Drumpellier Country parkrun is cancelled on 4 April 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Drumpellier Country Parkrun #33 – 14/3/20 – Run Report

With Cheltenham ending yesterday and the vast majority of sporting events around the UK being cancelled or on hold due to the Covid19 pandemic, the eyes of the sporting world turned to Coatbridge and the 33rd edition of the Drumpellier Country Parkrun. One hundred and eighty five (185) took part in very good conditions for this time of year – dry under foot and overcast overhead - under the guidance of run director Cara Sullivan and her band of excellent volunteers. Remarkably, there were 45 personal bests amongst the runners and walkers this time round.

And they're off!

And they're off!

This morning saw a number of Parkrun tourists from Linwood, Edinburgh and London, to name a few. Matt Garner from North London completed his 205th Parkrun and has chalked up more than a hundred different venues throughout the UK. Amongst the first timers were Ethan Kidd (aged 7) and his dad, Scott. Ethan also gets involved in junior Parkrun and was delighted to have ran todays course in less than 30 minutes. He was on his way for a well-deserved Empire biscuit treat! Other notable runs were had by Elaine Kennedy, Gordon Christie and Richard Baird – who all managed to smash their previous best runs.

Sheena enjoying her run!

Sheena enjoying her run!

Johanna MacIver had a good run round the park with her well behaved and playful beagle, Lucy. Alistair Macintosh was happy with his time and plans to challenge himself with another shot at Plean Parkrun in the near future ……..good luck with that one Alistair! Locals and siblings, Berny and Frank, had very strong finishes on the last long sweeping corner. No idea where their final shot of energy came from, perhaps the marshals encouragement on the last corner helped. Frank, in particular, is really feeling the benefit of starting to run again in his local park.

Some happy parkrunners!

Some happy parkrunners!

Very impressive runs were had by husband and wife, Lewis and Morag Miller. Lewis was first male finisher with a PB of 17.33 and Morag was first female finisher in a time of 19.32. Exciting times ahead for Morag and Lewis as they are expecting their first child in May. Wishing them lots of luck on their parenting journey - you never know, they may have a future Olympian on their hands! Another family out running this morning was Stephen, Jennifer and Malin. Stephen was glad to not be pushing the buggy around the hills of Tollcross this morning and is rapidly bearing down on his black t-shirt.
A massive well done to the organisers, volunteers and participants from today. Another successful morning with everyone benefitting physically and psychologically from todays event. We look forward to seeing you all again soon - keep your fingers crossed (and washed) for next week.

Morag and Thomas McCabe
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The Colour Purple

Drumpellier Country parkrun
Event number 32
7th March 2020report by Jules Collins
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So today is international woman’s day, and lots of participants yesterday chose to celebrate the event by wearing purple - why purple? It has become an international symbol for women since the origination of purple, green, and white as a symbol of women's equality from the Women's Social and Political Union since the start of the last centaury.

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And there was an array of purple today - every shade and every item of clothing from trainers to hoodies to leggings and tee-shirts. Some people went all out top to toe in purple. It was great to the guys were sporting it as well as the girls!
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It was a driech morning at Drumpellier park, with a smattering of rain and wind but the course had dried out a good bit from last week and so the going was good.

Our RD – Dougie did the introductory honours – we had 207 participants who ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 55 were first timers. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part. 2 milestones were announced for David Lyttle completing his 50th parkrun on the eve of his 50th birthday and Graham McCabe completing his 200th. He also introduced the Newton Road runners club who got a big cheer as they had a graduation class of c25k runners taking on their first 5k and parkrun and then it was 3,2,1 and we were off!

As I was running round the two laps of this course, with all the purple garb around me, it got me thinking about the significance of the colour because as well as IWD, parkrun is also rooted in purple from the logo location signs, to the finishing tags and even the buckets we use to collect the tags at Drumpellier are purple.
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parkrun is the most inclusive activity I know, welcoming everyone of all ages and abilities, dogs and prams are also welcome.  Fitting then that people were celebrating International Woman’s Day at parkrun.  Some were celebrating more than others, with 52 people achieving personal bests. The Newton Runners were also celebrating their couch to 5k graduation with their helium balloons and in the café tucking into coffee, rolls and sausage and the now famous empire biscuits.
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Having been a graduate of this particular school too also at the end of December at the age of 51, I have every admiration for anyone embarking and achieving this journey from couch to 5k.

But none of this would be possible without the volunteers. This week after my run I was token sorting in the café and as I placed them all out on the table, I noticed that each token was proclaiming “I belong to parkrun” and I thought on a Saturday morning – we all do
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The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:
Linda WALLACE • Michelle HUMPHREYS • David Gordon SLATER • John FRIEL • David MURRAY • Cara SULLIVAN • Kirsty HUGHES • Douglas HOLMES • Cheryl HOLMES • Becky MACPHEE • David WALLACE • Elspeth FERGUSON • Deacon Bill MCMILLAN • Lynda MURRAY • Emma CLARK • Hannah STEVENSON • David STEVENSON • Jules COLLINS • Stephen MOONEY

 

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“It Must Be Love, Love, Love”

Storm Dennis has arrived today but a massive 210 of us still love to run in all types of weather!

So, what’s to love about Drumpellier Country parkrun?

Firstly, the setting of the course is beautiful and is a mixture of tarmac and trails on a 2 lap course. Despite the weather, the view at the Loch this morning was inviting.

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We all love the volunteers at parkrun. Every week, it takes a large number of volunteers to make sure the event can go ahead. We need our Hi Viz heroes to help and it is always good to take a turn in between running. All jobs are straightforward and support is always given. We welcome everyone to parkrun, so why not give volunteering a go? I’m writing this Run Report for this first time, so there’s a first time for everything.

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It is always good to welcome First Timers and Tourists to Drumpellier Country parkrun. This week we had an amazing 42 First Timers – welcome everyone. We love having visitors and welcome those new to parkrun for the first time ever. Very special mention to Kirsty Heath who joined us from Seewog, Germany this morning.

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Special thanks to Ken, our Run Director this morning, for keeping us all safe today and for organising everything from kit, to volunteers, to results. We love all the work that the Run Directors do to keep parkrun going every week – thank you.

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And so to the participants. We love that at parkrun you can run, jog or walk. It is definitely an inclusive, community event. Our front runners were raring to go this morning.

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Sheena was our Tail Walker this morning. We love that you looked after everyone and brought us all back safe. It doesn’t matter if you are first, somewhere in the middle or with the Tail Walker – it’s all about being part of the event. Tail Walking is a great role that allows you to gain a participation credit and also a volunteer credit, so why not give it a go?

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Next it was out on the course. Thankfully, the trails were protected from the storm and the running conditions were good this morning. We love the scenery of the trails and the changing seasons always bring such beauty to this parkrun.

 

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If you are celebrating a milestone, we can give you a special mention. Special shout out to Grace Gallagher who was celebrating her Junior 10 today and also managed to get a PB. We love that you can celebrate milestones with us, but every time you take part, you are completing our own personal milestone, so well done everyone.

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For many, parkrun is not just about the run, jog or walk. It is also about spending time with friends and getting a wee catch up. We would love it if you could join us in the café afterwards – everyone is welcome.

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So, I have loved writing this Run Report today. It’s another way that you can run and also volunteer on the same day. I can thoroughly recommend the empire biscuits in the café – they are just lovely.

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So, thank you all for coming. It was lovely being with you all. Please come back, bring a friend, volunteer, join us in the café and enjoy our parkrun. You can contact us at drumpelliercountryhelpers@parkrun.com

I hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Julie Gallagher
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Event 29 Run Report: “Seriously…?”

Being relatively new to parkrun, one question I had before I started, was how seriously those involved took parkrun.

I read in awe during the week that the World record for a woman’s parkrun was broken by – Charlotte Arter in Cardiff at 15 mins 49 secs, now that was serious run! But she is an Olympic athlete, so what about everyone else?

Serious enough to run 100 parkruns? Well Drumpellier’s own Dougie Holmes and Dave Slater chalked that off last weekend, and I was proud to be part of the run that day. But there was coffee, cake and chat afterwards and it seems parkrunners are as serious about their cake as they are running.

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Serious enough to avoid a beer on a Friday night ? – well for some maybe, but I am glad that when I was out with my son last Friday night, (who I would call a serious runner) and fellow parkrunner – he had a beer, meant that I felt like I could too!

This week though, I decided not to run but to volunteer. I am not fast enough to do both for many volunteer positions and so I thought I would do my bit and skip the run this week in favour of barcode scanning. What an experience, I seriously didn't think I would find it as satisfying as I did (you see what I did there?) Once I downloaded the app and had a few practice sessions I was ready to go and duly turned up at 9am for the volunteer briefings.

This event was made possible by 16 other volunteers:

Karen CONNAL • Emma MAIN • Maria HUNTER • Linda WALLACE • Michelle HUMPHREYS • David Gordon SLATER • Ken ECCLESON • Claire BRADY • Claire MCDINES • Becky MACPHEE • David MACPHEE • David WALLACE • Elspeth FERGUSON • Norah MOONEY • Ian BEGGS • Stephen MOONEY as well as myself.

I had been watching the weather forecast earlier in the week with threats of serious weather in Storm Ciara on the horizon, and concerns for parkrun cancellations. However, as it happened on the day it was calmer than expected, the wind died down a bit and was only a challenge to the participants on the open stretches around the Loch.

It was around 7 degrees (without the wind-chill factor) and this rare winter Scottish phenomenon appeared in the sky, just before everyone set off. I think they call it Sunshine! Dave Slater was RD for the day and after briefing the 39 newbies (9 brand new to parkrun and 30 other first time visitors to Drumpellier), he went off to brief a field of 244 participants and welcomed 31 different clubs to the event. The biggest visiting club were the Kirkintilloch Olympians with 24 members taking part. There was a big shout out for Amanda Brown as it was her 50th event.

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This week I got a completely different perspective on the run, for the first time I could witness the start line and with a little jostling going on, I knew this was going to be an exciting event with the Olympians keen to be in the pole positions. These guys were certainly taking it seriously. Then 3, 2, 1 and they were off.

Now when I run the event it feels like it takes forever – well about 34 minutes but that feels like a lifetime, but watching it and being part of the scanning team it just flew by. Ken was on the stopwatch and we saw the front-runners come round the bend of the first lap at about 8 minutes, neck and neck with each other, in no time at all they were heading our way and it was time to take up our positions.

There was a real sprint for the finish with Phillip McCaig 17:19, taking first place from Andrew Kirk, Robert Gilroy and Graham McCabe, all coming in within 5 seconds of each other. The guys put their all into the last 100m and by the time they came to scan in they were punch drunk throwing barcodes in any order at us. I thought that’s exactly how I feel when I get to a scanner and can never get it in the right order, because your brain isn’t responding to anything apart from getting over the line.

Sara Nunney 20.13 was first lady across and then there were a number of dog handlers and people were coming in thick and fast and the pressure was on for all the volunteers to manage the funnel, timing and scanning. The lovely thing was though that most runners thanked us for volunteering, made it all worthwhile.

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I have a couple of special shout-outs as well as those above, there were two young boys, running with their parents, and I was amazed to see them cross the finish line of a 5k event – they must have been less than 8 years old and one had fallen but he’d picked himself up and kept going to the end.

But my inspiration of the day was absolutely Lorraine McInnes, whose family were at the finish line cheering her on and as they shouted “come on you are 90 seconds ahead of your PB” – she corrected them in no uncertain terms with a huge smile, after checking her watch, “I’m 2 minutes ahead!”

There were another 72 participants who achieved a personal best as well as Lorraine, including Craig Fleming who ran his 200th parkrun with us.

So what is my conclusion, do parkrunners take parkrun seriously? Yes they do, whether they are volunteering, walking, running, jogging, trying to beat their PB, pushing a pram or talking the dog around, they all take it seriously but with the amount of laughter and fun observed, I know that no-one takes themselves too seriously!

PS. A quick reminder that Maria, one of the core team, and a volunteer yesterday is running her 250th parkrun on the 29th February and your support on the day would “seriously” be appreciated.

Jules Collins
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Event #28 – The one with the milestones

3,2,1 Go!

parkrun is for everyone, that’s the motto! 

Do I believe it??...YES I DO! 

My opinion is that I believe it’s the biggest physical activity movement in my lifetime but guess what? I’m late to the party as some would say as parkrun started back in 2004 and I didn’t record a run until 2017 but more on my personal journey later. 

Back to today. Now the weather was not kind to us as we arrived but it’s winter in Scotland so it was never going to dampen the enthusiasm and the rain actually subsided just before we started. it was great to see 252 of you out there on the course today. We are lucky here at Drumpellier as the tree lined course provides us with a natural barrier to the elements and it was great to take advantage of that this morning.

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RD Julie excelling her run brief

As always huge thank you to all of the high viz heroes today braving those conditions for the set up, what a job! Special mention to Julie our RD for today for the early updates and on overseeing another seamless event. This is another positive about this parkrun journey, it has allowed me to give something back to other runners through being part of something in my local community. Volunteering is so rewarding and I’d encourage you to support the events from time to time. The roles are fully explained and easy to facilitate. If you’d like to volunteer then please email Drumpelliercountry@parkrun.com with your name and barcode number. The event today was made possible by 28 amazing volunteers. We are so very grateful to those who made this event happen: Matthew BISSETTArthur DUGGANKen ECCLESONElspeth FERGUSONLiam FIDDESGrace GALLAGHERJulie GALLAGHERYvonne GENTLESDouglas HOLMESAudrey JOHNSTONEJacqueline MACDONALDDavid MURRAYLynda MURRAYSophie MURRAYJulie PATERSONSamantha PATERSONAngus SCOTT-BROWNDavid Gordon SLATERPatrick SMITHDavid STEVENSONHannah STEVENSONCara SULLIVANBilly TAYLORLorraine TAYLORWilliam TAYLORAbby TENNANTDavid WALLACELinda WALLACE

parkrun is a variety of different things, wether you are just starting out or chasing that triple digit milestone, it brings together people from all walks of life for all kinds of reasons. To some it’s a chance to see friends, socialise, just participate, run fast, volunteer, to others it’s training, therapy, preparation for a race, a walk, to get fit, to share coffee and a piece of cake guilt free. It was a great example of that today in our celebration. Wether it’s 3.1 miles or it’s 5k to you, whatever your reason, here at Drumpellier we welcome to take part.

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Now, 1120 days! that’s the duration of my parkrun journey and today was my 100th parkrun, I’ve had the privilege to complete 31 different courses in 4 different countries, volunteered on 41 separate occasions, and become part of the Core team here at Drumpellier.

Thinking back to my journey, I still can’t quite remember what made me sign up and go along to Strathclyde park for my 1st parkrun that day but I’m so glad I did. This morning I was joined by my sister Debbie Holmes who drove all the way from Carlisle to join my milestone but it was also her 1st ever parkrun and it was a great surprise when I seen her at the start line. Of the 53 Drumpellier newbies this morning, 14 of them taking on their 1st ever event and we would encourage all of you to join us again soon, you won’t regret it. There is always cake!

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Well done to my sis who completed her 1st Parkrun today

Well done to Garrie Nobbs, Craig MacWilliam, Scott Elliott, Marty Begley, Rhys McKendry, Stephen Salmond, John Rowland, Claire Corrins, Jill Walker, Andrew Stark, Laura Sloan, Sara Henry, Christopher Brennan, Thomas Headley on completing their first. 

Despite the weather there was also an incredible 31 PB’s out on the course today, superb running from Joanne Thorburn, Andrew Buchanan, Bryan Smullen, Clare Barr, Sian Watters, John John McLaughlin, Paul Oliver, Darren Wood, Russell Couper, Sean Fitzpatrick, Martin Gallacher, Thomas Johnstone, Caroline McInnes, Debi Ross, Lori Lynch, Bob Neill, Robbie Doig, Laura Doig, Mark Gallagher, Elizabeth Slavin, Helen Caleb, June Duggan, Tracy McKay, Fraser Andrew, Mhairi Pierce, Elaine Japp, Brian Borland, Elaine Leitch, Denise Frew, Lucy McCormack and Kate Cameron.

I wasn’t the only one celebrating a milestone run today. Our very own Event director Dave Slater was also celebrating his 100th by having a Tailwalking party at the rear of the field. Many of you may have seen him out there on the course so I hope you all gave him a shout when you were out there. Both Dave and I also shared our 25 volunteer milestone on the same day recently so it seems our journeys are aligned. Well done Dave.

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Another of the Drumpellier RD’s Cara Sullivan celebrated her 50th on the slopes of Drumchapel last Saturday but deserves a mention as doing the other ‘Drum’ is an achievement on its own. If you haven’t had the pleasure yet then I encourage you to get along to Gartscadden Woods. I reckon it’s only rivalled by Lanark, Plean and Queens in Scotland for it challenging course. The latter of those three I have still to tick off.

It was great to see some groups here today and representatives from 38 clubs took part including a shed load from JogScotland Airdrie and the Jiggly joggers in attendance today. parkrun has allowed me to meet so many amazing people and I’m proud that some of them are now really good friends. One of which is our ED David Murray who is responsible for getting me on the tourism trail at the start of 2018. I’m grateful for the invite he gave me that day to join him the following week and the rest is history. We encourage you to come join us in the visitor centre cafe after your run each week (empire biscuits are great)  If you didn’t join us today then don’t be shy in the future, there is always a seat available.

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Hope to see you all again soon

Dougie

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