratulations to George Taylor who ran his Wedding Day parkrun, all the very best to you and Pam

And a big shout out to John Duff who ran his 100th parkrun. John has volunteered on 37 separate occasions. Thank you John

First female finisher was Debbie Moore
First junior male finisher with a shiny new PB was Nathan Tosh, well done Nathan
First male finisher again with a shiny new PB was David Buglass
First junior female finisher was Janani Mohan

29 out of a possible 199 runners recorded new PB's. A special special out out to those who we haven't mentioned already:
Charlotte Haig (Junior runner) & Andrew Haig, both proud owners of the 25 volunteer club
Mark Findlay. Fantastic time Mark
One of our junior runners, Mason Addison
Another of our junior runners, Leo Laing
Gordon McKechnie
Connor Raitt, junior runner, over 2 minutes faster than his previous PB
Scott Minty

See you all this coming Saturday when Rob makes his debut as Run Director. Thanks for stepping up Rob.


Aberdeen parkrun – Event: 376 20th October 2018

Aberdeen parkrun
Run report -20th October 2018
Event –376

Thanks to this week's volunteers—from the Core Team and myself.

We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen
:Anthonia ANUDU, Colin BURNETT, Shirley C, Derek DUNN, Hamish MACDONALD, Alan MARRIOTT, Bryan MILLS, Clare RUSSELL, Malcolm SHENNAN, David SHEWAN, Carolyn SNEDDEN, Rohit SONI, John TURNER, Margaret TURNER, Steve WILSON, Ronnie WILSON

We had 257 runners today- an excellent turnout

One of the timers stop working today but there was no panic and Margaret did a great job in keeping the times in check and correct . Graham has ordered a new one which we hope to have by Saturday.
I hope the volunteers enjoyed the cake and cookies whilst waiting for everyone to come in. We all deserve a treat!

We had a total of 33 personal bests today- well done

On to today’s run - the weather is getting colder but it was dry, windy on the top promenade and wind behind for the lower promenade.

1st Male finisher was Michael Simpson in 17.39
2ND Male Finisher was Robbie Idle in 18.00 a new Pb
3rd Male finisher was Jamie Coventry in 18.09
1st Female finisher was Hannah Mutch in 20.09
2nd Female Finisher was Alison Pilichos in 20.29
3rd Female Finisher was Elizabeth Kerr in 20.52

23 first timers were at the new runners briefing today taken by Carolyn
We had Racheal from Cornwall even turn up early thinking it was a 9am start as it is in England. We hope you enjoyed our event and come back soon.

Congratulations to Stephen Clark on his 100th parkrun
Congratulations to Lois Soni on her 50th parkrun
Lois and her daughter make fantastic chocolate brownies and I am still looking for her recipe!

We still need to fill some of the volunteer spots for the runs for November
and we can take now bookings until New Year.
We need you to support our event and sign up to volunteer
E-mail in to aberdeenhelpers@parkrun.com- our volunteer co –coordinator

Running tip-
Winter is coming so time to pack up the summer running gear and take out your winter running kit. Wear your running kit according to the conditions and wear your kit that after 1k would be suitable as you will warm up after the first 1k and helps you make the choice not to have too much on so not to overheat and feel uncomfortable.

We have now gone over the 10,000 runners at our event since we started; another great milestone for our event

Here are the stats so far:

Number of events: 376 Number of runners: 10,063 Number of runs: 73,740
Number of first finishers: 251 Number of clubs: 542 Number of PBs: 13,518
Average number of runners per week: 196.1 Average number of runs per runner: 7.3 Biggest Attendance: 406
Average run time: 00:27:04 Total distance run: 368,700km
Female record holder:
Nicola GAULD - 17:04 - Event 21 (25/02/12)
Male record holder:
Myles EDWARDS - 15:08 - Event 190 (02/05/15)
Age graded record holder: Carolyn MILNE - 96.37 % - 19:18 - Event 294 (08/04/17)

It's been great to see others taking a turn at the run report with some fantastic reports completed by Cynthia Fry which have been a wonderful insight and read.

See you Saturday when your run director is Graham
Your run reporter
Colin Burnett


Aberdeen parkun event number 375 13th October 2018

This week we had 237 people run, jog and walk at our 375th event at Aberdeen parkrun. We welcomed 37 first timers and parkrun tourists.

Many thanks to the stars of today's event, our volunteers:

Peter GRAHAM • Jackie WRIGHT • Victoria NOAD • Clare RUSSELL • William SKINNER • Rachael WRIGHT • Derek DUNN • Tony LITTLE • Rohit SONI • Bryan MILLS • John DUFF • Robert SIM • Jane BOURQUE • Anthonia ANUDU • Lorissa SMART • Melanna SMART • Vivien BROUGHTON

Well done to Alan Cormark for reaching his 100'th parkrun milestone.

First Junior Male finisher was Daniel Jolly
First junior female finisher with a new PB was Janani Mohan
First female finisher was Hannah Mutch
Fist male finisher was one of our parkrun tourists Sam Fisher

Out of a possible 200 runners, 36 recorded new PB's, special shout outs to:

Lucy Cooper, JF11-14, with over 40 seconds faster than her previous PB
Hamish McGillivary. JM10, with almost a minute faster than his previous PB
Drew McDermid, JM11-14
Andrew Wilson
Ryan Ramsay with a sub 18 minute PB
Jerors Slobodcikovs
Jenny Styles
Eleanor Rattray
Rachel Winton

Can all runners please remember not to run on the road during our event.

We still have some spaces in our volunteer roster over the next few weeks:

20/10: lead bike
27/10: Lead bike, funnel manager and 2 barcode scanners.

Please remember we can't host the event without volunteers, its fun and easy to volunteer.

see you all next week when Colin is your Run Director

Bryan (RD and Run reporter 13/10/2018)


RUN REPORT: “7 YEARS RUNNING” Aberdeen parkrun # 374, October 6, 2018

Aberdeen parkrun burst onto the running scene on October 8, 2011 with 99 parkrunners & 7 volunteers. On that day, Robbie Simpson blazed over the Finish Line first in 15:31, whilst Fiona Rudkin was the first to cross the Finish in the female category in 19:05.
And so it began.

Flash forward to last Saturday....

What a glorious day for 336 parkrunners to celebrate Aberdeen parkrun's 7th birthday! The wind was calm, the beach views were scenic & there was a buzz in the air! We were also celebrating International parkrun Day ~ the 14th anniversary of the very 1st parkrun at Bushy Park when 13 keeners planted the seed for what has become a global phenomenon. There are now over 5,000,000 registered parkrunners world-wide!

Thank~you to our perpetually effervescent Carolyn Snedden who hosted our First Timers' Briefing. She welcomed 33 First Timers to our beachy~keen parkrun. Amongst these First Timers were juniors Craig Dickson, Mitchell Rennie, Brodie Farquhar & Kateryna Yerkhova. It's always encouraging to see the youngsters getting involved. We hope to see lots more of you in the future!

And...we hope all our First Timers enjoyed the scenic ocean views as the kilometres unfolded along the promenade. We look forward to your next visit & remember to bring your barcode every time so we can count you in the results!

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

JW10: Ella Gibson: 30:34
JW11-14: Brodie Farquhar: 28:46

JM10: Drue Thompson: 31:26
JM11-14: Archie Gibson: 19:18 (new PB!)
JM15-17: Jamie Sayers: 20:41 (new PB!)

As Lead Bike, I had the pleasure of witnessing front runner Isaiah Kosgei cross the finish line in 16:09. Isaiah led the field with an impressive 37 second time gap back to 2nd finisher Andrew Love who had an equally impressive time of 16:46. Crossing the Line in 3rd was First Timer David Buglass in 16:53. What a way to make an entrance onto the Aberdeen parkrun scene, David! Well done to all these speed~stars for heating up the course for the other 333 parkrunners.

In addition to being our First Finisher, Isaiah tied his First Finisher time from last week, & presently holds the VM40-44 record of 15:53 on our course.

Our 1st Female to cross the Finish Line was Aberdeen parkrun's very own speed~star Hannah Mutch. She whipped over the Line in an amazing 19:38, just 7 seconds ahead of Holly Morrison, our 2nd Female who crossed the line. Holly's 19:45 also earned her a PB! Alison Pilichos clocked in at 20:11 to nab the 3rd Female position. Kudos Hannah, Holly & Alison! In addition to Saturday's First Finish, Hannah holds the record for the most First Finishes (51!) at Aberdeen parkrun!

After parkrun, I had the opportunity to congratulate First Finisher Isaiah on his impressive performance. When I mentioned that I had been the Lead Bike, he related that it was helpful to have someone giving other prom users the head's up that runners were coming. When I came to the home stretch, I waited for him to come out of the "chute" from the lower prom & then called out "500 metres to go!". I hoped this might help him to know he was almost "home". He commented that it was indeed beneficial, especially since he didn't know the course very well. It was great to have some feedback about the Lead Bike role so we can pass on tips to other volunteers who take on the role. Thanks for offering up your views, Isaiah!

Last year I was away for a few weeks in October & missed Aberdeen parkrun's 6th birthday. At my first parkrun back, I discovered at least 3 parkrun babies had been born during my absence, & were on the scene for show & tell by their parkrun parents. Am I correct in saying that at least 2 of those parkrun babies were at last Saturday's parkrun to help us celebrate our 7th birthday??
Happy 1st Birthday to all these parkrun babies!!!
You're just 3 years away from being old enough for your first junior parkrun at Duthie Park. See you then!

Fabulous conditions co-operated for those chasing PBs. 73 parkrunners crossed the Finish Line with Personal Bests.
A special shout out to Graham McDermid who shaved 15 seconds off his previous PB in this his 338th parkrun. Impressive numbers, Mr. McDermid!
And a special shout out to chuffed to bits Nik Robinson, aka our resident Spider~Man, for his 19:55 PB. Are you still swinging from the rooftops, Spidey?
Meanwhile, in the younger set, these junior speed~stars added a PB next to their name: Logan Mitchell, Ross Chalmers, Archie Gibson, Saghun Bhandari, & Jamie Sayers.

Well done to all!
To see your name up in lights & to check out all the results, sprint over to:


This week, Shona Clarke volunteered as our 30 minute pacer. Whether you're chasing a PB, or just trying to maintain a particular pace on the day, pacers can help as visual markers & cheerleaders to help attain your goal. Thanks Shona for helping other parkrunners reach their goals &... for some...their PBs!

10: 9-time Ellon parkrunner Brodie Farquhar chalked up her First Time at Aberdeen parkrun to reach her 10th parkrun. Well done, Brodie. It's great to see the juniors racking up the miles!

50: Congratulations to Neil Murray on the completion of his 50th parkrun! Let your milestone T-shirt collection begin!

250: Mega~Congratulations to Alastair Blain on the completion of his 250th parkrun! Alastair has been parkrunning at Aberdeen since 2012 & has added parkrun volunteering into the mix 46 times. Impressive stuff, Mr. 250!

Kudos to Brodie, Neil & Alastair & remember you have milestone T-shirts to claim!

All parkruns happen because of our fabulous volunteers.
This week they were led by Run Director Extraordinaire Fiona Sewell. With 256 parkruns to her credit, she tosses in mucho parkrun touring & volunteering to balance it all out. I suspect Fiona holds some sort of Guiness World Record for juggling. There must be a parkrun T-shirt for that!
Fiona, thank-you for all you contribute to parkrun. You truly are a shining star!

Thank~you to all 17 of Saturday's Hi-Vis Heroes:

Alan BROWN • Alasdair MACIVER • Bryan MILLS • Carolyn SNEDDEN • Cynthia FRY • Emily MCKENZIE • Fiona SEWELL • Graeme HAY • Jade ANDERSON • Jamie MCMILLAN • Jim MOIR • Laura BROCKIE • Mark MCDONALD • Mike MACKAY • Rhianne STEWART • Roger APPLEBY • Shona CLARKE

A special thanks to my husband Donald McIntosh for co-Lead-Biking with me. You're my hero!
We also had some folks whipping up cakes, ferreting out a "7" balloon, & working their magic behind the scenes. Merci, beaucoup to all of you for helping make Aberdeen parkrun's 7th birthday a great success!

For your chance to don one of those swanky Hi-Vis volunteer vests, check out future rosters at:


Two of our avid Aberdeen parkrunners (& frequent volunteers) are soon re-locating to London to start their next chapter. We wish all the best to Adam & Claudia Scragg in their new adventures!
Be sure to come back for regular visits!
And Great Scottie, bring Olaf!


Aberdeen parkrun event number 373 29′th September 2018

This week we had 387 people run, jog and walk at our 373'rd event at Aberdeen parkrun, that's our 4'th ever highest attendance. We welcomed 68 first timers and parkrun tourists, the tourists came from near and far.

We had some of the parkrunners reach milestones today:

One of our visitors Finlay McGrregor, JM10, reached his 10th parkrun
Ellen Cowie reached her 50th parkun, Ellen is one of our junior runners and has volunteered on 15 occasions. Many thanks for volunteering so often Ellen
John Turner also reached his 50th parkrun
With a new PB Raju Koirala completed his 100th parkrun
Gemma Collins run her 150th parkrun, Gemma has volunteered on 11 occasions

Suhan Pahari celebrated his 14'th birthday with a new PB.

Many thanks to stars of the show our volunteers:

Mike MACKAY • Clare RUSSELL • Alan BROWN • Jamie ROSS • Ray CROMBIE • Ese SCOTT • Steven BARRIE • Derek DUNN • Susan COWIE • Tony LITTLE • Mark MCDONALD • Laura BARRIE • Karen CROMBIE • Bryan MILLS • John CONNELLY • Neil MCBAIN • Samantha FINLAYSON • Alicea BAIN

First female finisher was Carolyn Milne in 19:38, that was Carolyn's 45th time as first female finisher at our parkrun.
First male finisher was Isaiah Kosgei in an very speedy 16:09
First junior male finisher was Max Abernethy in 17:38
First junior female finisher was Lauren Bibby with a new PB of 22:58

An incredible 79 out of a possible 319 runners recorded new PBs today, shout outs to:
Junior runners: Finlay Robinson, Emily Bate and Rhona Morrison
Archie Macpherson, Mark McDonald and Shona Nichol
Regular volunteers Laura Nicoll and Tony McGarva

We have a full volunteer roster next week but two roles to fill on the 13th of October then lots of spaces after that, volunteering is fun. Without volunteers the event can't take place so please consider putting your name against one of the roles sometime soon.
You can view the roster on http://www.parkrun.org.uk/aberdeen/futureroster/
or send an email to aberdeenhelpers@parkrun.com

On a serious note we had the following incidents despite these being covered during the RD briefing:
1.An under 11 runner unaccompanied for most of the race. Under 11's must be accompanied by an adult at all times. By this we mean at arms length. It is the responsibility of the adult to ensure this happens
2. Runners on the road. Please do not run on the road. If seen doing and identified you will be removed from the results
3. A dog not on a lead. Will all runners with dogs please ensure their dog is kept on a short lead at all times

Fiona is your Run Director next week. See you all then

Bryan. Run Director & Run Report Writer


Run Report: Aberdeen parkrun Event 372, 22nd September 2018

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside, oh I do like to be beside the sea...

One of the joys of the coastline is that every time you return, there is something different to look at. The tide may be at a different point, revealing something you've not seen before, there may be different boats and ships, or erosion may have caused the coastline itself to change. Aberdeen parkrunners are very lucky to be able to run along your coastline every week. You have lovely views!

Living near Reading in Berkshire, we live over an hour away from the coast, but I do love it! We've run a number of coastal parkruns for that very reason. In Wales, we've run Barry Island parkrun. That remains one of my top 10 parkruns, with stunning views, although I didn't appreciate the hill you have to run twice! Some of the sights there will be familiar to many from Gavin and Stacey. Understandably, we've run more English coastal parkruns. Exmouth in Devon is even flatter than Aberdeen (23rd flattest as opposed to Aberdeen's 106th position according to Jegmar's parkrun elevation profiles). It too can suffer from strong winds at times! Seaton in Devon has pebbles, which makes for hard work, but luckily it's not for the whole 5k. Folkestone in Kent is similar to Aberdeen in running on two levels, but they are much higher above sea level than Aberdeen. Mike's run Worthing, which was flat (17th flattest), but apparently the head wind was evil in one direction. Sadly I was recovering from injury at that point, but couldn't miss my parkrun fix, so was bar code scanning. I'm counting Aberdeen as our first Scottish seafront run. We've run Edinburgh parkrun, but that's along an estuary, not the sea. Would you count it? I've got my eye on Inch Beach parkrun in the Republic of Ireland and Portrush parkrun in Northern Ireland to complete the British Isles! What do you look for when you tour?

A sign of how much I like the coast is that I've walked sequentially from Poole in Dorset, all the way around Devon and Cornwall to Minehead in Somerset, all 630 miles of it! It took just under 3 years of weekends and slightly longer breaks, was the equivalent of climbing Everest 4 times. In some ways, walking the South West Coast Path set me off on my parkrun tourism adventures, completing different parkruns whilst heading towards the next stage of the path. Aberdeen parkrun, it turns out was my 75th different parkrun.

I've found that whatever parkrun you turn up to, you receive a warm and friendly welcome. Thank you Aberdeen for one of the warmest welcomes yet. We were offered lifts by a number of people and fellow parkrunners came up to talk to us and ask how it was post run. Not many parkruns have a lead bike, but this is the only time that I've seen the lead cyclist come back out enroute and encourage those still on the course. Thank you! It was lovely to see the friendships forged through parkrun in the cafe post run. People talk of their parkrun family and I totally get it. Two days post op last year, I was at our home parkrun, Woodley, barcode scanning. Admittedly being there was a bit too much, but the care shown by our fellow parkrunners was so sweet. They really took care of me. parkrun has literally given me a new family too. I turned up at my local parkrun in 2015, not knowing anyone in the local area. The RD that day is now my sister-in-law! Her brother and I got to know each other initially token sorting in the cafe, and married in August. I believe that Aberdeen has a few couples who met at parkrun too!

When you start touring parkruns, you soon learn of a number of challenges. One that most people have heard of is the alphabet challenge, where you complete a parkrun starting with each letter of the alphabet. Some letters are easier than others. The only Zs are in Poland or Russia, J requires a trip to Ireland or Jersey and there is no X! It was our quest for an I which lead us onto the Caledonian Sleeper for the first time last year. Our options were Ipswich or Inverness and Inverness sounded far more interesting! We found the Caledonian Sleeper to be a very civilised way to travel. We had dinner at Euston, headed to the lounge car once on the train and enjoyed a glass of wine as we left London. We woke in the morning as we were going through the Grampians and had breakfast in our cabin with amazing views. We then had plenty of time to walk to Inverness parkrun. Well, as we loved it so much the first time, we decided that we would use it again! Neither of us has ever been to Aberdeen, the parkrun is on the seafront and the sleeper gets in just under 2 hours before parkrun starts, what more can you want? Little did we know what a great decision it would be! (Just in case you were wondering, you have plenty of time in Aberdeen to walk to parkrun from the sleeper - we did it!)

Anyway, that's enough about me/us. What about everyone else this week? It turns out that this parkrunday 263 of us ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 31 were first timers. Welcome! 40 recorded new Personal Bests, amazing work in that wind! The first finisher was Jamie ROSS and the first female was Clare RUSSELL. Elaine FYVIE was the top age graded runner with an age grading of 76.69%. Wow! Mark FINDLAY was the parkrunner with most parkruns under his belt, and on his 327th parkrun. Clare RUSSELL was not only fast, but celebrating her 150th parkrun this parkrunday. Mike DIMMICK and I were on tour from Woodley, but there were also tourists from Melbourne, Australia, which makes us appear locals! There were also tourists from Shetland.
Everyone who got out of bed on this autumnal day should be proud to have completed 5k this parkrunday. You're doing what millions can't do. Well done!

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers: Paul Kevin WEBSTER • Colin BURNETT • Alan BROWN • Carolyn SNEDDEN • Claudia SCRAGG • Mark FINDLAY • Hannah MUTCH • Ese SCOTT • Rohit SONI • Amy MACKIE • Jenny DIMMICK • Caron SIEVEWRIGHT • Mike SIEVEWRIGHT • Bryan MILLS • Kevin MACKIE • Ronald TAYLOR • Louise BEATON • Louise JENKINS. Many thanks to them, without whom this parkrunday would not have happened. Personally, I find that volunteering can be more fun than running! One of my favourite roles has to be tailwalker. It's an amazing feeling to help someone achieve something that they thought impossible. I'm quite fond of barcode scanning and find that it's a good way to meet lots of other parkrunners. I've not only scanned at home, but when on tour, injured or the day before a big race. I've even been the sole scanner at a parkrun when it hit it's then record of over 150 runners (the day before London Marathon). Encouraging runners as a marshal is another favourite - Just don't tell folk that they're nearly there, unless they really are! There are also a number of roles that you can do and still run, such as mine this week, run report writer. Why not email aberdeenhelpers@parkrun.com and help next parkrunday?

Aberdeen parkrun started on 8th October 2011, so soon it will be Aberdeen parkrun's 8th birthday. Congratulations! Since it 9,903 participants have completed 72,523 parkruns covering a total distance of 362,615 km. Who will be Aberdeen parkrun's 10,000th parkrunner? Why not bring a friend along with you next time - it could be them? Wouldn't it be amazing if that feat could be attained on the birthday run? Watch this space...

Thanks once again Aberdeen!


Run Report – Aberdeen parkrun:371

RUN REPORT "From the Edge of the Saddle"
Aberdeen parkrun #371, September 15, 2018

Early Saturday morning I hopped on my bike & headed down to Aberdeen Beach. I was signed up as "Lead Bike" on the volunteer roster & wanted to pre-ride the course before reporting for duty. As I rode along the top promenade, an amazing serenity greeted me. Aberdeen Beach was putting on quite the show. The North Sea was flat calm. The air was still. The temperature was just right.
I could feel it in the air....a glorious PB kind of day was about to unfold for the Aberdeen parkrunners.
But more about that later...

The Lead Bike role tasks the rider to lead out the front runners along the 5k route & forewarn other promenade users that a herd of parkrunners are on their way. As usual, I positioned myself a good distance ahead of the Start Line so as not to be "swarmed" by the herd once they launched. It is amazing how quickly they ramp up their speed from zero to full-tilt. For future Lead Bikers, my best starting advice is to put a bit of space between you & the Start Line. Once everyone is up & "running" you'll get a sense of their speed & can position yourself a safe distance ahead. Let the front runners have you in their sight, but balance it off with giving yourself enough time to alert other prom users that the runners are coming. It comes in handy to have a bell on your bike to give warning. Never underestimate the power of having a ding~a~ling on the bike. When approaching other prom users I usually shout out "Lots of Runners Coming". For a touch of parkrun PR, toss in a smile & a wave, for good measure. Since parkrun doesn't have exclusive use of the prom, the Lead Bike volunteer can act as an ambassador easing the way for the herd of runners in tow.

Soon after the outset, 2 runners were at the forefront. Each time I glanced over my shoulder, this dynamic duo were in striking distance of each other. I sped up just before the halfway mark so I could bank some time to stop for a quick "Hello" to the Marshal. At this point, I usually pause long enough for the front runner to be just metres away before I launch myself down the ramp onto the lower prom. It was at the half way point that I realized a gap had opened between the 2 front runners. The race was on. Not that parkrun is a race, but let's admit it, many are running for time & clearly for the front runners it was all about the tick~tock. The next 2k zipped by & I found myself at the end of the lower prom letting Marshal Kirsty know that the runners were on their way. I waited at the top of "the chute" for the front runner to come around the corner & then it was time for the last...

500 metres to go.
Would the 2 front runners come back together to duke it out?
Time would tell...
On the run down to the finish I got closer to the front runner to shout encouragement. I'm always tentative about cheering at this point. The last thing a front runner might want to hear is someone rolling along effortlessly on 2 wheels shouting words of encouragement. But, I threw caution to the wind & cheered him on. I just couldn't help myself! It was all so exciting! It all ended with a solo dash over the line with the 2nd place finisher Andrew Love just a few seconds back at 16:57.
But who was our mystery 1st Finisher?

Didn't the 1st Finisher have a barcode? Or did he forget to bring it? Or perhaps he just didn't want his time recorded... Shucks. Inquiring minds want to know who this speed star was! It's always nice to record a name to a time no matter what the placement. Maybe next time, Mr. Mystery Man?

Finishing an impressive 8th in the field of 292 parkrunners, our first female finisher was Hannah Cameron crossing the line in 18:48 with a PB as an added bonus! Double congrats!!

It's fabulous to see so many juniors taking on the challenge of the 5k distance.
Congratulations to these juniors finishing first in the following categories:

JW10: Mia McDermid 31:25
JW11-14: Lauren Bibby: 23:32
JW15-17: Janani Mohan: 20:37

JM10: Saghun Bhandari: 31:16
JM11-14: Alasdair Nunn: 20:03
JM15-17: Hamish Brown: 18:18 (tying his previous PB!)

Not all the firsts unfold at the first. "Firsts" are scattered throughout the field through the various categories. A special shout out to Ann Gallon who in a time of 19:48 established a new Aberdeen parkrun record in the VW40-45 category. This was also a PB for Ann! In addition, she topped the day's field with her Age Grade % with a magical 80.22%! Banner day all around! Wonder if we can convince Ann to share her secrets of success...

29 First Timers picked the perfect day to visit Aberdeen parkrun. With the weather offering up great parkrunning conditions, we hope you enjoyed! We welcomed parkrunners indulging in a spot of parkrun tourism, whilst some were embarking upon their very first parkrun ever. No matter what the story, we hope you all had fun & we hope to see you back soon.

With pretty much perfect run conditions on offer, the scene was set for all those chasing a PB. 61 of our 292 parkrunners dashed across the finish line with a PB. Kudos to each & every one of you.
You'll find "Team PB" & everyone else's results at:


At the cafe apres parkrun....I took great pleasure in chatting with Shona & Kristi. Both were anxiously awaiting their parkrun results to come through on their phones to confirm their PBs. Their anticipation was contagious & I found myself getting giddy with excitement as I joined in the wait.
If RD Graham felt extra sets of eyes frequently glancing over at him whilst he was processing the results, it wasn't just his imagination.
Tap, tap, tap...
And voila!
When the notifications came through on their phones, Shona & Kristi were absolutely tickled pink. They were over the moon with excitement! In fact, I'm surprised victory dances didn't break out.
Even if your trusty Garmin says you've gotten a PB, it's not until your parkrun result announces the PB that it feels truly real!
I suspect these 2 gals might still be floating around on Cloud 9. Enjoy!

And in other celebrations...

Congratulations to junior Lauren Bibby for achieving her 10th parkrun! 9 of her parkruns were run at Aberdeen & 1 at nearby Ellon for a spot of local parkrun tourism.

Congrats to John Connelly, Janice Mitchell & Susan Darcy on completing your 50th parkruns.
Remember to claim your milestone T-shirts!

In other number fun ~ Saturday's parkrunner with the most parkruns under his belt was Mark Findlay with a grand total of 326. Mark is also a frequent volunteer at Aberdeen parkrun & is currently doing a stint in the Pre-Event Setup role. Merci, beaucoup for adding to your parkrun exploits by jumping into the volunteer pool! Speaking of which...

The merry band of volunteers donning high~vis vests to host this week's edition of Aberdeen parkrun were:

Adam SCRAGG • Alicea BAIN • Bryan MILLS • Carolyn SNEDDEN • Cynthia FRY • David HUNTER • Dorothy FOY • Emily MCKENZIE • Emma SUTHERLAND • Ese SCOTT • Graeme HAY • Graham SNEDDEN • Kirsty Charlotte FORBES • Laura MCPHERSON • Mark FINDLAY • Mark MCDONALD • Paul Kevin WEBSTER • Rohit SONI • Yvonne MILLMAN

Thank-you to Run Director Extraordinaire Graham Snedden & this fab team for volunteering. We're always keen to add new volunteers into the mix so don't be shy, give it a try! Check out our future volunteer rosters at:


Though our First Finisher was "Unknown", our 2nd Finisher Andrew Love dashed across the line in a time of 16:57. By 55:11 the tail end of the field were shepherded in by Tail Walker Laura.
Aberdeen parkrun #371 was now done & dusted.
Let's check out:

As of September 15, 2018, here's the scoop:

Number of events: 371
Number of first finishers: 250
Average number of runners per week: 194.8

Average run time: 27:03
Female Record Holder: Nicola Gauld - 17:04- Event 21 (25/02/12)
Male Record Holder: Myles Edwards - 15:08 - Event 190 (02/05/15)
Age Grade Record Holder: Carolyn Milne - 96:37% - 19:18 - Event 294 (08/04/17)

Number of runners: 9872
Number of clubs: 535
Average number of runs per runner: 7.3
Total hours run: 3 Years, 262 Days, 9 Hours, 25 Minutes, 14 Seconds
Number of runs: 72,260
Number of PBs: 13,257
Biggest attendance: 406
Total distance run: 361,300 km

To see how Aberdeen parkrun unfolds from the front of the field, give the Lead Bike role a whirl. If you're hesitant about staying ahead of the front runner, check out the course record (currently 15:08) and pre-ride the course to see what kind of pace you'd have to do to keep within that time. This will give you a gauge as to if you're fast enough to take on the Lead Bike role. It's a fascinating vantage point from which to experience the event. As a 16 time Lead Bike veteran, I highly recommend!

Happy parkrunning
Cynthia Fry


Run Report – Event 370 on 8th September 2018

Welcome to this week's run report!

Event 370 certainly was memorable as we took part in #teamparkrun, a nationwide event to demonstrate how inclusive parkrun is. We know that the most common reason by far for someone registering with parkrun and not participating is that they don’t feel capable of running 5k. We were delighted to welcome local TeamGB member and 2017 World Championship silver medallist, Zoey Clark, to our parkrun where she volunteered as one of our tail walkers. The tail walker is always the last person to finish parkrun so no matter how long it takes you to complete the 5k distance you can rest assured you will never be last.

We had a total of 263 runners and walkers today, including 37 first timers of whom 22 were brand new to parkrun and 15 were visiting from other parkruns including Newcastle, Perth, Black Park and Cirencester. We hope you enjoyed your visit to Aberdeen.

We also had the following people reaching parkrun milestones today:

Steve Abel completed his 50th parkrun,
Howard Hall completed his 100th parkrun,
and core team member Colin Burnett completed his 300th Aberdeen parkrun!

If you are due to do a milestone run, please let us know by emailing in so we can give you a shout out.

Conditions were good today - cloudy, cool and with a slight breeze. An amazing forty three people achieved a PB including Jayne Addie, Margaret Stewart, Ludovic Krauss, Ghana Bhandari, John Reed, Victoria Noad, Drew McDermind, Panos Pliatsikas, Edgar Rodrigues, Louise Forbes and Gordon Orr. Congratulations to everyone who got a new PB today.

The wonderful volunteers who helped make today's event happen were:
Mark RAMSEY • Colin BURNETT • Alan BROWN • Fiona SEWELL • Tony MCGARVA • Mark FINDLAY • Laura MCPHERSON • Alan MARRIOTT • David LANGAN • Ese SCOTT • Amy MACKIE • Bryan MILLS • Jade ANDERSON • Laura BROCKIE • Rhianne STEWART • Jamie MCMILLAN • Tia MCBAIN • Elmira DONALD • Alicea BAIN • Katherine THOMSON • Zoey CLARK

Along with Zoey Clark, we also had our friends from Anderson Anderson & Brown Charitable Initiative (AABi) volunteering at today's event. A huge thanks to all our volunteers. If you would like to volunteer in future weeks, please get in touch by emailing aberdeenhelpers@parkrun.com to choose the role and date you can volunteer. All our roles are easy to pick up and full training will be given so why not give it a try!

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

Hope to see everyone back next week when Graham will be your Run Director.

Happy Running!

Run Director & Report Writer

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