Drumpellier Country parkrun
Event number 5
24th August 2019
This week was event number five at Drumpellier Country Park, and after nearly nine and a half years of enjoying parkrunning and other volunteer roles, I finally took on the role of Run Director. For those of you that know me, this took me way out of my comfort zone, hence the reason it took me so long!
Once again on parkrun morning, the sun shone brightly and was kind to our volunteers and runners. Interestingly, some of who have made comments enquiring about our name, so we turned to fellow RD and team historian Cara, who advises us that the name Drumpellier comes from ‘Dun Peledar’ - Fort of the Broken Spears! It therefore seems fitting, that we start our parkrun next to the play park named after the historic Crannog site.
I often also get asked why I enjoy parkrun so much, back when I started, I worked shifts in the hospital, and it allowed me, and often made me, get out and clear my head after tough shifts. Quite a few times, this was straight off night shift! I’ve always found parkrun great therapy, as I tend to be a solo runner. Trying to explain the parkrun family is difficult, but the joy you get from people, you have often never met, but have a common goal with, is second to none.
I’m so happy I bit the bullet and took my volunteering a step further, and offered to be RD, as it offers a special amazing opportunity, to see everyone arrive, set everyone off, and see the joy on their faces when everyone finishes. This week, I set off 210 people who ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 98 were first timers - which is always amazing to see - and 66 people recorded new Personal Bests! Representatives of 30 different clubs also took part.
We couldn’t provide a safe and happy parkrun, without our brilliant team of volunteers. We are always looking for people to join us; the team at Drumpellier is so supportive. Why not receive our weekly volunteer email, by signing in to your parkrun profile, and request to ‘opt in’. If you have ever considered volunteering and not sure, or like me not confident, come speak to us, and if you’d like, we’d be more than happy to let you shadow us first. It's really rewarding and great to see how parkrun happens from the 'other' side, and after 25 separate days of volunteering, you get the amazing purple T-shirt I was sporting in my “selfie” picture. Speaking of which, please remember to take your picture with our new selfie board and show off your achievements to friends and family. Tag us on our twitter - @DrumpCparkrun.
This week our awesome event volunteers were:
Yvonne GENTLES • Tom ROSS • Julie PATERSON • Annicea MADINE • Pete SCOLLS • Fiona SEWELL • Linda WALLACE • Gordon HUMPHREYS • Michelle HUMPHREYS • David Gordon SLATER • Lorraine TAYLOR • David MURRAY • Cara SULLIVAN • Arthur DUGGAN • Sophie MURRAY • Julie GALLAGHER • Marianne STIRLING • David WALLACE • Lynda MURRAY • Lisa HULL • Brenda MCRAE • Ian MCRAE • David NAISMITH
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 Duncan ROBINSON who recorded a time of 16:34 on 10th August 2019 (event number 3).
The Age Grade course record is held by Graham MCCABE who recorded 83.59% (17:22) on 3rd August 2019 (event number 2).
Drumpellier Country parkrun started on 27th July 2019. Since then 928 participants have completed 1,354 parkruns covering a total distance of 6,770 km, including 218 new Personal Bests. A total of 64 individuals have volunteered 118 times.
So do not be like me and hold off any further, put yourself forward! There is a great feeling of self satisfaction, maybe even more so than if you run in the event, to see all these amazing people finish and to be a part of every one of their runs. It makes you feel so special and privileged.
I hope to see you all again soon, and remember #DFYB - Don’t Forget Your Barcode!
Photo Credits: David Murray and Brian Beattie