29.06.19 #73

Fortunately the fog began to lift as our 64 parkrun participants set off along the course today, of whom 19 were first timers and 18 recorded new Personal Bests. The visitors came from Horsham, Nottingham, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Glasgow, Ireland, New Zealand and beyond! Representatives of 8 different clubs took part. The prams were out again with the milder weather and less wind in Bressay than anywhere else in Shetland today. Donna Mainland was commended for managing to run with one child on her shoulders, one on her hand and another in a buggy - fantastic! Charlotte Black has recently returned from the West Highland Way Ultra marathon and coincidentally bumped into a parkrun tourist who had handed her a jelly baby during her almost 22hr long challenge last weekend. Well done Charlotte! Next week we look forward to possibly welcoming our 1000th newbie to Bressay parkrun - a real milestone for our event and we are now only 19 newbies away from it.. Who will it be though? Definitely bring a friend next weekend!

The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:

Mervyn LINKLATER • Kate WILLS • Sophie WHITEHEAD ROBERTSON • Ann THOMSON • Kathy KELLY • Noel KELLY • Anne BATESON • John BATESON • Maureen BURKE • Babs ROSS • Elizabeth EDWARDS • Amanda SINCLAIR • Louise ANDERSON • Susie FOX • Janice BURGESS • Emily GIFFORD • Martin HENDERSON

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

The female record is held by Jenny BANNERMAN who recorded a time of 18:17 on 20th October 2018 (event number 39).
The male record is held by Steve DAYE who recorded a time of 16:39 on 2nd February 2019 (event number 53), and by Matthew O'CONNOR who also recorded a time of 16:39 on 22nd June 2019 (event number 72).
The Age Grade course record is held by Susan LINKLATER who recorded 88.63% (22:52) on 29th June 2019 (event number 73).

Bressay parkrun started on 20th January 2018. Since then 981 participants have completed 3,158 parkruns covering a total distance of 15,790 km, including 596 new Personal Bests. A total of 148 individuals have volunteered 1,102 times.

 

22.06.19 #72

Bressay parkrun no. 72 report – In search of the midnight sun

This run report comes from Simon, parkrun tourist from Manchester.

My favourite time of the year is around June 21, the longest day. Since I was a child, I have wanted to see the midnight sun. I have never got round to arranging to do so but this spring I was planning a trip to Norway for the weekend of 22 June to run the Tromso midnight half marathon. Not wanting to miss parkrun, though, I was also looking at running parkrun in Oslo before flying to Tromso for the half marathon at 10.30pm. However, travel plans became a bit too complicated and I decided on a trip to Shetland instead for the summer solstice.

And what a fine decision that was too. We arrived in Lerwick Friday morning on the ferry from Aberdeen and had time to explore the town that day. On Saturday we got the 8 am ferry to Bressay to allow more time on the island. On the ferry we met Marjorie Winter, who not only was celebrating her fiftieth run but also the birth of a granddaughter on the Friday. 

Having arrived on Bressay at 8.10 am, thatallowed us to explore a little. Usually we like to walk the course after running a new parkrun. This time we walked to the finish area before heading back to the start to meet the rest of the runners on the 9 am ferry.  

Fifty five runners set off and they were all seen home by Mandy, the tail walker. There were other visitors from Hastings, Horsham, Rickmansworth, LeedsBushy Park amongst other places. The highest age grade came from the first finisher, Matthew O’Connor, who equalled the course record previously single-handedly held by Bressay parkrun stalwart Steve Daye. 

After the run it was time for tea, cake and chat at the Speldiburn Café and before long it was sadly time to head back for the 11.30 am ferry as we had to check out of our hotel. 

I may not have seen the midnight sun (I was peering out from our hotel room at 11.25 pm on Friday evening, saying “It’s still a bit light over there”) but I had a memorable trip to and a lovely weekend in a beautiful part of the world. I wish we had gone for longer now.

A big thanks as ever to all the Bressay hi-vizhero volunteers who made the parkrun magic happen on Saturday. You can be a hero too and offer to volunteer and earn a 25 volunteer t-shirt after 25 volunteer stints. 

I wish Bressay parkrun every success, with plenty of volunteers, runners and good weather. I shall be recommending a visit to Shetland and Bressay parkrun to all parkrun tourists.

Simon Harrop 

 

15.06.19 #71

Bressay parkrun #71 saw the return of sunshine and plenty of running visitors in the isles for the Simmer Dim half marathon. With the fine conditions, 76 people walked, ran or jogged the course and an impressive 28 were first timers to Bressay! Representatives of 16 different running clubs took part - our highest yet and clear evidence of the reach of the Shetland running scene.

Visitors this week came from all over the UK including Preston, Barton upon Humber, Aberdeen, Inverness, Penarth and Sheffield. A parkrun tourist, Scott Sumner, set the pace with an excellent time of 18:54 and there were 7 new personal bests recorded. Bressay stalwart, Derek Ross, also put in a sterling effort to achieve his 50th parkrun. Well done Derek!

As always, we want to say a big thank you to all the volunteers who make Bressay parkrun and the Speldiburn cafe run so smoothly. This week's volunteers were:

Susan LINKLATER • Hannah BATESON • Ann THOMSON • Lesley ROBERTS • Kathy KELLY • Noel KELLY • Kayleigh GEAR • Kenneth GROAT • Derek ROSS • Maureen BURKE • Babs ROSS • Amanda SINCLAIR • Moraig LYALL • Susie FOX • Janice BURGESS • James MACLEOD • Arthur BURGESS • Frank MILLER

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

The female record is held by Jenny BANNERMAN who recorded a time of 18:17 on 20th October 2018 (event number 39).
The male record is held by Steve DAYE who recorded a time of 16:39 on 2nd February 2019 (event number 53).
The Age Grade course record is held by Susan LINKLATER who recorded 87.67% (23:07) on 6th October 2018 (event number 37).

Bressay parkrun started on 20th January 2018. Since then 934 participants have completed 3,039 parkruns covering a total distance of 15,195 km, including 577 new Personal Bests. A total of 144 individuals have volunteered 1,065 times.

 

08.06.19 #70

Bressay parkrun #70 was busy and bustling as usual with 42 people running, jogging or walking the course. We were thrilled to have 12 first timers to Bressay parkrun and a special mention must go to Cleo Gifford who completed her first park run just in time for her 6th birthday. Andrew Bailey also did well completing his first ever parkrun anywhere with a time of 20:23 and coming in third. Well done to you both!

Personal bests were few and far between this week but John Borrill, Wendy Borrill and Liz Polson all ran well to achieve new personal best times. In total, representatives of 7 different clubs took part with visitors from as far away as Sheffield.

We were delighted to hear that some Bressay parkrun regulars had excellent weekends elsewhere. Reece Black continued the trend of Shetlanders achieving good results at Kirkwall parkrun, earning first place with a time of 18:25. Bressay stalwarts Leanne Gear and Jamie Tomlinson ventured further afield and completed a parkrun in Canada.

As always, we are immensely grateful to the volunteers who make Bressay parkrun such a success week in week out. This week’s volunteers were:

Adam CZARNOBAY • Hannah BATESON • Ann THOMSON • Judith PINNICK • Kathy KELLY • Noel KELLY • Ingrid SANDISON • Derek ROSS • Maureen BURKE • Babs ROSS • Amanda SINCLAIR • Susie FOX • Julie JOHNSON • Janice BURGESS • Emma COURTIER

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

The female record is held by Jenny BANNERMAN who recorded a time of 18:17 on 20th October 2018 (event number 39).
The male record is held by Steve DAYE who recorded a time of 16:39 on 2nd February 2019 (event number 53).
The Age Grade course record is held by Susan LINKLATER who recorded 87.67% (23:07) on 6th October 2018 (event number 37).

Bressay parkrun started on 20th January 2018. Since then 906 participants have completed 2,963 parkruns covering a total distance of 14,815 km, including 570 new Personal Bests. A total of 144 individuals have volunteered 1,047 times.

 

01.06.19 #69

We were delighted to welcome 14 first time visitors from Aberdeenshire, Belfast, Derbyshire, Inverness, London, Preston, Somerset, Surrey, with one person from as far away as New York plus some locals from Lerwick, Scalloway and Tresta. We had several milestones reached ; Susan Linklater ran her 50th parkrun, and two Bressay residents Anahareo Page and Melanie Tulloch ran their 10th parkrun. We also had Adam Guest who started his birthday celebrations with his 36th parkrun. This week 54 people ran, jogged or walked the course, of which 12 recorded new Personal Bests and representatives from 10 different clubs took part.

Thank you to our wonderful volunteers Andrew FOX • Kate WILLS • Hannah BATESON • Ann THOMSON • Lesley ROBERTS • Kathy KELLY • Noel KELLY • Kenny GROAT • Mairi THOMSON • June MOULDER • Maureen BURKE • Julie JOHNSON • Janice BURGESS • Ertie BURGESS • Janice DUNN who made today’s event happen.

 

25.05.19 #68

Bressay parkrun continues to attract people from far and wide, and this week was no exception with visitors from as far away as Australia! In total, 74 people ran, jogged and walked the course for parkrun #68 and racked up an impressive 19 personal bests!

We were thrilled to welcome 33 first timers with visitors from all over the UK including (but not limited to!) Devon, Hampshire and Norfolk. Among our visitors today was a gentleman completing his 100th different parkrun and a lady completing the Bressay course to get a B for her A-Z of parkruns. Our own Frank Miller also had a brilliant week, setting a new personal best time of 20:27 and with it achieving a national level age grade score of 80.52%. Well done to you all!

We're aware that a rogue token initially affected the results but hopefully we've corrected any errors now and thanks for bearing with us on this. Let us know if you think your time might still not be right by emailing bressay@parkrun.com

Once again we want to say a massive thank you to all our volunteers who put in such a sterling effort week in and week out. Thank you, we really appreciate it! This week's volunteers were:

Charlotte BLACK • Kate WILLS • Andrea JEROMSON • Hannah BATESON • Kathy KELLY • Noel KELLY • Anne BATESON • John BATESON • Kenneth GROAT • June MOULDER • Maureen BURKE • Babs ROSS • Susie FOX • Julie JOHNSON • Richard INGREY • Janice DUNN • Karen SAUNDERS

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

The female record is held by Jenny BANNERMAN who recorded a time of 18:17 on 20th October 2018 (event number 39).
The male record is held by Steve DAYE who recorded a time of 16:39 on 2nd February 2019 (event number 53).
The Age Grade course record is held by Susan LINKLATER who recorded 87.67% (23:07) on 6th October 2018 (event number 37).

Bressay parkrun started on 20th January 2018. Since then 880 participants have completed 2,867 parkruns covering a total distance of 14,335 km, including 555 new Personal Bests. A total of 144 individuals have volunteered 1,017 times.

 

 

18.05.19 #67

Bressay parkrun #67 was all about the first timers with 27 new people completing the course today! It therefore seemed fitting when Bryan Garrick led the runners home on his first parkrun outing and with a superb time of 18:08.

Altogether, 64 people ran, jogged and walked the course and the calm conditions made for 19 personal bests. Well done everyone! We were thrilled to welcome visitors from as far away as Glasgow, Lincoln, Cambridgeshire, and Manchester. Closer to home, it was great to see new runners and walkers from Gulberwick, Sandwick and Lerwick too.

Bressay parkrun is entirely run by vounteers and we hit a briliant milestone today as 142 people have now volunteered on an amazing 1,000 separate occasions! We know that our fantastic and friendly volunteers are what make Bressay parkrun so special and we'd like to say a massive thank you to you all, you're wonderful!

The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:

Andrew FOX • Mervyn LINKLATER • Leanne GEAR • Hannah BATESON • Ann THOMSON • Anne BATESON • Kayleigh GEAR • Maureen BURKE • Elizabeth EDWARDS • Amanda SINCLAIR • Norrie LYALL • Moraig LYALL • Gillian BRIDLE • Janice BURGESS • Jamie TOMLINSON • James MACLEOD • Eloise SMITH

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

The female record is held by Jenny BANNERMAN who recorded a time of 18:17 on 20th October 2018 (event number 39).
The male record is held by Steve DAYE who recorded a time of 16:39 on 2nd February 2019 (event number 53).
The Age Grade course record is held by Susan LINKLATER who recorded 87.67% (23:07) on 6th October 2018 (event number 37).

Bressay parkrun started on 20th January 2018. Since then 847 participants have completed 2,793 parkruns covering a total distance of 13,965 km, including 536 new Personal Bests. A total of 142 individuals have volunteered 1,000 times.

 

11.05.19 #66

It was a wet 66th Bressay parkrun but this did not deter the 51 people who ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 13 were first timers and 9 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 7 different clubs took part. Well done to Ross Work who ran his 10th Bressay parkrun , was first over the finish line and got a personal best time. We welcomed visitors from Edinburgh,York, Fetlar and also many of the crew filming Island Medics; thankfully without their cameras.

The event was made possible by 16 volunteers who between them were race directors, timekeepers, marshals, finish token person, barcode scanners and not forgetting all the wonderful folk at Speldiburn Café.

Many thanks to today’s volunteers who were Mervyn LINKLATER • Hannah BATESON • Ann THOMSON • Lesley ROBERTS • Anne BATESON • John BATESON • Kayleigh GEAR • Kenneth GROAT • Ian THOMSON • Elizabeth EDWARDS • Amanda SINCLAIR • Susie FOX • Janice BURGESS • Emma COURTIER • Kayti JEROMSON • James MACLEOD

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Bressay parkrun Results Page https://www.parkrun.org.uk/bressay/results/latestresults/

 

04/05/2019 #65

Bressay parkrun #65 was cold and windy for the 42 people who ran, jogged and walked the course. There were 13 first timers and 6 recorded new Personal Bests and we had representatives from 9 different clubs. A warm welcome was given to two early arrivals via Northlink; Fred from Linford near Southend-on-sea and also Ellen from Bishops Stortford. We also had visitors from Portland, Oregan, Birmingham, Manchester, Fife, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Tingwall. Congratulations to Richard Ingrey who ran his 10th Bressay parkrun. It was Happy 31st Birthday to Emily. Well done to Darth Vader who ran aka Andrew Fox plus dogs Darth Vader and Darth Maul. Special thanks to the Speldiburn Cafe volunteers who do an awesome job.

The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:

Andrew Brian WHITE • Andrea JEROMSON • Ann THOMSON • Noel KELLY • Anne BATESON • Derek ROSS • Maureen BURKE • Babs ROSS • Elizabeth EDWARDS • David EDWARDS • Amanda SINCLAIR • Susie FOX • Kristen JEROMSON • Julie JOHNSON • Janice BURGESS • James MACLEOD

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

The female record is held by Jenny BANNERMAN who recorded a time of 18:17 on 20th October 2018 (event number 39).
The male record is held by Steve DAYE who recorded a time of 16:39 on 2nd February 2019 (event number 53).
The Age Grade course record is held by Susan LINKLATER who recorded 87.67% (23:07) on 6th October 2018 (event number 37).

Bressay parkrun started on 20th January 2018. Since then 814 participants have completed 2,678 parkruns covering a total distance of 13,390 km, including 508 new Personal Bests. A total of 140 individuals have volunteered 967 times.

 

27.04.19 #64

It was bright and sunny for Bressay parkrun #64.  The first arrival by the finish line was a lamb, born in the field next to the finish line as we awaited the first two legged arrival, Eldon Wigram followed closely by Ryan Thomason. The first woman home was Samantha Potter.  We welcomed visitors from Folkstone, Hampshire, Newcastle and Chris Barkway from Nottingham running his 250th parkrun. Local first timers were from Lerwick, Weisdale and a very enthusiastic group from Whalsay. In total 65 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 11 were first timers and 18 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 5 different clubs took part..

Before the start we sang Happy Birthday to our stalwart volunteer and photographer John Bateson who may even have taken a shot of us singing. As always the Speldiburn Cafe volunteers ensured everybody was well fed and watered with bacon /egg /sausage rolls, amazing cakes and fancies.

We very much appreciate our 16 volunteers who made today's event possible:

Andrew FOX • Leanne GEAR • Hannah BATESON • Ann THOMSON • Noel KELLY • Anne BATESON • John BATESON • Ian THOMSON • Mairi THOMSON • June MOULDER • Maureen BURKE • Elizabeth EDWARDS • Susan FOX • Janice BURGESS • Eloise SMITH • Janice DUNN

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

The female record is held by Jenny BANNERMAN who recorded a time of 18:17 on 20th October 2018 (event number 39).
The male record is held by Steve DAYE who recorded a time of 16:39 on 2nd February 2019 (event number 53).
The Age Grade course record is held by Susan LINKLATER who recorded 87.67% (23:07) on 6th October 2018 (event number 37).

Bressay parkrun started on 20th January 2018. Since then 801 participants have completed 2,636 parkruns covering a total distance of 13,180 km, including 502 new Personal Bests. A total of 138 individuals have volunteered 951 times.