Greenock parkrun event 203 report

Finally the spring sunshine basked the Greenock Esplanade on Saturday morning as 142 parkrunners, including 21 first timers, completed the popular 5km time trial. The weather conditions were ideal for fast times with the first four runners home all dropping below the ‘gold standard’ seventeen-minute mark. In fact, the first 101 runners to finish did so in under 30 minutes in what was perhaps our fastest week yet!

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In total 24 participants managed to improve their time, a huge well done to all our PB stars this week! We hope the conditions stay as kind over the coming weeks.

Regular Charlotte McKay was delighted to improve her time by more than one minute and drop below the 30 minute mark for the first time. Charlotte completes parkrun every week with her daughter and granddaughters – showing that it’s a fun event for the whole family. Well done Charlotte, great running!

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William Laing shaved another few seconds from his personal best as he achieved his 3rd PB in his last four attempts at Greenock parkrun. Deborah McKenzie continued to improve her times with another Personal Best this week to lower her 5km time to 24:27. Deborah has now completed 74 runs at Greenock since her first attempt on November 2015.
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Regular runner Stephen Hanley celebrated his 100th parkrun on Saturday with his proud parents who came along to watch him. Stephen’s first parkrun was in August 2014 and since then he has completed 83 runs in Greenock as well as 17 runs at other venues including Canada and Denmark. Stephen has also been a regular member of the volunteer team at Greenock, celebrating his 25th volunteer stint at our 200th event. Well done Stephen – next stop the 250 club!

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We are looking forward to Saturday, 19th May when we celebrate our fourth birthday! The 19th May will be a busy day as Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle are set to tie the knot at 12 noon as well as both Scottish and FA Cup finals taking place that afternoon. So kick start your Super Saturday with a morning parkrun. More details soon on our party plans!

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Greenock parkrun welcomes runners, joggers and walkers of all abilities at 9:30am every Saturday morning at the Campbell Street end of the Esplanade. It's free to take part and is organised entirely by volunteers.

The event was made possible by 14 volunteers: Graham MCGRATTAN • Jo MCGRATTAN • Gillian MCDOUGALL • Simon HUTTON • Andy CAMERON • Angeline AUSTIN • Stuart AUSTIN • Fiona ODONNELL • Eddie DEVINE • Francesca LOWRIE • John STEVENSON • Angela MAGEE • Meghan GALBRAITH • Bradley SHANKSTER

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 2,305 participants have completed 15,585 parkruns covering a total distance of 77,925 km, including 2,704 new Personal Bests.

 

Greenock parkrun Event 202 report

Nighty eight people lined up at the start line on Saturday morning for the 202nd running of our 5km parkrun on the Esplanade. The dry and overcast weather conditions were ideal for those taking part and 20 runners managed to achieve new 'personal best' times for the Esplanade route.

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Eleven people completed the Greenock parkrun event for the first time. Among them was popular local firefighter Andy Adams. Andy suffered severe spinal injuries and while tackling a blaze in Greenock in August 2016. As a result, he is confined to a wheelchair and completed the course in 51:18. The parkrun team look forward to welcoming Andy back in future. Saturday's first finisher Ross Mackenzie had a double reason to celebrate. On his 2nd visit to Greenock he successfully managed to lower his time to 15:42 as well as complete his 200th parkrun. Ross likes to travel around different parkruns and has run most courses in Scotland as well as events further afield.

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In September 2015, Angela Magee completed her 1st parkrun at Greenock. On Saturday she celebrated her 100th event and will soon be rewarded with a new parkrun milestone t-shirt. Well done Angela – next stop 250 club!

One of our volunteers also reached an impressive milestone this week! One of our Run Directors who helped to bring parkrun to Greenock completed his 100th volunteer stint! A massive thank you is due to Steven Watson who is our second most prolific volunteer behind fellow RD Graham who sets the course up every week. Next in line will be Andy Cameron who is currently on 91 hi viz outings!

We do love our volunteers at Greenock parkrun, largely as we can't run the event without them, but also because volunteering is what creates the parkrun community. It's the best way to get to know your fellow parkrunners and give back to your event. To find out more about the roles available and see what spots are available please take a look at our "future roster" page.

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The event was made possible by 11 volunteers: Steven WATSON • Graham MCGRATTAN • Jo MCGRATTAN • Christopher WATSON • Simon HUTTON • Angeline AUSTIN • Stuart AUSTIN • Eddie DEVINE • George MCCALLUM • Charlotte MCKAY • Nicola GILLESPIE

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 2,284 participants have completed 15,443 parkruns covering a total distance of 77,215 km, including 2,680 new Personal Bests.

 

 

 

Greenock parkrun Event 201 report

Dare we say that Spring may finally be on it's way?? It was dry, the wind was more of a breeze and finally our parkrunners and volunteers could head to the Esplanade without 36,000 layers on!! Hooray!

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There were 17 new PBs this week, a bumper haul among our 105 returning runners, with 5 first timers joining us. We also celebrated a 50th milestone and a very entertaining finishing position.

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The youngsters excelled themselves with two of them breaking the 20 minute mark! Abi Hammerman who runs in the 11-14 age group and Harry Vance who is under 10 both smashed it this week to finish in 19:37 and 19;35 respectively. Fantastic running from both of them, leaving lots of adults struggling to keep up! Lewis Scott also had a great run, taking his time under 28 minutes for the first time. Well done to all of you!

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The adults did pretty well too! Robert Gray earned his 5th consecutive PB, and finished in 20 minutes exactly, so close to that coveted sub-20 time. Callum Gorry also added to his run of PBs, having now taken over 4 minutes off his time since his first parkrun in February.

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Returning tourists were also among the PB stars making the most of a calm day on the Esplanade. Congratulations go to Laura Hunter, Gillian Clayton, Pat McCarn, Claire Melville, Paul Beaton, Gordon Ritchie, Anna McDougall, Joe Percival, James Sutherland, Fred Beckett and Clive Nelson!

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This week William Laing completed his 50th parkrun, with all of his runs being at Greenock. Just to show off, William also achieved a PB, marking over a 6 minute reduction since his first parkrun back in June 2015. Brilliant!

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There was much hilarity when Fiona O'Donnell was handed her finish token...for position 101! We are pretty sure she's not Cruella De Vill, and it was all just a coincidence...yeah, it's got to be a coincidence...

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The event was made possible by 12 volunteers: Steven WATSON • Graham MCGRATTAN • Jo MCGRATTAN • Stephen REID • Gill GILMOUR • George MCCALLUM • Stephen HANLEY • Charlotte MCKAY • Paul SYMINGTON • Sean MACFARLANE • Meghan GALBRAITH • Mark THOMSON

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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 2,271 participants have completed 15,345 parkruns covering a total distance of 76,725 km, including 2,660 new Personal Bests.

 

Greenock parkrun event 200 report

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Despite the biting cold wind, this week saw a record turnout to celebrate the 200th parkrun event on Greenock's Esplanade. 195 athletes completed the course, an increase of 40 on the previous high number set back on New Years day in 2017. We also had a record number of volunteers, being boosted by a pacing event providing our athletes with 9 runners pacing times from 19mins to 30mins.

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There were plenty of milestones being celebrated on Saturday with 4 athletes celebrating their 50th parkruns. They were Erin McEleny, Chris Mooney, Gordon Ritchie & Sandy Bulloch. Stephen Hanley was also celebrating his 25th volunteer role, this time as a pacer. Congratulations to all.

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An amazing 25 athletes managed to improve their best times, taking advantage of the pacers. They were Stephen Harrison, John McKee, Sean MacFarlane, Matthew Young, Lucas Bezian, David Sutherland, Trisha Ronney, Clare Monaghan, Pat McCarn, Nicola Stevenson, Callum Gorry, Clive Nelson, Kenneth MacKenzie, Erin McEleny, Niall Brennan, Andrew McIntyre, Ian McCarn, Lana Killeen, Joe Percival, Alexander Boonsanong, Elaine Medinelli, Fiona Benham, Sara Blandy, Debbie Gorry and Effie Donaldson. Well done to all, great achievement in tough conditions.

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After the run, everyone enjoyed lots of tea, coffee, home baking, cake and other sweet treats, the real reason why so many people showed up this morning :-) Well done to all our lucky winners of prizes hidden on their finish tokens

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The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Alan OROURKE • Steven WATSON • Sarah WHALEN • Graham MCGRATTAN • Jo MCGRATTAN • Paul MONAGHAN • Andy CAMERON • Angeline AUSTIN • Stuart AUSTIN • Daniel DOHERTY • Ian HANLEY • Stephen HANLEY • John STEVENSON • Neve AUSTIN • Sharon BLACK • Chris MOONEY • Wenda CRAWFORD • Cameron CRAWFORD • Deborah MCKENZIE • Fiona MACFARLANE • Moira MCCLUCKIE • Abbigael CRAWFORD
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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 2,266 participants have completed 15,235 parkruns covering a total distance of 76,175 km, including 2,643 new Personal Bests.

 

Greenock parkrun event 199 report

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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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