Ellon parkrun # 165 – 23/03/2019

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 - ellonhelpers@parkrun.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

 

Ellon parkrun # 164 – 16/03/2019

Thanks to all runners and volunteers that made today's event possible. As mentioned in the briefing, today's volunteers were all from JogScotland Bridge of Don. A very special morning for our club seeing as one of our own came in as first finisher. Looks like the parkrun gods were smiling upon us as the weather held out until everyone was finished and away home before making it an unsavoury afternoon. Congratulations to all runners and we hope to see you back at sunny Ellon soon.

 

This week 119 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 12 were first timers and 24 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 10 volunteers:

Ian A.C. DOUGLAS • Danny LYNCH • Laura MCPHERSON • Simon DIJKER • Callum SMITH • Jane REID • Mark MCDONALD • Shallene CATTO • Linda WATT • Stephanie FLETT

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 2,687 participants have completed 16,039 parkruns covering a total distance of 80,195 km, including 3,463 new Personal Bests. A total of 348 individuals have volunteered 1,703 times.

 

This weeks RD,

Callum

 

Ellon parkrun # 163 – 09/03/2019

The run

Brrrrr!  That was a bit chilly.

We had bright sunlight today but it certainly didn't come with much warmth.  At the top of the hill we had a rather windy wind that cared very little about what clothes you were wearing, it simply went right through you.  So a big thanks to the volunteer team who were out there in it for much longer than the rest of us.

This week 185 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 24 were first timers and 33 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 13 volunteers:

Steven GARDEN • Andy FRASER • George STEWART • Sandra STEWART • Colin GRANT • Jillian EUNSON • Murray EUNSON • Steven EUNSON • Logan EUNSON • Marijtje ADAMS • George ADAMS • Josie COULL • Mike RODGERS

Despite the cold and despite us getting further and further away from those New Year's Resolutions we are continuing to see what for us are big attendances.  That does present challenges and today I'd like to ask everyone who drives to parkrun to park responsibly.

Parking

We learned a couple of weeks ago that those parking at the top of the road at the field entrance prevented the farmer from accessing his land.  He's a very good-natured man and didn't cause a fuss but it is clearly unacceptable for us to be preventing people from earning their living.  Please desist and use the car park.  There are hundreds of spaces at the rear of the campus.

Your Run Director today was Andy Fraser but because he had a very busy day ahead I did the results and the run report and am the one to blame if your time is wrong.

See you next time.

Steven G

 

Ellon parkrun # 162 – 2/3/2019

Ellon parkrun
Event number 162
2nd March 2019

The sun shone on us today, and we had a lovely bright run, enjoyed by 203 happy faces.

We had 5 runners celebrating their 50th parkrun today, congratulations to Sammi Clubb, Harry Nichols, Matt Lockley, Colin Grant and Fiona Mutch.  George Keith celebrated his 25th parkrun.

We are aware that there is an issue with todays results, as finish tokens got mixed up by accident.  We apologise for this; positions 92 through to 145 were affected.  We have left the results as they stand at the moment - if yours is one of the ones which is wrong, please email us on ellon@parkrun.com with your correct time, and we will amend this.

This week 203 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 23 were first timers and 57 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:

Steven GARDEN • Alex MACLEOD • Ryan RAMSAY • Andrew MCNEILL • Stuart CLARK • Mark GRANT • Andy CRUICKSHANK • Allan BARTLET • Phil ASTLEY • Claire DUNCAN • Stuart CHRISTIE • Jason OSBORNE • Lynne TOWLER • Nicola PRICE • Jill WATT • Carmen WATT • Kim KING • Laura WATT • Stuart BUCHAN • Terri BROWN

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 2,652 participants have completed 15,729 parkruns covering a total distance of 78,645 km, including 3,405 new Personal Bests. A total of 343 individuals have volunteered 1,680 times.

 

Ellon parkrun # 161 – 23/02/2019

The run

This week 194 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 23 were first timers and 53 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 12 volunteers:

Vanessa BLACK • James MORTIMER • Steven GARDEN • Andrew MCNEILL • Caroline BUCHAN • Andy CRUICKSHANK • Susan SOMNER • Carolyn BRUCE • Tom DAVIES • Fiona MUTCH • Kevin MACIVER • Gillian REID

New Year's resolutions to get fit often start to fade when we hit February but more than half way through the month going by our numbers it seems the Ellon crowd are sticking it out.

When we do these run reports we generally try not to focus on "the fast people" because at parkrun we want to celebrate the achievements of absolutely everyone throughout the field.  Today however there were a few stand-out news items at the sharp end of the field.

Young Max Abernethy of the Broch remains in good form and continues to threaten the Ellon male course record coming home today in a time of 16:43.  A marshal reported that he actually slipped and fell on a soggy bit of path whilst leaving Gordon Park which would have cost him a few seconds.  He appears to be made of stern stuff though and other than a scraped knee finished strongly with no apparent serious injury.

Max's clubmate Brian Urquhart who is a couple years older also put in a top run coming close to beating his PB with a time of 18:56 and topping our age-grade table today, and clubmate young Israel Noble in the junior category scored a new PB of 19:43.

Our first female home today again a junior but in the 15-17 category was Ellen Astley of Ellon Amateur Athletics Club not far off her PB in a time of 21:04.

Another achievement, we welcomed Dave Coull to the 50 milestone club.  He kindly donated a spot prize of a tub of sweeties to a lucky parkrunner.

The Ellon baking fairy visited again and there were some boxes of our world-famous Ellon parkrun tablet at our scanning table plus a tub of marshmallow top-hats for the kids (although I'm pretty sure I saw at least one adult nab one of those).

Ellon parkrun operation

I'd like to say a massive thank you to everyone for their attention during the run brief, which has been amazing in recent weeks.  If you are a regular you probably will have noticed that the Run Directors have taken to standing on a little step and initiating the brief with some feedback squeal from the PA system.  We're not doing this to annoy you, we're are doing it because it turns out it's really effective at getting everyone's attention.

The run brief is very important to us since it is our opportunity to welcome new parkrunners and visitors, to thank the volunteer team, and to relay important safety points.

We are much busier now than we were three years ago and there is a lot goes on behind the scenes to try to keep us running smoothly.  Today we had a little mix up with the finish tokens, and in general recently we've been seeing a bit of a problem getting people away from the finish funnel and into two scanning queues.  The queues are becoming less easy to spot with it being busy.  The Ellon team constantly discuss these things because we love parkrun and we're trying to come up with a good, simple system for the finish area.

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Two minutes before start-time. The view of the runners, the funnel, the first-timer briefing taking place, and Andy M modelling the purple volunteer t-shirt.

See you next time.
Steven

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