Aberdeen parkrun Event number 394, 9th February 2019

This week 293 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 36 were first timers and 45 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.

The conditions on the upper prom made for tough running in the first half, calming on the lower prom, before the wind hit again at the stones. Kudos to every runner who earned a PB today! Special mentions go to:

Cassia Son, PB on her 51st parkrun;
Tanya Rennie, PB on her 10th parkrun;
Stacey Kerr, PB on her 11th parkrun;
Kay Watt, PB on her 12th parkrun;
Lisa Shaw, PB on her 16th parkrun;
Cheryl Stewart, PB on her 14th parkrun;
Holly Dawson, PB on her 17th parkrun;
Torstein Skardhamar, PB on his 53rd parkrun;
Neil McBain, PB on his 112th parkrun - that's quite an achievement!
Tessa Dunford, PB on her 32nd parkrun

The PBs tend to come thick and fast when you start parkrun, especially if you're a new runner. Don't be disheartened if you've not PB'd for a while. Personally speaking, I tend to watch the weather forecast and ease off a little during the week should the forecast for Saturday be fine. Pick your day if you're chasing a time and use the blustery days to run easy.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Paul Kevin WEBSTER • Colin BURNETT • Clare RUSSELL • Nik ROBINSON • Alasdair MACIVER • Ally SUTHERLAND • Susan MACIVER • Anne MILNE • Martin COSSAR • Susan COWIE • Tony LITTLE • Rohit SONI • Bryan MILLS • John DUFF • Ellen COWIE • Graeme HAY • Mitchell RENNIE • Tash GRANT

Thanks to those who have signed up to volunteer in future weeks. It was particularly heartening this week as Volunteer Coordinator to see some people offering to help out for the first time. We do welcome new faces and all the Run Directors are more than happy to support you if it's your first time in a volunteer role.

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

We had two runners join the 50 club this week. Stuart Dickson completed his 50th parkrun, having run frequently at Aberdeen, while Claire Usher ran both her 50th parkrun and her first Aberdeen parkrun. Well done to you both!

Huge kudos also to Ally Sutherland, who reportedly turned up with a head torch on. This was due to him having been running throughout the night in preparation for the D99 race in March. I'm amazed he was awake enough to do the First Timers Briefing, never mind complete the run!

Finally, a small and merry band went for breakfast at the Brig O'Don. Please be aware if you're heading over in future weeks there is now a new system in place for payment - pay at the bar, get your receipt as a 'token' which you then hand to staff on placing your breakfast order. Great service from them as always - many thanks.

Hope to see you all next week. Happy running!

Your Run Reporter for the week,
Clare Russell

 

Aberdeen parkrun event Number 393, Saturday 02/02/2019

272 people braved the cold wind to take part in our event today. We were joined by 26 first timers and parkrun tourists.

The stars of todays's event, were as always our volunteers:

Elizabeth KERR • Paul Kevin WEBSTER • Izzie MCDONALD • Carolyn SNEDDEN • Nik ROBINSON • Susan MACIVER • Jonathan QUINN • Susan COWIE • Liam FINLAYSON • Bryan MILLS • John CONNELLY • Shallene CATTO • Harry SAYERS • Ellen COWIE • Samantha FINLAYSON • Mitchell RENNIE • Tash GRANT

We had 3 parkrunners reaching milestones today:
Bill Skinner run his 200th parkrun
Hazel Wyness completed her 50th parkrun
and last but certainly not least Cassia Soni, JW10, run her 50th parkrun. Cassia took along a cake to celebrate her milestone run, thank you Cassia the cake was very tasty

Despite the conditions 6 people recorded PB's today, well done.

First male finisher was Paul Knight in 18:28
First female finisher was Moira Davie in 21:16
First Junior female finisher was Janani Mohan in 23:01
First junior male finisher was Jordan Cruickshank in 21:14

Our volunteer roster is almost full for the next couple of weeks but we still have the following spaces available:
09/02: Lead bike
and then lots of spaces from the 23'rd of February on-wards.
Volunteering is great fun, please drop an email to aberdeenhelpers@parkrun.com if you are would to fill one of the spaces.
Remember our event cannot take place without volunteers!

See you all next Saturday when Tony Little is your Run Director.
Bryan
Run Report Writer.

 

Aberdeen parkrun Event 392, 26th January 2019

Today’s run saw a rather driech start. Thankfully I think we stayed largely dry! We were joined by friends from Hazlehead as sadly the cold conditions this week had led to cancellation of their run.

Thus, despite the weather, we welcomed 434 people who ran, jogged and walked the course. Of these, 55 were first timers and 63 recorded new Personal Bests! Welcome to our new runners and congratulations to each and every runner who gained a PB!

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Paul Kevin WEBSTER • Colin BURNETT • Clare RUSSELL • Alan BROWN • Fiona SEWELL • Colin JACK • Alison HAMEL • Shona CLARKE • Margaret TURNER • Nik ROBINSON • Jim MOIR • Susan COWIE • Tony LITTLE • Rohit SONI • Bryan MILLS • John CONNELLY • Robert SIM • Harry SAYERS • Ellen COWIE • Charles DAWSON • Daniel STRACHAN • Alisha MCGARVEY • Mitchell RENNIE • Tash GRANT

It was great to see Rob return for a second stint as Run Director; always good when someone tries RD and then returns for another go. Rumour has it he’s even signed up again! Thanks Rob.

On the volunteering front, Rohit Soni today joined the 25 Volunteer Club. Rohit enjoys parkrun with his family, more often than not volunteering while his wife and daughter run. Congratulations Rohit, we look forward to seeing your purple t-shirt soon!

We had 3 pacers today - Tony, Alan and Nik. The pacing prize goes to Alan ‘Metronome’ Brown. Despite forgetting his watch, he came in 2 seconds behind target, only due to slowing down to encourage others at the finish. Serious kudos Alan!

Two of our Duke of Edinburgh volunteers were also on the roster today. We’re doing well with a few enthusiastic youngsters completing their volunteering with us just now and others about to commence. Thank you all. We really do appreciate your efforts.

Run over, we had a good gathering at the Brig O’Don for breakfast. Always a great way to end the run.

Have a good week and we’ll see you all next Saturday.

Clare Russell
Run Reporter

 

Aberdeen parkrun event number 391 Saturday 19th January 2019

Today 478 people ran, jogged and walked the course, we were joined by 47 first timers and parkrun tourists.

The stars of today's event were, as always, our volunteers: Paul Kevin WEBSTER • Colin BURNETT • Clare RUSSELL • Alan BROWN • Colin JACK • Tony MCGARVA • Nik ROBINSON • Alasdair MACIVER • Susan MACIVER • Jim MOIR • Ray CROMBIE • Susan COWIE • Tony LITTLE • Rohit SONI • Mark MCDONALD • Bryan MILLS • John CONNELLY • Harry SAYERS • Ellen COWIE • Charles DAWSON • Graeme HAY • Mitchell RENNIE • Tash GRANT

Mark McDonald did a fantastic job in his debut as Run Director especially with our second highest attendance to date. Well done for stepping up Mark.

We had 3 parkrunners reaching milestones today:

Stuart Clark run his 150th parkrun
Darren Smith & Rebecca Colleran reached their 50'th parkrun

First male finisher, with a shiny new PB, was Tom Doney in 15:58, almost one minute quicker than his previous PB.
First female finisher was Nicola Gauld in 18:15
First Junior female finisher was Claire Gauld in 21:12
First junior male finisher, with a shiny new PB, was Jordan Cruickshank in 19:07

86 out of a possible 431 parkrunners recorded PB's today well done to you all!

Our volunteer roster is almost full for the next few weeks but we still have the following spaces available:
26/01: Lead bike
02/02: Lead bike
09/02: Lead bike
and then lots of spaces from the 23'rd of February on-wards.
Volunteering is great fun, please drop an email to aberdeenhelpers@parkrun.com if you are would to fill one of the spaces.
Remember our event cannot take place without volunteers!

See you all next Saturday when Rob Sim is your Run Director.

Bryan
Run Report Writer

 

Aberdeen parkrun 390, 12th January 2019

A combination of New Year fitness resolutions, Nik Robinson bringing a strong contingent from Newmachar Running Group to celebrate his 100th Parkrun, and the Danestone Medical Practice turning out run masse saw us hitting high numbers again today with a total of 425 people completing the course, of whom 63 were first timers and 44 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different clubs took part.

Conditions were good for this time of year, the wind blowing across us towards the sea while on the upper prom with a calm lower prom as is often the way. Much of the sand on the lower prom has been cleared so places to build a sandcastle were thankfully limited! However, there are still some thick sandy patches as things stand so if you're not bothered about a time you may wish to consider bringing your bucket and spade next weekend. 

Visitors today were Tony and Maeve Higgins from Tralee; thank you so much for making us Aberdeen parkrun keyrings - what a lovely gesture and so much appreciated by our Core Team. We also had visitors from Burnley, Greenock and Falkirk; thanks for joining us! Colin who did First Timers Brief had a note but I just read it off it at the main briefing. There was a lot going on with the large numbers so I didn’t get the piece of paper from him. The key rings are fab!Torstein Skardhamar and Kirsteen Sayers joined the 50 club today, with Vivienne Lain, Nik Robinson and Colin Jack celebrating their 100th runs. Thanks to Nik for the cake at the finish and Colin for the tasty treats after our breakfast at the Brig Inn.

Congratulations to each and every one of you who achieved a personal best today. Notable mentions go to:

Mark McDonald recording a new PB of 18:30 on his 86th parkrun;

Saghun Bhandari (JM11-14) running a PB of 27:34 on his 56th parkrun;

Gillian Reid recording a PB of 29:45 on her 24th run - impressively, Gillian is already a member of the volunteer 25 club!

Nicola Cruickshank running strong in 30:32 on her 101st parkrun.

Thanks to the staff of Danestone Medical Practice for joining us today. We hope you enjoyed your run. Danestone are one of the growing number of GP practices across the UK who are prescribing parkrun to patients. Many of us are aware of the huge benefits that exercise, and particularly parkrun, can bring: physical, mental and social, so please keep an eye out for new faces and extend a warm Aberdeen welcome to any new faces!

If you’re reading this and thinking about joining us for the first time please don’t be put off or intimidated by the prospect of being new or unable to run! We’re a very friendly bunch, a truly inclusive community, and there’s no pressure to go at anything other than your own pace. If it’s your first time at parkrun seek out any of our High-Vis heroes for a chat prior to the run, and remember you’re always welcome for post run chat (with or without the breakfast) at the Brig O’Don! Sit anywhere, chat to anyone, we’ll all happily talk parkrun!

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers and we are grateful to each of them for supporting our run today:

Elizabeth KERR • Paul Kevin WEBSTER • Clare RUSSELL • Alan BROWN • Carolyn SNEDDEN • Fiona SEWELL • Gemma COLLINS • Tracey B THOM • Ray CROMBIE • Susan COWIE • Tony LITTLE • Lorna POTTER • Colin TURNBULL • Bryan MILLS • John CONNELLY • Harry SAYERS • Ellen COWIE • Charles DAWSON • Alicea BAIN • Mitchell RENNIE

Our volunteer roster is looking very healthy for the next few weeks. Thanks to everyone who has signed up! As I’m sure you’re all aware, our event is solely run by volunteers and it would be great to see new names on the roster. Remember we do have a volunteer 25 club, so if you’ve joined another milestone club for running perhaps this could be a future target.

While we never wish injury or illness on anyone, volunteering while sitting this out is a great way of keeping motivated. Susan Cowie (my big sister) commented today on how much she’s enjoying being part of parkrun while having a break from running. Remaining part of the community has very much motivated her in her return from the bench, where without parkrun it would have been easy to forget how enjoyable a pursuit running is.

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

Aberdeen parkrun started on 8th October 2011. Since then 10,471 participants have completed 77,624 parkruns covering a total distance of 388,120 km, including 13,921 new Personal Bests. A total of 766 individuals have volunteered 5,532 times.

See you all again next week. Happy running!

Clare Russell