Two busy weeks to end two fantastic years.

Well we have had a busy two weeks.  We had a bumper turn out of 217 on 17 Feb - a new attendance record for Elgin parkrun!!  Well done to all who turned out on a lovely Saturday morning.

This week we had another busy turn out with 171 runners taking part.  Special mention to Heather and Scott who completed their parkrun tour of Scotland.  A fine run at the front of the field saw Jenny Bannerman cross the line first and she was only 11 seconds or so outside the course record - which she holds anyways!

As previously mentioned Saturday is our 2nd birthday run and our 100th run all on the same day!  We are hoping for a bumper turnout of runners and volunteers.  We are theming the run "the many colours of parkrun"  to highlight it's inclusive nature.  Therefore we are asking people to wear their running club colours, parkrun milestone t-shirts or apricot shirts - or just a bright coloured top!

We aren't doing anything else special but if you want to bring a cake along please do so.  Or if you can help make it a special day then let us know - so if you have a spare pipe band or something similar.............

In our first two years / first 99 runs we have had 2,790 different runners complete 14,105 runs at Elgin - thats 70,525 kilometres in total!!!  They have come from 195 different clubs or running groups.

They have been able to do this thanks to 293 different volunteers (thats how Paul can never remember everyone's name!) who have filled 1540 different roles over the weeks.  Thanks to you all.  We cannot do it without you. Volunteers really are the stars of parkrun.



We are nearly two!

The sharper amongst you will have noted two things that are coming coming upon the near future.

We are nearly at our second birthday.

We are nearly at our one hundredth run in Elgin.

The even sharper minds will have spotted that both are due to fall on the same day.  (A quick risk assessment check means that they will not actually fall but they will occur on the same day!)

We are looking forward to this celebration and hope as many people as possible can join us on that day.  Regular parkrunners, new parkrunners and visitors alike are all welcome.  Feel free to bring cake, banners, balloons or wear fancy dress.

We are anticipating a bumper crowd that day and may need some extra marshals and helpers so here is an early plea for help on Sat 3 Mar 18.

We are also a bit lighten volunteers over the next 2 weekends so any help would be welcome.

A couple of other points - when you attend Elgin or any other parkrun please pay full attention during the pre-run brief even if you have heard it before.  Things can change week by week and this is our way to get that across to all runners - to ensure you all have a safe run!  Thanks in advance.



Some good news and some bad news

Well done to all 129 runners on Saturday.  And as usual a massive thank you to the team of volunteers who made it happen. in some "interesting" conditions!

An early inspection of the course found that the section down to the bridge was partially covered in black ice. With this in mind we decided to "test drive" a back up, alternative course.  This would allow us to run when otherwise we would have had to cancel.

We asked for feedback on our Facebook page and on the day. In general the feedback has been largely positive.

One point raised was overtaking etiquette as faster runners lapped slower runners.  As ever the emphasis is on the overtaking runner to carefully negotiate the person whom they are overtaking.  A lesson learned was that on the alternative course things are a lot busier so can we ask that slower runners remember to keep to the left and be aware of faster runners approaching from behind - maybe on days that we use the alternative course a run without headphones could be an idea.

Also if you are about to lap or overtake a runner then a polite call out may be useful.  No need to be aggressive but make sure they know you are coming by.  Thanks in advance for the next time!

The switch to the alternative course also highlights the need to listen carefully during the pre-run brief. I was marshalling at the new turn and it was clear that a few folks hadn't been paying attention as they headed towards the bridge path.

You may have read over the weekend that a parkrunner at Swindon sadly lost her life after collapsing during parkrun on Saturday.  I am sure you will join with us in sending our thoughts and prayers to her family and all at Swindon parkrun.

With that in mind we are starting an appeal to raise funds towards our own AED.  We can aim to raise funds by donation direct to Elgin parkrun and are looking to get other funding bodies to top that figure up.  You can donate to Elgin parkrun by using the link here on the website.

We ask that if you donate then put a note on that the money is towards an AED for Elgin parkrun in the narrative / comments box.

Thanks in advance.  It's a piece of kit that we could really do with having but hopefully will never need to use.

Also the incident at Swindon highlighted the importance of having your ICE (In Case of Emergency) details completed on your profile. Please check your parkrun account and update if required. Once more something we hope never to need.


Happy New Year

Well done to all of you who joined us over the Christmas break and to those who volunteered a massive thank you.  We had great turn outs on our additional runs on Christmas and New Year - 109 and 92 runners respectively.

They were supported by two teams of volunteers - these are the people who turn out regularly to make sure that you get a run on a Saturday morning.

We are now into 2018 so why not start the year by volunteering for the first time - or the next time if you've done it once or twice?  We are short for a few volunteers this week and next so if you want to help out please drop us an email as soon as possible,  Thanks in advance - we cannot do parkrun without people like you every week.


Holiday Runs

As we get nearer to the big day a quick reminder that we have an Elgin parkrun on Christmas Day at 0930 and on New Year's Day at 1030 in addition to our usual Saturday runs on 23 & 30 Dec.

Can we ask that if you can volunteer that you email us as soon as possible - our run directors are as busy as you at home and having to do volunteer appeals and FB shout outs is an extra task for them.

Just send us an email as early as you can please.

Note that over the holidays there will be delays in processing results as volunteers will have to take the kit home to process - and may even want to do their own Christmas too!

Thanks in advance

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