The View from the Tail, 5th August Run Report, Event 45
This was a first for me! I was aware of Duthie Junior parkrun having started some time ago, but had never been! A big run last weekend presented the ideal opportunity with some recovery time needed, so it was with great excitement that I laced up my trainers and headed in to Duthie Park to don the coveted tail!
A friendly face is always welcome, no matter how old you are, and I was happy to meet Alex and Cameron Rose, realising as we entered the park that I had forgotten to check where the start was! Heading towards the flag on the hill I saw the other volunteers already gathered (I was at the tail in every sense today!) and also lots of keen beans gathering in preparation for the run.
I was joined today by 9 other first timers on the run:
Mathieu Hollis, Amber Edgerton, Ewan Rattray, Emily Rattray, Lucinda Kerr, Sophie Rennie, Ellie Connon, Lucy Steele and Zoe Rennie
I really hope you all had as much fun as I did!
Heading up the volunteers today we had Michael Crawford as Run Director.
He was joined by: Alice Atkinson, Amy Tavendale, Bianca Duthie, Catherine Brown, Clare Russell, Craig Scott, Cynthia Fry, Gayle Scott, Jack Rankin, Jennifer Brooks, Kim Menzies, Kirsty Macdonnell, Lewis Guy, Lisa Macleod, Mel Adamson, Michael Aitken, Nathan Morgan, Neil McBain, Ruth Crawford and Ruth Hasan.
It was great to be part of the team today and it was lovely chatting to other volunteers in the cafe post-run. Cynthia, like myself, is also a regular at Aberdeen Parkrun, while Amy is doing an impressive amount of parkrun tourism and volunteering at a range of events across Scotland. It was really interesting to learn about other events and to get the full lowdown on Duthie from those that are here regularly.
High-vis vest and tail on, it wasn't long to wait before the warm up began. Today's warm up was led by Catherine and we enjoyed some jogging on the spot, star jumps and stretching high and low. It's great to see such enthusiasm from the runners!
THE MAIN EVENT
After the briefings we were off! Hanging back and checking to ensure I was aware of who was participating and who is still a wee bit young to be joining in, I then had to chase the pack to catch up with our last runner, Isla Crawford. Isla made parkrun for me! She told me that she likes to skip around the park so I joined her in skipping most of the way and walking the odd wee bit to rest. We chatted about the hoverflies that for some reason are everywhere in Aberdeen just now. We saw a crow flying with a twig in it's beak and Isla told me about the nests that she's seen. We talked about wasps (everyone wishes they would die after one sting) and bees, school and our classes next term - Isla's getting a new teacher; I'm getting a new class - and she told me about the wristbands, her sisters who were also running today, and her progress in parkrun to date.
As I skipped and chatted my way around, the marshals gave friendly support, encouragement and high fives, and as time went on some of the speedier runners passed on their second loop. Towards the end of the first loop we saw some of the speedsters finish their run. Undeterred, Isla and I continued happily to complete our second loop.
A total of 94 runners completed the two loop course today. Full results can be found here: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/duthie-juniors/results/latestresults
Our First Finishers today were:
Dylan PEARSON JM11-14 in a time of 7:23
Caelan FORMAN JM10 in a time of 8:28
Hannah PEARSON JW11-14 in a time of8:50, a new PB!
Elise MORRISON JW10 in a time of 9:16, a new PB!
Lucky for some, 13 runners recorded a new PB today. Congratulations to each and every one of you! They were:
Ryan Longhurst, Hannah Pearson, Alex Hendry, Elise Morrison, Blair Brooks, Buddy Barclay, Freya Alexander, Jack Bradley, Lewis Black, Ella-Marie Milne, Joe Bruce, Espen Hull-Bailey and Matthew Duthie
Today Eilidh Macleod completed her 11th parkrun earning the bragging rights of the Half Marathon Club, while Eilidh Crawford and Matthew Duthie completed their 21st runs and joined the Marathon Club. You can look forward to wearing your new wristbands with pride. A great effort!
I can genuinely say, hand on heart, this was the best fun I've had in a long time! As fellow volunteer, Cynthia Fry said, summing it up perfectly, 'if ever you lose your running mojo, all you need to do is head to Duthie Junior parkrun to find it!'
A FINAL THOUGHT FROM THE TAIL
Grown ups - a question for you ... When did you last skip? If you can't remember, try it soon! It can't fail to make you smile.