alness parkrun #123

This week 90 people ran, jogged and walked the course. 6 of them were first timers, and there were 22 personal bests on a cool but sunny course. Special mention to Maisie Lennox who in spite of a foot injury achieved a PB, as did her mum Cat in a superb time. It was great to see Vikki Thompson back again running with great style and speed only six months after having her beautiful baby. Our South African friends were back too run/walking - and it would be wonderful to see more walkers as the weather improves.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Alness parkrun results page.

As ever I'd like to thank our wonderful volunteers for giving up their morning and making this such a fun and friendly event, without them it could not happen. Special thanks to Rhona who did a great job guiding the runners and taking care of Charlie the whole time. Thanks to :

Zoe, Andrew, Rhona, Tom, Adele, Terry 'The Cone', Ros, Helen, Jim, Aileen, Alison, Marina, Lorraine, David, Emma, Kathryn, Gillian, Keith and Maxine.

Now over to Judy for the run report :

We were really fortunate to have a parkrun on 14th March, considering how many countries around the world have had to shut down their weekly events. And the weather was good, attracting a decent turnout of 90.

A few of us boasted our recently earned Inverness Half Marathon T-shirts. That event was my first half, and at times felt like I was on a seriously long Alness parkrun. There were so many faces I recognised at the start, end and along the way of that never-ending route.

Half of the top ten runners this week achieved PBs – and the other half were mostly just a few seconds short of surpassing their best. Ouch!

It was great to see some longstanding regular runners wearing different hats and volunteering. Who can resist those Facebook volunteer shout-outs that pop up towards the end of each week!

To the cheeky little chap who challenged and then pipped me at the post by just one second – we will be having a rematch


Parkrun #67

Run report for Parkrun #67 is brought to you by RD Ros (and posted late by RD Alison! Sorry folks its been a busy first week back at work!):

I'm always up and about early on Saturday mornings nowadays but this Saturday was an extra special one, first parkrun of 2019 and so we were expecting a bigger than usual turnout and it was also my birthday!  It was a lovely, calm morning, unlike last week, hardly a breath of wind and not cold, perfect running weather in fact.  The volunteers all arrived in great spirits full of Happy New Year cheer, the course was set up in the usual efficient way and come 9.15 quite a few runners were arriving in the park.  Every week we volunteers like to play the "How many will we have out running, jogging or walking the course today" game - kept revising my decision as more and more folk arrived.  In the end I settled for 92 all other guesses just slightly more conservative than mine.  All of a sudden, it was 9.25 and time to get to the start line and do the run brief and at 9.30 we were ready for the off.  Not so quick says my fellow RDs, they gave me a lovely card signed by all the volunteers and a smashing cake baked by the lovely Francois and also told me there was another cake - wow, 2 cakes! - at the scanning table baked by our lovely Gemz who wasnt even at parkrun that morning but had still managed to get the cake to the line on time.  Everyone wished me a happy birthday, it was lovely such a great start to the day, I just love parkrun!  Then, with promise of a bit of cake for everyone at the end, the parkrun got underway.  As RD you sometimes dont have an official "job" to do and I was at the funnel on Saturday, one of the nicest jobs, you get to cheer everyone home and also get to see how your guess inthe how many folk are taking part today game is going - in the end I was one out, 91 folk, a great turn out, hope to see as many next week!


Alness parkrun #26 17th March 2018

This Saturday was parkrun number 26 which marked 6 months of Parkrun at Alness. It doesnt seem that long ago we were preparing for the first Alness parkrun and hoping runners/walkers would find their way to Alness and the run would go off well. The last six months has been amazing seeing our Parkrun family grow, meeting visitors and new friends, and gathering a superb and friendly crew of volunteers who turn out each week (whatever the weather) to encourage and support runners and the run director(s) to ensure things run smoothly. It was fantastic luck that we had a visit from Douglas Mason and Craig Walker a pair of vloggers that captured the Alness route experience on our half-year-aversary! (You can find them on youtube and we have shared on our facebook page). The are both taking on a challenge to take part in all the parkruns in Scotland. Good luck to you both and hope you can return when the weather is less cold and windy! We were also hosting Donna and Gavin, new Parkrun directors from Thurso to show them the ropes as they get ready for the First Thurso parkrun on the 14th April. We wish them well and look forward to hearing news from Douglas and Craig from Thurso Parkrun in the near future.

This week 62 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 17 were first timers and 10 recorded new Personal Bests. Great effort given the conditions! Seemingly it was a bit windy along the pier ;-)  Representatives of 6 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 14 volunteers: Ros JEMMETT • Donna STEWART • Stephanie DISBURY • Gavin POWELL • Diana MACLEOD • Alison WILSON • Susan HASLAM • June HENDERSON • Erin WILMOT • Emma KILBURN • Mhairi MACLEOD • Jayne CALDWELL • Mhairi Christine MACLEOD • Naomi MUNRO

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Alness parkrun Results Page.

See you all again next Saturday!

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