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A record breaking 479 parkrunners crossed the Finish Line at Aberdeen parkrun on New Year's Day! Of that 479, 234 ambitiously kicked off 2019 by "Doing the Double" at Hazlehead parkrun at 9:30AM, followed by Aberdeen parkrun at the eleventh hour. With these 2 parkruns in such close geographic proximity, some keeners upped the challenge by running from Hazlehead to Aberdeen Beach in time for the 2nd event. Kudos to all those who double dipped, & congratulations to all 479 parkrunners who joined in to celebrate New Year's Day in fine fashion.
ON THE DOUBLE
Number Cruncher Extraordinaire Martin Fraser is the Event Director at Hazlehead parkrun & has kindly given permission to use his figures re the double.
122 parkrunners whipped around Hazlehead faster than Aberdeen.
111 parkrunners blew around Aberdeen faster than Hazlehead.
And then there's that 1 in every crowd....
1 parkrunner was not like the others.
She chose to do both parkruns in the same time.
In 27:19, to be exact.
Enter yours truly, who couldn't have planned that fluke even if she tried.
To view Martin's magic number crunching in its entirety, check out his "Stat Attack" posting on the Hazlehead parkrun Facebook page.
FOR THE RECORD
Our previous record of 406 parkrunners set on January 21, 2017 was smashed by the addition of 73 more bringing us to our 479 total.
Speaking of records, a special shout-out to George Adams who is the 1st to set an Aberdeen parkrun record in the VM80-84 Category. George hails from Ellon parkrun where he has completed 47 runs to date & holds the Ellon parkrun record of 30:42 for his Age Category. This was George's first time at Aberdeen parkrun & we hope to see him return to challenge his time of 33:47.
Speaking of firsts....
We were delighted to welcome 66 First Timers on New Year's Day. They came from as near as Aberdeen & Ellon, & as far as Cambridgeshire & beyond. Some were newly minted parkrunners whilst others were dabbling in a spot of parkrun tourism. We hope you all enjoyed our beachy-keen route & hope to see you again soon!
Of our 479 parkrunners, a whopping 47 achieved Personal Bests. Given that the headwind on the second half of the course was plotting to thwart your stabs at PBs, you all deserve a round of applause. I wonder if pacers Alan Brown & Mark McDonald helped blaze the way to PB history for some of you? Or was it the call of the bagpipes luring you to the Finish Line? However your PB was achieved, what a way to kick-off 2019!
WHO'S ON FIRST?
We have a mystery man who crossed the Finish Line first. We love putting our parkrunners' names up in lights, but can't if we don't have your barcode to scan. Catch you next time, Mr. Who.
Meanwhile, 2nd across the line was junior Adam Brown in 17:15, & 3rd was Ronald Gauld in 17:26.
1st in for the Women was Nicola Gauld in 18:50. Crossing in 2nd was Claire Smith with a shiny new PB at 20:19. And in 3rd was Carolyn Milne in 20:52.
For those who haven't guessed by now, I like running the numbers.
Check this out....
Nicola is our course record holder in the Women's category. Her 17:04 finish recorded on February 25, 2012 still stands today, & she has finished 1st on our course 17 times in the Women's category.
Carolyn is our Age Graded Record holder with 96.37% set on April 8, 2017. She has finished 1st on our course 45 times in the Women's category.
Ladies, you set the bar high!
Congratulations on jump-starting your New Year in style.
Congratulations to these parkrunners finishing first in the following junior categories:
JW15-17: Emily Mutch 23:26 (PB!)
JW10: Sophie Imlach 24:42
JW11-14: Eilidh Davies 25:44 (First Timer!)
JM15-17: Adam Brown 17:15
JM11-14: Hamish McKay 18:33 (First Timer!)
JM10: Tom Macalister 24:35 (First Timer!)
We had 50 juniors parkrunning on New Year's Day! Well done to all!
Congratulations Liam Finlayson, Margaret Stewart & Linsey Sutherland who parkran their way into the 100 Club! What a way to ring in the New Year! Your journey to your 250 milestone begins now.
AND IN OTHER HUNDREDS
Though not official "milestones" in parkrun-land, we still like to give a nod to parkrunners who rack up another 100. Congratulations to Anne Milne on her 200th parkrun, & Craig Alan Smith on his 400th parkrun.
For all the stat-geeks who love number crunching, the results' page can be sorted by any of the columns.
Stat-geeks like moi can fill our boots at:
ALL STAR CAST
Thanks to the fabulous volunteers at both Hazlehead & Aberdeen parkruns who co-ordinated efforts to offer up this once a year opportunity to do 2 parkruns in 1 day. Our Aberdeen crew were headed up by our marvelous Event Director Graham Snedden & this merry band of volunteers:
Alan BROWN • Bryan MILLS • Carolyn SNEDDEN • Charles DAWSON • Clare RUSSELL • Cynthia FRY • Dino ROUSSIAS • Donald MCINTOSH • Graham SNEDDEN • Hannah MUTCH • Jayne ADDIE • Jim MOIR • John CONNELLY • Lucy GORDON • Mark MCDONALD • Michaela SULLIVAN • Paul Kevin WEBSTER • Robert SIM • Roger APPLEBY
To join in the volunteer fun check out the openings on our future rosters at:
Bagpiper Hannah Mutch set us off in fine style by piping the parkrunners to the Start Line, & piping us in upon our return, too! First Timers were probably tickled pink to see a bagpiper at our parkrun. Hannah is a regular here, but is usually on the course giving everyone a run for their money. With 172 parkruns under her belt, Hannah holds the record for the most First Finishes (55) at our event! Impressive stuff from a parkrunner in the SW18-19 Category. Round of applause for Hannah who took time out from her own parkrunning to add her lovely piping to our New Year's Day event. Hannah, thanks for indulging in all the photo-ops, & for adding a Scottish flair to our New Year's parkrun edition.
EVERYTHING'S COMING UP ROSEY
Celebration has been the name of the game as of late at Aberdeen parkrun. Over the past few weeks we've celebrated Callum's proposal to Stephanie, Christmas, Carolyn's & Tracey's 250th parkruns, & now we've welcomed in a New Year with record breaking numbers. One might think we've been sufficiently blessed, but apparently we were just getting started.
Aberdeen parkrun would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Rosemary Leiper on being awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) in the New Year's Honours List. Rosey is being recognized for her 40 years service to the NHS, & for services to Breast Screening & The Macular Society. Congratulations Rosey on such a well-deserved honour.
ROSEMARY & TIME
Rosey is a familiar face here at parkrun having started with us back at Aberdeen parkrun's beginning in 2011. She has been parkrunning & volunteering her way through the years with us ever since. With 91 of her 159 parkruns at Aberdeen, I suspect she's just a tad beachy-keen. She has racked up 32 Hazlehead parkruns & the balance of her parkruns are scattered near & far. She posts impressive times no matter where she parkruns. Positively inspirational! We should all be a little more Rosey.
So that's the "Double" over for another year.
Time now to let parkrun 2019 unfold one parkrun at a time.
And time now to set your goals.
Aiming to parkrun more?
Or maybe you've got that elusive PB on your radar?
Whatever your parkrun resolutions, juggle in some volunteering so you can experience the magic of parkrun from the inside out.
Happy New Year parkrunning,