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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Event #30

“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


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.


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.


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.


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

Runner photos from Michelle Humphreys


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.

RD Julie excelling her run brief

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.


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!


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.


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.


Hope to see you all again soon



Run Report Event #27 – 25th January 2020

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!


Run Report Event #26, 18th January 2020

‘Drumpellier Country parkrun Event 26 Run Report’ or ‘ View through a phone screen’

There are lots of reasons for choosing to volunteer. Initially it might be (once you realise that other runners take a turn) that you want to take your turn too and ‘give back’ to this wonderful thing you’ve discovered called parkrun. I used to only get to parkrun occasionally and so even trying to keep an arbitrary ‘1 volunteer stint every 10 runs’ ratio meant that I only did it about once a year.

Then you might discover that actually it’s quite fun to play your part in seeing how the system works (and keeping the system working right!) - if also a bit of a challenge. Some might get drawn in to being a regular part of the team; others to the idea of starting a new event and feel they need to get well practised beforehand, and maybe end up volunteering pretty much as often as running.

And, once you’re obsessed and parkrunning every week (whether as volunteer or completing the course) then you can get into games, challenges and targets. With my ‘100 milestone’ coming up, and the date set, I knew I had a ‘spare week’ to play with and in fact had to make sure I didn’t get to 100 runs a week early; after all, the invites have gone out, plans made to tour on other Saturdays, and so on.

So finally I had to choose - which Saturday would I be a non-running volunteer - 18th or 25th? A couple of other unofficial challenges settled that for me - another event which I haven’t been to yet, has an ‘event number 7’ on the 25th that I need to ‘collect’, plus I have run on the 18th January before… so volunteering it was!

In a fit of enthusiasm and to plug some gaps in the roster, I said I’d help out with setup, as well as be a Marshal and Photographer, and eventually Run Report Writer as well!

 At this point, congratulations and thanks to my fellow volunteers on the team: Yvonne GENTLES • Lynn REID • Karen CONNAL • Fay MCARTHUR • Linda WALLACE • Carrie COOPER • Jason MCMINN • Jennifer WATT • Cara SULLIVAN • Ruth MCCONACHIE • Johanna MACIVER • Ethan HODGE • Laura PATERSON • Sheena MORROW • Abigail BISSETT • David WALLACE • Gavin MCINNES • Brenda MCRAE • Emma Kate GALLAGHER • David NAISMITH
- a great mix of regulars and newer faces, some supporting while returning from injury, some volunteering and running, some who volunteer but aren’t runners - or not yet! If you’ve never volunteered before, I highly recommend it - just drop an email with your barcode number to drumpelliercountryhelpers@parkrun.com and you can even suggest roles you’d be happy to do, subject to availability - everything’s straightforward to pick up and learn! Also do subscribe to the volunteer email list if you can.


Marshal David and Tail Walker Linda coming to the turn

Things I (re-)learned this week:

- It’s hard to get up early for setup when you go to bed late… (I’m a VM40-44; you would think I would have learned this life-lesson by now…)

- Waking up and discovering that the time on your watch is the time that you were actually supposed to be there is a bit panic-inducing! (Though better than waking up and realising you’ve missed it entirely; something I have done before…) Fortunately there was still some setting-up left for me to help with by the time I got there. Plus I brought some salt!

RD Cara did a great job, deciding on proceeding though with the advice to run on the grass and avoid the icy tarmac; and then updating social media. The coldness of the day might have suggested we would have fewer runners than usual but maybe New Year Resolutions were still in effect, plus some of our neighbouring events called off, meaning that we actually pushed our record attendance on, by 6 from our Christmas Day run, to 326!

I only discovered we had achieved this record afterwards, having made my way to the far turnaround or ‘hairpin’ before the start. A good spot for photos where you can see folk coming down the straight from quite a way off.

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Morning in Garnheath Wood

However more learnings:

- It’s hard (virtually impossible) to give high-fives to runners when you are concentrating on keeping your phone steady and to catch a good shot of everyone passing you.

- Also watching runners through a lens and screen means you often don’t realise who it is that is passing you. I saw at least one person on their second lap who I hadn’t recognised the first time, and a few more in the results I hadn’t spotted at all.

- Taking lots of photographs, in the hope that in quantity would appear some quality, gives you more work later. Either editing and deleting (which I largely opted against) or taking ages to upload batches of 80 to Facebook. Or potentially both.

- While a cold day, it was relatively sheltered in the woods, but I still ended up with cold fingers by the time I got back to help with the take-down.

A few stats to highlight from the results:
There were 36 people doing their first ever parkrun (or at least the first time to scan… remember all you need to bring is a printed barcode: no printed barcode, no time, no result!). It’s great to see 21 folk did their “difficult second parkrun”, with several either getting PBs or perhaps catching the ‘tourist bug’ early, coming to us after starting somewhere else. And 19 were on their third parkrun.

Wendy WARREN ran her 50th parkrun, the only new ‘Milestone Club’ member, however there was also a runner with a customised ‘150’ shirt, who turned specifically for a photo before she passed me. And Craig Preston WALKER of ‘Scottish parkruns’ YouTube channel joined us for his 275th run, one of eight members of the ‘250 Club’ who were present ranging from 260 to 365 parkruns

150 runs?

150 shirt makes the turn

Overall there were 53 ‘Personal Bests’ achieved on this course.

And after 26 events, I quite like the numbers that a total of 2,333 participants have run 5,554 parkruns here!

However I know there will be many individual achievements that don’t happen to mean a milestone or PB - it might be that you achieved a ‘comeback PB’ after months or years, or that you’ve knocked off a particular target - or just the fact that you got yourself out the door and along to your local event. Well done to everyone for their achievements! And if you didn’t quite manage what you’d hoped - there’s always next week.

To the turn

Runners approach in a group

It was great to see a number of ‘bark-runners’ with their owners, some perhaps providing more ‘assistance’ than others! And also some buggy runners - kudos to them also - in my experience it’s not easy.!

I enjoyed my volunteering day again (and still had my customary roll and sausage thanks to a friend, despite me not having run!) — I haven’t actually marshalled that often, and never been the official photographer before (perhaps I won’t get to be it again - too many photos!). Now, onwards to my ‘Flake run’ and then the big 100th!

Dave Slater


Event #25

With the wild weather already having put paid to several other Scottish parkruns, it was a joy to see RD Dougies Facebook post update at 8am - ‘We are ON!’!!

And so 172 hardy souls braved the elements at the 25th running of Drumpellier Country parkrun.

First of all, a huge shout out to the volunteer team who were absolutely amazing. Your time and efforts are appreciated every week but even more so on days like today.

Amongst the 41 first timers to Drumpellier Country parkrun, congratulations to the 19 of you who did your first ever parkrun this morning. If you can run in that weather, you can run in anything! Welcome to parkrun and we hope to see you back soon.

An intrepid 11 runners did their second ever parkrun with us this morning, with most of you doing both runs here. Nine of you have done both runs in January - well done on those New Years Resolutions!
Of the ‘twos’, special mention to David Macfarlane on achieving “Groundhog Day” - exactly the same time two weeks in a row at the same parkrun. If you get hooked on parkrun and the various unofficial challenges,  you’ll appreciate this one day!

4 parkrunners did their hat-trick this morning. Deborah Ross and Lorraine Meeke are now Drumpellier regulars having done all three here, while Carl Elsegood and Kate Cameron seem to have already gotten the tourist bug and have done 3 different parkruns since New Years Day.

There were 2 runners celebrating milestones this morning.
Simon D’Mello did his 50th parkrun. He was either too shy to shout this out at the pre-run briefing or was still sheltering in his car!
Congratulations to junior Thomas Johnstone on doing his 10th parkrun this morning. He has also done a stint volunteering as barcode scanner - well done young man!

Welcome to our 22 first-timer visitors. They included a group of runners from Portrush parkrun in Northern Ireland, and Louise Shorten from Fountains (Fabby) Abbey parkrun in Yorkshire. Both very lovely parkruns on many a tourists wish list - we hope you enjoyed your run at Drumpellier. We also had visitors from Perth, Falkirk, several Glasgow parkruns and Edinburgh (me!).

Well done to the 20 of you who got PBs - a fantastic achievement in the conditions.

Thanks again to the volunteers. There are spots available on the rota in the next few weeks for anyone who would like to help out. Just email drumpelliercountryhelpers@parkrun.com or get in touch via the Facebook page.

Run report was provided by Aileen Galvin from Edinburgh


Run Report 30 Nov 2019

For me personally, this was an amazing parkrun. And yet, it might not have happened at all. We always thank our volunteers but this week it should be more than just the usual courtesy. Had it not been for those who went out earlier than they had planned, in order to ensure both that the course was safe and that the rest of us knew that early enough to get ourselves along, none of us would have had our weekly parkrun at all and this writer would have missed a truly memorable day.

What would make a memorable parkrun for you? A milestone run such as a 50th? A tourist run away from your normal course? An opportunity to volunteer as well as run? Or maybe beating your PB by some margin? I actually couldn’t believe my luck because I did all of those on the same day - though my volunteering consists of this report and I was not one of the superheroes out in the half light early on Saturday. Family celebrations taking me to my native Coatbridge instead of my home parkrun at Montrose, I ran under 30 minutes for 5k for the very first time in my life on, of all days, my 50th parkrun. So when I express profound gratitude to those Saturday morning heroes I’m not pretending!

It was a special day for many other people too among the 185 who walked, jogged or ran the free, weekly, timed 5k at Drumpellier Country Park. Only four of those are listed as Unknown so that means an amazing 181 (98%) remembered, and chose to use, their printer paper or plastic barcode. Excellent stuff. But there’s more:

Milestones are great but most of us know the hardest achievement at parkrun is getting off your backside and out the door to do your very first one - I think it’s around a million people worldwide have registered without ever turning up to run. Among no fewer than 58 first timers at Drumpellier this week were four doing their first parkrun anywhere, ever. Congratulations to Thomas ONEIL, Craig ROSS, Deborah ROSS and Tracy COGAN. Welcome to parkrun!

parkrun PBs are course specific so are only indicated for those who have run the course and recorded a time before - not first timers or unknown runners. Of the 123 known runners who had a previous time recorded here, an amazing 54 recorded course personal bests (Including one regular volunteer who told me at the start he wasn’t going to run as he had a race on Sunday, no names no pack drill, eh, Deacon Bill?) That’s an unbelievable 44%, of all those who had been here before, who chalked up a PB. We certainly had great running conditions thanks to the early morning heroes (yes them again, not even sorry for mentioning them again.)

Missing a PB by mere seconds only because he chose to show consideration for another runner was Alan Morrison, whom I’ve never met and still haven’t despite being within a couple of minutes of him all the way round. I wish I’d known he was there: Alan is a regular contributor to the excellent running message boards provided by Health Unlocked. If you consider yourself a beginning runner do give Health Unlocked a look: there are boards for Couch to 5k, Bridge to 10k and Marathon and Race Support. It’s a very supportive environment and remarkably troll free - not unlike parkrun in fact.

Special congratulations to our two international class performers on the day: Robert SOUTAR and Stephen ALLAN both exceeded the age grade bench mark of 80%, with Robert’s PB of 18’19” giving him the day’s best age grade performance at 83.17%. A further fifteen runners attained ‘national class’ age grades of over 70%. Among these it is appropriate to mention Michael O’HAGAN and Paul FORBES, who were both less than one percentage point below the ‘international’ 80. Our male and female first finishers, Robbie KENNEDY (17’15”, 74.78%) and Evelyn STRUTHERS (21’56”, 73.86%), were also in the ‘national class’ group by age grade. Congratulations to all.

parkrun is only possible due to the efforts of voluteers. At Drumpellier this week, these were Donna ALLAN, B CANDY, Elspeth FERGUSON, Liam FIDDES, Emma Kate GALLAGHER, Julie GALLAGHER, Max GALLAGHER, Yvonne GENTLES, Arthur GRANT, Douglas HOLMES, Emma MAIN, Ian MCRAE, David MURRAY, Samantha PATERSON, David Gordon SLATER, Hannah STEVENSON, David STEVENSON, Cara SULLIVAN, Linda WALLACE and David WALLACE. If you value your local parkrun and have not volunteered before, please do give it some consideration.

On behalf of all us tourists - including a group from Wales as well as parkrunners from various pars of Scotland - thanks to Julie (RD) and all at Drumpellier for your hospitality. See you again soon.

Arthur Grant


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

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:


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.


Event 15

A very cold and icy morning, bitterly cold but beautifully scenic conditions for Drumpellier’s 15th event. The cold air wasn’t a problem for the 176 hardy runners that joined us this morning, crisp conditions underfoot made for a perfect track.

A magnificent amount of first timers this morning, 59 in total including our first finisher this morning Robbie Kennedy. There were also several first timers within the Couch to 5K team that joined us today from the Airdrie branch of Jog Scotland, well done to Kenny Dickson, Ali Leith, Fiona Elliot and all the others, that’s you part of the parkrun family.

Jogscotland Airdrie Couch to 5k Graduates

The conditions today definitely made a difference for a whopping 32 runners who recorded a PB, well done Martyn Glancy, John Friel, Megan Stewart, Gail Tennant and all the others. The atmosphere was fantastic this morning, as it always is, there was plenty of chatting and laughing around the course, so well done to everyone.


A special shout out to the Bark Runners today, woof, especially Dan the border collie that dragged Ann Dickson to the finish line.

Anne and her 4 legged friend

There were a few who reached parkrun milestones today, they included Arthur Duggen who chalked of his 150th in the company of his son Luke on his 9th birthday who was a first timer at Drumpellier, well done team Duggan.

Another fantastic event, well done Dougie Holmes our run director and all the Hi-Viz heroes you were all amazing.

A cold start ended with a very warm feeling as we all crossed the 5K finish line, you are all amazing , thank you for coming along to Drumpellier parkrun.

parkrun really wouldn't happen without volunteers so please consider it for future weeks. Full training is given and nothing is too difficult so come on and give it a try!

Drumpellier Country parkrun

Event number 15

9th November 2019


This week 176 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 59 were first timers and 32 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.


The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:


Yvonne GENTLES • David LYTTLE • Michelle SINCLAIR • Ken ECCLESON • David MURRAY • Cara SULLIVAN • Douglas HOLMES • Gayle OGILVIE • Sophie MURRAY • Julie GALLAGHER • Cheryl HOLMES • William TAYLOR • Elspeth FERGUSON • Deacon Bill MCMILLAN • Grace GALLAGHER • Arlene SHAW • Audrey JOHNSTONE • Brenda MCRAE • Hannah STEVENSON • David STEVENSON • Ian BEGGS

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 .

The Age Grade course record is held by Fiona MATHESON who recorded 99.29% (18:44) on 14th September 2019 (event number

Drumpellier Country parkrun started on 27th July 2019. Since then 1,658 participants have completed 3,320 parkruns covering a total distance of 16,600 km, including 726 new Personal Bests. A total of 116 individuals have volunteered 336 times.

Drumpellier Country parkrun started on 27th July 2019. Since then 1,552 participants have completed 2,955 parkruns covering a total distance of 14,775 km, including 628 new Personal Bests. A total of 107 individuals have volunteered 288 times.

David Lyttle

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