RUN REPORT: TRICK OR TREAT!
Aberdeen parkrun #431, October 26, 2019
TRICK OR TREAT!
Aberdeen parkrun's 431st edition offered up Hallowe'en treats galore!
The sun shone, the wind gods were on sabbatical, & 306 dashing parkrunners were treated to enchanting conditions along our scenic promenade. Given the promenade's penchant for offering up a wind tunnel, Saturday's calm was quite a delight. What a warm way to welcome our....
Mark McDonald hosted the First Timers' Briefing & welcomed 36 parkrunners to their Aberdeen parkrun debut. Some were locals, whilst others were visiting from as far away as the always bewitching Inverurie! In addition, we had visitors from Kettering, Oxford, Shetland & Hungary! We hope you were all spellbound by our beachy~keen course & will visit again soon. Though we can't always promise spooktacular weather, we'll always try to be on our...
Those on a quest for their Personal Best had ideal running conditions on their side. Congratulations to the 73 parkrunners who were on their best behaviour this week. 73 PBs peppered through the results was quite a magical Hallowe'en treat!
For details of the Personal Bests & all the rest, check our latest results at:
LEADERS OF THE PACK
As Lead Bike, I had the pleasure of blazing the trail for the leaders of the pack. From early on, front runner Robbie Cooman established a gap. By the half~way point it was evident a First Finish at Aberdeen parkrun was in his grasp. By the final 500 metres, & with the 2nd runner more than a minute behind, Robbie had the First Finisher slot tied up in a nice neat bow. But he didn't rest on his laurels, methinks Robbie sped up as he wound down those final few hundred metres. I'm a big fan of mad dashes across the Finish Line & Robbie didn't disappoint. Dash he did, making this the 3rd time he's nabbed the First Finisher title at Aberdeen parkrun! Inspirational stuff!
Congrats to Robbie & these following leaders of the pack:
In the Men's Category:
1st in was Robbie Cooman for Fraserburgh RC in 16:23
2nd in was Jamie Ross for Deeside Runners in 17:37
3rd in was Andrew Casey in 17:54 (PB!) (with Metro's Jamie Coventry nipping at his heels in 17:55!)
In the Women's Category:
1st in was Chelsea Cook from Orkney Running Club in 20:44 (PB!)
2nd in was Ellie Smith in 22:59
3rd in was Laura Barrie from Metro Aberdeen RRC in 23:27
Congratulations to these parkrunners finishing first in the following junior categories:
JW10: Sophie Beaton in 28:48
JW11-14: Zoe Strachan in 24:36
JW15-17: Ellen Cowie in 34:15
JM10: Alex Hendry from Metro Aberdeen RRC in 23:48 (PB!)
JM11-14: Campbell Dempsey in 29:52
JM15-17: Callum Nicoll in 22:32 (PB!)
REASONS TO CELEBRATE
Though parkrun keeps close tabs on our speeds & PBs, what they really love to champion is participation. Milestones are recognized with the awarding of parkrun T~shirts at various levels. In addition to congratulating those reaching their milestones, we also like to give a shout out to those hitting the big numbers. This week we're celebrating...
50 X 2
Daniel Duncan & Graham Fyfe both celebrated their 50th parkruns on Saturday.
Daniel began parkrunning at Aberdeen on April 11, 2015. His 50 parkruns unfolded at Aberdeen 45 times, Ellon 4 times & Hazlehead once. He's earned 9 shiny PBs along the way & has tossed his name in the volunteer pool 3 times.
Graham's parkrun story began at Hazlehead on April 15, 2017. 7 PBs grace his statistics over the course of 44 Aberdeen parkruns & 6 Hazlehead parkruns.
Congratulations Daniel & Graham! You've both earned your "50" milestone T~shirts!
Onwards to your next milestone at...
Kudos to Maureen Young on completing her 100th parkrun! She began parkrunning on January 28, 2017 at Aberdeen & has amassed 68 at Aberdeen, 23 at Ellon, 6 at Hazlehead & 1 each at Edinburgh, Lanark Moor & Cirencester. Along the way, Maureen tossed in 28 shiny PBs, & 6 volunteer roles across 4 different roles. Welcome to the 100 Club, Maureen!
Though the 200th parkrun doesn't trigger a milestone T~shirt, it's still worthy of celebration. Congratulations to Gemma Collins on completing her 200th! She began parkrunning at Aberdeen on May 11, 2013. Gemma's 200 were comprised of 179 at Aberdeen, 16 at Hazlehead, 3 at Crathes Castle & 2 at Stonehaven with a total of a sweet 16 PBs earned along the way. Gemma logged in a total of 14 volunteer roles across 6 distinct volunteer roles. The countdown is now on to capture her 250 milestone T~shirt. Go, Gemma, go!
A massive congratulations to Roger Appleby who whipped around the course to log his 250th parkrun! Roger began his parkrun story at Aberdeen on November 24, 2012 & has earned 7 PBs on his journey. His 250 unfolded with 245 at Aberdeen, 4 at Hazlehead & a royal 1 at Crathes Castle. Roger mixed in volunteering along the way tallying up a total of 16 volunteer roles over 6 distinct roles. We look forward to seeing Roger sashaying around the promenade in his 250 T~shirt! Well done Mr. Appleby!
200 & 350
So... what do 200 & 350 have in common?
Colin ran his 350th Aberdeen parkrun on Saturday! His October 8, 2011 parkrun debut coincided with Aberdeen parkrun's debut. Colin has been a familiar face on the promenade ever since. But that's only part of the story. A bit of parkrun tourism brings his total parkrun tally to 368! To add to Saturday's fanfare, he also celebrated his 200th volunteer stint! Colin's volunteer credits include impressive stats such as Run Reporting 160 times, hosting the First Timers' Briefing 36 times, & to top things off he's donned the Run Director's hat on 31 occasions. Above & beyond that magical 200 figure, delving deeper reveals Colin has 269 total volunteer roles to his credit. Double dipping in the volunteer pool sure adds up! It's always impressive to see folks combine volunteering with their parkrunning to round out their parkrun experience. Thanks Colin for all your contributions to parkrun & a huge congrats on your 350th Aberdeen parkrun!
ENCHANTING TEAM SPIRIT
After casting a magical spell, our bewitching Run Director Carolyn conjured up this enchanting Team Spirit:
Bryan MILLS • Carolyn SNEDDEN • Catherine SHANKS • Colin BURNETT • Colin TURNBULL • Cynthia FRY • Fiona KENNEDY • Fiona SEWELL • Hamish MACDONALD • Jane GORDON • Jonathan QUINN • June BUCHAN • Malcolm MURRAY • Mark FINDLAY • Mark MCDONALD • Mitchell RENNIE • Nik ROBINSON • Paul Kevin WEBSTER
What a treat to have this spirited group of volunteers host our Hallowe'en edition. Thanks all!
IT'S NOT TRICKY....
To jump into our volunteer pool, check out future openings at:
If you've never volunteered at parkrun, why not make your next parkrun challenge to give it a whirl?
As for our "seasoned" volunteers, why not challenge yourselves to a role that is new to you? Just ask Vivien Broughton about trying out new roles. Last week she debuted her Run Reporting skills at our 430th edition & did a fabulous job! Kudos Vivien!
A LITTLE BATTY ON THE BIKE
Things went a little batty on the bike on Saturday. Some sort of spooky spell morphed me into Batgirl! Bat the question was...could Batgirl perform Lead Bike duties in costume? A test~ride along the promenade proved a billowing batcape wouldn't block my sight lines. Bat whilst the batcape could come along for the ride, the batmask was relegated to the sidelines for safety's sake. Bat even unmasked, this Batgirl revealed the Lead Bike caper was simply super. Boy, wonder if Batman might Co~Lead Bike with me next Hallowe'en? Now that would be a Dynamic Duo!!
In other Aberdeen parkrun news, it wasn't just Batgirl under the spell of the...
Others were entranced, too. Prancing princesses rubbed shoulders with caped crusaders whilst witches cackled incantations. The bewitching ones cast spells treating 73 parkrunners to PBs! And rumour has it that the 36 First Timers will be treating themselves to a return visit. With Hallowe'en treats winning over Hallowe'en tricks, I can hardly wait to see what magic we're treated to....
Join Run Director Extraordinaire Clare Russell with her amazing Team Spirit for our 432nd edition on November 2nd.