Running the Numbers
This week, a total of 238 people ran, jogged and walked the course. Of these 238, it appears that 235 listened to the briefing (or have done on previous occasions) as only 3 were spotted running on the road. You know who you are - please don't do it. It's dangerous, makes you look like an idiot, and ultimately puts you at unnecessary risk. We will also remove you from the results if anyone around you 'grasses you up!'
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Aberdeen parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Nicola GAULD who recorded a time of 17:04 on 25th February 2012 (event number 21).
The male record is held by Sean CHALMERS who recorded a time of 15:05 on 8th June 2019 (event number 411).
The Age Grade course record is held by Carolyn MILNE who recorded 100.26% (19:05) on 12th October 2019 (event number 429).
Aberdeen parkrun started on 8th October 2011. Since then 12,243 participants have completed 92,275 parkruns covering a total distance of 461,375 km, including 16,222 new Personal Bests. A total of 911 individuals have volunteered 6,443 times.
A Promising Start from the Walkers
In my enthusiasm to get the runners going, I completely forgot to prime the timers! Thankfully the Walkers (Callum and Irina) were on the ball and both clicked appropriately on my shout of '3, 2, 1, Go!'
From the moment the front runners came in, led by Neil McBain on in his role as Lead Bike, I had a feeling this would be a good week for the results! As Run Director, it never ceases to amaze me how effortless the front runners appear, although at times the graceful glide is betrayed by their doubling over on finishing to catch their breath, throw up, or collapse into the funnel, every last ounce of energy having been expended as they throw it all at the sprint in the last few hundred metres. Today was no exception. Calm conditions and a mild day for this time of year saw our top 2 finishers (Mark Brown and Keith Buchan) earning themselves PBs. Jim Moir, our 3rd finisher, managed to stay just ahead of Craig Peet who most definitely put his foot firmly on the gas, finishing with a very impressive sprint and a PB to boot! I think Craig may have secured that 3rd place had it not been for someone shouting at Jim, 'don't let him catch you!' When I grow up I want to have a sprint finish like these guys!!
Thank you for listening to the briefing. Unfortunately the batteries on our microphone failed us and I had to resort to shouting. The volunteers did a sterling job, shepherding everyone in and giving a reminder to simmer down and listen. If we can do this one week, surely we can do it every week. Remember, Santa's looking out to see who's being nice and who's being naughty. All being well, all you 'good' people will be duly rewarded on Christmas Day, maybe even with a PB.
Our Christmas Day run will be at 9:30 am, the New Year's Day run at 11 am. We are still looking for volunteers for both of these events, so feel free to add your name to the roster or sign up non-running friends or family who might wish to join the occasion.
In the context of running, 'Club' means different things to different people. We had representation from 22 different running clubs this week. We also had lots of representation from our parkrun clubs.
Fourteen runners represented the 250 club, of whom 12 are members of the 25 volunteer club. Between these 14, an impressive 4065 parkruns have been clocked up!
Forty three runners from the 100 club joined us, of whom 9 are members of the volunteer club, and another forty three runners from the 50 club ran, of whom 2 are members of the volunteer club.
Overall, we had 23 runners entitled to wear the purple 25 club t-shirt, with another 7 members of this club in volunteer roles. Volunteers make our world go round so if you've not joined the 'club' yet, please give it due consideration, all the more so if purple is your colour.
A Warm Welcome
We were delighted to have 11 people run their first Aberdeen parkrun with us today, including Daniel Hall from Brockwell parkrun, fresh off the sleeper train from London. We hope you all enjoyed your run and will return again soon!
Two first time volunteers joined the team today: Steve Abel on our Funnel, and Stephen Dionne as our Bus Stop Marshal. Thanks to you both.
We welcomed Shona Candlish to the 50 Club. Shona received her round of applause having shared her achievement with us via her Dad, David Candlish, who joined us from Stirling and gained himself a PB in celebration of the occasion. David's card will be marked as in doing this he bet Shona to the finish! There may be a rematch down the line for this pair.
We'd also like to congratulate the two runners that quietly slipped under the radar to join the Clubs this morning:
Gordon McKechnie, earning his red t-shirt as a new member of the 50 Club; and
Robert Smith, earning his black t-shirt as our latest member of the 100 Club.
The Volunteers: Not all heroes wear their pants outside their trousers!
But maybe we could one week? Let us know what you think!!
The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:
Clare RUSSELL • Alan BROWN • Shirley C • Carolyn SNEDDEN • Mark FINDLAY • Callum WALKER • Rohit SONI • Fiona KENNEDY • Bryan MILLS • Neil MCBAIN • Irina WALKER • Steve ABEL • Kristin MCCURRACH • Joseph HIBBS • Mitchell RENNIE • Stephen DIONNE • John LEMON
Our volunteer roster is full next week (14th December). A little elf tells me this may have something to do with the Lossiemouth Turkey Trot (10 mile race) on Sunday 15th. There are still a few places going for this event should anyone fancy signing up: https://www.entrycentral.com/TurkeyTrot
Thereafter, we've plenty of available opportunities. Should you have an urge to don your cape, wear your pants outside your trousers, or just be a hero incognito, please give us a yell at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations to the 42 runners that gave it their all today and earned a shiny new Personal Best. For you, Christmas has come early. A few of these PBs stood out. In no particular order they are:
Yvonne Roberston, VW 65-69, earning a PB on her 32nd parkrun and proving once again that age is no barrier to times;
Vivien Broughton, VW 45-49, with a PB on parkrun 77;
Laura Nicoll, VW 35-39, Jog Scotland Hazlehead coach and a regular parkrun volunteer, pushing the pace to PB on her 209th parkrun; and
Lawrence Wattie, VM 45-49, Metro Aberdeen, breaking the elusive 20 minute barrier for the first time on parkrun 71.
Breakfast at the Brig O'Don
As always, Aidan and the team at Brig O'Don did us proud, furnishing us with breakfast and unlimited tea and coffee for the princely sum of £5. Numbers were down on last week, but as always, the men showed that it's good to talk, outlasting the ladies by a country mile. parkrun really is about the social, and this merry band will welcome new faces any time. Please feel free to join us any week should you not already have done so. As with volunteering, everyone is made welcome!
Happy running! Hope to see you all next week.
Run Reporter and Run Director