We all LOVE our event especially the passionate core team who work hard throughout the year to bring you Ellon parkrun. We ask only a few things of you the participants and the importance of these is mainly to ensure the event can continue each week.
We fully understand that you may be a regular attendee and don't feel the need to listen to a run briefing but just a few minutes silence is all we ask. Perhaps due to those chatting during the briefing we have an unfortunate incident to report where a cyclist was barged off the path by a group who failed to give way to the cyclist near to the one kilometre marker, YOU MUST GIVE WAY TO THE PUBLIC, had this person been injured or now goes on to complain you are putting the event in jeopardy so please remember we do not have exclusive use of the path.
A participant was also overheard to be unsure where to find the barcode scanners at the end of their run, this was covered in the briefing as we have now moved them upto the bus stop to create more space around the finish funnel area which appears to be working well.
As today's run director I do not want to come over as grumpy, the event is what I look forward to every week and being called "grumpy" at the end just takes all the pleasure away, we just ask for your courtesy during the briefing and by bringing yourselves and your barcodes.
Moving on to happier things to report, WOW it was a close one at the front, Max ABERNETHY was just ONE SECOND away from the course record this morning, you may even have heard us all at the finish funnel encouraging him as he ran towards the finish post and we eagerly looked at the stop watches. Max is a clear lover of Ellon parkrun and was immediately welcoming in all the finishers behind him and supporting those further back as well, well done Max on an excellent run and also taking time to encourage others.
This week 152 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 8 were first timers, including Paul ALLCOAT a run director at Loch Leven who visited us for the first time, Paul has now ran an amazing 267 parkrun's.
Not deterred by the wind, an amazing 26 people recorded new Personal Bests, among them was Paul ANDERSON who has now recorded an outstanding 5 PB's in a row and 7 in total this year. What is the secret I'm sure many of you will be keen to know, well Paul puts it down to the fact that he joined a local running club at the start of the year with the hope of improving his times and this appears to be paying off, well done Paul.
The event was made possible by 12 volunteers and we continue to ask for your support in future weeks to make the event happen, perhaps you are signed up for a race in the upcoming months and might want to rest on the Saturday, if so then please consider sending us an email and we can add you to our roster - email@example.com
Thanks this week to:
Steven GARDEN • Stewart MACLENNAN • Alan MURRAY • Andy FRASER • Alex MACLEOD • Albert MCHARDY • Glen CHALMERS • Jackie GARDEN • Ross CHALMERS • Carolyn BRUCE • Tom DAVIES • Nicola PRICE