Our traditional Christmas Day parkrun will take place at 9.30am.
Running in the Rain
This week we welcomed 172 runners to our rather driech and rainy parkrun. The eternal optimist in me thought perhaps we may be getting off lightly as the rain appeared to have lightened for setup. The odd spot appeared during the briefing leading me to rush on and try to get everyone started - nothing worse than getting soaked before the off - and we volunteers then retreated to the sanctuary of the bird hut, van - in Ingrid and Jennifer's case, or car - Esther, listening to the rugby until our first runners descended on the Beach Ballroom. Unfortunately, by the time we were forced back out we were into heavy rain and it was downright miserable, aside from the smiles of our runners.
Today, we had 28 first timers running Aberdeen parkrun. Of these, 8 rather impressively joined us for their first ever parkrun! A very warm welcome to the parkrun family goes out to:
John Lemon, Anna Steventon, Norberto Tronca, Doc Mutjaba, Rachel Smillie, Carolyn McAllister, Jaqui Freeman and Tiphannie Craig.
We sincerely hope you've not been put off by the conditions today and will join us again soon.
Of the remaining 20 first timers, we had visitors from many other places, the closest being our neighbours from Crathes Castle. Other visitors hailed from: Brighton & Hove, Victoria, Livingston, Vogrie, Edinburgh, Loch Leven, Catford, Highbury Fields, Whythenshawe, Cleethorpes and Lochore Meadows.
Thanks to Graham Riach, Cleethorpes, and Hilary Bennison, Loch Leven, for taking the time to chat. It was lovely seeing you both.
Congratulations to Helen Duguid who completed her 100th parkrun today! Very well done Helen, particularly given that many of these runs have involved pushing a buggy.
21 runners recorded new Personal Bests today. The stand out PB of the day was for Laurence Leask. In the VM65-69 age category, this was Laurence's 502nd parkrun in total, his 2nd run in Aberdeen. An inspirational performance going to show we're never too old to run a PB, unless of course you were a great runner in your youth, in which case you can probably forget about it!
Congratulations also to: Royston Walker, Nick Ross, Brian Welch, Bogi Vang, Joseph Hibbs, Sarah Lucas, Brian Mathers, Paul Kelman, Neil Macbean, Stewart Sim, Helene Mamet, Erin Stone, Tanya Rennie, David Fawkes, Grace Merriweather, Lorna Barron, Laura Finnigan, Jill Pope, Stephen Inkster and Pearl Black.
This week 172 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 28 were first timers. and 21 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 17 volunteers. Many thanks to you all for being such a great team today and for coming out in the rain to support the event.
Alastair BLAIN • Esther FOWLER • Margaret SIMPSON • Duncan MUNRO • Clare RUSSELL • Ronnie WILSON • Carolyn SNEDDEN • Graham SNEDDEN • Jamie ROSS • Jonathan QUINN • Jane GORDON • Fiona KENNEDY • Bryan MILLS • Allan CHRISTIE • Ingrid MACHELL • Jennifer CAIN
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Aberdeen parkrun Results Page.
One of our volunteers today, Jennifer, had been roped in by a friend - thanks Ingrid! Although it wasn't the best day for volunteering, it was a positive experience. We'd like to invite more of you to give volunteering a go. Our roster is looking particularly sparse over the coming weeks and without volunteers we don't have a run. Please check out the roster and drop us an e-mail if you'd like to help.
Ellen Cowie, one of our regular runners, joined us today to showcase her hand-crafted bags. These are being sold as part of a school enterprise for Oldmachar Academy. They'll be back on 30th November should anyone wish to support this eco-friendly enterprise.
Clare Russell, Run Director & Run Reporter
Today 301 people run, jogged and walked the course. We were joined by 36 first timers/parkun tourists.
The stars of today's show were as ever our volunteers:
Rosemary LEIPER • Jamie COVENTRY • Michelle BROWN • Emma Georgina SNEDDEN • Jim MCCURRACH • Susan COWIE • Rohit SONI • Malcolm SHENNAN • Caron SIEVEWRIGHT • Mike SIEVEWRIGHT • Bryan MILLS • John DUFF • Harry SAYERS • Ellen COWIE • Kristin MCCURRACH • Caiden THOM • Mitchell RENNIE
Special shout out to Ellen who reached her 25'th volunteer milestone today.
Next week we need a lead bike and funnel manager to complete the roster, please let us know if you can help
First male finisher was Andrew Love in 17:15
First female finisher was Kate Le Chevalier with a shiny new PB with a time of 19:38
First junior female finisher was Janani Mohan in 20:43
First male junior finisher was Jordan Cruickshank in 19:36
We had a number of runners reaching milestones today:
Running their 50'th parkrun were: David Hunter, Nigel O'Neil, Paul Bowie and Paul Gray
Junior runner Jordan Cruickshank reached his 100th milestone
Last but certainly not least, Graham Snedden, our Event Director, completed his 250th parkrun. Graham has over 100 volunteer credits to his name. Well done.
We had 41 out of a possible 265 parkrunners record PB's today. Well done to you all.
Clare Russell, regular RD and part of the Aberdeen parkrun core team, is hosting a 5k(ish) fun run on Tuesday the 9'th of April, in Seaton Park to raise funds for 'Friends of Orchard Brae'. There is no entry fee but a donation to the charity would be very much appreciated. The fun run is part of Clare's fundraising efforts as she prepares to take on the London Marathon on the 28'th of April.
Further details on the fun run can be found on the event page on Facebook:
See you all next week when Graham is your Run Director.
Bryan. RD and Run Report writer (09/03)
As much as we all love our parkrun (who wouldn’t love a free timed run?), some of us all like to engage in the more competitive side of running on occasion. With that in mind, here are a few local (ish) races over the next few months if you’d like something to aim for.
Metro Beach 10k (Tuesday 5th June)
Fraserburgh 10k (10th June)
Peterhead 5k & Half Marathon (17th June)
Stonehaven Half Marathon (1st July)
Peace Coaches Dyce Half Marathon (12th August)
Should you enter, please feel free to sign up for a volunteer slot the day before - entries accepted anytime!!
Aberdeen parkrun will hold a Christmas Day run at 9.30am on 25th December 2017.
On New Years Day Aberdeen parkrun will be at 11.00am on 1st January 2018.
This will enable the opportunity to do the now traditional double of Hazlehead parkrun at 9.30am to be followed by Aberdeen at 11.00am.
Hopefully we'll get a calm day for our parkrun on Saturday 15th July. Metro Aberdeen Running Club are providing the volunteers and have also drummed up
a raft of pacers for anyone wishing to target a PB.
Pacers will be running times from 20 mins through to 35 mins with every minute covered within this range. Hope to see you all on Saturday!
Our traditional Christmas Day parkrun will take place at 9.30am.
On New Year's Day we will start at 11.00am allowing for runners to do the double of Hazlehead at 9.30am followed by the beach at 11.00am.
Entry to the annual Metro Aberdeen Half Marathon are now open at EntryCentral:
This a friendly local event, open to all levels of runner. While a PB can't be guaranteed, a good post-race spread certainly can, so get your entries in soon!
Jo Hepburn, a research nurse, joined us today to promote the Aberdeen Vasculitis 5k which is taking place on 29th August. The event is following the parkrun route with registration beginning at 11 am, and the run or walk commencing at 12 noon.
More information on Vasculitis can be found at: www.thelaurencurrietwilightfoundation.org
Runners and walkers can sign up to enter here:
Entry to the event is free with donations or sponsorship appreciated. The organisers hope to make it a family friendly event and there will be representatives from the Owl and Pussycat Sanctuary there with owls for the children to look at and pet, and one brave soul running with an owl!
Runners and walkers of all ages including children welcome!
Get your entries in soon - entry closes on 14th August! No entry on the day for adults races.