This week was the Halloween parkrun. We had three PBs and eight first timers out of the eighty-five runners, of whom many came dressed in costume.
The first three male creatures of Halloween in were Chris Mooney in a time of 17.24 in first place, Michael McLoone with 17.28 in a draw for second place with Daniel Doherty (who remembered his barcode, thankfully). (I wonder if they would have gotten as good times if they had been in costumes? We'll be looking for a better effort next year boys).
The first three female witches to come in were Claire Monaghan in a time of 23.53, Lynsey Pumpkin Mooney with 24.13 and Lynne Harrison with 24.36. Well done ladies!
A huge congratulations to Richard Hodelet who completed his TWO HUNDREDTH parkrun today. It's just a shame that we don't have a t-shirt for you, but maybe we could sew another 100 on (ask Emma- she made pompoms and dog jacket out of old park run vests). 123 runs at Greenock and a bit of tourism at Pollok, Linwood and Eglinton, however only at Greenock would he be chased by two Grim Reapers. Happy Halloween Richard, and congratulations.
Regardless of the weather and distracting costumes we still managed to have three personal bests. Claire Monaghan improved by 17 seconds, Gillian Clayton improved by 44 seconds and the most improved was Jeanette Purves in 49 seconds. Wow to all!
Well done to everyone who came dressed in costume, we had a variation from pirates to devils, a pumpkin family, little monster and big monster from monster ink (Erin Mooney and her son Oscar, the photos are adorable) one Austin Powers and many, many more. Great effort!
This event was made possible by the thirteen Halloween volunteers who braved the elements and the creatures. Graham McGrattan (skeleton) Jo McGrattan (unicorn) Gillian McDougall (Mexican day of the dead skeleton) Andy Cameron (third eye) Ralph Gilchrist (grim reaper) Fiona O'Donnell (ticking clock) Sharon Black, Jim Brannigan (Austin powers) Emma Benstead (Mexican day of the dead...best make up ever) Richard McGowan, David Morrison, Calum Brennan and Abbigael Crawford (pumpkin-pictured below).
Chris MOONEY (VM35-39) of Greenock Glenpark Harriers, was first over the line in 17:24 - 8th time in 42 appearances.
Michael MCLOONE (VM50-54) of Greenock Glenpark Harriers, was second over the line in 17:28 - was first to finish once before.
Daniel DOHERTY (VM35-39) of Greenock Glenpark Harriers, was third over the line in 17:28 - has been first to finish on 19 previous occasions.
Claire MONAGHAN (VW35-39) of Greenock Glenpark Harriers, was first (26th overall) over the line in 23:53 - first time in 28 appearances.
Lynsey MOONEY (SW30-34) of Greenock Glenpark Harriers, was second (29th overall) over the line in 24:13.
Lynne HARRISON (VW40-44) (Unattached) was third (32nd overall) over the line in 24:36.
The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Michael MCLOONE (VM50-54) – 87.21% for the time 17:28 (second overall).
Chris MOONEY (VM35-39) – 76.72% for the time 17:24 (first overall).
Daniel DOHERTY (VM35-39) – 76.43% for the time 17:28 (third overall).
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 2,039 participants have completed 13,256 parkruns covering a total distance of 66,280 km, including 2,432 new Personal Bests.