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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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.

Volunteers

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
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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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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 https://www.parkrun.org.uk/special-events/ 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. 

 

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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!

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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.

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