Ellon parkrun # 143 – 13/10/2018

Conditions this morning for the run were good at the start although the rain did come on later and we got a little damp we had a report of a tree down across the path late last night but a course inspection armed with a saw early this morning soon had the course clear an thankfully the winds of recent days had subsided.

Today we had 108 people running,jogging and walking the course of whom 10 were first timers,28 recorded new PB's and 14 different clubs were represented.We had 2 people visiting from near Swansea in Wales and also 1 from Edinburgh.Sioned one of our Welsh visitors finished 3rd overall and recorded our second fastest female time for the course so huge congratulations to her.

Today we also trialled pacers for the first time at 25,30,35 and 40 mins,thanks to Alex,Steven,Ann and Stuart for being our guinea pigs for this,we may need a few more attempts before we decide if it will be a worthwhile addition to our volunteer roster,initial thoughts were that we would try it once a month.

Volunteer roster is looking quite healthy for the next few weeks but there are still some odd spaces to fill so please e-mail us if you would like to assist with any of these.

Thanks to this weeks volunteers

James MORTIMER : Steven GARDEN : Anne BROWN : Tracey RHIND : Lilias PARKS : Stuart CHRISTIE : Fiona MUTCH : Gillian REID : Matt LOCKLEY : Jackie GARDEN :   Caroline BUCHAN : Alex MACLEOD : Andy FRASER

 

Ellon parkrun # 142 – 06/10/2018

This week 149 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 14 were first timers and 55 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 11 volunteers:
James MORTIMER • Steven GARDEN • Lynn JAMIESON • Stewart MACLENNAN • Elaine TAYLOR • Jackie GARDEN • William GALBRAITH • Jillian EUNSON • Kevin MACIVER • Gillian REID • Steven EUNSON

International parkrun Day

Today was "International parkrun Day", where parkrun celebrate the anniversary of the parkrun launch.  It has now been 14 years since the first parkrun in Bushy Park, Hampton, London.  On the first morning there were 13 runners who took part; this week saw the five millionth person to register and around 3.2 million people have completed one or more parkruns total.

The run

The winter is starting to rear its head and today's Run Director had to de-ice the car windscreen before leaving this morning.  Our finish area volunteers also felt the impact of how chilly it can get when you have to remain in one spot and can't move around.

Good conditions for running though and 55 PBs is approximately 37% of the field, which is at the higher end of what we normally get.  Well done all.

After the recent strong winds and combined with the soggy morning we had a bit of an overhanging bush on the route.  We'll report it and hopefully it will be dealt with soon.

We had Ellon regulars celebrate their 50th run milestones today.  Murray Eunson and dad Steven celebrated by donating some treats.  Two random runners were awarded with boxes of celebrations to take home, and there was a big box at the scanning table so everyone could have the option of a cheeky wee post-parkrun choc (or some tablet courtesy of one of our regular volunteers).
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Murray Eunson finishing his 50th today with Mum and Dad just behind.

Info on milestones and tshirts

Please note that there is no system that notifies the Ellon team of upcoming milestones.  If you would like a mention then please just let us know and we'll be happy to give you a shout-out.

With regards to tshirts, after a long period of trying to deal with a backlog the new system is finally making an impact.  There was a recent delivery in September and the next one is expected in December.  With the December delivery it is hoped that they will just about be caught up with V25, 50 and 100 milestones.  Junior 10s should also be back in stock from the September delivery but it may be longer until those catch up.

See you next time.

Steven

 

 

Ellon parkrun # 141 – 29/09/2018

This week saw a lovely bright, albeit chilly, Saturday morning.  It seems that Autumn is very much here now!

This week 120 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 19 were first timers and 29 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different clubs took part.

We had a couple of tops left behind today.  If you're missing a grey fleece, or a blue running top, they'll be available to collect next week, or get in touch if you're local and would like them before then.

The event was made possible by 11 volunteers:

Steven GARDEN • Stewart MACLENNAN • Callum SMITH • Alex MACLEOD • Caroline BUCHAN • Rose GALBRAITH • Tom DAVIES • Stuart CHRISTIE • Fiona MUTCH • Stephanie FLETT • Gillian REID

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

The male record is held by Jack ARNOLD who recorded a time of 16:31 on 26th December 2015 (event number 9).
The female record is held by Tammy WILSON who recorded a time of 18:23 on 15th July 2017 (event number 84).
The Age Grade course record is held by Carolyn MILNE who recorded 90.69% (20:14) on 20th August 2016 (event number 40).

Ellon parkrun started on 17th October 2015. Since then 2,302 participants have completed 12,576 parkruns covering a total distance of 62,880 km, including 2,809 new Personal Bests

 

Ellon parkrun # 140 – 22/09/2018

You know winter is nearly here when the grit fairy has to dust down his/her costume and clear up the course before we can run.  Due to the high winds earlier in the week, a fallen tree along the route nearly made parkrun an obstacle course but thanks to our diligent helper, the route was cleared and made safe for the 90 runners and walkers that took part today.

We welcomed first timers Susie and Sandy Fraser from Toowoomba, near Brisbane, possibly our furthest travelled visitors.

Another 9 first timers came along today and 17 of our regulars recorded new PBs despite the strong winds that continued today.

Special callout for token 36 which has gone AWOL.  If you took it away by mistake, please let us know via the Facebook page or ellonhelpers@parkrun.com

We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen:Caroline BUCHAN, Andrew CRUICKSHANK, Garry CRUICKSHANK, Jackie GARDEN, Mike MACKAY, Alex MACLEOD, Karen MCARA, Andrew MCNEILL, Gillian REID, Maureen YOUNG

Good luck to all our Loch Ness Marathon and Ness 10k runners.

Look forward to seeing you all next weekend

Andrew

Run Director

 

 

Ellon parkrun #139 – 15/09/2018

This week 108 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 15 were first timers.

Among our tourists (apologies for missing you off the briefing) were Matt Foster (27 parkruns at Dartford parkrun), Colin Sinclair (19 parkruns at Falkirk parkrun), Jill Walker (17 parkruns at Lowestoft parkrun), even our first finisher today was a tourist, well done to Kenny O'Neill (11 parkruns at Strathclyde parkrun).

Without doubt though the best first timer was Poppy Simpson who finished with the largest smile and skip in her step that anyone could ever imagine.  Welcome to parkrun Poppy.  Older sister Phoebe however was quick to point out that she was completing her 4th parkrun and even better she collected a PB too, great running girls.

Phoebe was among 30 new Personal Bests this week, where we should maybe take a turn at highlighting the "senior" end of the field.  Well done to Susan Urquhart, Paul Gwynne (pushing a buggy and still getting a PB - wow), Morag Morrison (6 consecutive PB's).  But best of all setting new "age grade records" were husband and wife duo Marjite and George Adams, what an inspiration they both are to everyone.

Today we celebrated milestones for Pauline Robson and Carol Winton who both achieved their 50th parkrun, congratulations to you both and thanks for standing out for a well deserved round of applause prior to the start.

The event was made possible by 9 volunteers:

James MORTIMER • Niall FINDLAY • Caroline BUCHAN • Glen CHALMERS • Andrew CRUICKSHANK • Claire DUNCAN • Tracey RHIND • Stuart CHRISTIE • Kevin MACIVER

Special thanks to Andrew Cruickshank who not only assisted in two volunteer roles today (pre event setup and timekeeper), also took time to help another Ellon resident who was tidying up litter in the Gordon Park early this morning prior to the run.  We hope this helped contribute to you all enjoying a run around the outside of the funfair.

Thank you everyone and well done on a brilliant start to the weekend.

Glen - This weeks run director

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