Ellon parkrun Event number 193 12th October 2019

Today saw a lovely bright autumn morning, which made for perfect running weather. We welcomed Rob McLeod who was running his 50th parkrun, and also Margaret Allan, who is touring all Scotland's parkruns, of which we were number 48.

We had a wee blip with the scanners for a few of the first runners. If you were in position 2, 4, 8 or 9, please email us with your name and barcode number, and we'll get things updated. Apologies for that!

If you were finisher number 27, can you please check whether you took your finish token home in error?  it appears to be missing.

We had some tops left behind today, we've put them in the box for safe keeping.  If you are missing a black hoodie or a red gillet, they're waiting for you.

This week 188 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 17 were first timers and 36 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 12 volunteers from Bounceback to Netball, Ellon, who kindly provided a spread of cakes for us all.

Melanie FLETCHER • Lyndsey SHAW • Lynne MORRISON • Moira HALKET • Ross STONE • Stuart CHRISTIE • Louise SIMPSON • Alison MCCREA • Angela ROBSON • Susan CUMMING • Jen J M STRACHAN • Hayley LORIMER

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Ellon parkrun Results Page.

Your Run Director
Stuart

The female record is held by Tammy WILSON who recorded a time of 18:23 on 15th July 2017 (event number 84).
The male record is held by Max ABERNETHY who recorded a time of 16:01 on 6th July 2019 (event number 179).
The Age Grade course record is held by Carolyn MILNE who recorded 90.69% (20:14) on 20th August 2016 (event number 40).

Ellon parkrun started on 17th October 2015. Since then 3,245 participants have completed 20,722 parkruns covering a total distance of 103,610 km, including 4,373 new Personal Bests. A total of 433 individuals have volunteered 2,133 times.

 

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Ellon parkrun # 192 – 05/10/2019

With a busy race weekend (Middleton, Loch Ness and Brewdog to name a few), we expected a poor turnout, and the early morning weather probably wasn't too encouraging either.

Nevertheless 135 runners, walkers and joggers, plus a few dogs, turned out for what was a blustery, but not unpleasant, run.

Kerry Pearce celebrated her 50th parkrun and kindly donated spot prizes for 78th and 112th positions, so well done to Kerry for achieving this milestone and to the 2 lucky winners.

Being the first Saturday of the month, we had our even number pacers with times from 20 to 40 minutes.  A fantastic 30 runners celebrated new PBs today, many encouraged and supported by our pacers.  So despite me almost forgetting them during the briefing, a big THANK YOU to all our pacers today.  If you haven't noticed, it is traditional for the run director to forget to mention something or thank someone.  If it's not the cafe for coffee afterwards, it's usually the volunteers.

This week parkrun celebrated its 15th birthday, so Ellon parkrunners today were in the good company of over 6 million people who have signed up to parkrun and regularly participate in a 5km run or walk, long before most others get out of bed on Saturday morning.  Well done to one and all!

In two weeks' time Ellon will celebrate it's 4th birthday (19 October), so watch out for notices on how we will celebrate this milestone.

Thanks to all our hi-viz heroes and pacers this week, without you parkrun wouldn't be the success it is!

Mike MACKAY • Izzie MCDONALD • Alan DOWNIE • Niall FINDLAY • Susan MACIVER • Brian URQUHART • Royston WALKER • Alex MACLEOD • Tamsin MORRIS • Wendy PARLEY • Alison MCNEILL • Andrew MCNEILL • Lynn PARK • Emma FINDLAY • Ross CHALMERS • Tracey WESTON • Louise SIMPSON • Nicola PRICE • Gordon YOUNG • Andrew FRASER • Victoria SMART • Steve BARROW

Finally good luck to all our parkrunners taking part in the various Middleton Trust races and the Loch Ness marathon or 10k races on Sunday.

Happy running!

Andrew

This week's run director

 

Ellon parkrun Event number 191 28th September 2019

This week 119 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 5 were first timers and 16 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 11 different clubs took part.

Thank you and well done to everyone who turned up today, on what we can agree was a very wet and cold day. Our volunteers today were all from the Ellon JogScotland Graduates group, and I'm sure you all agree they did a sterling job in the weather conditions.

We have a few missing positions in the results today. We were manually noting bar codes which were not scanning, but unfortunately due to the rain, my sheet got a bit soggy and I'm unable to read all of my notes. if you were in position 52, please get in touch and I'll get you added in.

As you may have heard me mention at the finish funnel, (I forgot at the start briefing, sorry!), there are a couple of fun runs being held at Crimond tomorrow. A 6k which kicks off at 12 noon, and a 12k at 1pm. Both are available to sign up on the day, entry at the village hall. Quite a few Ellon runners are going along, why not join them for what will be a lovely run?

The event was made possible by 13 volunteers:

James MORTIMER • Lynn MURRAY • Alan MURRAY • Sandra STEWART • Lynn PARK • Margaret JONES • Andrew RENNIE • Ross STONE • Stuart CHRISTIE • Fiona MUTCH • Gillian REID • Lynne GRAVENER • Steve BARROW

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Ellon parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Tammy WILSON who recorded a time of 18:23 on 15th July 2017 (event number 84).
The male record is held by Max ABERNETHY who recorded a time of 16:01 on 6th July 2019 (event number 179).
The Age Grade course record is held by Carolyn MILNE who recorded 90.69% (20:14) on 20th August 2016 (event number 40).

Ellon parkrun started on 17th October 2015. Since then 3,215 participants have completed 20,399 parkruns covering a total distance of 101,995 km, including 4,307 new Personal Bests. A total of 422 individuals have volunteered 2,099 times.

 

Ellon parkrun # 190 – 21/09/2019

This week 165 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 11 were first timers and 37 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 11 volunteers:

Steven GARDEN • Allan CAMPBELL • Elaine IRVINE • Hannah MILNE • Scott WALKER • Bernice WALKER • Tracey WESTON • Ross STONE • Nicola PRICE • Mike RODGERS • Steve BARROW

The weather was moderate today, but a few runners commented it was a harsh wind on the finishing hill.

Overall a quieter Saturday with no milestones today but please do let us know should you have one and would like to have a wee celebration with some snacks or a spot prize etc and the team will put it in the diary.

The Ellon team met this week as they do every year for a general meeting prior to our anniversary to discuss any relevant business from the last 12 months.  Watch for news of our 4th anniversary celebration!

Steven G

 

Ellon parkrun #189 – 14/09/2019

What started as a dreary grey morning was soon warmed up in true parkrun style, the clouds moved on, the sky brightened up, cake was displayed, milestones were announced and PB's started tumbling.

The early morning weather didn't deter the attendance as we welcomed 159 people to run, jog and walk the course.

Milestone's are always amazing to celebrate at parkrun with juniors being allowed to first celebrate when they reach 10 parkrun's that honour fell today to Niamh Hynd who kindly donated a box of chocolates to the 116th finisher.

The star milestone today though was taken by Murray Eunson who celebrated his 100th parkun.  Murray is absolutely one of the stars of Ellon parkrun, from his first parkrun on 17 June 2017 where he recorded a time of 35:29, we have seen Murray progress and today he recorded a new PB of 26:59.  Not satisfied with just being a runner, Murray has also volunteered on 9 separate occasions.

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Murray's parents Jillian and Steven, took to the volunteer team today and his grandparents were on hand to dish out some well earned cake to all of today's participants.

What few people realise though is that Murray is visually impaired and he nearly always runs on his own, challenging his disability and mixing amazingly with his peers.  Away from parkrun, Murray is a para-swimmer with a British Blind Sport classification, a true inspiration to us all.

As a coincidence we actually welcomed another visually impaired runner today with Neil Skene and his guide runner Graeme Hay also taking part, Neil like Murray recorded a PB today along with 31 others, well done to you all.

Among our first timers included Ian Allen who nervously owned up during the first timers briefing that he might be the front runner and gladly he was well briefed as he navigated the course in a super fast 16:49.  Our first lady finisher Mairi Walker and Ian are both members of Spa Striders RC based in Leamington Spa, England.  Ian and Mairi were joined by 25 other first timers, we hope you all enjoyed your first visit to Ellon parkrun.

One of our age grade records was beaten today by Fraser Drummond in the SM20-24 age category with a fantastic time of 17:08, as he chased after Ian Allen.  Fraser is off to Glasgow University next week and we wish him well with his studies and hope he finds time to keep up the running.

We added an extra marshal in the park today due to the presence of the fun fair.  This was incase any vehicles tried to enter or leave the park.  We were proved absolutely correct and thankfully this marshal was able to ensure everyone's safety when a car did try to leave the fun fair area whilst people were leaving the park area.  This marshal was one of 15 high-viz hero's who were:

Ronnie MUTCH • Caroline BUCHAN • Glen CHALMERS • Jackie GARDEN • Andy CRUICKSHANK • Susan SOMNER • Claire DUNCAN • Jillian EUNSON • Ross STONE • Nicola PRICE • Steven EUNSON • Paul ANDERSON • Graeme HAY • Mike RODGERS • Steve BARROW

Another fantastic parkrun morning

This weeks run directors

Claire (plus Nicola and Ronnie who were training)

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