Ellon parkrun # 177 – 22/06/2019

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.

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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.


Ellon parkrun # 176 – 15/06/2019

A morning full of milestones and cake. Congratulations to all our runners hitting the 50th and 100th mark, hopefully them all important t-shirts arrive sharpish. I think I can safely speak for everyone when I say also a huge thank you for all the cake provided, it was a great sight to see everyone socialising at the end with a fine piece in hand. One thing I didn't mention in the briefing was if you have a milestone coming up, please let us know so we can add it to the briefing.
As always a huge thanks to all the volunteers and runners today that made today's event run so smooth.
I hope everyone enjoyed today's run at Ellon and we hope to see you back soon.
Callum :)

This week 192 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 21 were first timers and 41 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 11 volunteers:

Danny LYNCH • Michelle BROWN • Stewart MACLENNAN • Callum SMITH • Gillian DOUGLAS • Shallene CATTO • Nicola NICHOLLS • Sammi CLUBB • Fiona MUTCH • Maureen YOUNG • 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 16:09 on 20th April 2019 (event number 168).
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 2,873 participants have completed 17,787 parkruns covering a total distance of 88,935 km, including 3,867 new Personal Bests. A total of 376 individuals have volunteered 1,860 times.


Ellon parkrun # 175 – 08/06/2019

Despite yesterdays weather forecast looking like we were going to get wet this morning conditions were very pleasant for todays parkrun.                                                              With expectations of a lower turnout due to a number of other events happening over the weekend we still managed a healthy 119 runners,joggers and walkers today of which 10 were first timers,25 new PB's were recorded and 11 running clubs were represented.                                                                                                                        Rose Galbraith celebrated her 50th run and we had visitors from Belton in Derbyshire and Hugh Smith from Bushy Park in London who completed his 362nd run today.            The volunteer roster is looking a bit sparse over the next few weeks so we would be happy to hear from anyone that can fill a slot.

Todays event was made possible by 12 volunteers.                                 Nicola PRICE : Mike MACKAY : Tracey WESTON :Katrina CLARK : Stuart CHRISTIE : Jeanette MCBOYLE : Caroline BUCHAN : Bibi RAINEY : Lynne MORRISON :           Tom DAVIES : Steve BARROW : Andy FRASER :


Ellon parkrun # 174 – 01/06/2019

All of a sudden we are into June and the sun decided to shine on us which was a welcome sight after yesterday's rain.

The good weather and the attraction of pacer week was clearly enough to incite an excellent turnout of 185 to run, jog and walk the course, of whom 17 were first timers including visitors from Kirkwall and Edinburgh.

As always with a pacer week we saw a bumper number of new Personal Bests, 35 in total will be having a little jig of delight when they look at the results. So if you see Matthew Douglas, Kevin Buchan, Bruce Ferguson, Malcolm Stone, James Shaw, Andrew Rennie, Lynne Towler, Hannah Taylor, Euan Mcalister, Christopher Agar, Campbell Hayden, Kenny Steele, Ronnie Wilson, Callan Booth, Tracey Loughhead, Steve Barrow, Caroline Fettes, Jill Cameron, Fiona Mutch, Jill Garden, Sandra Stewart, Maureen Young, Amy Clarke, Chelsea Robertson, Steven Scofield, Michelle Cunningham, Wendy Brady, Andrew Carle, Kirsten Broderick, Sophie Gravener, Ashley Finnie, Lindsay Rae, Sharon Jarvie-Paterson, Gemma Finnie and Sophie Greig skipping about with well earned big grins you'll know why.

We have pacers on the first Saturday of each month, odd numbers on odd numbered months and even numbers on even numbered months.

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Among our participants today were Saul and Molly Phillips who were celebrating their (junior only) milestone of 10 parkrun's and kindly donated boxes of sweets to the 19th finisher (Andrew Rennie - plus his PB what a great day) and 114th finisher (Sue Rodwell).

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:

Robert BUCHAN • June BUCHAN • Niall FINDLAY • Ryan RAMSAY • Andrew MCNEILL • Jill WALKER • Elaine TAYLOR • Glen CHALMERS • Lynn PARK • Anne BROWN • Martyn PHILLIPS • Ross CHALMERS • Claire DUNCAN • Jason OSBORNE • Lynne TOWLER • Kevin MACIVER • Nicola PRICE • Kim KING • Steve BARROW • Katrina CLARK • Beverley MACIVER

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


Thanks everyone for what was another amazing parkrun day.

Glen Chalmers and Nicky Price (today's Run Directors)


Ellon parkrun # 173 – 25/05/2019

This week 115 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 6 were first timers and 28 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 12 volunteers:

Steven GARDEN • Alex MACLEOD • Jackie GARDEN • Andrew SAMWAYS • Tracey WESTON • Tom DAVIES • Fiona MUTCH • Nicola PRICE • Sally JOHNSON • Matt LOCKLEY • Victoria SMART • Steve BARROW

A warmer and dry day for a change.  A bit quieter than normal perhaps due to the Barra 10k and the Edinburgh Running Festival.

Thank you to everyone who have made donations to the Ellon event fund.  Many of you may have noticed today that we now have a storage box at the finish area, which is a real help to the Run Director team.  We are grateful to the landowner - Cromleybank farm - for giving us permission to put it there.

See you next time,

Alex and Steven

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