Saturday morning saw 126 runners, joggers and walkers tackle the popular 5km parkrun on the Greenock Esplanade. Good weather led to fast times with the first four runners completing the course in under 17 minutes. One of these runners was Chris Devine, a regular visitor from Newry in Northern Ireland, who trimmed a precious 3 seconds off his best time at to reach 16:45.
Greenock parkrun welcomes people of all standards and abilities taking part for fun and personal fitness. Every Saturday at 9:20am, the run director welcomes first timers with a first timer briefing. Seventeen runners were welcomed at this week’s briefing who tackled the scenic Greenock route for the first time.
Among the returning runners, 13 athletes managed to improve their time and achieve a new personal best for the 5000 metre course. Matthew Young, on his 8th visit to Greenock, ran and improved his time by 17 seconds to reach 20:43.
Meanwhile seasoned parkrunner, John McCluskey was delighted with his PB on his 3rd visit to Greenock to reach an overall parkrun PB of 21 minutes dead. John will look forward to training toward a sub-21 time in the near future.
Kenneth Ferguson was also delighted with his performance taking more than 90 seconds off his best to reach 21:07.
Junior runner Liam Kane, who has completed all his 26 parkruns at Greenock, improved by 30 seconds to reach 24:12. Fellow Junior runner, Nula Ward achieved her 3rd Person Best in as many runs at Greenock to reach 31:48 an improvement of 11 minutes since her first run at Greenock 3 years ago.
Also achieving personal best this week were - Callum GORRY, Richard NEWSOME, Kenneth MACKENZIE, Elaine MEDINELLI, Iris MCASKILL, Jamie CAMERON and Julie PERCIVAL. Greenock parkrun congratulates these runners on their achievements and hopes it will inspire them to keep on training.
Also taking part this week was a visually impaired runner who completed the course with a guide runner proving that parkrun is accessible to all!
Greenock parkrun takes place at 9:30am on the Esplanade every Saturday morning and it free to take part. The event is organised by local volunteers who undertake a range of simple tasks to ensure the 100 plus runners enjoy their experience. To volunteer to support parkrun, or find out more information about taking part please visit www.parkrun.org.uk/greenock