Ellon parkrun 25/01/2020 | #207

Another fantastic turnout this week with 237 runners, joggers and walkers, plus a few dogs!  Those New Year's Resolutions are holding up well, keep it going!

Of those 237, we had 22 first timers coming along and despite the slightly slippery conditions, 45 new PBs (almost 20% of the turnout).

We had 2 milestones celebrated this week.  Tom Davies reached his 50th parkrun and donated a plate of 50 banana loaf slices, apologies to those of you who missed out, you need to run faster!  Gillian Grant reached her 100th parkrun and donated a prize for the 100th finisher, who was Lynn Park.

Meanwhile at the front of the pack, Max Abernethy finished in 16:07, just a few seconds off his and our course PB.  Given the conditions today, a sub-16 minute looks imminent. No pressure Max!

And just a word about today's path conditions given we've had an increase in numbers recently and many are taking part in their first parkrun winter season.  As you noticed and a few people commented, it was a bit slippy in places.  However, as we do every week, a route recce was carried out immediately before the run and the run director makes the call on whether they deem the course safe to run.  So even though there were a few slippery or icy places, as long as everyone takes care and any possible issues are highlighted during the run safety briefing, the route is always considered safe to run with due caution.  The path is wide with grass verges along most sections, allowing space for passing any such areas safely.  But ultimately it's your decision and if you feel it is unsafe for you personally, it's perfectly acceptable to walk sections or even abandon your run altogether.

Next week, as it's the first parkrun of the month, we will have pacers from 20' to 40', providing the conditions are considered safe to do so.

Thanks as ever to our volunteers without whom today's, and every Saturday's, parkrun would not go ahead.

Today's hiviz heroes were .... Mike MACKAY • Steven GARDEN • Andrew MCNEILL • Jillian EUNSON • Ross STONE • Kevin MACIVER • Mella SLATTERY • Matt LOCKLEY • Murray EUNSON • Steven EUNSON • Steve BARROW • Beverley MACIVER

See you all next Saturday, happy running this week!

Andrew