Notice of forest operations in Callendar Wood

The more observant among you will have spotted some signs around Callendar Park advising of some urgent work that the Forestry Commissiion is obliged to carry out under statutory notice. This is due to a tree disease that has been found in the wood, which affects a variety of tree species, predominantly larch, and has a serious impact on biodiversity and commercial timber production.

The operation will involve the removal of a number of infected trees and several around to proved a large buffer zone. The Forestry Commission will employ a third party to carry out the felling and they will use heavy machine to do so, which will mean that they have to carve a route to reach the infected trees. It may therefore look as though large swathes of the wood are being removed but please be assured the numvers are being kept to the minimum.

Large areas of the wood will become closed to the public whilst operations are ongoing and some of this will include portions of the parkrun route. I have however met with the Forestry Commission which has agreed to open up the parkrun route each Friday so that we will still be able to operate. Please be aware that the work will be ongoing for 6 days a week so there may be heavy vehicles moving in the park on Saturdays, although not on the parkrun route.

There are still some negotiations ongoing between the Forestry Commission and the contractors and I will update you all on progress when I have more information. You can expect the work to start sooner rather than later as the statutory notice demands that it should be completed by April.

One point that the Forestry Commission has asked me to advise on is the potential for humans to spread tree/plant diseases. I have been asked to advise you that it is good practice on terms of biosecurity to clean your shoes before and after visiting Callendar Park/Wood. This good practice applies not simply to our parkrun route, but should be common practice when moving from any natural habitat to another. Your co-operation in this matter would be greatly apprecated.

If you have any questions, please let me know and I will try to answer.

Spikey

 

Christmas Day parkrun 2017

Formal notice that a Falkirk parkrun will host a Christmas Day (25th December in case there is any doubt) event in 2017. More details willl be supplied in the coming days and weeks but we will definitely have an event at 09:30am on 25th December.

 

Falkirk parkrun Event number 306 30th September 2017

New inducties to the T-shirt clubs this weekend and last were

  • Ruth Cross 50
  • Louise Hopkins 50
  • Laura Seatter 50 last week
  • Allan Gall 100
  • Derek Hankinson 100 last week

This week 218 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 32 were first timers and 29 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

John SHANKS • Simon Stuart HOPKINS • Ian DOUGLAS • Karen MCCLUSKIE • Niamh Ann DOUGLAS • Sarah GLASSEY • Ronnie SCOTT • Roddy SIMPSON • Keith MORRELL • Yvonne TAYLOR • Ros QUALTERS • Sarah-Jayne QUALTERS • Adam TOLEMAN • Fraser HOUSTON • Fiona KIRKALDY • Ronald GRAY • Syd THOMSON • Katie STEVENSON • June FERRIER • Brian FERRIER • Beth HUNTER • Catherine FOWLER

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

Male placings:
Lewis MILLAR (SM30-34) of Central AC, was first over the line in 16:46 - 4th time in 6 appearances.
Joe WILLIAMS (SM30-34) (Unattached) was second over the line in 18:01 - has been first to finish on 4 previous occasions.
Alastair MARSHALL (JM11-14) of Livingston AC, was third over the line in 18:59.

Female placings:
Lana TURNBULL (SW20-24) of Lothian RC, was first (11th overall) over the line in 20:51 - 18th time in 97 appearances.
Abbie CROSS (JW11-14) of Falkirk Victoria Harriers, was second (14th overall) over the line in 21:03 - has been first to finish on 10 previous occasions.
Stephanie OWEN (SW30-34) (Unattached) was third (23rd overall) over the line in 21:38.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Valerie SNELL (VW55-59) – 78.24% for the time 23:08 (42nd overall).
Lewis MILLAR (SM30-34) – 77.83% for the time 16:46 (first overall).
Abbie CROSS (JW11-14) – 77.36% for the time 21:03 (14th overall).

The male record is held by Andrew DOUGLAS who recorded a time of 15:06 on 12th May 2012 (event number 42).
The female record is held by Morag MACLARTY who recorded a time of 17:22 on 11th June 2016 (event number 238).
The Age Grade course record is held by Jan STEVENSON who recorded 99.30% (21:22) on 7th May 2016 (event number 233).

Falkirk parkrun started on 16th July 2011. Since then 7,066 participants have completed 54,063 parkruns covering a total distance of 270,315 km, including 11,081 new Personal Bests.

 

Falkirk parkrun Event number 303 9th September 2017

This week 243 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 26 were first timers and 36 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Graeme LAWSON • George MCHARDY • Zoe HUXLEY • Patricia CLARKE • Una FORSYTH • Ian DOUGLAS • Eileen Lily ANDERSON • Niamh Ann DOUGLAS • Jennifer WETTON • Ronnie SCOTT • Graeme SUTHERLAND • Alan PATON • Lee PATON • Andrew PAGET • Fraser HOUSTON • Helen FLETCHER • Holly FLETCHER • Fiona KIRKALDY • Keith JACQUES • Scott MCNEILL • Iain MANTHORPE • Beth HUNTER • Kieran MCCANN • Catherine FOWLER

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

Male placings:
Peter MOFFETT (SM30-34) of Falkirk Victoria Harriers, was first over the line in 16:34 - 25th time in 55 appearances.
Pete FAULKS (VM40-44) of Falkirk Victoria Harriers, was second over the line in 19:50.
John BROGAN (VM35-39) of Falkirk Victoria Harriers, was third over the line in 20:22 - has been first to finish on 29 previous occasions.

Female placings:
Abbie CROSS (JW11-14) of Falkirk Victoria Harriers, was first (7th overall) over the line in 20:48 - 10th time in 48 appearances.
Alison BERWICK (VW40-44) (Unattached) was second (20th overall) over the line in 22:28.
Kerry ROBERTSON (JW11-14) of Falkirk Victoria Harriers, was third (22nd overall) over the line in 22:35.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Peter MOFFETT (SM30-34) – 78.47% for the time 16:34 (first overall).
Abbie CROSS (JW11-14) – 78.29% for the time 20:48 (7th overall).
Daniel BURNS (VM65-69) – 77.09% for the time 21:58 (15th overall).

The male record is held by Andrew DOUGLAS who recorded a time of 15:06 on 12th May 2012 (event number 42).
The female record is held by Morag MACLARTY who recorded a time of 17:22 on 11th June 2016 (event number 238).
The Age Grade course record is held by Jan STEVENSON who recorded 99.30% (21:22) on 7th May 2016 (event number 233).

Falkirk parkrun started on 16th July 2011. Since then 6,982 participants have completed 53,351 parkruns covering a total distance of 266,755 km, including 10,949 new Personal Bests.

 

Falkirk parkrun Event number 302 2nd September 2017

This week 273 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 31 were first timers and 66 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

David NEILL • Graeme LAWSON • Zoe HUXLEY • Louise HOPKINS • Simon Stuart HOPKINS • Alan STEWART • Ian DOUGLAS • Giselle ROTHENBERGER • Fiona PATERSON • Lorna MEANEY • Niamh Ann DOUGLAS • Ronnie SCOTT • Mark SUTHERLAND • Lee PATON • Jack SUTHERLAND • Paul CURRIE • Fiona KIRKALDY • Sara JOHNSTON • Syd THOMSON • Kurt MILLS • Beth HUNTER • Keith MCDEVITT • Kieran MCCANN • Pauline MUNN • Debbie OWL • Donald KING

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

Male placings:
Dale COLLEY (SM20-24) of Central AC, was first over the line in 15:54 - first appearance.
Alex MCGARRITY (VM35-39) (Unattached) was second over the line in 16:57.
John BROGAN (VM35-39) of Falkirk Victoria Harriers, was third over the line in 17:05 - has been first to finish on 29 previous occasions.

Female placings:
Claire MOFFETT (SW30-34) of Falkirk Victoria Harriers, was first (6th overall) over the line in 18:18 - 19th time in 40 appearances.
Jennifer WETTON (SW30-34) of Central AC, was second (10th overall) over the line in 19:22 - has been first to finish on 36 previous occasions.
Hazel DEAN (VW50-54) of Central AC, was third (34th overall) over the line in 21:45.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Finlay ROSS (JM11-14) – 84.38% for the time 18:08 (5th overall).
Kenneth RANKIN (VM60-64) – 83.07% for the time 19:18 (9th overall).
Dale COLLEY (SM20-24) – 81.13% for the time 15:54 (first overall).

The male record is held by Andrew DOUGLAS who recorded a time of 15:06 on 12th May 2012 (event number 42).
The female record is held by Morag MACLARTY who recorded a time of 17:22 on 11th June 2016 (event number 238).
The Age Grade course record is held by Jan STEVENSON who recorded 99.30% (21:22) on 7th May 2016 (event number 233).

Falkirk parkrun started on 16th July 2011. Since then 6,956 participants have completed 53,108 parkruns covering a total distance of 265,540 km, including 10,913 new Personal Bests.

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