Ellon parkrun 18/01/2020 | #206

This week 201 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 28 were first timers and 26 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 12 volunteers:

Steven GARDEN • Diane MILNE • Andrew MCNEILL • Rose GALBRAITH • Tracey WESTON • Tom DAVIES • Louise SIMPSON • Stephanie FLETT • Ben BROOKES • Alasdair MCLEAN • Kelly WILLOX • Keith STEWART

The run

Chilly conditions this morning and runners had to contend with some frost on the ground and a few bits of ice to avoid.  The run was deemed safe enough to go ahead although of course we always advise people of conditions so that they can choose not to take part on the day if they have concerns.

We congratulated Andrew Rennie for reaching the 100 club milestone.  He donated a few spot prizes to some lucky runners.  We also heard that we had some visitors from Inverness, Edinburgh and Belfast.

Regulars will have noticed that Ellon now uses the "parkrun Virtual Volunteer" smartphone app for timekeeping and scanning.  Scanning can be a little slower due to the time it takes for the camera to focus, but the good news is that they are good at reading even very scruffy barcodes, which saves the volunteer team writing down unscannable numbers and manually entering them during processing.

I'd like to say a general thank you to Ellon parkrunners for giving their full attention to the pre-run briefing, especially on a day like today when someone forgot to charge the PA system (oops!) and so had to attempt to talk loudly enough to be heard by 201 people.

See you next time.
Steven G


parkrun tries to have as few rules as possible.  Here is a reminder of the important ones.

  1. No printed barcode, no time, no exceptions.
  2. Under 11s always within arm's reach of a parent or guardian (over 18).
  3. One dog maximum whilst running, always on a short lead.