Run Report Event #17 – 23rd November 2019

‘Drumpellier Country parkrun Event 17 Run Report’ or ‘Four months in’

I realised during the week that it would be about 4 months or a third of a year since we had started a 5k parkrun at Drumpellier Country Park. It seems to have gone very quickly, especially since it had been a long wait to get the event up and going.

Because I’ve been playing truant a little, I wasn’t around last week so my RD week really started with arranging to collect our equipment from last week’s RD’s house. Of course there was the usual dealing with emails and arranging a few social media posts. Then because I didn’t have use of the car, calling in another core team member to ‘load up’ their car with gear the night before, and the same person kindly giving me a lift in the morning (and helping with setup too!).

It was actually a straightforward week for filling the volunteer roster, many thanks to all our heroic #teamcrannog - both the familiar faces (I’m still working on names, sorry!) and those new to volunteering. Kudos to: Yvonne GENTLES • David WARDMAN • Marta DROZDOWSKA • Ken ECCLESON • B CANDY • Cara SULLIVAN • Gayle OGILVIE • Max GALLAGHER • Julie GALLAGHER • Beth SLATER • Roderick CAMPBELL • Elspeth FERGUSON • Deacon Bill MCMILLAN • Nick GROVES • G MCARTHUR • Hannah STEVENSON • David STEVENSON • Ian BEGGS • Maja DROZDOWSKA

We got there at 8:15, with the rest of the setup team joining us, and once we got all the gear round to the start area, it was time to dispatch some of the team to put out signage and cones, while we prepared the start and finish areas.

The course was not bad - some leaf fall of course (we do run through the woods after all!) and we had a good number with us, perhaps partly due to a cancellation at Strathclyde. Indeed after our First Timers Briefing I was advised of visitors not only from Strathclyde but also Lanark Moor, Polkemmet (who I’d seen on my visit there), Eglinton, with farthest afield probably Newcastle. Some from Camperdown also made themselves known and we gave a shoutout to Greig Neilson from Pollok on his 50th parkrun - a milestone also achieved by Eileen Dow.

Greig also celebrated his 50th with a PB, along with 40 others, from those on their “difficult 2nd parkrun” to members of the ‘250 Club’. Well done to all.

It looks like 7 of our runners were brand new to parkrun - welcome and haste ye back! Although two were actually first-timers at a 5k, having completed a few 2k junior parkruns! (Look out for Drumpellier junior parkrun coming in 2020!) We also had 8 coming back for their second, and 7 for their third! This parkrunning can be addictive!

Briefing completed, I counted down and our 216 walkers, joggers and runners were off! We arranged the cones to keep runners on the tarmac for most of the finish funnel (an arrangement that still needs refining!) and watched and waited - it seemed no time at all before we could see the front runners passing the peace garden as they began their second lap.

Soon it was time for the finish funnel team to gear up for our finishers, with Robert Gilroy leading the pack home with a PB on this course, followed by Stephen Allan and Robert Soutar. First female was Laura Warnock in 28th overall, a junior, Ella Sharp in 31st, and our own Core Team member Maria Hunter in 41st.

We had some nice ‘matching’ times including Dylan Burns (20:20), Andrew Wilkes (24:24), Josh McKay (25:25), Fran Scorah (28:28), Cara Sullivan of our Core Team (32:32), and ‘symmetrical’ times: Jaime Campbell (34:43) and Fraser McHenry (23:32).

One or two either had put so much effort they had to step to the side (but fortunately a family member took a token for them) or else didn’t realise the importance of staying in the funnel, in sequence. Results processing is really easy if everyone crosses the line, doesn’t duck out of the funnel, takes and then returns their token (either when having their barcode scanned, or directly if they don’t have one or don’t want a time).

It doesn’t matter how fast or slow you complete it, we all cover 5km and there’s always a Tail Walker to come behind you - thanks to Deacon Bill on completing this role for the third time here!

It’s always great to see everyone ‘mucking in’ to tidy up the equipment, and we managed to squeeze it all into the car of next week’s RD, Julie G!

Remember that parkruns are operated entirely by volunteers, and anyone can take a turn as the roles are straightforward and easy to pick up. Just email us on drumpelliercountry@parkrun.com and we'll slot you in. It's also great fun!

Then it was back to the excellent Drumpellier Park Cafe for a breakfast roll and a cuppa - or an empire biscuit if you preferred, while we got the results processed.

Another run that went very smoothly, thanks as always to the wonderful team around me, I had very little to do! Looking forward to seeing everyone at the next run!

Dave Slater
RD of the day
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Drumpellier Country parkrun
Event number 17
23rd November 2019
This week 216 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 67 were first timers and 41 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 35 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:

Yvonne GENTLES • David WARDMAN • Marta DROZDOWSKA • David Gordon SLATER • Ken ECCLESON • B CANDY • Cara SULLIVAN • Gayle OGILVIE • Max GALLAGHER • Julie GALLAGHER • Beth SLATER • Roderick CAMPBELL • Elspeth FERGUSON • Deacon Bill MCMILLAN • Nick GROVES • G MCARTHUR • Hannah STEVENSON • David STEVENSON • Ian BEGGS • Maja DROZDOWSKA

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

The female record is held by Jennifer WETTON who recorded a time of 18:10 on 10th August 2019 (event number 3).
The male record is held by Lewis RAEBURN who recorded a time of 16:05 on 14th September 2019 (event number 8).
The Age Grade course record is held by Fiona MATHESON who recorded 99.29% (18:44) on 14th September 2019 (event number 8).

Drumpellier Country parkrun started on 27th July 2019. Since then 1,763 participants have completed 3,692 parkruns covering a total distance of 18,460 km, including 813 new Personal Bests. A total of 128 individuals have volunteered 374 times.