UN REPORT: "WHAT'S THE PERCENTAGE?"
Aberdeen parkrun #403, April 13, 2019
FIRST THINGS FIRST
A whopping 344 parkrunners joined us for our 403rd edition of Aberdeen parkrun. They came from near & far including our 32 First Timers who hailed from Aberdeen all the way to Forres, Cleethorpes, Leicester, Worthing, Plymouth, & beyond. I had the pleasure of hosting the First Timers' Briefing & was able to forewarn our unsuspecting newbies what was in store from Mother Nature. Hopefully the reward for braving the headwind on the 1st half was the tailwind on the 2nd half. First Timers, we hope you enjoyed your breezy introduction to our beachy~keen course & we look forward to seeing you in the future.
We promise it's not always that windy.
IT WAS A BREEZE
Was the promise of a free ride on the 2nd half enough to light a fire under parkrunners' heels on the 1st half? Apparently, it was a breeze for 53 parkrunners who ran their way to Personal Bests. Whether you're thrilling to the joy of a PB for the first time, have been chasing a PB for a long time, or on a PB roll, it's always a delight to see that "New PB" notation next to your name in the results.
To check out all the results & to see who achieved a coveted PB, sprint on over to:
Quick shout out to Team Robinson's Annie for keeping the PB trend alive in her family. No pressure, Nik.
1,2,3 FIRST FINISHERS
1st across the Finish Line for the men's category from Giffnock North AAC was Andrew Love in 17:00.
2nd in was Tom Roche in 17:15.
3rd across from Aberdeen University AC was Sandy Laing in 17:26.
Well done all!
1,2,3 FIRST LADIES
1st across the Finish Line for the women's category from Ambleside AC was Carolyn Milne in 20:07.
2nd in from Fife AC was Louise Provan in 21:32 (New PB!).
3rd across the line from Dundee Road Runners AC was Elaine Omand in 22:41.
THE JUNIOR LEAGUE
Congratulations to these parkrunners finishing first in the following junior categories:
JW10: Sophie Imlach 25:54
JW15-17: Prakriti Bhatta 28:56
JW11-14: Lucy Morris 39:19
JM11-14: Drew McDermid 21:18
JM15-17: Hamish Brown 21:52
JM10: Connor Raitt 25:53
For those who haven't printed off your barcode yet, or forgot yours, your name will appear in the results as "Unknown". Last Saturday we had 25 "Unknowns". We love to celebrate your achievements so remember to bring your barcode each time you parkrun, so we can put your name up in lights. Rumour has it....many parkrunners keep a few extra of their barcodes squirreled away for back up. An extra in the glove box in the car, one in the shoe under the insole, an extra in the running jacket pocket.... Where will you stash your extras?
WHAT'S THE PERCENTAGE?
Congratulations to Carolyn Milne who set a new record in the VW60-64 Age Category! She not only blew around the course in an impressive 20:07 to finish first in the Women's Category, but also posted an Age Graded rating of a whopping 95.11%. Carolyn is also Aberdeen parkrun's current Age Graded record holder topping the charts at a number most can only dream of: 96.37%. This astonishing record was set when she ran a remarkable 19:18 on April 8th, 2017.
What is Age Grading?
Check it out at:
Get the scoop on Aberdeen parkrun's Age Graded League at:
ALL THE COOL KIDS ARE DOING IT
A merry band of 18 volunteers donned the High~Vis vests to orchestrate our 403rd edition. Thanks to:
Alison HAMEL • Bryan MILLS • Ceri WILLIAMS • Clare RUSSELL • Cynthia FRY • David MACLENNAN • Jamie COVENTRY • Jim MCCURRACH • John CONNELLY • John DUFF • Louise JENKINS • Margaret TURNER • Mark MCDONALD • Mike MACKAY • Mitchell RENNIE • Neil MCBAIN • Paul Kevin WEBSTER • Rohit SONI
Merci beaucoup to Mr. Calm, Cool & Collected Run Director Bryan Mills for taking the reins for this edition. And thanks to newly minted volunteers like Ceri who have recently taken the plunge into the volunteer pool. Volunteering is at the heart of keeping parkrun sustainable & it gives a marvelous insight into how parkrun works from the inside out. As an acknowledgement of volunteers' contributions, they can lay claim to the fancy~schmancy 25 volunteer T-shirt once they've volunteered at parkrun on 25 separate occasions. All the cool kids are doing it.
Ceri, only 23 more to go!
For your chance to be one of the cool kids, check out our future volunteer rosters at:
THE BIG 5-0
Congratulations to Stewart Winton who celebrated his 50th parkrun on Saturday! Stewart divides his time amongst parkruns at Ellon (19), Aberdeen (17), & Hazlehead (13). He tossed in a parkrun at Falkirk along the way & voila: 50! On February 11, 2017, Stewart began his parkrun journey at Ellon, added 14 PBs along the way, culminating in his latest PB of 23:02 on October 13, 2018 at Aberdeen parkrun. Stewart, we hope you had a blast breezing your way through your 50th at the beach! Enjoy your 50 milestone T-shirt! Onward ho to your 100th!
PRESCRIBING PARKRUN, TAKE ONE EVERY SATURDAY!
Dr Chris Provan reached his 150th milestone. Chris is a GP at one of the medical practices in Aberdeen that are promoting parkrun and similar activities to their patients as part of an initiative with the Royal College of GPs.
THE MILNE DYNASTY
Speaking of 100's, Naomi Milne added her 300th parkrun to her list of accomplishments. Though it doesn't trigger a parkrun milestone T-shirt, methinks a 300th parkrun is definitely worthy of mention. Not only has Naomi been parkrunning up a storm, she also has a slew of volunteer credits. 53 to be exact. This speaks volumes (no pun intended...kind of) about how parkrunners enhance their parkrun experience by jumping into the volunteer pool. Naomi has been at Aberdeen parkrun from the get-go. She parkran at our very first edition on October 8, 2011. Since then, 95 of her parkruns have been strewn about the country & beyond. She could probably write a book on parkrun tourism. Hey, now there's an idea, Naomi.... Bet you'd have a ball penning a few tales from Laa~Laa Land.
Join Run Director Graham Snedden & his merry band of volunteers who will keep things hopping for the Easter weekend edition.
Hmmm....Wonder if the Easter Bunny will be there...