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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Runner photos from Michelle Humphreys

 

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.

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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

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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.

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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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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
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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:

Yvonne GENTLES • David WARDMAN • Marta DROZDOWSKA • David Gordon SLATER • 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

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.

 

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:
Ken ECCLESON, Jayne ECCLESON, Elspeth FERGUSON, Julie GALLAGHER, Emma Kate GALLAGHER, Yvonne GENTLES, Lisa HULL, Audrey JOHNSTONE, Becky MACPHEE, David MACPHEE, Brenda MCRAE, Eileen REVIE, David Gordon SLATER, Martyn STEWART, Lorraine TAYLOR, David WALLACE, Linda WALLACE.

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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Drumpellier Country parkrun Event #10 Run Report 1

This week, we have the pleasure of bringing you two run reports!

Our first is from Junior parkrunner Rylee. She has written a brilliant report, giving us her views from a junior perspective.

Thanks Rylee, I’m sure you’ll agree it’s brilliant

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