The Colour Purple

Drumpellier Country parkrun
Event number 32
7th March 2020report by Jules Collins


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
#IWD2020 #thisgirlcan

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


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 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



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 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 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.


Have yourself a Drumpellier parkrun Christmas !

Great news - you can kick the festive season off with a parkrun!

We will be on at 9:30am Christmas Day and look forward to seeing you and hearing from any potential volunteers too!

Ho ho ho

A previous Christmastime run, with some of our now Core Team

Please note that the centre and access to toilets will NOT be available on Christmas Day. Please help us to keep our good relationship with the Country Parks department by planning ahead and ‘going before you go’ - not using the nearest (or any) tree!

We won’t be doing additional events on New Year’s Day but keep an eye on which will be updated in the coming weeks and finalised by 17th Dec. It will show which of our neighbours are running on NYD - you could even get a ‘double’ in on that day, if you are safe to travel from one to the other.

Have a great festive season, whatever your running and parkrunning plans!

Dave Slater (co-Event Director)


Run Report #Event 13 -19th October 2019

The run report for the thirteenth edition of Drumpellier Country parkrun is brought to you courtesy of one of our runners David Lyttle.

A pretty cold and wet morning for Drumpellier’s 13th event, what a lovely morning for a parkrun.  We had 135 participants this morning, some wandered off for a warm up lap and some carried out their well-rehearsed dynamic lunge routines but the vast majority enjoyed the warm air of the car heater before setting off for the starting point. 



Rain's off. Let parkrun commence

The course was in great condition despite the heavy overnight rain, a nice feature to have a water jump in the trail section for those trying the impossible task of keep their socks dry. A special shout out to the Bark Runners today, woof, especially the fantastically well-dressed poodle.


Marshalling on the not so muddy trailpath

Several first timers at Drumpellier this morning including our first finisher Ross McEachern. There were also loads of participants running their first ever parkrun, welcome to the parkrun family Craig Ferguson, Catherine Spicer and all the others. A special mention to a couple of our youngsters, Thomas Johnstone, you are doing amazing young man and wee Ross sprinting over the finish ahead of his co runners at a blistering pace.


Working hard for those PBs


PB’s galore today, well done Lynsie Cameron, Ross Glass, Christine Little, Joanne Bray to name a few but very well done to all the others, fantabulous effort. 


Finish line ahead


Another fantastic event, well done Yvonne Gentles you were amazing (Editor disclaimer: I did not add this bit in) and thank the lord you managed to stay on the rock at the start.


RD was happier than she looked (honest!)

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!


That's a wrap!


This week 135 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 44 were first timers and 24 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.


The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:


Yvonne GENTLES • Karen CONNAL • Fay MCARTHUR • Emma MAIN • David LYTTLE • Susan BOYD • Robin TYLER • David MURRAY • Douglas HOLMES • Sophie MURRAY • Gerry BOYLE • Lynda MURRAY • Martyn STEWART • Lisa HULL • Brenda MCRAE • G MCARTHUR • David STEVENSON


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

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


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.


Run Report #Event 12 -12th October 2019

What a lovely morning for a parkrun. Whilst running history was being made in Vienna we were also celebrating some local milestones today.

Shout out for Dawn Irvine who becomes our newest member of the 100 club. Dawn started her journey at Tollcross parkrun on 21.03.2015 and also volunteers regularly.  Well done and congratulations again from all of us here at Drumpellier. We hope to see you in that black t-shirt soon.

Also well done to Elspeth Ferguson on gaining her 25th volunteer credit today. Elspeth only started parkrun volunteering at the turn of the year in preparation for the launch of Drumpellier so thank you.

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!

This week 172 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 57 were first timers and 45 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:


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

The male & female record holders remains

Lewis RAEBURN - 16:05 - Event 8 (14/09/19)

Jennifer WETTON - 18:10 - Event 3 (10/08/19)

The Age Grade course record is held by Fiona MATHESON - 99.29 % - 18:44 - Event 8 (14/09/19)

Drumpellier country parkrun, Glasgow started on 27th July 2019. Since then 1,451 participants have completed 2,648 parkruns covering a total distance of 13,240 km


Celebrate 15 years of parkrun!

On Saturday 5 October, parkrun celebrates 15 years of parkrun! #parkrun15

Why not join us to celebrate this special occasion, and show your pride, by either wearing a milestone/apricot T-shirt or the colour blue.

15 year celebration

15 year celebration


Drumpellier Country parkrun #10 Run Report 2

Drumpellier Country parkrun
Event number 10
28th September 2019

Saturday the 28th September 2019 saw the 10th event at Drumpellier Country parkrun. Each week, Drumpellier is seeing over 150 participants, it's great to see so many turning out every Saturday morning.

The weather was kind to us this week, with the sun coming out and burning off the early morning fog that was clinging round the loch. For many a balmy temperature of +10°C is still shorts and t-shirt weather, hopefully this will last a few more weeks!

To help celebrate Drumpellier’s 10th parkrun, here are 10 facts you may find interesting:

1. Yvonne GENTLES and David Gordon SLATER have volunteered for all 10 events. Many others have had a combination of running and or volunteering each week, and we are very grateful.

This week's parkrun was brought to you by the following volunteers:

2. John FRIEL has ran in all 10 events.

3. There have been a total of 209 first timers, who have made Drumpellier their first ever parkrun - welcome and we hope you come back soon!

4. This week saw visitors from Bristol, Edinburgh, Leeds, Aberdeen and Lincoln. There have been parkrunners from 122 different running clubs, with the most from jogscotland.

5. The course time record has been broken 3 times, it currently stands at 00:16:05 for the last 2 weeks.

6. On the 17th August 2019, Drumpellier had the highest number of parkrunners, with 308 taking part, with the average turnout each week of 244.

7. The average time round the course is 00:29:25, this compares to the national average of 00:33:54.

8. 50km is the total of 10 parkruns, together all the participants we have covered a total distance of 12,230km.

9. Only 76 participants over the past 10 weeks have not received a time, due to not having a barcode, that's only 2.8% of the total participants #dfyb (don't forget your barcode).

10. I've always wondered why there was an A at the front of the parkrun number… when I was barcode scanning for the first time, I learnt that it stands for Athlete - a proud moment when you realise, yes I am, and everyone else that runs, jogs, or walks round the course is also an Athlete!

Cheers to the continuing success to Drumpellier parkrun!

Becky MacPhee

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