Aberdeen parkrun is cancelled on 6 June 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Run Report – Event 445 – 18 January 2020

A cold but crisp Saturday played host to our 445th Aberdeen parkrun. With 35 new runners and many more New Years Resolutioners, there was a buzz of excitement in the air as our group of 373 took to the start line, including representation from 24 different clubs and 2 international visitors (Germany and Ireland).


Supporting our run today were 20 wonderful volunteers: Kay Leslie, Mark Ramsay, Paul Kevin Webster, Clare Russell, Izzie McDonald, Graham Snedden, James Cruickshank, David MacLennan, Jim McCurrach, Jane Gordon, Alistair Simpson, Mike Sievewright, Shallene Catto, Louise Brodie, John Barclay, Ceri Williams, Vivien Broughton, Mitchell Rennie, John Lemon and Katie Cunningham.


We’re all aware of the health benefits enjoyed by our runners, but did you know that volunteering also brings a range of health benefits? A 2017 study found volunteering to increase mental health by 8.5%, physical health by 9%, life satisfaction by 7.4% and social well-being by 11.1%. It also decreased depression by 4%, and was associated with wider life benefits including broader friendship circles, learning new skills and even career advancement.


So why do our Aberdeen volunteers get involved? Since our first parkrun in October 2011, over 920 people have given their time to support the event. Many start out as runners who want to give something back.


Volunteer Viv says ‘I started volunteering because I get so much out of my parkruns. It also makes it more social, and we all enjoy a drink together afterwards in the Brig of Don Inn.’


Most agree it’s the social element which keeps them coming back.


Our regular Run Report writer Cynthia enjoys getting to know the runners stories and what’s brought them along. Having facilitated a cycling group, she’s also aware of how difficult it can be to attract people into a volunteering role.


For Marshal John, this was his first time volunteering, having recently sustained an injury. Other volunteers like Louise get a double hit of health benefits by doing their 5k before the main event kicks off.


So what are you waiting for? With so many benefits, and a range volunteer roles to choose from, why not give volunteering at Aberdeen parkrun a go! You will be fully supported by our fabulous volunteer team, and can even look forward to your shiny-new volunteer T-shirt as a reward should you volunteer on 25 separate occasions. For more information, including how to get involved, visit https://www.parkrun.org.uk/aberdeen/volunteer/


Katie Cunningham

Run Report Writer


RUN REPORT: MUMS~ON~THE~RUN Aberdeen parkrun #444, January 11, 2020

Much to my surprise, the weather gods were relatively kind to Aberdeen parkrun on Saturday.  With parkrun after parkrun posting cancellations due to weather conditions, I expected parkrunners braving the winds at Aberdeen Beach might have their work cut out for them.  But, the rain held off, and the wind, though strong, wasn't too gusty. From the edge of the saddle, it was surprisingly manageable.  I was able to Lead Bike (with my trusty McHusband as my Co~Lead Bike) without blowing about too much.  And frankly, the tremendous tail wind on the second half was simply a breeze!
In total, 307 intrepid parkrunners faced the headwind challenge on the first half & were treated to a tremendous tail wind on the lower prom.
Well done to all for forging through!
Your names are up in cyberlights at:
Thanks to Vivien Broughton for infusing the First Timers' Briefing with her usual warm welcome.  38 First Timers from near & far indulged in their first Aberdeen parkrun. We hope Mr. Balmedie & our other locals enjoyed & will join us again soon.  We also hosted to visitors travelling in from Alness, Scunthorpe, South Africa, & New Zealand!  That's quite a smorgasbord of accents!  We trust our scenic beachfront views kept all our First Timers entertained on their 5k tour.  Come back soon for a visit!
Whether you are a newly minted parkrunner, or a seasoned parkrunner, always remember to bring your barcode each time you parkrun so we can put your name up in lights in the results.  No barcode, no time, no exceptions. Slip an extra barcode in your glove box, or a pocket in your running jacket.  Always have a backup plan!
A reliable source informed me that we had a newbie of the barkrunning ilk.  We hope Jack Russell "Jock" didn't have too ruff of a time in the headwind on the top prom & enjoyed getting swept along by the tail on the second half.  Welcome to the barkrunning community, Jock!  Did you know there's a Facebook page for barkrunners?
13 enterprising parkrunners breezed their way to a PB.  Job well done considering that headwind tossed quite a challenge into the mix.
Congratulations to:
Lewis Fyfe, Dave Tawse, David Barnes, Chris Green, Joshua Fraser, Will Griffiths, Ellen Boardman, Eden Taylor, Jennifer McWilliam, Lisa Dempster, Linda Cunningham, Paul Millard, & Kerry Laing.
Congratulations to these fleet of foot who blazed the trail at the front of the pack in the:
Men's Category:
1st in was Jamie Coventry for Metro Aberdeen RRC in 17:44
2nd in was Martin Mueller in 18:13
3rd in was Lewis Fyfe for Lochaber AC in 18:35 (PB!)
Women's Category:
1st in was Janani Mohan for Aberdeen AAC in 21:04
2nd in was Jennifer Duncan in 21:11
3rd in was Aimee Tawse for JogScotland Kintore in  21:38
It's quite inspirational to see juniors buckle down to complete a 5k.  Well done to all our juniors!
Congratulations to these juniors who made their mark by finishing first in the following junior categories:
JM10:  Zacharie Kowal in 24:46
JM11-14:  Archie Dunn in 32:22 (First Timer!)
JM15-17:  Patrick Lang in 19:03
JW10:  Emily Smith in 51:58 (First Timer!)
JW11-14:  Aimee Tawse in 21:38
JW15-17:  Janani Mohan in 21:04
Congratulations to Adrian T. Miles & Stephanie Flett who both parkran their way into the 100 Club on Saturday!
Adrian began his parkrun story on May 19, 2012 at Aberdeen parkrun. His 100 are comprised of 49 at Aberdeen, 24 at Hazlehead, 10 at Tilgate, 7 at East Grinstead, 3 at Higginson, 2 at Seaford Beach, and 1 each at Clair, Inverness, Uckfield, Aylesbury, & Peacehaven.  Whilst he's been ticking off a few letters in the parkrun alphabet challenge, Adrian has racked up 18 PBs along the way.  He also counts 8 total volunteer roles to his credit.  Well done on all your accomplishments Adrian!
Stephanie also began her parkrun journey at Aberdeen parkrun.  Since debuting on March 4, 2017, she has scored 6 shiny PBs.  Stephanie tallied up 36 parkruns at Ellon, 32 at Aberdeen and rounded out her 100 with 3 at Hazlehead, 2 each at Stonehaven & Crathes Castle, and 1 each at (are you ready for this...):
Montrose, Camperdown, Mount Stuart, Lochore Meadows, Elgin, Dunfermline, Kirkcaldy, St. Andrews, Falkirk, Aviemore, Edinburgh, Meadowmill, Kirkwall, Grangemoor, Portobello, Ruchill, Livingston, Perth, Plean, Bushy, Ury Riverside, Thurso, Springburn, Alness, & Bressay.
Let me put more ink in my pen.
That's quite the list!  Stephanie's parkrun tourism exploits find her just 9 shy of completing the parkrun alphabet challenge.  Juggle in 12 total volunteer roles & this parkrun aficionado shows no sign of stopping.

I suspect Stephanie might have to slow down a tad in April when another parkrunner~to~be is due in her family.
Kudos Adrian & Stephanie on entry into the 100 Club.  Enjoy your "100" T~shirts badges of honour!
The 200th parkrun doesn't trigger a milestone T~shirt, but it does trigger a parkrun round of applause.  Congratulations to Hannah Mutch who crossed the Aberdeen parkrun Finish Line for her 200th time on Saturday.  She began parkrunning with us on February 22, 2014.  All 200 of her events have been parkrun at Aberdeen.  Some may recognize Hannah's name from topping the charts with an impressive 65 First Finishes on our First Finishers' list:

She has an enviable 19:20 as her PB with a sweet 16 PBs over the course of her 200 runs.   Hannah has also dipped her fleet~of~foot toes into the volunteer pool. 15 total volunteer roles grace her parkrun resume.  We've been treated to more than Hannah's running talents, she's also been our bagpiper serenading us at the Start/Finish at a number of our New Year's Day parkruns.  We missed her piping us in this year, but have our sights set on Mutch more music in the near future.  Perhaps Hannah will pipe up for our Aberdeen parkrun birthday in October???
Kudos on your 200th Hannah!
Just 50 more before you join...
A massive congratulations to Leeann Pratt on logging her 250th parkrun on Saturday!  To add to the fanfare, it was also her 200th at Aberdeen.  Leeann began her parkrun journey on January 31, 2015 here at Aberdeen.  Her 250 are comprised of 200 at Aberdeen, 41 at Stonehaven, 4 at Hazlehead, 2 at Montrose, and 1 each at Crathes Castle, Newcastle & Ury Riverside. Along with 6 PBs gracing her stats, Leeann counts 28 total volunteer roles in her credits.  In addition, Leeann has an impressive 55 parkruns to her credit in 2019!  That's a bit of a feat in itself, but add in that Leeann has been one of our Aber~famous double buggy runners & that puts everything in perspective.  Rain or shine, wind or hail, snow or whatever silly combination Mother Nature whips up doesn't put off Leeann.  I suspect she's some sort of superhero in disguise.  We all should be so resilient.
Some may not have recognized Leeann on Saturday without her double buggy.  Her daughters have now aged out of their double buggy adventures so you'll be seeing more of Leeann cavorting about sans the

Enjoy your well deserved "250" T~shirt reward, Leeann!09165D82-5A1F-48A2-9B82-368EB18C2B0C

To say that I'm in awe of all the Mums~on~the~run would be an understatement.  As my only children are bicycles, I can't quite appreciate what juggling a fitness routine into the world of motherhood entails.   Whether our Mums are running, walking or skipping their way around the 5k parkrun courses, I take great inspiration from them.  Sometimes it's enough just to get little ol' moi around the course, let alone to entertain the thought of running with kids, pushing them in a buggy, &/or just thinking about the next thing on the agenda with kids.  How do Mums do it?  I'm convinced some sort of magic cape is involved.
On her 250th parkrun on Saturday, Leeann Pratt parkran without her 2 young daughters in tow.   I figured Leeann would jump at the chance to parkrun on her own whenever opportunity knocked. What liberation!  But, this dedicated Mum related how she had thoroughly enjoyed the company of her 2 daughters during their double buggy parkruns over the years.   Leeann mentioned how she was kept entertained by the girls' constant chatter whilst she chalked up another 5k.  What a fabulous invention this double buggy contraption has been for not just the Mums, but the Dads & other family members, too!
Meanwhile on Saturday, we had another Mum~on~the~run going...shall we say...
Stephanie, of Stephanie Flett 100th parkrun fame, added a little extra flourish to her parkrun with the addition of a baby on board.  In fact, her 100th parkrun was quite the family affair.  In addition to the baby on board, she made her way around our 5k course with fiance Callum & their 2 little ladies. Talk about balancing parkrun passion, motherhood & family life brilliantly.  To add drama to this family affair, it could even be said they went flat out on the first half.  A flat tire on the buggy left the family a tad deflated.  But have no fear!  Always have a Plan B!   Stephanie & her family continued sans wheels & sprinkled in a dash of carry on for the 3 year old.  The family's spirited gallop over the finish line was truly heartwarming.  Again, congratulations Stephanie & we look forward to meeting your newly~minted parkrunner~to~be in April!
At the helm of our 444th edition was the familiar face of Run Director Clare Russell who was donning the RD's vest for her 64th time!  That's quite the impressive number!  But check this out, Clare has also been the Volunteer Co~ordinator 91 times, Pacer & Barcode Scanner (not at the same time) to the tune of 20 times each, Russelled up the Run Reports 18 times, & clocked in to Timekeep 14 times.  But that's just a sampling of her resume of volunteer roles.  In all, she has a whopping 260 total volunteer roles to her credit over 17 distinct volunteer roles.  Since beginning her parkrun journey on January 14, 2012 at Aberdeen parkrun, Clare has racked up 11 PBs over 187 events.  Her best of the personal bests clocks in at a very enviable 19:50.
From that brief glimpse of Clare's parkrun resume, it's obvious she has invested much time (& heart & soul!) in her parkrun passion.  Clare has recently decided to step back from the Core Team at Aberdeen parkrun to free up some time for other endeavours. Clare, we thank~you from the bottom of our hearts for all you have contributed to parkrun.  We wish you well in exploring new horizons, & hope your name will still pop up on the volunteer roster from time to time.
Speaking of the volunteer roster, these 17 high~vis heroes jumped into the volunteer pool to orchestrate Saturday's edition:
Arlene ROSS  •  Bryan MILLS  •  Clare RUSSELL  •  Cynthia FRY  •  Gavin MCLENNAN  •  Izzie MCDONALD  •  James CRUICKSHANK  •  Jamie ROSS  •  Jim MCCURRACH  •  John LEMON  •  Katie CUNNINGHAM  •  Mitchell RENNIE  •  Paul Kevin WEBSTER  •  Samantha ROSS  •  Steve WILSON  •  Vivien BROUGHTON  •  William WALKER
Thank~you so much for braving the windy weather so that we 307 parkrunners could get our fix.
Aberdeen parkrun volunteers rock!
If you want to rock the high~vis volunteer vest, we're always seeking new recruits.
For your chance to take the plunge into the volunteer pool, check out our future rosters at:
Join us for our 445th edition for yet another chance to chase your PB dreams!
Happy parkrunning,
Cynthia Fry,

Aberdeen parkrun, Event number 443: 4th January 2020

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.


Personal Bests

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


New Year’s Day 2020 Run Report

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...

1.  Great Beginnings2. 630  Rompers

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.

5. Queue Time

Check out the attendance figures at our New Year's Day Aberdeen parkruns:
2013: 43
2014: 126
2015: 132
2016: 185
2017: 212
2018: 321
2019: 479
2020: 630
From humble beginnings, we've mushroomed into epic proportions!
What better way to welcome so many....

6. Scan Queue

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.
What an epic leap into 2020 for these frontrunners finishing 1,2,3 in the :

3. Frontrunner

Men's Category:
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

Women's Category:
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

Congratulations speed-stars!

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...


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.
Gotcha, Paul!
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!


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.

8.Giving the twirl awhirl!

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!

9.  Ellon Elves going for the Gold!

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.

11. Tail Walker Michaela

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.

13. Think~Tank in Overtime

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

12. Some Magic Team Spirit


4. Lead Biker Chick Amy

7.  Carolyn & Helen to the Res~Queue!

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!

Cynthia Fry

15. Cynthia on the Double


Aberdeen parkrun: Event number 441, 28th December 2019

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.

Looking Ahead

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!


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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.


Aim High

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,
Clare Russell