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!