Greenock parkrun event 244 report

It was a cold dry Saturday morning and everyone turned up to set out along the Esplanade for another 5k, and if you missed it, come next Saturday and join in the fun! As it was snowing yesterday, an early course inspection was completed and we were all good to go.

UntitledThere were 125 of us, with 12 personal bests (PB's) which were: Neil LAFFERTY 17:27, Richard NEWSOME 20:35, Stephen FULTON 23:49, Seonaid MACPHAIL 27:34, Lynsey MCALEES 28:26, Andrew SUTHERLAND 29:42, Susan HUNTER 29:45, Angela DEVLIN 29:52, Colin DEVLIN 30:38, Claire CASSIDY 33:21, Roslyn MITCHELL 34:41, Irene MCINTOSH 40:04. Untitled

Well done to you all, especially first finisher Neil Lafferty, who ran sub 18 minutes for the first time, and was also rewarded with the coveted number 1 token for the first time. UntitledThe first female over the line was junior runner Ava Beaton with a time of 21:50, only 4 seconds off her personal best. Second female Cheryl Thomas was agonisingly only 3 seconds off of her PB that she set in June last year. Keep up the training Cheryl! Good luck next week to everyone who was close to their fastest time.You can do it! UntitledWe were also joined by 9 first timers and we hope to see you back next week. Thanks to all the volunteers who made event #244 go ahead. Untitled

Report by Erin McEleny age 10


Greenock parkrun event 243 report

It was a cloudy 'parkrunday' (formerly known as Saturday) morning. It was a mild 8 degrees and there was a light westerly breeze which attracted 141 runners, joggers and walkers to start their day the parkrun way.


Conditions helped fifteen runners successfully gain a personal best (PB), with Oliver REILLY (19:24), Jude DOLAN (19:48), Tony MONTANARO (22:24), Nathan HARKINS (22:39), Angus SCOTT (22:46), Craig SHEARER (22:47), Richard JOW (22:48), Sean TAYLOR (23:39), Graeme CLARK (24:28), Gordon GOLDIE (25:08), Kenny HAMILL (25:53), Donna MONTANARO (26:29), Martin MCNEIL (27:13), Steffi KEIR (32:01), Jodie NELSON (37:29) all improving on their best time. Harry Vance ran (19:37), 2 seconds off his PB and Richard Newsome equaling his PB of (21:08). Good job Jodie Nelson who has ran 7 times at Greenock and has improved every time and knocking almost 10 minutes of her time (37:29). Well done to all of you!

Well done to our milestone runners, Eddie WATT who celebrated his 100th parkrun with a time of (23:05) and Dean Black who celebrated his 10th parkrun in the junior category.

There were 11 first timers, 5 of whom had never been to a parkrun before and the other 6 who have ran in other parkrun events. We're glad you came and hope to see you back at Greenock parkrun soon! Finally, a big shout out to our 12 juniors who ran, especially Jude DOLAN going sub 20 for the first time (19:48), Nathan HARKINS (22:39) and Angus SCOTT (22:46) who also ran personal bests today and Harry VANCE who is in great form running 19:37, only 2 seconds off his personal best. Impressive performances from the boys in the 11-14 age category. Also great running from the youngest category, under 11's Dean BLACK (22:15) and first timer Ashton FULTON (22:45).


Greenock parkrun, like all parkruns, rely on volunteers for the event to go ahead every week. If you want to know more or want to volunteer please come along to the esplanade at 9:20am on a Saturday morning or email us at

Report by Erin McEleny age 10


Greenock parkrun event 241 report

Greenock parkrun celebrated New Years day with 173 runners, the second highest attendance since our first event in May 2014. This was the 4th parkrun at Greenock in 11 days, the only time of year where we vary from our traditional 0930 Saturday morning slot. The weather certainly played a favourable part, with 30 first timers to the Esplanade course and 10 recording new Personal Bests.


The fantastic conditions saw a fast field, the first 5 athletes home all in under 17 minutes with a further 17 all under the 20 minute mark. The 10 athletes achieving Personal Bests were David TAMBURINIJon HAMMERMANJames TOSHPaul BEATONElliott WARDLorna WARDAlexander DIEZ ROBERTSONRhona TURNBULLAlison SMART and Sarah PARKINSON. Congratulations to all, great way to start the new year


The unique opportunity of completing two parkruns in one day comes only once a year, on New Years Day. Congratulations to all our local runners who doubled up this year, and to the tourists who chose Greenock as their second event. We hope you all enjoyed it!


Colin Carnson was one of the keen runners to do the double and after starting his day at Strathclyde at 0900, came down to Greenock for the late 1100 start. Colin is currently working through all the Scottish parkruns and is well on his way. Greenock was #36! We even managed to persuade him to finish off his running day in style by taking part in a local 1 mile hill race, The Lyle Mile, organised by local running club Greenock Glenpark Harriers at 1200. Brilliant effort and good luck from all at Greenock on completing your challenge. Colin has a Facebook page tracking his progress


A huge thanks to our volunteers who gave up their New Year morning to make the extra event possible, some didn't manage to make the photo as they were away for their second stint of volunteering at local race, The Lyle Mile.


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

The male record is held by Jonathan GLEN who recorded a time of 15:03 on 25th December 2015 (event number 85), and by Peter AVENT who also recorded a time of 15:03 on 26th November 2016 (event number 132).
The female record is held by Unknown (F) who recorded a time of 17:21 on 22nd September 2018 (event number 225).
The Age Grade course record is held by Paul THOMPSON who recorded 89.75% (17:43) on 6th August 2016 (event number 116).

Greenock parkrun started on 17th May 2014. Since then 2,818 participants have completed 19,647 parkruns covering a total distance of 98,235 km, including 3,225 new Personal Bests. A total of 289 individuals have volunteered 2,677 times.


Greenock parkrun event 240 report

Ninety-seven runners blew away the festive cobwebs with a 5km run along the Esplanade on Saturday morning. Fourteen parkrunners completed the Greenock course for the first time with many visiting from other parkrun event for the festive break.

Despite the windy conditions – 5 runners improved their times. Local teacher Sandra Campbell slashed more than 30 seconds off her time to achieve a personal best of 21:39. Also achieving personal bests were Shelley Thompson (26:34); Louise Jourdan (26:50); Susan Clark (27:43) and Jodie Nelson (40:41). Well done ladies!

Sandra Campbell
Sandra Campbell

Also celebrating on Saturday was Angeline Austin. Angeline completed her 150th parkrun this weekend while volunteering as tail runner. This was also Angeline's 50th volunteer duty. Angeline joined the parkrun craze in August 2014 and she soon became a consistent feature of the Saturday morning event. As well as a keen runner, she is always a regular at the James Watt for post run coffee after each Saturday. Well done Angeline – next milestone is 250 parkruns.

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Angeline Austin

Greenock parkrun is a free 5k running event staffed entirely by local volunteers. An extra special parkrun will take place on New Year's Day at 11am before returning to its normal 9:30am slot on Saturday, 5th January. Make Greenock parkrun part of your New Year fitness resolutions


Greenock parkrun event 239 report

As the children of Greenock awoke to find that Santa Claus had visited, 134 runners, joggers and walkers gathered at the Esplanade to take part in the popular 5km parkrun. The Christmas Day event is now in its fifth year and many of the runners were clearly in a hurry to get their turkey dinners with the first five finishers completing the route in under 17 minutes.

Callum Robertson received an extra special Christmas present – he completed his 50th run and will be rewarded with a red 'fifty' milestone t-shirt. A Christmas present that money can't buy! Callum started his parkrun journey on New Years Day in 2015 and has been a regular runner since, completing all his runs at Greenock.

An astonishing 15 parkrunners improved their times and achieved a new personal best. Among them was the popular Stephen Hanley who continued his good form and lowered his time to 18:14. As well as completing more than 100 runs, Stephen has been a regular volunteer and will be starting his new role as Run Director on 5th January at Greenock. Stephen is looking forward to training towards a sub 18-minute time in 2019.


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