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!


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 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 – 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 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


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:

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: 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:
If there's a role you'd like to try, please drop us an e-mail at:

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 363, 21st July 2018

272 runners today,
An excellent total for today’s event
The volunteers who made this event happen:
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 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


Run Report – Event 361 – 7th July 2018

Congratulation to Maureen Young and Christine M Young on their 50th parkruns.

Happy 50th birthday to one of our Core team and volunteer extraordinaire Bryan Mills who also was completing his 50th parkrun today and has completed an amazing 121 volunteer roles.

Graham was your run director today.
A very good total of 264 runners at today's event.

The volunteers who made this event happen:
Colin BURNETT, Reece CARSON, Malcolm COMBE, Susan DARCY, John DUFF, Dorothy FOY, Cynthia FRY, Tim GRIFFIN, June JOHNSTONE, Ilona KRIAUZAITE, Mike MACKAY, Ali MATHERS, Neil MCBAIN, Donald MCINTOSH, Bryan MILLS, Jasmine REGMI, Clare RUSSELL, Graham SNEDDEN, Caitlin STONE, Vidhata UPRETY, Paul Kevin WEBSTER
Thanks to all the volunteers today from Graham and the Core Team

Without the volunteers we simply cannot have an event each week.

Conditions today were excellent today with the day hotting up and no wind on the first 2.5k then a cooling breeze in your face on the lower promenade. Did you run well? Did you get a pb? Big thanks to both our official and unoffical pacers for helping and supporting their fellow runners.

We had an excellent total of 53 PBs today – 24.98 % of our runners.
We also had a very good total of 35 First timers at our event today - 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 Male Finisher home today was Chris Richardson in 16.54 and new pb
2nd Male Finisher was Jamie Ross in 17.33
3rd Male Finisher was Steven Morrison in 17.50 in a new PB

1st Female Finisher was Hannah Mutch in 19.39
2nd Female Finisher was Elspeth Aspinall in 20.49
3rd Female Finisher was Mella Slattery in 21.01

We had 6 out of the top ten finishers achieve a pb today which is fantastic. Well done to all who achieved a personal best today or ran your best time of the year. Notable mentions to Mark McDonald in taking an amazing 40 seconds off his time today. Extra running during the week has helped Mark push on and improve his times. Well done to Mike King also.

Thanks to Ali Mathers for the short yoga session with some of the runners after the event.

We will be looking at how we get a warm up session for the runners in before the first timers briefing and the main run directors runners briefing before the event.
We do have the recce run at 8.30 but it is always seems to be just a close knit of runners that attend although anyone is welcome to join.

We are looking for volunteers so if you can take a turn at helping and supporting our event during the next few months, that would be great.
Just e-mail in to our volunteer co-ordinator Fiona at the following email address - - to choose your role and date you can volunteer.

Running tip of the week - Warming up
It is important you warm up before you start running at your pace you want to run. If you are training during the week try walking the first 100 metres then slowly easing into a jog and then increase to your running pace. Take this as a time to focus clear the mind and warms up the muscles ready for the run ahead.

Special Mention Award
The runner who deserves a special mention this week is Ally Sutherland
Ally has now completed 213 parkruns and last Sunday he guided Samantha Cumming around the hilly Stonehaven Half Marathon. Samantha is a visually impaired runner and Ally had attended the guide training and did a great job in keeping Samantha right and giving her the confidence to complete the run. Ally topped this off with a PB today. Ally has 2 marathons in the coming weeks the Dundee Dram and Fort William Marathon before taking a well - earned break. Well done to Ally.

Thanks to DW Fitness Centre for handing out vouchers to attend 3 free sessions at the fitness Centre. Cross training can provide a very good fitness base to help improve your running and fitness.

See you next Saturday.
It’s Free - It’s Fun - It’s your parkrun
Your run reporter
Colin Burnett


Run Report 360 -30th June 2018

Aberdeen parkrun

Event number 360
30th June 2018

Thomas Roulson was your run director today.
Thomas normally runs at Hazelhead parkrun and has run directed often there and at Halifax parkrun and had kindly offered to run the event today
I was there to help and support him with our team of volunteers and whilst you are running we were tucking into cake and coffee!
Well we volunteers deserved a treat.
Well done to Thomas for stepping up to be the Run Director for our event today.

259 runners today,
A very good total for today’s event.

Colin BURNETT, Reece CARSON, John CONNELLY, Santosh GAIHRE, Ali MATHERS, Bryan MILLS, Victoria NOAD, Gudrun PRZYGODA, Mark RAMSEY, Jamie ROSS, Thomas ROULSON, Clare RUSSELL, Rohit SONI, Caitlin STONE, Ronald TAYLOR, Jennifer TAYLOR
Thanks to all the volunteers today from Thomas, myself and the Core Team

Conditions today were excellent with a light wind in the runners faces for the first 2.5 k and no wind and hot conditions on the lower promenade.
Did you run well --did you get a pb?

Thanks to all our pacers for helping and supporting the runners
We had Craig Thornhill pacing a fast 20 minutes and Alan Brown pacing 26 minutes and Callum Smith pacing 25 minutes

We had a very good total of 42 PBs today – 18.5% of our runners

Your result is on the web page under the latest results tab

The 1st Male Finisher home today was James Sullivan in 17.17
A First timer to our event --Well done to James.
2nd Male Finisher was Sam Griffin in 17.26 and a new PB.
A Fantastic time from one our J11-J15 runners
3rd Male Finisher was Kenny O’ Neill in 17.27 just pipping Matthew Milne at the finish. Matthew however achieved a new PB.

1st Female Finisher was Alison Pilichos in 21.14
2nd Female Finisher was Elizabeth Kerr with the two children in the buggy in 22.22
3rd Female Finisher was Susan MacIver in 22.45

Well done in achieving a personal best today or running to your best time of the year.

There were 14 first timers today at the new runners briefing held by Reece one of our Duke of Edinburgh volunteers.
Well done to Reece who had his script notes on his phone and he did very well in briefing the first timers and visitors to our event.
We hope you enjoyed the run and you are welcome back anytime.

I met Piotr Wasniowski from Krakow parkrun who thoroughly enjoyed our event and even achieved a new PB. Piotr is the run director for his parkrun in Krakow. Thanks for the kind words and enjoy the rest of your stay.

We had an extra volunteer today, Santosh turned up and asked if he could help out.
Santosh was given the role of asking runners to volunteer for the month of July Santosh did well getting some more volunteers on the list.
If you did say to Santosh you would e-mail in and volunteer
Just e-mail in to our volunteer co-ordinator Clare at the following to pick your role and date you can volunteer

Running tip of the week- How to slow down to run fast?
I read lots of tips on focussing your mind and ensuring you get rid of any nervous energy which can slow you down as you waste more effort as a busy mind can lead to feeling fatigued.
Take steps to slow down and channel your focus and calm the nervous system
This will help you recharge your mental batteries
Practice this—
Sit comfortably eyes closed
Start to count your breathing( count 1 breath in and count 2 breath out )
do this up to 10.
Did you lose count -did your mind wander?
Try again or do for 1-2 mins
You will feel refreshed.
Post run Yoga—
We had some of our runners after the run doing some yoga exercises with Ali Mathers ( a yoga instructer) who kindly offered to help out after the run.
It was great to see and hope we can do this feature more often with Ali.

Thanks for today and see you next Saturday.
It’s Free- It’s Fun-It’s your parkrun
Your run reporter
Colin Burnett


Run Report 359 23rd June 2018

Aberdeen parkrun

Event number 359
23rd June 2018

Thanks to Carolyn and Fiona for offering and completing the last two weeks run reports and giving me a “wee break”! from reporting on our event.
Congratulations to Rajendra Regmi and Shona Clarke on completing their 200th parkruns.
Congratulations to Alison Cheshire and Christine Young on their 50th parkruns
Shona - Thanks for the carrot cake to the runners at Satrosphere. It was divine!

We had Garioch Road Runners host and manage the event with members of the group taking up the volunteer spots alongside some of our usual suspects.
303 runners today,
An excellent total for today’s event.
Bryan was your run director today to help and support the Garioch Running Club team

Thanks to all the volunteers today from Bryan and the Core Team

Conditions today were good with the slight wind blowing more across the route on both the top and lower promenades and the morning starting to heat up.
Did you run well --did you get a pb?
Thanks to all the pacers for helping and supporting the runners
We had Craig Thornhill pacing fast 20 minutes and Alan Brown pacing 24 minutes and Rory Brand pacing 25 minutes
We had a very good total of 53 PBs today – 16.5% of our runners

Your result is on the web page under the latest results tab

The 1st Male Finisher home today was Rankin Lascelles in 17.29 and a new PB. Well done to Rankin, his 2nd time as the First finisher.
2nd Male Finisher was Neil Murray in 17.45 also with new PB
3rd Male Finisher was James Gray in 17.50
1st Female Finisher was Hannah Mutch in 19.40.
Hannah has now recorded an amazing 47 First place female finisher at our event.
2nd Female Finisher was Elizabeth Kerr in 20.47 without the children in the buggy.
3rd Female Finisher was Ruth Pirie in 20.56

Well done in achieving a personal best today or running to your best time of the year.

Some notable PBs today included Ally Sutherland (must have been that hair shaved that did it ? and Djamel Hamel who knocked off an amazing 51 seconds off his time. Also to David Hunter who continues to improve his times with another pb today and his parents have entered him for the Scottish 10k in September as he steps up to running in a 10k . David has a training plan to follow and we will be giving him advice and checking on his progress.
Good luck to David. Great to see these kind of stories from running at our event.

There were 34 first timers today at the new runners briefing held by Nicola helped and guided by Cynthia.
We hope you enjoyed the run and you are welcome back anytime.

We are now looking at the Volunteer rota for the month of July and need your support to fill the following positions up
30th June-Next week lead bike only required

Just e-mail in to our volunteer co-ordinator Clare at the following to volunteer.

Next Saturday we have a double act directing the event Thomas Roulson and myself.
Thomas normally runs at Hazelhead parkrun and has run directed often there and has kindly offered to run the event next Saturday.
I will just be there to help and support him and we have nearly a full team of volunteers and whilst you are running we will be tucking into cake and coffee!
Well the volunteers deserve a treat.

New topic- I will be introducing some running tips and advice for you from our runners over the next few months.
I hope you find them interesting and possibly look to implement a few new ideas into your running as you never stop learning and all the little tips you can get and put into practice can make the difference
i.e. smiling whilst you are running helps you run faster.

Running tip of the week- Rest and Volunteer
If you have race the next day after parkrun why don’t you take it easy the day before, rest up and volunteer at parkrun. It is a great way of still being involved and you will benefit from the rest on race day and have more energy for the race.

Thanks to the runner who nominated myself for a “kudos from parkrun for my volunteering and runs at parkrun.
Did you take part in nominating anyone for a mention for their volunteering help and support in one of the recent surveys from parkrun HQ

See you on the 30th June
It’s Free- It’s Fun-It’s your parkrun
Your run reporter
Colin Burnett


Run Report – Event 358 on 16 June 2018

Huge thanks to our fifteen wonderful Hi-Vis heroes today:

Vivienne LAIN • Victoria NOAD • Alan BROWN • Fiona SEWELL • Suzanne MURDOCH • Margaret TURNER • Rajendra REGMI • Ilona KRIAUZAITE • Laura BARRIE • Bryan MILLS • Neil MCBAIN • Alan SMITH • Maureen YOUNG • John TURNER • Reece CARSON

It was a lovely sunny day (albeit with quite a strong headwind on the upper prom) for the 309 people who ran, jogged or walked the course this morning. We had 41 first timers including visitors from Hackworth, Darlington South and Newmacher Running Group. One of our visitors, Helen Bethell, is aiming to run 52 parkruns in a year, come rain or shine, to raise money to help fund a life-changing operation for Emil, a little boy with Cerebral Palsy who around the age of 5, can have an operation called Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR). This involves cutting the sensory nerves in the lower spine, in turn reducing the abnormal messages Emil currently receives from his sensory nerves. SDR is not currently funded by the NHS but is offered as a “self-funding” programme and the family are therefore responsible for the cost of the surgery and months to years of intensive physiotherapy post-operation. The cost of this is around £40,000. Best of luck to Helen on the rest of her parkrun challenge and raising money for this very worthy cause.

Congratulations to all our parkrunners who were marking milestones today including:
150th run - Rajendra Uprety
100th run - Esther Fowler
50th run - Shirley C, Jonathan Sayers, Simon Dijker and Helen Duguid
We look forward to seeing you in your new t-shirts soon although Rajendra has a few more runs to do before getting the coveted 250 t-shirt!

Congratulations also to the 43 parkrunners who recorded new personal bests today - a great effort given the windy conditions this morning.

Results from today's run:
1st Male Finisher was Unknown
2nd Male Finisher was Mads Troldborg in 17:56
3rd Male Finisher was Tristan Glasse-Davies in 18:10

1st Female Finisher was Hannah Mutch in 20:13
2nd Female finisher was Janani Mohan in 20:33 (new PB)
3rd Female finisher was Elizabeth Kerr in 20:58

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

A plea to all our parkrunners - if you cross the finish line PLEASE take a finish token and only cross the finish line ONCE. There were a number of finishers who did not take finish tokens today as well as people who ran through the finish more than once. Doing this messes up the results for every person who finishes after this has happened. We have a very simple results system so please make it easy for your Run Director to process the results each week by following these simple rules
- if you don't want a time, don't cross the finish line.
- if you cross the finish line, take a finish token and either get it scanned or hand it in at the scanning table. Thank you!

We have Garioch Road Runners talking over the volunteer roster next week but there are plenty of free roles on 30th June. Remember we can put your name down on the roster up to a year in advance so if you know you are racing on a Sunday, please consider volunteering on the Saturday. If you would like to volunteer please drop us an email at: :-)

We look forward to seeing you next week when Bryan will be your run director.

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