We all know the East End of Glasgow is the sunniest part of the City and for our third birthday celebrations in a row the weather in our beautiful park was spectacular. It was the perfect conditions to put on your trainers, tackle some hills, run in the sun, and then eat some delicious cake!
The cakes at Tollcross have tempted many a runner in the past to take on our ten hills but the amount of sweet and savoury treats on offer for our birthday was plentiful.. Lots of cakes, biscuits, sausages, sandwiches plus tea and coffee nearly buckled the table. One volunteer, who will remain unnamed, may have nabbed some tablet prior to the start…..
An attempt at a singsong to celebrate our birthday at the start went spectacularly wrong as Stuart Rennie played an exotic version of the classic, ‘Happy birthday to you’ through the boom box we had for the occasion. It led to some interesting renditions and a lot of confused faces!!
A total of 136 happy runners completed the course. It must have been hard on their final jaunt up the Rose Garden hill not to have dived over to the picnic table early. We admired your determination to ignore it and to go on and get that PB!
Our pacers returned again and we hope that it spurred you on to get a good time. It was nice to see Justin Carter saunter to victory. Justin and his family have been a great supporter of our event. We love seeing runners/joggers/walkers of all abilities at Tollcross. We even had a group nicknamed ‘Loose Women’ by one of our longer standing regulars!
After everyone had finished their run, Ken Eccleson, a wonderful Run Director, but an even better statistician, gave a lovely speech to the picnickers. Ken informed us that nearly 3000 runners have covered 80 million kilometres in our four years.. Apparently that equals the same distance as Arthur Duggan runs in a week…
Thanks to all the volunteers who helped make the birthday such a success. It takes a fair bit of organisation to ensure a regular parkrun goes ahead so a special thanks should be given to our lovely Co-Event Director, Emma Craig for organising and coordinating. It was great to see a few volunteer sign ups on our new volunteer board. We couldn't have a run without our volunteers.
So, the last four years have been a blast. A few have been with us since the start, a few have come and went, some run with us now and again, others found out about us by accident, many only come for a sweet treat, a fair few come because they love a hill, a couple say ‘never again!’, but one thing can be assured, we'll be here for you all for as long as we are wanted.
Thank you for making Tollcross parkrun what it is.