parkrun cancelled due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

“All parkrun events in the United Kingdom have been suspended with immediate effect due to the ongoing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation. At this stage we have cancelled events up to the end of March. Please follow our communications channels for ongoing updates. parkrun’s global position is published and will be updated here.”

We'd also like to respectfully request that parkrunners do not organise unofficial group runs starting and finishing at the Ellon start area at 0930h on Saturdays. This would go against the government recommendations for social distancing, have the potential to create confusion, and potentially damage the reputation of parkrun.

Thanks for your understanding. Stay well and look forward to seeing you again after the suspension.

 

Ellon parkrun 14/03/2020 | #214

The run

This week 106 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 7 were first timers and 15 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 11 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 13 volunteers:

James MORTIMER • Izzie MCDONALD • Steven GARDEN • Andrew DAVIDSON • Caroline BUCHAN • Neil FRASER • Jackie GARDEN • Duncan LYNCH • Gillian GRANT • William GALBRAITH • Nicola PRICE • Steven EUNSON • Jill CAMERON

It was a chilly day with a strong wind.  The runners had shelter for most of the way round but the finish was very tough with a constant headwind up the hill to the finish.

We had two official milestone celebrations today: Margo Stewart from Montrose joined the 100 club, and Ashley Keith joined the 50 club.  We also congratulated Kieran Keith (20) and Greg Bruce (100 at Ellon).  Two lucky runners received spot prizes that they donated.

We also wished good luck to all those taking part in the Newburgh Beach Bash, and well wishes to the many Ellon parkrunners who would have been marshalling/volunteering there today.

parkrun in the UK and Coronavirus

As you can see from this map, the UK was the only country in Europe to hold parkruns today.  All other countries had to cancel due to government restrictions.  This is a constantly evolving situation and at any time it may be the case the UK government imposes similar restrictions.  Keep an eye out for news.

coronavirus

A dedicated Coronavirus newspage link can be found on the homepage of every parkrun venue website.  It can also be found below.

https://www.parkrun.com/news/2020/03/12/covid-19/

Anyone currently on the volunteer roster who would prefer to stand down for the time being should please just get in touch.  You will be 100% supported in your decision.

Probably worth waiting until at least Monday however to see what further announcements are made.

All the best, stay well and hope to see you soon.

Steven G

 

Ellon parkrun #213 – 7th March 2020

Despite the sun getting scared and staying away, this week 183 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 13 were first timers.  Having the pacers must have helped as 41 people recorded new Personal Bests.

Our first male finisher was Ryan McRae in 18:42 and our first female finisher was Hannah Taylor in 20:15.  Some spot prizes were donated by Sandra Kelman, doing her 50th parkrun and Andy Fraser, doing his 100th Ellon parkrun, so congratulations to the lucky winners in spots 79, 96 and 100.

The forecast rain held off, so nobody got too wet, but it was a bit chilly for the volunteers' fingers, so thanks to them for making the event happen.  They were:

James MORTIMER • Steven GARDEN • Alison WEST • Duncan ABERNETHY • Jeananne BECKETT • Niall FINDLAY • Andy FRASER • Tamsin MORRIS • Ryan RAMSAY • Rose GALBRAITH • Glen CHALMERS • Steven CHALMERS • Ross STONE • Louise SIMPSON • Sandy MENZIES • Ben BROOKES • Matt LOCKLEY • Kim KING • Suzanne COULL • Mark DUNN • Karen ABERNETHY

Thanks to everyone who took part and see you next week, happy running, Tamsin (this week's run director)

 

Ellon parkrun Event number #212 – 29nd February 2020

No parkrun has ever been held on Saturday 29th February. The last time the 29th February was a Saturday was 1992 and it won't happen again until 2048. So today was special if you like those quirky kind of facts!

Hugely better weather than we had all anticipated so runners and volunteers alike were all duly grateful.

Milestones today were Aidan Robertson who completed his 10th parkrun and Dave Coull who celebrated his 100th parkrun. Dave kindly donated a box of chocolates for position number 95 which was his position at his first ever parkrun.

It's International Women's Day parkrun next week so 'purple' is the colour to wear and bring along that 'female' friend who has printed out a barcode but never run.

It is also pacer week as well, odd numbers from 21 to 39 minutes. If anyone fancies trying this then let us know. We are also short of volunteers for the next month so have a look at our future roster and see if any role takes your fancy. Full training given on the morning of the run and all roles are fairly straight forward. Please email ellon@parkrun.com including your barcode number if you would like to volunteer.

Thanks to all the volunteers today

This week's Run Director

Nicky Price

This week 213 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 22 were first timers and 42 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 12 volunteers:

Laura SMART • Andrew MCNEILL • Lynn PARK • Jackie GARDEN • Susan SOMNER • Steven CHALMERS • Ross STONE • Stuart CHRISTIE • Kevin MACIVER • Nicola PRICE • Beverley MACIVER • Alivia PARK

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 3,569 participants have completed 23,915 parkruns covering a total distance of 119,575 km, including 4,840 new Personal Bests. A total of 466 individuals have volunteered 2,401 times.

 

Ellon parkrun Event number #211 – 22nd February 2020

Today the weather started off good but then the snow started, well done everyone for running/walking/jogging to complete the course.

Milestones :-
Well done to Paddy Phillpot and James King who both celebrated their 100th parkrun. James kindly donated a bottle of wine for a spot prize and some cakes.
Savannah Koemans-Gwynne who celebrated her 50th parkrun last week, today celebrated her 50th Ellon parkrun which at the age of just 8 is amazing! Well done Savannah and thank you for the spot prizes that you kindly donated.

This week 184 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 13 were first timers and 35 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 12 volunteers:

Laura SMART • Craig WILSON • Andrew MCNEILL • Caroline BUCHAN • Jackie GARDEN • Claire DUNCAN • Kevin MACIVER • Nicola PRICE • David COUTTS • Kim KING • Jenny STYLES • James DUNCAN

 

Ellon parkrun Event number 210 15th February 2020

Today saw a very blustery and windy day, although thankfully the rain and storm Dennis didn't make an appearance.

This week 166 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 23 were first timers and 25 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by volunteers from our local Ellon jogscotland Graduates running group, and did a grand job in less than favourable weather conditions. Thank you everyone!

Anne BROWN, Stuart CHRISTIE, Tom DAVIES, Stroma DUNCAN, Deborah HALL, Lynn MURRAY, Fiona MUTCH, Lynn PARK, Graham PARLEY, Gillian REID, Ross STONE, Kelly WILLOX.

We're aware that a few results towards the end may be incorrect - sorry!  If yours doesn't seem right, please email us with your time and position number and we'll look to have this corrected for you.  Please email ellon@parkrun.com.

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 3,534 participants have completed 23,518 parkruns covering a total distance of 117,590 km, including 4,763 new Personal Bests. A total of 460 individuals have volunteered 2,365 times.

 

Ellon parkrun # 209 – 08/02/2020

It was the calm before the storm at Ellon parkrun this morning as conditions were almost perfect and there was no sign of the ice of recent weeks.

Today we had 187 runners,joggers & walkers of whom 12 were first timers,44 recorded new PB's and 14 clubs were represented.Huge congratulations to Max Abernethy on setting a new course record of 15.57 improving his own previous record and recording the first sub 16 time at Ellon.

Wendy Beattie & Glynis Buchan both completed their 50th runs, thanks for the sweets and spot prizes provided.

The event was made possible by 13 volunteers:

Callum SMITH : Steven CHALMERS : Scott WALKER : Caroline BUCHAN :          Tracey WESTON : William GALBRAITH : Rose GALBRAITH : James MORTIMER :        Ross STONE : Sammi CLUBB : Elaine TAYLOR : Andrew MCNEIL : Andy FRASER.

 

Ellon parkrun 01/02/2020 | #208

Well done to all the parkrunners who braved the chilly wind today-at least it wasn't icy!
This week 201 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 18 were first timers and 31 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part. We welcomed visitors from Aberdeen and Omagh, Northern Ireland.
We also had our very own run director, Andy Fraser celebrating his 150th parkrun and 50th stint at volunteering-very well done Andy!
The pacers proved popular again today with a healthy number of runners turning out-the new year resolutions appears to be holding up well!
Thank you again to all the volunteers and pacers today. We are short of volunteers over the next few weeks, if you would like to volunteer simply email ellon@parkrun.com with you barcode number and we can get that set up for you. All tasks are straight forward and the help is very much appreciated!

Happy running,

Roy Walker

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Niall FINDLAY • Royston WALKER • Andy FRASER • Alex MACLEOD • Ryan RAMSAY • Andrew MCNEILL • Lilias PARKS • Rose GALBRAITH • Jackie GARDEN • Sean SWINDELLS • Colin GRANT • Ross STONE • Tom DAVIES • Stuart CHRISTIE • Nicola PRICE • Matt LOCKLEY • Suzanne COULL • Steve BAGULEY • Mike RODGERS • James DUNCAN • Elaine RODGERS • Andy FENWICK

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

 

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

 

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

Rules

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.

 

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