Ellon parkrun # 151 – 08/12/2018

Thanks to everyone who braved todays cold and windy conditions and joined us for Ellon's 151st parkrun. Our volunteer roster was filled by local running club JogScotland Bridge of Don, everyone of them was still upbeat and full of cheer despite the weather so a huge thanks to all of them. No milestones to celebrate which is rare these days so let's hope we have some in the upcoming weeks to enjoy more cake. Well done to all the runners, all those rosey cheeks at end must have meant you enjoyed it.

#DFYB

Callum

This week 118 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 16 were first timers and 7 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 10 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 11 volunteers:

Kay LESLIE • Ian A.C. DOUGLAS • Danny LYNCH • Michelle BROWN • Laura MCPHERSON • Stewart MACLENNAN • Callum SMITH • Alison COWIE • Linda WATT • Jane BOURQUE • Stephanie FLETT

 

***Christmas and New Year at Ellon***

***Christmas and New Year at Ellon***

Just a note that Ellon parkrun will not be holding bonus events on Christmas Day or New Year's Day. The Ellon team discuss it every year and again it's the case that all Run Directors have other plans for these days.

Nearby Aberdeen and Hazlehead will be hosting bonus events. Or indeed wherever you will be in the UK you can find out if the local parkrun is staging any bonus events, and check timings at the link below (note: teams have up until the 13th of December to decide so may not appear on the list until then).

All normal Saturday events at Ellon will go ahead weather permitting.

http://www.parkrun.org.uk/special-events/

 

Ellon parkrun # 150 – 01/12/2018

Nice to see a dry day and even the occasional hint of brightness in the sky for the 150th Ellon parkrun.  This week 135 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 15 were first timers and 23 recorded new personal bests.  It was a bit of a Kirk family affair, with Richard Kirk the first male finisher in a time of 17:28, his mum Helen Kirk closing off the run as our tail walker and his dad, Martin Kirk, doing the honours to start the run. 

First female finisher was Ellen Astley in a time of 21:18.  There were some well-received nibbles to celebrate the 10th anniversary of parkrun in Scotland, and I think we might have all set a new personal best in terms of the time taken to demolish the sausage rolls - they went very quickly!

Thanks to this week's volunteers, who were from Garioch Roadrunners.  We also had some time pacers this week, sporting their fancy new bibs, so thanks also to them.

The volunteers were:

Carol WILSON • Nicola REDGWELL • Steven GARDEN • Gary THOMSON • Jonathan FLEETHAM • Fiona KENNEDY • Gordon ORR • Tamsin MORRIS • Philip OWENS • Glen CHALMERS • Helen KIRK • Martin KIRK • Kevin STEPHEN • Sean SWINDELLS • Jenny GARNHAM • Kenny MONK

Thanks to volunteers and runners alike for turning up on a chilly morning and see you all next week.

Tamsin (this week's Run Director)

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Ellon parkrun # 149 – 24/11/2018

Pretty good conditions today, although the rain that came on just after the start was probably not too welcome.  Looking at some of the times and PBs, the weather didn't affect the running phase of the day much, but the soggy barcodes and wet scanners did struggle a bit, so apologies if you had to wait to be scanned in.

Great to see a continue stream of first timers at our event, though surprisingly no visitors today.

So today we had 135 people take part, 11 of them first timers and 36 new PBs!

Well done to Max Abernethy on his PB of 16'48".  Looks like the course record could come under threat in the near future looking at his progress over the past few months.

Our juniors are all coming on well, Max, Ellen Astley and Ross Chalmers all set new age category records today.

http://www.parkrun.org.uk/ellon/results/agecategoryrecords/

Thanks as ever to our fantastic volunteer team, mostly from Jog Scotland Peterhead:-

Stephen BRUCE, Caroline BUCHAN, Ross CHALMERS, Glen CHALMERS, Stephanie FLETT, Kath GRAY, Matt LOCKLEY, Linda MCGEE, Andrew MCNEILL, Tamsin MORRIS, Pauline ROBSON, Callum SMITH

Next week it is parkrun in Scotland's 10th anniversary, as well as Ellon's 150th event, so we will be having a small celebration of both events.  Hope you can come and join us.

And on Sunday 2 December, Peterhead JogScotland hosts the Braveheart 3k, 5k and 10k run or walk in support of CLAN.  Check their Facebook page or website for more details.

Look forward to seeing you all next week

Andrew

 

Ellon parkrun # 148 – 17/11/2018

The run

This week 128 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 26 were first timers and 20 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 11 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 11 volunteers:

Stuart HUNTER • Steven GARDEN • Jack HONEY • Royston WALKER • Alex MACLEOD • Corine JACK • Danny HAZZARD • Steve LEAPER • Tom DAVIES • Kim KING • Laura WATT

Today we had a volunteer takeover by Newburgh Dunes Running Club and they were there displaying as much orange as they could.  Many thanks to them.

Conditions were generally good for running aside perhaps from the stiff breeze blowing the wrong way as usual for coming up the final hill.  I think a lot of people are saving their legs for the popular Fraserburgh Half Marathon tomorrow but 128 is still a good turnout.

We don't normally emphasise first-finishers but this week I think we should have a tip of the cap for first female and male finishers Ellen and Cameron, both of whom are juniors.

We had Kevin MacIver celebrating his 50th parkrun and Andrew McNeill celebrating his 100th parkrun today.  Kevin and Andrew brought along some spot prizes for runners number 25, 50 and 100, and also a box of celebrations and a rather good looking cake.  Well done on your milestones gentlemen.

Remember, if you are hitting a milestone the Ellon team will only know about it if you tell us.  We don't get any automatic notification.  Please let us know if you want a shout out.
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Andrew McNeill laying on cake to celebrate his 100th run milestone.

 

Pacers

Some people have been asking about pacers.  There is no intention to offer these every week.  The plan is to try to do a scheduled event once a month, with them being announced ahead of time to help people to make plans.

Our volunteer roster is looking very good for the next few weeks as we continue with a spate of running club takeovers.  Please have a look in your diaries to see if you can help later in December/early January as these are weeks we often struggle with as numbers decline and people are away etc.

See you next time.

Steven

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