A Calm Day On All Fronts
After our bumper attendance on New Year's Day, it was a calm week with only 347 people running or walking the course. Fiona Sewell, our Run Director, was of course ready for anything and had a 'double funnel' at the ready. Cynthia welcomed 27 first timers at the new runners briefing with visitors from London, Reading and Huddersfield.
Of our runners today, 52 recorded new Personal Bests, including Graham McDermid on his 407th parkrun! Two other runners recorded PBs just ahead of Graham, possibly feeling concerned for their personal safety. No need gents, poor Graham took a rather spectacular tumble on a recent training run (witnessed by many) and the ensuing face plant really has left him looking like he's been doing the rounds over the festive season! Heal soon Graham - glad to see the fall hasn't had any impact on your pace.
It was also a good day for the juniors with Finlay Robinson (JM 11-14), Zachary Cowal (JM 10), Amy Huntington (JW 15-17) and Charlotte Haigh (JW 11-14) all running personal bests.
Congratulations to Charlotte in particular. As a visitor from Huddersfield, she ran an impressive PB, taking her time from 26:30 down to 25:37! Way to go - no point doing things by halves when you've travelled all that way. Charlotte has had an impressive journey in many ways, clocking up 172 junior parkruns in addition to 210 'regular' parkruns with a seriously impressive amount of tourism thrown in for good measure.
The event was made possible by 15 volunteers:
Paul Kevin WEBSTER • Clare RUSSELL • Alan BROWN • Fiona SEWELL • David MACLENNAN • Margaret TURNER • Gemma COLLINS • Simon DIJKER • Cynthia FRY • Jim MCCURRACH • Ivor DUFFUS • Gudrun PRZYGODA • Chelsea COOK • Lorissa SMART • John LEMON
Fiona mentioned during the briefing that new Run Directors would be welcome. If ever you've fancied giving it a bash please speak to any of the regular RDs for more information. Be assured that if you do decide to try the RD vest for size you'll receive full support. We're happy to team up for your 'debut' appearance or have you shadow, there's always someone else around to support with results processing, and in addition, parkrun provide technical support should there be any issues on the day.
If you'd like to try any other role, please get in touch. There are quite a few vacancies over the coming weeks and parkrun doesn't run itself. We all need to take a turn at volunteering over time.
If you'd like to see how your volunteer stats are looking, you can view them through your personal profile, or by clicking on your name on the results page and then 'View all stats for this park runner'. Remember, the Volunteer 25 t-shirt is up for grabs and we all look great in purple!
No Barcode, No Time
We had a surprising number of people today with no barcode, including our first lady. Make it your New Year's resolution to remember your barcode - leave one in your car, your wallet, or be like me and get the plastic ones that are machine washable meaning they're always in your shorts as you accidentally forget to take them out and put them through the wash repeatedly!
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Aberdeen parkrun Results Page.
Suzanne McCombie ran her 50th parkrun today. Suzanne has run at Aberdeen 47 times.
Izzie McDonald completed her 100th parkrun. Izzie has completed 72 of her runs at Aberdeen and has volunteered an impressive 21 times in a range of roles.
Gus MacDonald completed his 100th parkrun. Gus has run at Aberdeen 92 times.
Not official milestones, but well on their way, Carolyn Snedden clocked up her 300th parkrun, while Mark Finlay recorded his 400th parkrun. Well done to you both and special thanks to Mark for baking a celebratory cake to share with us all. A man of many talents, indeed! Sadly, he's not up for commissions.
See you all next week when I'll be Run Director.
Clare Russell, Run Reporter
RUN REPORT: RUNNERS' HIGH
Aberdeen parkrun #442, January 1, 2020
All was calm, all was bright. The North Sea was pretty as a picture & the promenade was ready for action. With the scene set to usher in the New Year with a parkrun romp, the air was filled with anticipation.
But we never expected what happened next.
At the 11th hour....
Drum roll please...
A record breaking 630 parkrunners launched from the Start Line!
Talk about a...
After a record high attendance of 479 at our 2019 New Year's Day edition, there were great expectations for 2020.
When this mid~field runner crossed the line in 293rd position, I should have suspected something was up.
But frankly, even I was surprised with our 630 runners' high.
RUNNING THE NUMBERS
Check out the attendance figures at our New Year's Day Aberdeen parkruns:
From humble beginnings, we've mushroomed into epic proportions!
What better way to welcome so many....
FIRSTS ON THE FIRST
Thanks to Carolyn Snedden for hosting another one of her effervescent First Timers' Briefings! I've said it before & I'll say it again, Carolyn puts the spark in sparkle & always makes our newcomers feel so welcome. A whopping 88 First Timers joined in our New Year's Day special edition. Whilst some were of the local persuasion, we also welcomed visitors from as far afield as Thurso, Perth, Fife, Leicestershire, Lanark, London & Dorking. Some of our First Timers were debuting at their very first parkrun whilst others were more seasoned folks joining us from other parkruns. We hope you all enjoyed being part of that colourful ribbon of parkrunners that wove along the promenade. It was quite the spectacle!
For those on their maiden parkrun, we hope it will become part of your lifestyle the way it has for so many of us. And, we hope to see all our First Timers return soon for a 2nd visit. Remember to bring your barcode each time so we can include your name in the results. We love putting your name up in lights!
Adding a 5k parkrun to your New Year's Day is fun in itself, but punctuating it with a PB definitely adds an extra sheen. 72 of our 630 parkrunners did just that & parkran their way to shiny new Personal Bests! Congratulations all! The calm conditions certainly set the scene perfectly for a PB extravaganza.
Check out the 72 Personal Bests & all the rest in our latest results at:
For the number nuts, 16,383 PBs have been captured at Aberdeen parkrun since we began on October 8, 2011.
FIRST GENTS & FIRST LADIES
What an epic leap into 2020 for these frontrunners finishing 1,2,3 in the :
1st in was James Adamson for Metro Aberdeen RRC in 16:47 (PB!)
2nd in was Cameron Forrest for Olympic Harriers in 17:02
3rd in was Craig Beattie for Metro Aberdeen RRC in 17:11
1st in was Nicola Gauld for Metro Aberdeen RRC in 17:46
2nd in was Ann Gallon for Stonehaven Running Club in 20:38
3rd in was Moira Davie for Forres Harriers in 20:47
THE JUNIOR LEAGUE
Lovely to see so many juniors dashing with panache in our New Year's Day field.
Congratulations to these parkrunners finishing first in the following junior categories:
JM10: Alex Hendry in 22:30 (PB!)
JM11-14: Hamish McKay in 17:13 (PB!)
JM15-17: Jack Low in 22:38 (PB!)
JW10: Emily Bird in 30:58
JW11-14: Anna McNeill in 21:33
JW15-17: Erin Stone in 29:23
Speaking of our juniors, check out this...
NEW AGE CATEGORY RECORD
Congratulations to Hamish McKay who parkran his way into the record books on New Year's Day! He whipped around the course in 17:13 establishing a new record in the JM11-14 Age Category. Hamish knocked a whopping 13 seconds off the previous record set by Sam Griffin. Sam currently holds the JM11-14 record at Duthie junior parkrun. Looking for another challenge Hamish?
Upon completion of 10 (5k) parkruns, a parkrunner in a junior category earns a 10 Club T-shirt.
This week we welcome Connor Raitt & Samuel Gibson to the 10 Club!
Connor began his 5k parkruns at Aberdeen on August 25, 2018. He parkran 9 at Aberdeen & 1 at Hazlehead & has gathered up 4 PBs along the way. An impressive 23:36 PB graces his stats, but his accomplishments don't stop there. Connor is also a Duthie junior parkrunner & has 22 Djps under his running belt.
Samuel began his 5k parkruns at Aberdeen on October 17, 2015. He has 8 to his credit at Aberdeen & 2 at Hazlehead. Half of his parkruns have earned him PBs! Samuel took on the challenge of doing the double on New Year's Day posting times at both Hazlehead (a PB, I might add) & at Aberdeen. At this rate, the future shines bright for Samuel's PB earning power!
Congratulations Connor & Samuel! We look forward to seeing you decked out in your "10" T-shirts!
Congratulations to Sarah Milne, Alison Milne, & Dawn Mercer who kicked off New Year's Day in fine style by joining the 50 Club.
Sarah began her parkrun story at Aberdeen on October 17, 2015. She completed 25 at Aberdeen & rounded out the balance with 12 at Hazlehead, 5 at Ellon, 2 each at Stonehaven, Valentines, & Montrose, and 1 each at Livingston & St. Andrews. Sarah earned 12 shiny PBs along the way & has also jumped into the volunteer pool a couple of times.
Alison started her parkrun journey on July 25, 2015 at Aberdeen parkrun. Her 50 parkruns are comprised of 28 at Aberdeen, 10 at Hazlehead, 4 at St. Andrews, 3 at Ellon, and 1 each at Thurrock, Livingston, Montrose, Valentines & Perth. Alison has racked up 14 PBs & has volunteered on 3 occasions.
Dawn began parkrunning on October 14, 2017 at Portobello. She has parkrun 12 at St. Andrews, 9 at Portobello, 5 at Vogrie, 3 at Camperdown, 2 each at Lochore Meadows, Edinburgh & Loch Leven and 1 each at Perth, Stonehaven, Aberdeen, Crathes Castle, Montrose, Banbury, Lochend Woods, Hay Lodge, Ellon, Kirkcaldy, Falkirk, Plean, Meadowmill, Dunfermline, & Livingston. With a list like that, I'd hazard a guess that Dawn's working her way towards completing the Alphabet Challenge! Along the way, Dawn has racked up 11 PBs & has 27 "total volunteer roles" to her credit including donning the Run Director's vest twice.
Kudos Sarah, Alison & Dawn! Your "50" T~shirts will top things off perfectly as you parkrun your way through 2020!
Rumour has it that a particular Kinross Road Runner racked up his 300th parkrun at Aberdeen on New Year's Day.
Now who could that be?
Hmmm...let me delve into the results & press "Sort by Total parkruns".
Ahhh.....there it is...Paul "parkrun tourist" Allcoat.
This parkrun aficionado burst onto the scene on March 5, 2011 at Edinburgh parkrun.
Paul's 300 parkruns have had him galloping around to 71 different events in 5 different countries & collecting 33 shiny PBs along the way. Lighting up Paul's profile is his very impressive 19:45 PB!
Mr. Allcoat's volunteer stats are just as inspiring. He has Run Directed 39 times, wrangled the Pre-Event Setup 21 times, Barcode Scanned 20 times, & juggled in various other roles to tally to 108 total volunteer roles over 10 total distinct volunteer roles. With a parkrun resume like that, we just had to mention Mr. Allcoat in our Run Report. Though the 300th parkrun doesn't trigger a milestone T~shirt, it does trigger a congratulations. Congratulations Paul! And... we hope you enjoyed your New Year's romp doing your double at Ury & Aberdeen!
ON THE DOUBLE
Opportunity knocks twice on New Year's Day.
Every January 1st there's the chance to "do the double". For the uninitiated, that's the chance to do 2 parkruns in one day.
Hazlehead parkrun Event Director Martin Fraser got busy running the numbers to produce this parkrun nugget:
"There were 306 runners at Aberdeen Beach that ran another parkrun earlier in the morning."
That's almost half our field that did the double!
Well done to all our doubly keen!!
Some of those doubly keen who took on the Hazlehead-Aberdeen combo went a step further by running between the 2 events.
Some even tossed volunteering into the double mix, as well!
I'm running out of exclamation points so I'd better stop all this double talk.
GOING FOR GOLDON THE DOUBLE
One of the golden batons from the 2019 Big Community Relay put in an appearance at the 9:30AM Hazlehead parkrun on New Year's Day. The baton was then passed along to some of our parkrunners running down to the 11AM Aberdeen parkrun. Next up was Carolyn Snedden who not only gave the golden baton a twirl but treated it to the full 5k tour along our beachy~keen course. Carolyn then passed the baton to the Ellon parkrun Elves for their January 4th edition. The current plan is for Ellon to hand it on to Elgin parkrun for their January 11th edition. Though the Big Community Relay has officially concluded & the 15 batons originally sent out have had their GPS trackers turned off, the golden baton that came through on the double is still in play as an extra spot of fun. The golden baton making the rounds in the Scottish Northeast is certainly twirling into overtime!
MAGIC TEAM SPIRIT
Methinks I witnessed some sort of masterclass in herding cats at our New Year's Day edition. Under the brilliant direction of RD Graham Snedden, a record number of 630 parkrunners launched off the Start Line. A quick 16:47 later, the Timekeepers began to click the parkrunners across the Finish Line. As the finishers poured in, the Finish Funnel was all abuzz. Extra Barcode Scanners jumped in to help with the deluge. Pen, paper & clipboard were at the ready in case we ran out of finish tokens. It was an amazing team effort. Finally, Tail Walker Michaela clocked in at 1:00:02 marking the tail end of the 630 field.
But it didn't end there.
The results still had to be processed!
Mosey around the corner to the Brig O'Don, where carefree parkrunners kicked back, enjoyed a cuppa & chowed down. Meanwhile, RD Graham & his trusty number~crunching volunteers sharpened their pencils & put their noses to the grindstone. From my perch, I had a bird's eye view of this Think~Tank diligently tabulating, consulting, & sorting through the results. By the time McHusband & I departed at 13:22, the Think~Tank were still crunching the numbers. Thanks so much for working overtime so that 630 of us could get our parkrun fix on the double.
Our New Year's Day Special Edition was brought to you with an extra sprinkling of magic team spirit from these fab volunteers:
Ailsa WEBSTER • Alison WILSON • Amy MACKIE • Bryan MILLS • Carolyn SNEDDEN • Colin BURNETT • Cynthia FRY • Derek DUNN • Dino ROUSSIAS • Fiona SEWELL • Graham SNEDDEN • Jayne ADDIE • John DUFF • John LEMON • Joseph HIBBS • Mark MCDONALD • Martin FRASER • Michaela SULLIVAN • Mike MACKAY • Neil MCBAIN • Roger APPLEBY • Steve WILSON • Tony MCGARVA
We're always keen for new folks to jump into the volunteer pool. Make 2020 the year you take the plunge.
Check out the volunteer opportunities on our future rosters at:
Rumour has it someone might be celebrating his 400th parkrun!
Mark my words, there was even talk of cake! Yum!!
And great Scott, Mark Findlay is not the only one with a 400 right around the corner.
Scott McMillan who parkrun toured Aberdeen on New Year's might be celebrating his 400th somewhere on the run.
Will we have two 400's on the run at Aberdeen?
Time will tell.
For your next runner's high, join us on January 4th when fab Fiona Sewell takes the reins to direct our 443rd edition.
Happy Leap Year!
A Windy Welcome
We welcomed 260 runners and walkers, 'new' and 'old', with a rather blustery day on the upper promenade. In contrast, the lower prom was verging on tropical, at least for this time of year, and gloves and layers were cast aside on passing our marshal at the Beach Ballroom. A final blast of headwind welcomed us into the finish funnel.Thank you for joining us on our final parkrun of 2019!
Fiona Kennedy welcomed 33 first timers at the initial briefing, with visitors joining us from Stirling, Luton, Manchester, Sunderland, and even Perth, Australia.
Finishing the Year on a High
We had a handful of runners earning themselves a PB - what a way to see out the year! They were:
Jonathan Major, Alex Loftus, Christopher Hanton, Kay Davies, Jack Caie, Mairi Farquharson, Aswini Dhaubhadel, Frank Campbell, Alice Mcara, Jill Pope, Rachael Main, Cameron Overend, Alison Fraser and Susi McWilliam. Great effort all round folks!
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Aberdeen parkrun Results Page.
The Stars of the Day
As always, there would be no parkrun without our high-vis heroes, the volunteers. Today we thank:
Peter GRAHAM • Clare RUSSELL • Alan BROWN • Carolyn SNEDDEN • Graham SNEDDEN • Alan MARRIOTT • Callum WALKER • Rohit SONI • Fiona KENNEDY • Irina WALKER • Louise BEATON • Samantha ROSS • Anita WILLIAMS • Ceri WILLIAMS • Mitchell RENNIE • Linzi ROBERTSON • Katie CUNNINGHAM
Wendy Arthur joined the 50 Club today! Well done Wendy.
It looks like there may be a few runners bringing in the New Year with a new club t-shirt. If you're one of them, please remember to e-mail your 'chosen' parkrun ahead of time to get your shout out in celebration.
As things stand, we currently require a Barcode Scanner for our New Year's Day parkrun. Please remember that we start at the later time of 11 am on New Year's Day! If you're an early bird, or fancy doing a double parkrun, Hazlehead are starting at the usual time of 9:30 am. Graham has spoken to the Brig O'Don team and they're opening at 11 am, happy to welcome us post-run as always.
From 4th January onwards we have a range of roles available. Please check out the roster and give us a shout if you can help: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/aberdeen/futureroster/
Reflections of 2019
This year, we had a grand total of 1023 volunteers throughout the year. Thanks to each and every one of you! Heading up the volunteers, we had a total of 11 Run Directors throughout the year. These included our Core Team of: Graham Snedden (Event Director), Carolyn Snedden, Bryan Mills, Fiona Sewell, Colin Burnett and Clare Russell, all of whom also work 'behind the scenes' to ensure our event runs smoothly. Mark McDonald became a regular Run Director, and we had 'guest appearances' from Callum Smith, Tony Little, Rob Sim and Nik Robinson. Feel free to do another turn anytime!
On behalf of the Core Team, I'd like to thank everyone that has supported our event this year, either by joining us on the run, or by volunteering. Special thanks go to the stalwart volunteers, particularly those that help with the Pre-event Setup; you make life so much easier!
Of our first finishers in 2019, Hannah Mutch topped the table for the ladies, finishing first on an impressive 10 occasions, with Ronald Gauld leading home the mens' field on 6 occasions.
Our fastest finishers of the year were Sean Chalmers, setting an age category record for SM 20-24 at Aberdeen parkrun on 8th June, running 15:05, and Fiona Rudkin running an impressive 17:43 on 11th May.
We also saw new age category records set by Carolyn Milne, Leslie Nicol and Agnes Kershaw. Carolyn now holds the age category records across 3 categories, most recently running 19:05 on 12th October as VW 60-64. Leslie ran 28:24, a time many park runners aspire to, on 21st September, setting a new record for our VM 80-84 category and now also holds 2 category records. Agnes meanwhile completed her one and only parkrun on 6th July, setting an age category record for VW 80-84 in a time of 50:25. What an inspiring bunch!
We saw many runners join the 'clubs', some the 25 club, many 50, 100 and an increasing number popping into the 250 club. We also celebrated, and can't let the year close without mentioning again, Mr Aberdeen parkrun, Jamie Cassidy, our original Event Director, who joined the 250 club this year. Thanks again Jamie for bringing our community together.
What are your goals looking ahead? Be it challenging for an age category record, setting a new PB, or joining one of the parkrun clubs, we look forward to sharing the journey with you. See you in the New Year!
Your Run Reporter,
RUN REPORT: CHRISTMAS BOWS & RAINBOWS
Aberdeen parkrun #440, December 25, 2019
JINGLE ALL THE WAY
What better way to jump start Christmas Day than to parkrun at Aberdeen Beach? I arrived on the upper prom in my jingling elf costume just before 9AM. The sun was perched on the horizon, the sea was serenely calm, & the temperature was set on defrost. I snapped a picture. Couldn't resist. After warming up on the promenade I ran down to Start/Finish to check in for Run Report duty. With each passing minute, Christmas spirited folk started to arrive.
They came from...
NEAR & FAR
At Carolyn's First Timers' Briefing she welcomed locals, & visitors from as far afield as Edinburgh, Derby, Cambridge, Henley & Houston, just to name a few. In all, 19 First Timers recorded finishes at our 440th edition. Some were debuting on their maiden parkrun, whilst others were on tour adding an "A" to their parkrun alphabet. We hope all our First Timers enjoyed their debut at Aberdeen parkrun. Come back soon & remember to bring your barcode!
THE FRENCH CONNECTION
How nice to meet visitors popping in from Nice, too! You just never know who you'll meet at parkrun! Your barcode is your passport to any parkrun in the world! Will 2020 be the year you go on tour?
CHRISTMAS TEAM SPIRIT
Event Director Graham Snedden took the helm as our Christmas Run Director. A massive thank-you to both Graham & Carolyn Snedden whose names are at the top of our holiday season rosters. The Sneddens have once again given us the best Christmas present ever ~ A Christmas parkrun.
Our Christmas Team Spirit was brought to you by these sweet 16 volunteers:
Andrew THORBURN • Carolyn SNEDDEN • Cynthia FRY • Fiona KENNEDY • Graham SNEDDEN • John B LEIPER • John LEMON • Katie CUNNINGHAM • Linda CUNNINGHAM • Mark MCDONALD • Michael BARKER • Neil MCBAIN • Rohit SONI • Rosemary LEIPER • Shirley C • Stuart MILNE
A parkrun ISN'T JUST FOR CHRISTMAS
We parkrun at the beach every Saturday year-round. At the heart of keeping us parkrunning are our volunteers. You're what make our free, weekly, timed runs sustainable. Thanks to all who have jumped into the volunteer pool to date. Do you have...
Starting to mull over your New Year's resolutions? For our regular volunteers, think about expanding your horizons by trying out a different role.
And for those who've never volunteered before, we're always keen to welcome newbies into the volunteer pool.
We know you want to...
Our Christmas front runners blazed the trail for the rest of us.
Check out these festive fleet-of-foot in the:
1st in was Jason Kelly for Metro Aberdeen RRC in 16:10 (PB!)
2nd in was Jim Moir in 18:08
3rd in was Mark McDonald for jogscotland in 18:20
1st in was Charlotte Emily Taylor-Green for Clevedon AC in 18:05 (First Timer)
2nd in was Carolyn Milne for Ambleside AC in 19:11
3rd in was Lucy Taylor for Bristol and West AC in 19:56 (PB!)
THE JUNIOR LEAGUE
Our juniors' accomplishments are always fun to celebrate.
Congratulations to these parkrunners finishing first in the following junior categories:
JM10: Lewis Pearce in 27:55
JM11-14: Drew McDermid in 21:14
JM15-17: Martin Robbins in 21:54 (PB!)
Though a cool yule, the wind was low, & it wasn't too slippery. The conditions were favourable for a Christmas PB. 31 parkrunners took advantage & parkran their way to an early Christmas present: A shiny new PB! Congratulations!
Check out those with a Personal Best & all the rest at:
Celebrating Christmas in fine style were Stuart McFarlane & Steven Soppitt. They both dashed across the line to complete their 50th parkruns! Congrats!
Stuart's first parkrun unfolded at Aberdeen on July 28, 2018 & he has since parkrun 46 of his 50 on our beachy-keen promenade. He added in 3 at Montrose & 1 at Stonehaven to round out the set. Stuart has racked up 9 PBs to date & I would bet a 2nd visit to Stonehaven would easily bag him the 10th. Challenge issued, Stuart!
Steven began parkrunning at Aberdeen on June 16, 2018 & has accumulated 45 here at the beach. He has dabbled in a spot of tourism with 4 at Hazlehead & 1 at St. Andrew's. 8 shiny PBs add a little extra sheen to his statistics & I suspect there are more PBs to come. No pressure, Steven.
Congratulations Stuart & Steven! You've now entered the 50 Club! Enjoy sashaying around the promenade in your 50 T-shirts when they arrive! In no time flat (or maybe a year from now), you'll find yourselves pushing....
Kicking off their Christmases with a bang were Will Thomas, David MacLennan & Amy Mackie who all completed their 100th parkruns! What a way to start your Christmas festivities!
Will launched onto the parkrun scene on August 16, 2014 at Aberdeen. He has 97 to his credit here & has tossed in 1 each at Hazlehead, Stonehaven & Aviemore to round out his 100. Opportunity knocks for Will's 9 PBs to have some company. A 2nd visit to HH, Stonehaven or Aviemore might easily take his PBs into the double digits. Is another PB just around the corner? Where there's a Will there's a way. It had to be said.
David broke onto the parkrun scene on July 27, 2013 at Aberdeen. Enroute to his 100th, he collected 85 at Aberdeen, 9 at Hazlehead, 2 each at Stonehaven & Ellon, and 1 each at Waterstown & Montrose. 22 PBs light up his stats & just as impressively he has to his credit 54 total volunteer roles across 7 total distinct volunteer roles.
Amy splashed onto the parkrun scene on June 20, 2015 when she debuted here at the beach. She has parkrun 96 at Aberdeen, 2 at Hazlehead, 1 at Stonehaven & 1 at Pollok & has accumulated 5 shiny PBs along the way. In her parkrun resume, Amy has a whopping 44 total volunteer roles across 9 total distinct volunteer roles. She has even tried her hand at what I call the "park-athlon" challenge. Some of us seeking to push our limits have been taking on the Lead Bike volunteer role, jumping off upon completion, & then whipping around the 5k course on foot to cross the line in time for a running credit. Though Amy wasn't Lead Biking this time, she did have a lead out. She was trotting around in fine style with her woofer "Bruno" leading the way. A dashing couple, even if I do say so myself (sorry Kev).
Congratulations Will, David & Amy on your entry into the 100 Club! Bet those 100 T-shirts will look smashing whipping their way along the promenade. Can you say photo-op?
THE 50 MARK
Quite by chance, this roving reporter discovered Mark McDonald topped off his morning by adding the #50 to his "total volunteer roles" tally. Mark was originally slated for Barcode Scanning once he had completed his Christmas parkrun. One of the perks to being a front runner like Mark is that you can volunteer in roles like Barcode Scanning once you've crossed the Finish Line. But this time when he arrived, Mark realized they had a full complement of Scanners. Quick thinking took hold & Mark called on his High-Vis alter-ego. He had noticed we were down a Marshal at the stones so he zipped back to take up the post. Thanks for your quick thinking, Mark!
It's great to see volunteers like Mark slip seamlessly into other roles when the need arises. Neil McBain was another of our Christmas "shapeshifters". Neil shifted out of the (nice-to-have, but not need-to-have) Lead Bike role to slot in as a Timekeeper. Back at the tail end, I'm not sure of the back story, but was that Fiona Kennedy stepping up to the plate to Tail Walk in lieu of an under-the-weather John Lemon? (It was -he's her dad so she had inside info early on) A round of applause to all our shapeshifters who switched roles at a moment's notice. You rock!
And so do all our other volunteers.
Thanks again to all our volunteers who gave our 204 parkrunners the Christmas gift of Christmas parkrun.
CHRISTMAS BOWS & RAINBOWS
What a delight to see so many parkrunners adding festive dress to our Christmas parkrun! It really put a dazzling Christmas bow on the whole spectacle! Not to be upstaged though, Mother Nature wanted to top things off. For the eagle-eyed looking above & beyond you might just have spotted the rainbow arching over the Barcode Scanners.
What better Christmas bow to wrap up our Christmas edition than a rainbow!
Join Aberdeen parkrun's First Lady Carolyn Snedden, when she & her merry team of volunteers host our final edition of 2019!
Christmas parkrun cheers,
Christmas Elf, Not on the Shelf