Run report – Guest reporter

On 21 August we had a visitor, Cynthia Fry who has kindly wrote us a run report.  Many thanks to Cynthia for her report and kind words.

Elgin parkrun, Event #207, August 21, 2021
What a banner day!
A record breaking 296 parkrunners descended upon Cooper Park to take on the 5k course.  The 296 easily surpassed the previous week's record breaking tally of 273.
Wonder what next week will bring?
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82 of our 296 parkrunners were First Timers at Elgin parkrun! Some were seasoned parkrunners indulging in a spot of parkrun tourism whilst others were making their debut at their very first parkrun.  I was one of the touring First Timers and was quite delighted with the whole affair.  What a welcoming team of volunteers!  From tip~to~tailwalkers there was a great buzz about this event.  I'll definitely be putting this parkrun on my list of faves.
We hope all our First Timers had a fantastic time!
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Congratulations to all our speed~stars!  37 of our 296 parkrunners set down PBs on Saturday!  Whether you were burning up the course like First Finisher Stephen MacKay with his 15:42 PB, or keeping the tail end of the field company like Margaret Munro with her 57:30 PB, you all deserve a round of applause.  Bask in the afterglow of your accomplishment and enjoy that coveted "New PB" next to your name in the results.
Check out the Personal Bests & all the rest at:
It's always inspirational to see so many youngsters take on the 5k distance.  Well done to all of you!
Check out the speed-stars who finished first in the following junior categories:
JW10:  Kiera Carlyle in 34:52 (First Timer!)
JW 11-14:  Hazel Forrest in 20:51 (First Timer!)
JW 15-17:  Ella Robertson 29:24
JM 10: Rhys Carmichael in 23:18 (PB!)
JM 11-14:  Finlay McLuckie in 19:20 (PB!)
JM 15-17:  Tom Palmer 19:16 (PB!)
A round of applause for the fleet of feet in the following categories:
Women's Category:
1st in was Hazel Forrest for Harrogate Harriers & AC  in 20:51 (First Timer)
2nd in was Rachel Forrest for Harrogate Harriers & AC  in 22:39 (First Timer)
3rd in was Lauren Bate  in 22:50 (First Timer)
Men's Category:
1st in was Stephen MacKay for Inverness Harriers AAC in 15:42 (PB)
2nd in was James Badenoch in 17:21 (First Timer)
3rd in was Alexander Howells in 17:50 (First Timer)
For those feeling the need for speed, get your skates on!
The Elgin course record in the Female Category was set on September 21, 2019 by Jenny Bannerman with 17:12.
The Male Category record was set on April 13, 2019 by Kenny Wilson with 15:29.
Juniors who complete ten 5k parkruns become members of the Ten Club.
Congratulations to Rhys Carmichael on completion of his 10th parkrun on Saturday.  He added an extra flourish to his 10th outing with an admirable 23:18 PB!  This JM10 parkrunner began his parkrun journey on July 20, 2019 & has collected 4 shiny PBs along the way.  All 10 of his events have been at  Elgin parkrun.  Kudos x 10, Rhys!!
Rory Marsh parkran his way into the 50 Club on Saturday.  This was parkrun tourist Rory's first visit to Elgin parkrun.  His parkrun story began on September 9, 2017 at Edinburgh.  He has 9 shiny PBs to his credit with 2 earned at Edinburgh & 7 at Curl Curl (New South Wales, Australia)   To round out his parkrun experience, Rory has also dipped his toe in the volunteering pool on occasion.  Congrats on your 50th parkrun, Rory!  Enjoy sporting your 50 milestone T-shirt!
At the helm of Team Spirit was Run Director Extraordinaire Paul Hughes.  Under his watchful eye, Paul's merry band of volunteers orchestrated a truly spirited event.
3 cheers & a standing ovation for these 19 volunteers:
Junfei HU • Paul HUGHES • Holly ROBINSON • Gwen JONES • Colin HALL • Martin BAIN • Dawn THIRKELL • Phill THOMPSON • Deborah MAIN • Frances WARDHAUGH • Sue REES • William COOKE • Shona LEESE • Kat STABLES • Tracey HOY • Lorraine LONGMUIR • Jase KILBY • Kathleen FRASER • Jacqueline PETERKIN
Savouring your chance to sport one of our fancy-schmancy high-vis volunteer vests?  
That's fabulous!  We need you!
We're keen to recruit new volunteers, & always excited to welcome back experienced volunteers.
For your chance to make a splash in the volunteer pool, check out future volunteer opportunities at:
As a First Timer at Elgin, I was absolutely delighted with the experience.  The smiley volunteers were ace, the parkrunners were a friendly bunch, the course was flat, the rain held off (thanks Mother Nature!), & the cafe at Decora was the cherry on the top.  Who could ask for anything more?  Thanks for your First Class hospitality, Elgin!  I'll be back!
Happy parkrunning & DFYB (Don't Forget Your Barcode),
Cynthia Fry



Just a reminder

May be an image of phone and text that says "partners pafkrum Vitality 'Y ONLY WE'RE APP all of our scanning and timing is done via the virtual volunteer app"


Further news

Further to earlier post:

Today we received notification from parkrun HQ that we shall be looking to restart on Saturday 14 Aug.

A few changes to be made but more info to follow soon, here and on our social media feeds.




Restart date


following announcements recently by governments about easing of restrictions there is understandably a great deal of speculation about our parkrun restarting.  We are awaiting official notice from parkrun HQ about such a date.

We as a team have already been doing prep work in the background to ensure all is in place once the start date is announced.  It actually felt great to be in the park doing parkrun stuff for the first time in such a long while.

We will keep you informed as soon as we know anything more.

Look forward to seeing you all soon.





(not)parkrun- why not give it a go?

Well it looks like it will be sometime before we get back to proper parkrun fun.

But, did you know that you can still have a bit of parkrun fun with (not)parkrun?
It's a way of keeping you running and in touch with the parkrun community - virtually or at a distance.

There's a full FAQ section at…/360009843618--not-parkrun-FAQs

Go on give it a go! Let's see how many Elgin parkrun can record each week.