IT WAS A BREEZE...
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.
LEST WE FORGET
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)
NEW HOME FOR COFFEE
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.
THE BIG 5~0
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:
WHO'S ON FIRST?
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!
IT WAS NOT A BREEZE!
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.
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.
GONE WITH THE WIND
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.
LEST WE FORGET
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)."