Ellon parkrun 11/09/2021 | #219

Ellon parkrun 11/09/2021 - # 219
The fifth parkrun at Ellon since our return and my chance to remind myself what a run director is supposed to do.  Fortunately thanks to our fabulous team of volunteers it all went smoothly and the rain even politely disappeared just as we got going.
A total of 117 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 6 were first timers and 19 recorded new personal bests, which is impressive as the conditions were fairly muggy.  We had two people completed their 100th parkrun, including Dave Albans who'd come all the way from Lincoln to do it and an anonymous runner who kindly donated two spot prizes for finisher 41 and 100.
The event was made possible by 11 volunteers:

Diane MILNE • Tamsin MORRIS • Lilias PARKS • Jackie GARDEN • Graham PARLEY • Andy CRUICKSHANK • Steven CHALMERS • Tom DAVIES • Nicola PRICE • Michelle BAGULEY • Seonaid A MCLAREN.
Hope to see you all next week
Tamsin (this week's run director)

 

Toilets unavailable 11/9/21

On Friday 10/9/21 we learned that the campus will be closed on 11/9/21, and hence the toilets will be unavailable. The nearest public toilets are at Market Street car park, AB41 9JD.

 

Ellon parkrun 04/09/2021 | #218

Our fourth event since the resumption of parkrun and my first time back as run director since January 2020.  Fortunately today's event was straightforward both in terms of the run itself and processing afterwards, as it's surprising how much you have to remember!

Despite some early morning drizzle, conditions improved for the run itself to the benefit of the 116 runners, joggers and walkers who came along today.

We welcomed 17 first timers, so great to see more new people coming to parkrun each week.  Let's hope this becomes part of their Saturday morning routine, just as it is for the rest of us.

We also had 23 personal bests, including 6 from the first 10 runners home.

This week's event was made possible thanks to our 14 volunteers:-

Claire GORDON • Andy FRASER • Glynis BUCHAN • Andrew MCNEILL • Wendy LEAPER • Jillian EUNSON • Fiona MUTCH • Nicola PRICE • Mella SLATTERY • Steven EUNSON • George ADAMS • Steve BARROW • Michelle BARROW • Hannah TAYLOR

Look forward to seeing you all again next Saturday

Andrew McNeill (Run Director)

 *** Appeal for new Run Director(s) ***

Ellon Run Director Nicky Price will be moving house shortly and so is standing down as a regular Run Director. We wish her all the best but she has promised to still come visit when she can.

I'd like to grow the Ellon Run Director team by 1-2 people. Anyone interested please email us or have a chat with the Run Director on the day. The first thing to do is to learn a little about the role to see if you think it is for you.

ellon@parkrun.com

It can seem like a big step up - very common fears are public speaking and processing results - but you will be supported all the way. I find the role very rewarding and I'm extremely glad I took the plunge when the opportunity first came about back in 2012.

Steven Garden
Event Director - Ellon parkrun

 

 

Ellon parkrun 28/08/2021 | #217

Ellon parkrun
Event number 217
28th August 2021

Lovely morning for a run although it seemed to be pretty warm by the end... well, warm for Aberdeen! The new PA system seemed to work well and many thanks to those who donated to make it possible. It does have disco lights too, so maybe in the gloom of winter we can see the full effect!

Thankyou to all the volunteers. Many of the volunteers were using the relatively new virtual volunteer app and the general consensus seems to be that it's pretty straightforward. Submitting the data for the results to be processed is now even easier than before too. This is done with the Run Director before you head home. So any technophobes amongst you (including me) don't let that put you off.

Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend and see you again next week.

Nicky Price (Run Director)
This week 141 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 16 were first timers and 28 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 12 volunteers:

James MORTIMER • Steven GARDEN • Tracey CADENHEAD • Rose GALBRAITH • Jackie GARDEN • Steven CHALMERS • Tracey WESTON • Kevin MACIVER • Nicola PRICE • Ben BROOKES • Elaine TAYLOR • Beverley MACIVER

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 15:57 on 8th February 2020 (event number 209).
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 3,659 participants have completed 24,716 parkruns covering a total distance of 123,580 km, including 4,980 new Personal Bests. A total of 472 individuals have volunteered 2,472 times.

 

Ellon parkrun 21/08/2021 | #216

This week 171 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 23 were first timers and 32 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 13 volunteers:

Carly MCNEIL • Steven GARDEN • Andy CRUICKSHANK • Martyn PHILLIPS • Tom DAVIES • Stuart CHRISTIE • Lynne TOWLER • Tom WILLETT • Nicola PRICE • Brenda MUTCH • Steve BARROW • Katrina CLARK • Hannah TAYLOR

The run

It's business as usual and we had another strong showing with 171 participants joining us to walk/jog/run, and 13 volunteers in support. A huge congratulations to Ellon stalwarts Marijtje and George Adams who celebrated 100 parkruns!  (George actually got his last week but kept it quiet so they could celebrate together).

Unfortunately the parkrun gremlins showed up and decided to let loose the number "1" balloon from the "100", leaving only the two number "0" balloons to greet Mari and George at the finish. There were also flowers however and sweeties for everyone. It's wonderful to be together again and celebrating milestones.

The Cafe

An extremely important part of parkrun is the cafe culture and the socialising. Here are the words from founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt on my parkrun mug: "It was always about the coffee". parkrun started when Paul was going through a difficult time in his life and he wanted an excuse to meet up with his friends.

We are without a post-event meeting point at the moment as the future of the coffee bar at the campus is uncertain. We are working on a nominated cafe and will communicate this as soon as we can.
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Funds

Our PA system has broken, and it is important we have one available in order to effectively communicate the run briefing. We rely on donations from parkrunners to help us when we need to make purchases. It would be great to raise approximately £200 to buy a new system that will hopefully last us years. If you are in a position to donate, please use the link below and hit the "donate to parkrun" button. Many thanks.

Donate to Ellon parkrun

Steven G

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