Falkirk parkrun Event number 329 7th April 2018

Good morning all

A few mentions for new club members. Wojtek Galazka joins the 10 club, Nicola Blair and Fiona Hudson have accumulated 50 runs,

Andy Moodie yesterday completed 250 volunteers, which means that he has successfully avoided running 1250 km over the last six and a half years. Well done and thank you Andy.

Kane Elliott smashed the Junior Boys 15-17 record this morning and put himself in the top 20 times in the history of Falkirk parkrun. Well done Kane.

Photos are up at https://www.flickr.com/groups/falkirk-parkrun/pool/page1 thanks to Syd and Rhian.

Thank you to all for running, walking and volunteering. We hope our visitors from Aberdeen, Inverness, Perth, Shetland and London come back again.

See you soon

Simon

This week 229 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 24 were first timers and 29 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Gary FRATER • Frances Ruthven WOOD • Louise HOPKINS • Simon Stuart HOPKINS • Caroline MCDERMOTT • Alexander MCLEOD • Andrew MOODIE • Sarah BARRON • Mhairi SIMPSON • Christopher MASSIE • Joyce MACCALLUM • Callum DEAL • Roddy SIMPSON • Alan PATON • Lee PATON • Ellen CONSTABLE • Stevie PARKER • Fiona KIRKALDY • Syd THOMSON • Rhian BEVERIDGE • Laura BROWN • Niamh HOPKINS • Rebecca DEAL • Laura MAIN • Joyce SIMPSON • Finlay WHITEFORD

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

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 7,640 participants have completed 59,609 parkruns covering a total distance of 298,045 km, including 11,797 new Personal Bests.

 

Falkirk parkrun Event number 327 24th March 2018

The sense of community within parkrun is strong and it was great to bring volunteers from across Scotland's parkruns to Falkirk parkrun. They were my colleagues from Scottish Water and we were raising money and awareness for WaterAid. I'm quite sure it's the first time the RD has been dressed as a toilet.

So far we have £350. On behalf of WaterAid Scotland, ThankYou! If you enjoyed your cake & water you can still donate here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/wateraidfalkirk

Thanks to Syd and Catherine for the photos on Flickr. https://www.flickr.com/groups/falkirk-parkrun/

Pete

This week 228 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 16 were first timers and 31 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Mark PATERSON • Ali MCLAREN • Kieran MORGAN • Johnny STEVENSON • Lesley JUSKOWIAK • John SHANKS • Simon Stuart HOPKINS • Alexander MCLEOD • Karen MCALLISTER • Ian DAVIDSON • John LENEHAN • Sarah BARRON • Mhairi SIMPSON • Pete FAULKS • Lissie FAULKS • Julie MENZIES • Syd THOMSON • Simon PARSONS • Catherine NGUYEN • Laura BROWN • Sheena DUGUID • David FRASER • Gillian BARRETT • Aileen MACKENZIE • Robin GALLACHER • Ishbel PARRY

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

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 7,591 participants have completed 59,130 parkruns covering a total distance of 295,650 km, including 11,737 new Personal Bests.

 

Tree felling has started

Please be aware that the aforementioned tree felling is now underway. Note that some of the path network will be closed for safety reasons so please give yourself time to get to the start line. Whilst some of our route will be closed off during the week, I have been assured by Forestry Commission Scotland that they will be opened each Friday to ensure our event can still proceed. These are on the fringes of our route in the woods.

There will be barriers at the hairpin bend at marshal 3 position which may narrow the path slightly. This is to keep people off the forest road as that is the exit route for the tree felling and there may be heavy vehicles using it.

The work being carried out is largely South of our route (or further up the hill). If you are coming from that area the best option may be to head towards paths at the East end of the park as they are more likely to be open to the public.

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.

Spikey

 

XC on but parkrun on too

Some of you will be aware that the Scottish National Cross Country is taking plave in Callendar Park on Saturday (24th February). Have no fear though, parkrun is operating as normal. Do be aware that car parks are likely to be busy so arrive early to avoid disappointment, especially as there may be some restrictions in place.

 

Your parkrun needs you

Sometimes it is hard to believe that Falkirk parkrun has been operating for over six and a half years, but then again when I think of all the wonderful events and celebrations we have had it becomes clearer that the event has a great history. I think too about all the people that have volunteered on a regular basis as part of the core team and there are so many names and faces that have served Falkirk parkrun for a period and then stepped aside, either to get back to more regular running or to move on to other things. I will take this opportunity to thank all, past and present, for the commitment they have shown to the event and how they have shaped it into what it is now.

The point here is that the core team will always evolve with people coming and going for a variety of reasons. No-one can be expected to devote the rest of their life to parkrun.

Personal circumstances too can often impact people’s ability to provide the continuity of service to parkrun and this is something that Falkirk parkrun is experiencing right now, with a few of the core team unable to participate as often as they have done previously. Times may change and availability may return, however that can never be guaranteed.

So, why am I telling you this? Putting it plainly, we need to get more people on board.

The more people we have on our team then the less reliance on a key few to make sure each event happens. Sharing the load also means more opportunities for core team members to get a run in.

Currently, the key area for concern is the people that do the technical stuff and the admin. Due to personal circumstance, that I will not go into just now, we only have two people that we can guarantee to be available to carry out the role of Run Director and therefore two who will be able to process results. There is also all the other work that goes on behind the scenes managing rotas, keeping up to date with correspondence via e-mail and dealing with other agencies (such as Falkirk Community Trust, the Forestry Commission etc.). Falkirk parkrun is more than just a couple of hours on a Saturday morning.

My request to you is to consider whether you would be able to give up some of your time to help ensure the continuation of Falkirk parkrun. If you are concerned about the technical side, or that additional responsibility, much of this could be allayed by shadowing us and see what we do. The parkrun set-up is designed to be as simple as possible (I will be honest and say we sometimes do get a bit of a head-scratcher with the results) and there will be people there to support you.

For your awareness, we had the honour today of welcoming Kate Wills, the Event Director for Bressay parkun in the Shetland Isles. Kate shadowed us on just the one Saturday at Falkirk and today thanked me as she had taken away enough knowledge so that she was able to take on and process results successfully at her inaugural event.

If you feel you would be able to commit to taking on a greater role, please e-mail me via falkirkoffice@parkrun.com or just come and chat to me at one of our events.

Cheers,

Spikey

(Graeme Lawson)

Event Director, Falkirk parkrun

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