IN THE BEGINNING
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....
7 YEARS RUNNING
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!
FROM THE EDGE OF THE SADDLE
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!