Bressay parkrun is cancelled on 2021-03-06 – COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

CANCELLED until further notice

** Bressay parkrun CANCELLED until further notice**

We have decided it is necessary to cancel Bressay parkrun until further notice in the interests of Public Health following the increasing number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Shetland. Please share this post.

We appreciate that this is extremely disappointing and we will all miss our Saturday morning parkrun and Speldiburn Cafe fix, but we look forward to receiving an all-clear from Public Health and parkrun HQ as to when we can recommence.

Please watch this space for further announcements.

Rest assured, as soon as we get the green light we'll get the word out that it’s back on.

Please stay safe and be kind folks.


07.03.20 #108

Bressay parkrun celebrated International Women’s Day in style with a fantastic 48 runners, walkers and joggers completing the course in distinctly soggy conditions! We were particularly thrilled to welcome 13 first timers today with new folk from all over Shetland and further afield including Rutherglen, Skye and Swansea.
The cheery Anderson High School Couch to 5K group did absolutely brilliantly and it was wonderful to help them celebrate achieving such a milestone. Congratulations to you all and we hope you’ll come to many more parkruns! Well done also to Mandy Phillips for all her encouragement and coaching (and the excellent millionaire’s shortbread!)
We also want to give a big shout out to our visitor Karen Penny who is walking 20,000 miles around the UK in aid of Alzheimer’s Research. Karen has already raised almost £60,000 and it was an absolute pleasure to share a few of those miles with her. We wish her all the best for her travels and you can find out more about her walk at: To donate, visit
Bressay parkrun’s volunteers are an enthusiastic and hardy bunch, even when tested by wind, rain and hail. None more so than Holden Hall whose cheery encouragement from his marshal post at the shop is always a highlight of a parkrun. Holden celebrated his birthday this week and we would like to wish him all the best from all at Bressay parkrun.
With the (frankly miserable) conditions, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the going might be slow but 2 people still managed new personal bests! It was a welcome return to parkrun for Eldon Wigram who was today’s first finisher and Leanne Gear was the first female over the line. Well done to you both!
As ever, Bressay parkrun is only as good as its volunteers and today you were all OUTSTANDING! From setting up the course to making the best bacon rolls in Shetland, we are so grateful for your continued support and commitment, whatever the weather. Thank you!
Our wonderful volunteers today were:

CANCELLED 29.02.20

CANCELLED today 29.02.20!! Sorry folks, the weather is horrendous so unfortunately we have to cancel today. Please let anyone who was thinking to get the 9am ferry know! 


22.02.20 #107

It was touch and go whether we would go ahead with parkrun in this week’s windy gale, high seas, hail and snow! However, we donned our survival suits (literally) and set up the course. We were delighted to see our efforts were worth it as 31 people joined us to run, jog and walk the course, of whom 7 were first timers and 3 recorded new personal bests. We also had the privilege of celebrating Bressay stalwart Leanne Gear’s 30th. She even made first female finisher despite having some late night celebrations yesterday!

Other visitors today came from Liverpool, Edinburgh, Portland and Peterhead. The weather gods did us a favour and brought us a pile of stranded sailors from the the Budding Rose and North Sea Atlantic boats. Many thanks to the cafe and brilliant ferry crew who all kept us fed, warm and moving in the wildest parkrun conditions we’ve had in a long time. There even had to be repairs to our signs afterwards as they made a break for freedom in the high winds! Well done everyone!!

Next week is expected to have some interesting sights as it will be the aftermath of the Bressay Up Helly Aa! All Vikings and other leftovers of the festivities would be most welcome to come and entertain us both on the route and at the cafe afterwards. Happy BUHA to you all and all the best to James Anderson and his squad!

The event was made possible by 17 tremendous volunteers:

Charlotte BLACK • Susan LINKLATER • Kate WILLS • Hannah BATESON • Lesley ROBERTS • Kathy KELLY • Noel KELLY • Anne BATESON • John BATESON • Mairi THOMSON • Babs ROSS • Elizabeth EDWARDS • Wendy BORRILL • Janice BURGESS • Richard INGREY • Holden HALL • Juergen KURTZ • Mal SMITH


15.02.20  #106

32 hardy folk battled against the strong southerly wind to walk, jog and even run the course today. (At times ‘running’ felt more like jogging on the spot!) We were delighted to welcome 2 first timers / visitors, one of whom, Cherrilyn, swapped a Queensland 32 degrees C  for the Bressay 5 degrees (although we suspect the strong gusts of 46mph must have made it seem even colder!). Congratulations to Cherrilyn for completing her first ever Parkrun – let’s hope we’ve not put her off!

The first finisher today was 12 year old Layla Todd. We think she is our youngest first finisher so far! Thank you also to Layla for being volunteer co-ordinator today and working hard on  the ferry to encourage folk to volunteer for future weeks. Despite the stormy conditions, there was also still one new personal best today, recorded by Bruce Cleminson who put in a speedy walk and a strong finish!

Today’s event was made possible by 19 fabby volunteers. Thank you to all of you for being prepared to give up your time on such a coarse day – without you there would be no running milestones!  We hope those of you who were outside have now thawed out. At this time of year volunteers open the charity shop and the cafe especially for Parkrun on a Saturday. The cakes and hot food are amazing (I can vouch that Noel's fried egg rolls are superb!) and thoroughly appreciated by runners and volunteers alike.

This week's volunteers were:

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Adam CZARNOBAY • Hannah BATESON • Noel KELLY • Derek ROSS • Maureen BURKE • Elizabeth EDWARDS • Amanda SINCLAIR • Norrie LYALL • Moraig LYALL • Susie FOX • Layla TODD • Julie JOHNSON • Mandy PHILLIPS • Jan HOWARD • Lois PHILLIPS • Esther HOWARD • Ellie HOWARD • Karen FRASER • Holden HALL

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

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