We had a glorious sunny today in Ellon, fortunately escaping the heavy rain showers that were a feature of the last few days leading up to Saturday's event.
This week 181 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 19 were first timers and 40 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part.
We had visitors from Australia, where current winter temperatures are on a par with Ellon's summer!
After last week's plethora of milestones, this week we had another milestone to celebrate. Regular runners and parkrun volunteering stalwarts, Glen and Ross Chalmers celebrated their joint 100th parkrun at Ellon today.
Glen ran his first ever parkrun on the day Ellon parkrun got started, way back in October 2015, and since then has become embedded in the fabric of our local weekly event, taking on various volunteering roles, becoming part of the core team, run director 32 times, and encouraging many others to participate in parkrun.
Ross' parkrun career started about 6 months later and since then he has completed 120 parkruns and 58 junior parkruns, steadily improving his times such that he now regularly outperforms dad! Ross is also a regular volunteer, with over 50 volunteer credits including being run director on two occasions.
The event was made possible by 12 volunteers:
Niall FINDLAY • Tamsin MORRIS • Andrew MCNEILL • Jackie GARDEN • Myrtle THOMSON • Nicola NICHOLLS • Ross STONE • Tom DAVIES • Nicola PRICE • Steve BARROW • Jill CAMERON • Kirsten BRODERICK
Special mention to our newest volunteer today, Ross Stone, who is doing his Duke of Edinburgh gold award and will be a regular for the next 12 months as he fulfils the volunteering element of his award. During his time with us, Ross will get the opportunity to take on all of the volunteering roles. For any others thinking of achieving their DoE awards at bronze, silver or gold level, parkrun offers a fun and rewarding way of fulfilling this element of the award. And it also helps us fill the volunteer roster! If you are interested, talk to whoever is run director that week.
And for those of you with an eye to statistics .... Ellon parkrun started on 17th October 2015. Since then 2,892 participants have completed 17,968 parkruns covering a total distance of 89,840 km, including 3,907 new Personal Bests. A total of 379 individuals have volunteered 1,872 times.