The weather has certainly been milder this week, but the wind blew along 135 brave souls at Camperdown this morning. A big thanks to the marshals who had to brave the wind, and did so with a smile and a cheer for the runners, as always. We rely on our volunteers, without them we wouldn't be able to put on the run each and every week - if you've not volunteered for a while, why not take a week off and marshall, hand out tokens, or be a scanner ? If you're on the way back from injury, why not be our tail runner? If you don't want to volunteer, we'll never force you to, but I can assure you it's a rewarding way to spend an hour or two on a Saturday morning.
As the course dries up, the times are getting quicker - there's a big bunch of finishers under 23 minutes these days, and more and more under 25, and under 30. But no matter what your finish time is, 135 of you started the weekend in the best way I know: with a parkrun!
A very striking change to the parkrun numbers is the increasing number of juniors who run each week. Last week saw the third Camperdown junior join the 50 club; Dan is 10 years old, making him the youngest member so far. We had 9 runners in the 10 and under category today - all an inspiration to us all. Particular mention should go to Jennifer Bonnyman who got a PB today, with an age-grading of 64%.
One thing we noticed today is that a parkrunner came today with the wrong barcode - the code had already been scanned in before the scanner noticed, but I've removed the runner from the results. Registering a run with someone else's barcode can provide an unfair advantage to that person in terms of progress towards a t-shirt, and the points competition, and also give an unrealistic PB to chase. Please bring your own barcode - we will make efforts to check everyone's barcode before we scan them.
Next week is our 99th parkrun - as we approach our centenary parkrun I'd like to thank every single one of you who have supported the run, either by running, by volunteering, by cheering, by bringing, ferrying, and fetching runners. 1,519 runners are registered with parkrun as Camperdown as their home run, so thank you to every one of you.
The 4 Run Directors are all away for our 100th run on March 29th (I'll be ski-ing, and the others are running somewhere...) so I'm pleased to announce that Kenny Penman, Camperdown parkrun parkrunner of the year 2012-13, will be taking on the mantle of run director for the 100th run. Kenny is a stalwart of parkrun, and makes a great addition to the run director team.
The official report follows, see you next week!
Ryan STEWART (SM20-24) of Dundee Hawkhill Harriers, was first over the line in 17:49 - third time in 6 appearances.
Brian BONNYMAN (VM40-44) of Forfar Road Runners, was second over the line in 18:01 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.
Roger VAN GOMPEL (VM40-44) of Dundee Hawkhill Harriers, was third over the line in 18:34.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Jim MORTON (Unattached) 3632 pts.
Craig LOVE (Dundee Hawkhill Harriers) 3509 pts.
Craig ROSS (Dundee Hawkhill Harriers) 3179 pts.
Michelle MACKAY (SW20-24) (Unattached) was first (12th overall) over the line in 20:50 - second time in 9 appearances.
Lynn HENDERSON (VW40-44) (Unattached) was second (13th overall) over the line in 20:57 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.
Stephanie OWEN (SW25-29) (Unattached) was third (19th overall) over the line in 21:13 - was first to finish once before.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Lynne GIBSON (Unattached) 3921 pts.
Tricia SMITH (Running Sisters Tayside) 3468 pts.
Lorraine DUNBAR (Dundee Road Runners AC) 3215 pts.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Craig ROSS (VM55-59) was graded 78.70% for the time 20:02 (5th overall).
Brian BONNYMAN (VM40-44) was graded 77.52% for the time 18:01 (second overall).
Innes M BRACEGIRDLE (VW55-59) was graded 77.07% for the time 24:08 (31st overall).
This week there were 135 runners, of whom 12 were first timers and 41 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different athletics clubs took part.
Camperdown parkrun started on 19th May 2012, and since then 1,603 different runners, including participants from 111 athletics clubs, have completed 9,517 runs covering a total distance of 47,585 km, and there have been 2,180 new Personal Bests.
The women's record is held by Morgan MURPHY who ran in a time of 00:19:38 on 2013-02-09 (event number 40).
The men's record is held by Robbie SIMPSON who ran in a time of 00:16:19 on 2013-10-19 (event number 75).
The Age Grade course record is held by Ian READE who recorded a 83.75% run (17:20) on 25th August 2012 (event number 15).
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Camperdown parkrun Results Page.