On a windy Saturday morning, 130 parkrunners turned out for the weekly, five kilometre time trial on Greenock's Esplanade. With 26 first timers this week, including several Scouts from 85th G&D, it is clear that more and more people are turning to parkrun to help make 2018 a more active and healthier year.
Local teacher Mark Vance reached the 50 parkrun club and will soon be seen running around Greenock in his bright red "50" t-shirt which will be dropping through his letter box very soon. Mark completed the very first Greenock parkrun in May 2014 and has completed 49 runs at Greenock and 1 run at Linwood.
Junior runner, Marzella Luca, reached the 10 parkrun club – the first t-shirt club open to younger athletes. A well as receiving his t-shirt, Marzella was also rewarded with a personal best taking 4 and half minutes from his time when he joined the parkrun family in September.
Fellow Junior, Alexander Boonsanong was also rewarded with a PB as he completed his 3rd parkrun. Meanwhile senior runner Paul Evitt also received a PB in tough, windy conditions. Following the run, many parkrunners adjourn to the James Watt Public House in Cathcart Street to enjoy breakfast and unlimited coffee refills. Pub staff have noted the drastic increase in milk use every Saturday and are considering bringing Daisy the cow into the pub to compensate.
Greenock parkrun is a free 5km run held every Saturday morning at 9:30am. Parkrun welcomes runners, joggers and walkers of all standards. The event it delivered entirely by local volunteers. Sign up for free at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/greenock/.
The event was made possible by 12 volunteers: Alan OROURKE • Steven WATSON • Graham MCGRATTAN • Gillian MCDOUGALL • Simon HUTTON • Andy CAMERON • Helen SPENCE • Eddie DEVINE • John STEVENSON • Eileen STEVENSON • Sara KENT • Stephen HARRISON
Greenock parkrun record holders
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 ATHLETE (F) who recorded a time of 17:31 on 1st July 2017 (event number 163).
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 2,171 participants have completed 14,263 parkruns covering a total distance of 71,315 km, including 2,527 new Personal Bests.