Todays Run Report is written by parkrunner Jules Collins. Thanks Jules.
It was only my 5th Parkrun and 3rd at Drumpellier, having started on 28th December last year. The whole event still gives me butterflies and getting my stuff ready the night before is a bit of a ritual, making sure my phone and earphones are fully charged and that I haven’t forgotten my barcode!
As a volunteer, I arrived early and it was eerily quiet in the car park, with only me and the seagulls making lots of noise catching the early worms! Approaching the start and end point, Yvonne our RD for the day was organising and briefing other enthusiastic volunteers, some were running, some had given up running today to support their fellow park runners and some never ran, but regularly volunteered having been roped into the parkrun family by friends and relatives.
It was Drumpellier’s 27th event and a cold damp morning, with a slight drizzle but nothing could dampen the enthusiasm of the 276 park runners giving up their Saturday morning lie-in to enjoy this inclusive event. Runners and dogs of all shapes and sizes were ready at the start line and the excitement and nervous energy was palpable, (or maybe it was just the crowd shivering!)
There were some starting announcements: David Edelman ran his 50th parkrun today on his 20th different course. (Marie Kane also clocked up her 50th milestone only spotted later in the results so well done Marie!). We welcomed over 20 runners (and 2 dogs!) from Glasgow Frontrunners, in their red club jerseys, joining us for the first stop on their 2020 Parkrun tour as well as a group from Clyderunners. There were 77 first timers amongst us today, I remember how nerve-wracking that feels! RD briefing over, 3,2,1 countdown - and then we were off.
The course was in good shape considering the damp weather - and although it was cold we soon all warmed up as we started striding out. What I love about Drumpellier is the mixture of lochside path and woodland - the water is full of bird life and as I ran past a swan came into land with its wings fully expanded. In and amongst the trees, with little leaf cover at this time of year you can spot fellow runners on other parts of the course in their bright Lycra outfits, colourful in the gloom and all shades of the rainbow.
On my first trip round the loop, Scott McDonald lapped me, what a speed he was going! He took the tape at only 16 minutes and 35 seconds! (Is that even human!) 60 others achieved a personal best today, not me this time but there is always next week.
It was my first time volunteering and report writing and if it wasn’t for the volunteers on the course there would be no parkrun so a huge thanks to them and if you haven’t ever volunteered yourself make it your New Year’s resolution to do so!