Thanks to regular visitor to Alness parkrun Heather for writing this weeks report
As storm Dennis battered the UK with high winds and torrential rain making news headlines, runners were checking the internet looking for a park run that hadn't been cancelled to get their weekly fix.
After an early morning course inspection Alness parkrun was confirmed to be on with just a warning of icy puddles. This meant extra visitors made the journey to tackle the interesting course. We had arrived from Dorset for a Highlands holiday a few days earlier and joined the throng.
Running under the shelter of the woods at the start we were unaware of the challenge we would encounter as we headed towards the pier on the exposed narrow track. The head wind was so severe it was a case of head down and push on to the turnaround point where we were greeted by a man dressed as a cone! The relief on the return leg with the wind behind felt wonderful.
By now the ice on the puddles had been broken replaced by small patches of mud. We then followed the path by the fast flowing river Averon back through the moss covered trees and across the field to the finish. To be greeted by smiling marshals who directed us to the scanning table where freshly cut fruit was available. Afterwards we were invited back to Cafe Picante for a well deserved breakfast.
First across the line was Gordon Lennox in 16.49, second was Shaun Cumming with a PB of 17.13, third was Stewart Ferns in 18.36.
First female was Jenna Gordon with a PB of 23.20, second female was Margaret Andrews with another PB 24.24 and third female Nicola Duncan in 24.25
Juniors - First timer Reuben Lees came 1st in an amazing 20.29 with dad in hot pursuit in 20.30, second junior was Andrew Stockan in 25.01 and third and 1st girl on her first visit to Alness parkrun was Serena Lees in 26.21.
Well done all, very impressive times!