Ellon parkrun #134 – 11 August 2018

This week 128 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 13 were first timers, including a tourist from as far away as Swindon.  33 people recorded new Personal Bests, well done to you all on another warm morning.

Claire and Stuart covered the run director post between them so you may have noticed the blue and white vest jumping around a little, just another testament to the strength of the Ellon parkrun core team.

Speaking of volunteers the event was made possible by 11 volunteers, 5 of whom also elected to get run credits, why not ask us more if you'd like to still run but help as well - it CAN BE DONE!! - This weeks heroes were:

Royston WALKER • Andrew MCNEILL • Sandra STEWART • Glen CHALMERS • Jackie GARDEN • Gillian DOUGLAS • Claire DUNCAN • Danny HAZZARD • Jillian EUNSON • Stuart CHRISTIE • Gillian REID

Over the last few weeks we have received occasional feedback about the entrance/exit to Gordon Park.  We will be discussing this amongst the Core team and looking at measures to address it and ensure your safety, please ensure you listen carefully to the run briefing every week but especially in the upcoming weeks as a change is likely to be made.

Next week we welcome Thistle Football Club who are based in nearby Newburgh.  They are looking to bring the entire club to take part with children of various ages who will be accompanied by their parents and coaches.  After the event they will be selling snacks and drinks in the Community Complex, please consider supporting their fundraising.  They are helping provide additional volunteers on the course and if anyone else wishes to provide further sets of eyes then please get in touch and we will give you an extra marshal position (the more the merrier), send us an email to ellonhelpers@parkrun.com.

Moving away from youth after it was highlighted that last weeks top finishers were all youngsters, the oldies got their revenge this week with the top five all being between 30 and 64 years of age.  The biggest congratulations though goes to Marijtje Adams who on her 34th parkrun set a new age grade record.

As mentioned at the run briefing, good luck to Allan Bartlett who is getting married this afternoon but still managed to squeeze in his Saturday morning parkrun.

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

Well done everyone and have a wonderful weekend, there's no better way to start it than with parkrun.



Ellon parkrun # 133 – 04/08/2018

The nice cool morning for this week's Ellon parkrun was welcomed by all our runners today.

This was a week for the youngsters with 5 of our first 6 runners being classed as juniors.

Overall, we had 141 participants, with a fantastic 26 first timers including a few tourists, notably from Hockley Woods in Essex and Bydgoszcz (thanks Google!) in Poland.  30 of you recorded new PBs, a great start to your weekend!

Our 'first timers' total of 26 represents the number running Ellon parkrun for the first time and therefore includes visitors from other parkruns.  However 17 of today's runners were doing their first ever parkrun anywhere, so well done to you.  We hope you enjoyed the event and that we see you become regulars.

We had a couple of special mentions today.  Garry Cruickshank reached his 50th parkrun and celebrated with a new PB as well.  Garry kindly donated a prize for the 50th runner home.

Our Event Director Steven also "celebrated" moving to a new parkrun age category tomorrow, with his mum Jackie providing a birthday cake, cupcakes, tablet and other homebakes. It was also Steven's 200th parkrun, but alas no t-shirt for another 50 runs!

Your run this week was made possible thank to the following volunteers:-

Stuart CHRISTIE, Tom DAVIES, Simon DIJKER, Jackie GARDEN, Steven GARDEN, Alex MACLEOD, Andrew MCNEILL, Gillian REID, Tracey RHIND, George STEWART, Sandra STEWART

See you all next week!




Ellon parkrun # 132 – 28/07/2018

Despite predicted thunderstorms, this week 101 people ran, jogged and walked the  course, of whom 15 were first timers and 17 recorded new Personal Bests.

Fortunately we missed the worst of the rain, so no one had to swim and the only rumbles of thunder were from all the feet pounding on the pavement.  There were a few directional issues for some of the early runners, who were confused by an unexpected circuits class in Gordon Park.  Moral of the story - don't follow the army, follow the parkrun arrows!

We welcomed visitors from the properly far flung destinations of Romford and Canterbury and a few from closer to home who made the brave trek all the way from Inverurie and Stonehaven!

Thanks to this week's volunteers, who were Robert BUCHAN • Stewart MACLENNAN • Alan MURRAY • Tamsin MORRIS • Chris YORK • Sandra STEWART • Andrew CRUICKSHANK • Sammi CLUBB • Rosemary WOOD • Gillian REID.



28th July – Lightning storms predicted

There is a risk of lightning storms on the morning of the 28th of July.  If there is lightning nearby at any point then we will need to postpone or cancel the run.  Any news will appear first on our Facebook page.  We can cancel at any time up to 0930h and even during the run if we need to get the volunteer team under cover.


Ellon parkrun # 131 – 21/07/2018

This morning was overcast but warm and 112 people ran, jogged and walked the course of whom 7 were first timers 30 recorded new PBs and 13 different clubs were represented.  We continue to see an impressive number of PBs week on week whether it is the new paths or the warm weather that's responsible.

Today we had George Adams celebrating his 80th birthday and appropriately he finished in 80th place, not sure how how he worked that one.  Also a huge thank you to George and Marijtje for providing the cakes and refreshments and we also had their son Iain visiting from Edinburgh.

Special mention also to Isabella Mcadam on completing her 10th run, her mum Claire Mcadam completing 50 and Bruce Callow also completing 50 congratulations to you all, i wasn't made aware of Claire and Bruce's milestones before the run so they didn't get a shout out in the briefing.

Unfortunately we had an incident of a near miss today at the Gordon Park entrance/exit. Thankfully these occurrences are rare but we need to maintain the goodwill of the public in order for our weekly run to continue to succeed.

Many thanks to this week's volunteers.

Royston WALKER : Andy FRASER : Glen CHALMERS : Jackie GARDEN : Alan WALSH : Gemma SIMPSON : Tracey RHIND : Claire MACADAM : Fiona MUTCH :         Megan RENDALL : Suzanne COULL

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