On a day that felt like the height of summer after recent weeks, we welcomed 103 parkrunners to the Esplanade. Amongst them were 3 first timers and an impressive 23 of our returning runners recorded a new personal best. Two of our parkrunners reached the 50 club milestone and the 75,000km was completed by Greenock parkrunners. All in all a great morning for our 199th event.
David Benstead and Cheryl Thomas both began parkrunning in 2016, and on Saturday completed their 50th parkruns, with Cheryl setting a new personal best (PB) in the process. Cheryl has completed 49 of her runs at Greenock with her other parkrun being at Strathclyde, which has a similar, flat course to Greenock. David, who is also one of our Run Directors, has completed 44 of his parkruns at Greenock with the remainder coming from Linwood, Pollok, Ruchill and the challenging, yet enjoyable, Drumchapel. Well done to both of you, we look forward to seeing you in your red t-shirts soon!
There were lots of PBs this week, with our parkrunners making the most of the calm, dry conditions. 23 of our returning parkrunners bettered their previous best times.
Charlotte McKay got her first PB since November 2016, a great run from Charlotte taking over 20 seconds off that time. It was a first PB in 9 months for William Laing who is approaching his 50th parkrun, all ran at Greenock. Roddy Simpson took almost a minute off of his previous best time at Greenock. Roddy is a regular at Falkirk parkrun, and we love to see returning tourists at Greenock.
There were some standout PBs from our younger parkrunners. Erin McEleny got a PB on her 49th parkrun, can she repeat the feat next week on her 50th? David Sutherland had the biggest PB of the day with a whopping 5.24 taken off of his previous best. It was back to back PBs for Ava Beaton who took almost a minute off her time. Not to be outdone, her dad Paul broke the 19 minute barrier for the first time!
Mark Nightingale got closer to the sub 18 minute mark with a great run of 18.04. Sean Miller took 30 seconds off of his time, despite turning up slightly late. His time of 19.05 could maybe have been under 19 otherwise, great running Sean but poor timekeeping…
Five of our PB stars took over a minute off of their time. Barry Spiers, Andrew McIntyre, Debbie Gorry, Callum Gorry and Kevin McGroarty improving their previous bests in convincing fashion. Also getting PBs on the day were Gillian Clayton, Fiona Benham, Derrick MacNish, Gordon Ritchie, Sarah Blandy, Matthew Young and Deborah McKenzie. Well done to all of you.
Another milestone was reached this week, with all of our parkrunners runs over the years reaching the 75,000km mark! The parkrunner to mark the occasion was Gordon McInnes…who also set a new PB! This made it 3 PB’s in a row for Gordon. Well done Gordon, we do enjoy a good milestone at Greenock!
Next week we are celebrating our 200th event! To mark the occasion we are asking you all to submit poems or quotes about your parkrun experience. Here’s some inspiration from those submitted to mark our 100th event: Link.
We are also having a pacer event, and already have pacers for 23, 25 and 30 minutes. If you would like to be a pacer, then please let us know! Ideally you should pace a couple of minutes slower than your normal time. You’ll get both a run and a volunteer credit for doing so, so it’s a win win situation! Also, if there is a time you really want to break, please let us know and we can see if we can get a pacer to accommodate.
The event was made possible by our smashing group of 11 volunteers:Steven WATSON • Sarah WHALEN • Graham MCGRATTAN • Andy CAMERON • Stephen REID • Angeline AUSTIN • Stephen HANLEY • John STEVENSON • Eileen STEVENSON • Neil LAFFERTY • Margaret HARKIN
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 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 2,240 participants have completed 15,040 parkruns covering a total distance of 75,200 km, including 2,618 new Personal Bests.