Montrose parkrun #88 16 March 2019 – the wet one

On the run up to parkrunday (formerly known as Saturday), it's always exciting anticipating the next parkrun. However, last week it became clearer as the week progressed that it looked more and more likely that it was going to be a wet one. And it certainly didn't disappoint in that respect!

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Despite the atrocious conditions, 118 hardy souls joined us for a soggy but fun 5k. Among the crowd were the new graduates from the Couch to 5k programme run by Arbroath Footers. At Montrose parkrun we absolutely love celebrating C25K graduations so it was lovely to have them along. We do seem to recall the weather being pretty bad when they joined us last year. Hmmm...

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A very special thanks this week goes to our high-vis heroes, who all got very wet and very cold, but there were no complaints at all.

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Next week we have our next takeover by Montrose Tennis Club. So we hope you will all swing by, ace the run and make a racket when you cross the finish line.

This week 118 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 14 were first timers and 18 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 9 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 15 volunteers:

Wendy ARTHUR • Michelle WAINWRIGHT • Michael ELLERY • Reg HUNTER • Denis RICE • Ian BEATTIE • Caroline KINGHORN • Jamie KINGHORN • Michael FORBES • Brea RUSHWORTH • Hilary MURDOCH • Arthur GRANT • Andrea JOHNSTON • Peter GREIG • Gary JAMIESON

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Montrose parkrun Results Page.

 

Montrose parkrun #85, 23 Feb 2019

A beautiful, calm, sunny morning gave us excellent conditions for Montrose parkrun number 85 on Saturday. 142 people thought the same thing, and an amazing 54 were rewarded with personal best times - over a third of the field! Well done to everyone who got a PB. Is that a record? Hmm, might have to do a bit of digging into the stats…

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We also welcomed 21 people to Montrose parkrun for the very first time. We hope you enjoyed the experience and keep coming! Among our first timers were a few tourists, including Lorna Taylor, who chose Montrose for her 200th parkrun. Lorna is a bit of a parkrun bagger, with 26 different park runs under her belt, so it was a bit of an honour for us to host her 200th.

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Last week, we got the expected, but nevertheless sad news that Zak decided that it was time for him to step down from his role as Run Director and member of the core team. Zak was one of the small, dedicated team who worked tirelessly to make Montrose parkrun a reality. We all owe him a debt of gratitude for his enthusiasm and commitment to parkrun over the last few years. Good luck with everything you do in the future Zak and don’t be a stranger - you know where we’ll be at 9.30 every Saturday!

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We are very excited to see that 1,977 individuals have now joined us for Montrose parkrun. It is absolutely incredible to think that very soon the 2,000th person will dodge the rabbit holes, stumble along the pebble dash, traverse through the kissing gate and run through our finishers funnel at the Broomie! If you’re reading this thinking about coming along for the first time next week, it could be you!

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This week 142 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 21 were first timers and 54 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Avila MURRAY • Wendy ARTHUR • Alan STONEBANKS • Scott LAMB • Jen PICKETT • Zoe GRAHAM • Bryony WALKER • Magnus MONCRIEFF • Denis RICE • Caroline KINGHORN • Jamie KINGHORN • Michael FORBES • Leona SMART • David TAYLOR • Rebecca WHYTE • Pam DAVEY • Barrie MUNRO • Wendy ADIE

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Montrose parkrun Results Page.

 

Bye Zak! ☹️

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Hello parkrunners!

You havent seen me for a while but I’m Zak, one of your Run Directors at Montrose. I am the bearer of bad news. It is with much that I have had to stand down as RD. It was a decision I have not taken lightly, but life gets in the way of somethings. For those of you people who may not know, I was there from day one. I went through all the planning stages and searching for a route and became friend’s with some amazing people along the way. It fills me with pride knowing what started as a pipe-dream became reality in my hometown and I was there. This isn’t goodbye as I will be down to visit when I can. Lastly a big thank you to all you parkrunners for participating and making it all worth while.

Zak x

Thank you so much for your help over the past 2 and a half years Zak. We’ll miss you and your cheeky banter!

 

Montrose parkrun 84, 16th Feb ’19

There was no sign of a Valentine's Day hangover on Saturday at Montrose's 84th parkrun. The turnout, 173, came close enough to our highest-ever attendance. We were blessed with a pleasantly mild morning, with few complaints about the familiar coastal breeze. 42 participants took advantage of the benign conditions to record their personal bests. And the joy and challenge of parkrun attracted 28 first timers.

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We welcomed visitors from Edinburgh, Dunfermline, Forfar, Portobello, St Andrews and Stonehaven. But the largest group of "tourists" was from our neighbouring town down the coast. Football fans refer to them as the "smoky........". But in the much-more-refined circles of parkrun we welcome them as the Arbroath Footers. Their members have been staunch supporters of Montrose parkrun from the beginning. Saturday's especially large "invasion" by the Footers, was in support of their member, Jackie Flynn, who was completing her 50th parkrun. Another Saturday participant, Carol Dean, was also celebrating her 50th.

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Full advantage was taken to have photos in the special parkrun frame, which made its first appearance. Many pics from Saturday can be seen on our Facebook page.

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Written by Denis Rice aka "The Token Master"

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Montrose parkrun #83 The Windy one!

Wooosh that was a windy one this week, thankfully the tent, flag and sign's all stayed in place.

This week 112 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 12 were first timers and 17 of you recorded new Personal Bests, well done in that head wind on the return back to the finish. .

We had visitors from Ellon, Aberdeen, and Falkirk this week, thank you for visiting.

The event was made possible by 16 awesome HI-Viz Hero's who were

Talitha GRAHAM • Valerie THOMSON • Zoe GRAHAM • Finn GRAHAM • Doug WALKER • Pam RICHARDSON • Iain MACPHERSON • Denis RICE • Pauline BELFORD • Carol DEAN • Michael FORBES • Arthur GRANT • David MAY • Andrea JOHNSTON • Peter GREIG • Gary JAMMIEST

2 of this weeks young hero's are volunteering as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Awards, and so far next week we have 3 signed up, it's great to see them all get involved in helping their community.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on Montrose parkrun Results Page.

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