RUN REPORT: "PERSONAL BEST"
Aberdeen parkrun # 399, March 16, 2019
THE BIG CHILL
What a delight to have so little wind at the beach on Saturday. Many of us had layered up in anticipation of a blustery greeting of a rain/sleet mix. Surprisingly, the rain held off until we got well under way into parkrun. Many parkrunners may have been thankful for a few raindrops to help keep cool enroute, but consider the plight of our dedicated volunteers. Operating the timers, handing out finish tokens & barcode scanning can leave bare fingers chilled to the bone. Additionally, most volunteer roles involve standing in one spot. With rain added to the cool temperatures, the big chill can quickly take its toll. Hopefully all our volunteers thawed out quickly once parkrun was wrapped up. I suspect a steaming cuppa at the Brig O'Don went a long way to restoring body temps back to norm.
Thanks to our always amazing Run Director Graham Snedden for keeping things parkrunning smoothly.
This week's team of chilled out volunteers were:
Alan BROWN • Andrew FERGUSON • Bryan MILLS • Catherine SHANKS • Cynthia FRY • Elizabeth KERR • Fiona KENNEDY • Graeme HAY • Graham SNEDDEN • Harry SAYERS • Jim MOIR • Lindsay BRUCE • Lisa SHAW • Malcolm SHENNAN • Mitchell RENNIE • Rohit SONI • Sarah CRICHTON • Sarah STRACHAN • Tash GRANT • William SKINNER
Thanks to all our High~Vis Heroes for smiling through the less than ideal weather. You're all stars!
We love seeing new folks lend a hand at parkrun, so don't be shy, give it a try! To dip your toes into the volunteer pool, check out our future rosters at:
Meanwhile, Saturday's highlights began with...
We were delighted to welcome 31 shiny, new faces to their first Aberdeen parkrun! For those who were parkrunning for their very first time ever, we hope you enjoyed your initiation into the world of parkrun. The parkrun phenomenon is a little slice of magic.....kind of like chocolate....addictive & always leaving you wanting more. Remember to bring your barcode each time you parkrun so we can put your name up in lights in our results. No barcode, no time, no exception. And remember, your barcode is valid at any parkrun in the world so always pack it when you travel. You just never know when a parkrun opportunity will knock.
A special shout out to our First Timers who mentioned they weren't sure if they could make it around the course. When I spied some of you sprinting for the Finish Line I knew you had caught the parkrun fever! Well done all!
Though we didn't spot Angelina Jolie or Johnny Depp, some of our First Timers were parkrun tourists visiting from such glam spots as marvy Montrose, captivating Carnoustie, noteworthy Newcastle, luscious London, & bustling Bristol... just to name a few.
We look forward to seeing these 31 First Timers at future Aberdeen parkruns:
Kenneth Robertson, Tyler Brown, Thomas Walter, Ian Beattie, Duncan Sinclair, Murray Coull, Kyle Yeats, Ross Herbert, Sandra Beattie, Leah Robertson, Lize Xia, Wendy Adie, Scott Wood, Iona Masson, Jonathan White, Matthew Rafferty, Beth Towsey, Anna Wray, Mark Haggart, Judith Smith, Sam Horn, Jemma Byres, Simone Hamer, Hugo MacAngus, Romanie MacAngus, Matt Nairpour, Shannon MacAngus, Alick MacAngus, Megan Runciman, Ann Webb, & Deborah Adekoya.
Out of a possible 252 runners, 53 dashed their way to new PBs!
Rankin Lascelles, Graham McCabe, Michael Simpson, Sandy Laing, Mark Mitra, Christopher Paterson, Chelsea Cook, Scott Thompson, Avibesh Gautam, Oleg Yerkhov, Francis Neat, Shane Reid, Andrew Williams, Erdem Babayigit, Helen Duguid, David Corbett, Torstein Skardhamar, Samuel Dobby, Neil James Cosnette, Kevin Mackie, Greg Cooper, Sylvain Desgre, Alastair Bews, Mark McIlroy, Sam Crichton, Jacqueline Reaper, Jonathan Byrne, Sophie Wishart, Mostafa Elagouz, Marie King, Grant Shuttleworth, Mike Sievewright, Margaret Turner, Wendy Arthur, Catriona Young, Victoria Deveci, Maggie Seward, Maddie Pritchard, Stacey Kerr, Alison Fraser, Elizabeth Phull, Jill Cossar, Susan Murray, Fiona MacDonald, Natalie Ferguson, Keira Catto, Juanjo Asorey, Patricia Stenhouse, Shona Gossip, Harry Nicol, Rowena Cruickshank, Elaine Thomson, & William Thomson.
Thanks so much to pacers Jim Moir & Alan Brown who helped keep many of our speed~stars on track to reach their goals. It's always helpful to have pace bunnies in the mix!
Many of us have great expectations about our next PB, but I'm thinking Kevin Mackie never entertained a PB of this magnitude. He shaved 1:14 off his previous PB! What secret elixir of the running gods did Kev have for breakfast? Spill your secrets, Mr. Mackie!
THREE TIMES A LADY
1st over the Finish Line for the ladies in a fab time of 20:19 was Hannah Mutch. With 59 First Finishes to her credit, Hannah continues to top our First Finishers' table. She has a massive 181 parkruns to her credit, all of which have been at Aberdeen parkrun.
2nd in was Chelsea Cook in 20:58 earning her a shiny new PB! Chelsea shaved 22 seconds off her previous PB. She has completed 23 parkruns with 19 of them at Aberdeen.
3rd across the line was Gail Rennie in 22:44. Gail has 70 parkruns to her credit with 67 of them at Aberdeen parkrun.
A FEW GOOD MEN
1st across the Finish Line for the men's category was Rankin Lascelles in 16:42 earning him a shiny, new PB! Rankin has completed 55 parkruns with 40 here at Aberdeen.
2nd in was Ruairidh Campbell in 17:03. Ruairidh has 37 parkruns to his credit with 13 of them at Aberdeen parkrun.
3rd across was Graham McCabe in 17:13. This earned Graham a new PB on this his 6th run at Aberdeen He has now completed 177 parkruns in total.
THE JUNIOR LEAGUE
Congratulations to these parkrunners finishing first in the following junior categories:
JW11-14: Maggie Seward 28:35 (PB!)
JW15-17: Christine M. Young 29:17
JW10: Shannon MacAngus 40:26 (First Timer!)
JM11-14: Samuel Dobby 23:49 (PB!)
JM10: Hugo MacAngus 35:57 (First Timer)
JM15-17: Jordan Cruickshank 42:33
To check out all our parkrunners' names up in lights visit:
Seems like just yesterday when 273 FABerdeen parkrunners celebrated our 300th edition. But heck that was way back on May 20, 2017!
Ahhhhh......I remember it well.
It was a fancy dress affair with a star~studded cast including Spider~Man Nik! And who could forget our pace bunny Teletubbies who brought a touch of Laa~Laa Land to the party. Rumour has it Alan B. might be tempted to reprise his Po position.
But perhaps it was just a rumour...
Time now to flash forward...
BACK TO THE FUTURE
On March 23rd we'll be celebrating our 400th edition!
Will there be fancy dress? Will there be cake? Will Spider~Man arrive just in time? Will Alison C. parkrun her 100th? Will yours truly parkrun her 250th?
So many questions!
So little time!
Be sure to join us next Saturday for all the answers when Run Director Bryan Mills & his merry band of volunteers host our 400th edition of Aberdeen parkrun.