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.

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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.

 

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 Event #6 Run Report

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Heather & Scott at Drumpellier

Heather's 250th with Scott at Drumpellier

After a 6 week gap I finally manage to run my 250th parkrun. After much debate and consideration with Scott my parkrun running partner we decided on Drumpellier Park. I’m no stranger to the park as it’s 2 miles from home – it’s funny how runners all know how many miles everything is from their front door - so I was looking forward to being part of something local and it didn’t let me down.

The park itself wraps around Drumpellier loch, a place for dog walking, bike riding, family walks and fishing. It’s part of the greater ‘Seven Lochs’ and home to various birds and wildlife.

On arrival on what had to be the wettest day this year the car park was filling up nicely; this was run number 6 for the team and numbers were averaging around 200+ runners - this week the final tally was 245. The walk from the car park to the start was clearly marked and very easy to spot. The high viz visible from the car park heading round the loch. As I said this was a local run and within minutes of arrival, although technically a first timer, it was great to see so many familiar faces even if most were already soaked at this point.

Julie & Dave at the Start

Julie's debut RD brief is rainy but excellent

First timer brief was conducted by the lovely Lorraine and I joined 128 others to the briefing. We then joined the pack for the RD briefing, normal rules apply and it was great to get a shout out for my 250th. I was joined in milestone celebrating today by Linda Wallace who completed her 50th parkrun and Tom Keenan also completing his 250th. A chat later in the café we both agreed it was more but you all know the rules, no barcode no time.

So briefing over it was 3,2,1 go … Drumpellier is a two lap course it starts with a run about a third of the way round the loch, then cuts left into the back trails running through avenues of trees and natural marsh lands. It very pretty, the trails are a good width plenty room for passing and today was extra fun with puddles to splash in some mud but mainly wet. The trail part of the course accounts for the biggest section of the run which loops back around to the loch side to do all again. This was my first proper run in 6 weeks so I promised myself and Scott I would be easy paced and slow. Not sure my legs got that message, just so happy to be back parkrunning - it was no way a PB for me but probably faster than I intended. However 53 people did happily manage a PB today and first home was Craig Lockens in 16:46. Top of the pack in age grade was Anne Smith with a whopping 84.11% (a new AG record!).

Drumpellier is blessed with a visitors centre which means toilets for visitors: lots of cow cowls around today as well, tourists were out in force. Most importantly it means a great place for coffee and cake and the post run chat. Today after the soaking it was good to see so many people heading back to the café.

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A dreich day at Drumpellier

I felt very welcome today, spoke to lots of new people; the core team and volunteers were fab and of course we can’t run without them. I know the RD says this every week but really: no volunteers no run. So a big thanks to all 26 people who marshalled, scanned, timed, set up, briefed, pulled results even wrote reports and made the whole thing possible:

Yvonne GENTLES • David WARDROPE • Julie PATERSON • Vicki O'HARE • Fay MCARTHUR • Maria HUNTER • David Gordon SLATER • Kirsty CAMPBELL • Ken ECCLESON • Lorraine TAYLOR • David MURRAY • Ted MCPAKE • Douglas HOLMES • Max GALLAGHER • Julie GALLAGHER • Cheryl HOLMES • Sheena MORROW • Harry MCPAKE • Grace GALLAGHER • Lynda MURRAY • Martyn STEWART • Lisa HULL • Brenda MCRAE • Emma Kate GALLAGHER • David NAISMITH • Heather ANGELOPOULOS

Finally for those who like your stats: 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 Anne SMITH who recorded 84.11% (21:49) on 31st August 2019 (event number 6). Drumpellier Country parkrun started on 27th July 2019. Since then 1,057 participants have completed 1,599 parkruns covering a total distance of 7,995 km, including 271 new Personal Bests. A total of 72 individuals have volunteered 144 times.

Thank you Drumpellier parkrun for the lovely welcome and giving me the pleasure of writing the run report. I will be back ☺

Heather Angelopoulos
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Photo Credits: Heather Angelopoulos, Davie Easton, Julie Gallagher

 

Drumpellier Country parkrun Event number #5 Run Report

Drumpellier Country parkrun
Event number 5
24th August 2019

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Julie P on her RD debut.

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.

Young Beattie giving the thumbs up, on his first buggy run.

Young Beattie giving the thumbs up, on his first buggy run.

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.

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Our next new RD Julie, getting ready to take over next week.

 

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).

Our tourists this week, putting the selfie board to good use.

Our tourists this week, putting the selfie board to good use.

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!

Julie P
#TeamCrannog
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Photo Credits: David Murray and Brian Beattie

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