Cancellation procedure

Dear All,

I thought it would be useful to do a reminder of the procedure for a parkrun cancellation.

As Event Director, I entered into an agreement with parkrun UK to attempt to facilitate a run every Saturday of the year. However, obviously there are occasions when parkrun needs to be cancelled due to things like weather or path closures.

The rules set by parkrun UK mean that we can cancel at anytime up to 0930h, or in extreme cases even after the run has started.

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When a cancellation is known about well in advance e.g. scheduled path closures, we do of course announce this in good time. In the case of adverse weather we will typically announce a cancellation on a Friday evening where it is obvious the run would not be safe e.g. if there is already an inch of ice on the route and overnight temperatures are forecast to be below zero.

When there is a reasonable chance of conditions being ok, we will wait and make the decision after the morning route inspection, which is done prior to every parkrun. We announce morning cancellations on Facebook and also on the parkrun website.  We aim to announce morning cancellations by 0830h.

Ellon typically cancels a few times each winter due to frost or ice, and some of those cancellations will be announced after the morning inspection.

Occasionally we encounter people who disagree with the decision made by the Run Director. However, the Run Director is the one legally liable for the decision and hence it is theirs to make and cannot be overruled.

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Steven Garden
Event Director - Ellon parkrun

 

Ellon parkrun #229 – 20/11/2021

Hmm, that was a bit of a wet start to the weekend, but at least the torrential rain that came on whilst everyone gathered for the start had stopped by the time we started the run today.

Congratulations to Alisdair Samways and Tim Dring for completing their 50th and 100th parkruns respectively, and for kindly donating some spot prizes for 50th, 51st and 100th finishers.  It was a double celebration for Alisdair as he also got a new PB today as well, fantastic!

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Tim and Alisdair were joined today by another 116 parkrunners who walked, jogged or ran their way round the course, 15 of whom were first timers and 11 achieved new PBs.  Today we had visitors from Portsmouth, Newcastle and Dundee.

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Thanks, as ever, to our fabulous team of volunteers today; Andy FRASER • Andrew MCNEILL • Jackie GARDEN • Susan SOMNER • Allan LESLIE • Steven CHALMERS • Jillian EUNSON • Nicola PRICE • Murray EUNSON • Steven EUNSON • Emily BELL • Eleanor PEACOCK

Happy Running

Andrew

This week's Run Director

 

Ellon parkrun #228 – 13/11/2021

Not the sunniest of days for this morning's Ellon parkrun, but dry and mild which is always a boost. This week 135 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 18 were first timers and 25 recorded new Personal Bests.  We also had visitors all the way from suny Tring and Elgin.

We had several parkrun milestones to celebrate today, including:
Paul Robertson on his 50th parkrun
Jill Walker on her 100th parkrun
Jeananne Beckett on her 100th parkrun
Congraulations to you all and thanks for the various donations of spot prizes and chocolates to keep all the runners (and volunteers) well fuelled.

Clearly my brain was still sleeping this morning, as I forgot to thank the volunteers during the run briefing. So, an extra special thank you and shout out to this week's volunteers, who were:
James MORTIMER • Jim MCCURRACH • Tamsin MORRIS • Andrew MCNEILL • Ruth PIRIE • Jackie GARDEN • Myrtle THOMSON • Susan SOMNER • Sammi MACLENNAN • Nicola PRICE • Harry JACKSON • Eleanor PEACOCK

Enjoy the rest of the weekend
Tamsin (this week's run director)

 

Ellon parkrun #227 – 6/11/2021

This morning saw a very soggy and grey start to our parkrun, but at least it wasn't as wet as last week!  Thankfully the weather gods looked favourably on us and it dried up towards the end.

Remember that if you want a hot drink and a scone after your run ( or a really fine cooked brekkie), head to the Buchan hotel in the town centre beside the roundabout, where you'll be given a warm welcome.  We'd love to see you there, and it's always good to support local small businesses.

Here's hoping for nicer weather next week!

If anyone is missing a checked flat cap, it's in the box waiting for you to collect.

Stuart, this weeks Run Director

This week 99 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 6 were first timers and 10 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 12 volunteers.  Many thanks for their help on such an inclement day.

Gemma COLLINS • Corine JACK • Susan SOMNER • Tracey WESTON • Sammi MACLENNAN • Stuart CHRISTIE • Fiona MUTCH • Steve BARROW • Kerry PEARCE • Michelle BAGULEY • Harry JACKSON • Eleanor PEACOCK

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 3,768 participants have completed 25,850 parkruns covering a total distance of 129,250 km, including 5,128 new Personal Bests. A total of 485 individuals have volunteered 2,596 times.

 

Ellon parkrun #226 – 30/10/2021

This week 99 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 8 were first timers and 8 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different clubs took part.

A different route today starting at South Road with the turning point at the 2km marker. No lap of Gordon Park due to the local bonfire and firework display being set up.

A difficult day for runners and volunteers alike. Many thanks for everyone for participating and especially to Fraserburgh Running Club for their volunteer takeover. Despite the less than ideal weather there were still a lot of smiling faces. Running up that extra hill with the wind and rain in your face must have been brutal.....

Back to the normal route next week and fingers crossed for better weather

Meanwhile, I'm looking forward to having my flat full of volunteer bibs drying out..... the things we do!!

Many thanks,

Nicky Price
Run Director

The event was made possible by 14 volunteers:

Steven GARDEN • Alison WEST • Graeme CLARK • Duncan ABERNETHY • Brian URQUHART • Susan URQUHART • Mike HARTLEY • Sandra HARTLEY • Nicola PRICE • Claire BUCHAN • Brenda MUTCH • Jennifer BEEDIE • Karen ABERNETHY • Johnny BEEDIE

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 3,762 participants have completed 25,751 parkruns covering a total distance of 128,755 km, including 5,118 new Personal Bests. A total of 483 individuals have volunteered 2,584 times

 

Ellon parkrun #225 – 23/10/2021

Fortunately the overnight frost had gone by the time of today's run, but the cold wind that built up at the finish line during the run is a reminder that winter is coming, brrrr!!!!

Congratulations to Alison Murdoch and Laurie Phillips who both celebrated their 50th runs today and kindly donated prizes for various finishing positions, as well as a spot prize donated by an anonymous regular parkrunner who was celebrating a birthday (my lips are sealed!).  Laurie also donated a prize for all runners, so hopefully everyone got to share in the Celebrations!

This week we had 113 people running, jogging or walking the route.  Of these, 17 were first timers, so nice to see a mix of visitors and locals taking the opportunity to run with us today, thank you!

Special thanks to this week's wonderful team of volunteers, without whom Ellon parkrun could not operate: Steven CHALMERSTom DAVIESJackie GARDENAllan LESLIEBeverley MACIVERKevin MACIVERStewart MACLENNANAndrew MCNEILLColin MUNROSusan SOMNERTracey WESTON

As mentioned during today's briefing, next week the route will be slightly modified as we need to accommodate the fireworks display being set up in Gordon Park.  We will still start from the campus area, so just come along as usual.  Watch out for further notification about this during the coming week.

Happy running!

Andrew

Run Director

 

 

Ellon parkrun 16/10/2021 | #224

The run

This week 131 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 17 were first timers and 23 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 13 volunteers:

James MORTIMER • Steven GARDEN • Ruaridh ANDREW • Tamsin MORRIS • Andy CRUICKSHANK • Gillian GRANT • Steven CHALMERS • Colin GRANT • Fiona MILNE • Rosemary WOOD • Susan CUMMING • Andy FENWICK • Eleanor PEACOCK

Today was Ellon parkrun's 6th anniversary! Ellon parkrun started on 17th October 2015. There were 98 finishers at the inaugural event, and our record attendance currently stands at 285.

In previous years we have celebrated with tea and cake at the finish line, but things being the way they are, this year we kept it modest and just had a few tubs of sweeties for a little treat.

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We said congratulations to Jim Mortimer for joining the 100 run club, and thanks for donating a spot prize to the 100th finisher. We also congratulated Caroline Fettes and Dean McShea for joining the 50 run club. Thank you for gifting the box of Quality Street too.

Some of you may have noticed that I am not a fan of big speeches or long run briefings, but I certainly want to say that it makes me incredibly happy to see everyone at parkrun week after week. I think parkrun is a brilliant invention that makes the world a better place, and I feel incredibly lucky that I got to bring it to Ellon. Thank you to all the runners, all the volunteers, and a special mention to the Ellon core team who are always beavering away behind the scenes keeping the cogs turning.

Steven G
Event Director - Ellon parkrun

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Ellon parkrun #223 – 09/10/21

The weather was certainly more autumnal this morning,  but we were lucky enough for the rain to hold off until we had packed up.   Several runners commented on how it was preferable to run in the cooler conditions, I know I prefer it to the heat of summer.

It was great to be back in the role of RD for the first time since we returned after the break, seeing so many happy and familiar faces.

This week 111 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 11 were first timers and 10 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 10 volunteers, without whom we couldn’t have parkrun.  If you fancy trying your hand at any of the roles, either speak to the RD next time you come along, or drop us an email. You’ll always be made very welcome.  Today’s winning team were:

James MORTIMER • Jackie GARDEN • Andy CRUICKSHANK • Susan SOMNER • Sean SWINDELLS • Andrew SAMWAYS • Stuart CHRISTIE • Ben BROOKES • Mike RODGERS • Elaine RODGERS

Thanks to everyone who took part, runners and volunteers.  And not forgetting the canine runners too!

Take care

Stuart, today’s Run Director

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 3,720 participants have completed 25,408 parkruns covering a total distance of 127,040 km, including 5,078 new Personal Bests. A total of 476 individuals have volunteered 2,546 times.

 

Ellon parkrun #222 – 02/10/21

A mixed bag of weather at Ellon parkrun this morning - some sunshine, occasional blustery showers and even a rainbow. This week 112 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 5 were first timers and 15 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part.

Congratulations to Kevin McIver who completed his 100th parkrun today and kindly donated a spot prize for the 81st finisher - not his age apparently but the number of parkruns he's done at Ellon.  Fiona Hamilton was delighted to be 81st across the line.

Thanks as ever to the fabulous volunteer team who coped with whatever the weather threw at them. They were:
Jeananne BECKETT • Lynn MURRAY • Andy FRASER • Tamsin MORRIS • Jackie GARDEN • Susan SOMNER • Sue RODWELL • Phil ASTLEY • Jillian EUNSON • Nicola PRICE • Sally J. WATSON • Steven EUNSON • Steve BARROW • Michelle BARROW

Just a reminder that the Buchan hotel are happy to host the parkrun crowd after the event, so feel free to call in for a coffee to warm yourself up after your run.

Hope to see you all next week
Thanks, Tamsin
This week's run director

 

Ellon parkrun # 221- 25/09/2021

Conditions were ideal for todays run,119 people ran,jogged and walked the course,14 were first timers and 22 recorded new PB's.Representatives of 13 different clubs took part.

Andy Cruickshank completed his 50th parkrun and donated prizes for the 35th,56th & 74th finishers and there was also a random prize donated for the 106th finisher.Claire Gordon also completed her 200th run.

Leslie Nicol from Aberdeen set a new age category record in the VM 85-89 category.

The event was made possible by 13 volunteers:

James MORTIMER • Jeananne BECKETT • Andy FRASER • Susan SOMNER • Steven CHALMERS • Tracey WESTON • Tom DAVIES • Alison MCGEE • Alasdair MCLEAN • Steve BARROW • Michelle BARROW • Beverley MACIVER • Seonaid A MCLAREN

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