This week there were 56 runners, of whom 16 were first timers and 16 recorded new personal Bests. Representatives of 10 different athletics clubs took part.
We had five runners flying Fraserburgh RC club colours which was good to see. We also heard of a new local running club that is just getting started: Newburgh Dunes RC. Keep an eye out for that one.
James and Martin locking antlers on the return leg.
We have a few photos from today courtesy of Greg Bruce. See them at the link below.
Unfortunately we had an incident today where an unleashed dog belonging to a member of the public chased and bit a number of runners. There were no serious injuries reported but it is always disappointing to hear of a dog owner not in control of their animal. If you are ever involved in such an incident please let the Run Director know and report it to the police if appropriate.
Most of you who have seen me run directing before will probably already have guessed that I do not like drawn-out run briefings. However, I did take some time today to talk about volunteering and the fact that at the moment we are struggling to meet our needs and are surviving largely because of a small number of stalwarts who are helping repeatedly.
A parkrun only becomes sustainable when the local community takes ownership of it. At Ellon it only takes five helpers to stage and time the event each week: Marshal, Timekeeper, Tokens, Barcode scanner and Run Director (these are what we call the 'essential' roles). If you exclude the Run Director then that's only four slots each week making for a little over 200 slots per year. Even if you only volunteer once per year that is still a very welcome contribution that puts a dent in our yearly quota.
Additionally, there are a number of roles you can perform and still run. Help with course setup and takedown is very much appreciated, as is help with the New Runners briefing and Tailrunning.
The volunteer rota can be found under the "Volunteers" tab on the Ellon parkrun homepage, which is right beside the "Results" tab. Simply email email@example.com with the date you'd like to help and any role preferences (feel free to let us know if there is a role you do not want to do). It helps us a lot if you also include your barcode number so we can find you on the system. You can volunteer several months in advance (the rota only displays a few weeks in advance but it doesn't stop us putting you into the system).
Today's finish funnel team. Shout-out to Lynn who was marshaling in the park!
The Run Director team
Volunteering as Run Director is obviously a bit more involved than other roles but it is essential that we expand the team for the health of the event. I'd like to aim for a team of six in the first instance. Run Directors typically receive much more training than in the other volunteer roles and usually shadow another RD before taking the plunge, and are normally accompanied by an experienced RD on their first go.
Many potential RDs are put off by the thought of public speaking. Please don't be. This is a very common aversion and the pre-run briefing can be delegated to someone else where necessary. Other potentials are put off by the fear that they might mess up the results. Again please don't be. I've had a number of self-confessed technophobes come forward and learn that results processing is not as complicated as they feared it would be.
Run Directing is a very rewarding experience and although parkrun is always a team effort, it is great feeling to be the one to hit the "submit" button on the laptop and publish the morning's results.
Thank you to Andy Fraser for donating some standing poles and chain for the finish funnel. We are still looking for cash donations so that we can get some new signs made up. Donate via the following link.
Many thanks to this week's heroes
Andrew CRUICKSHANK • Andrew MCNEILL • James WHITE • Jeananne SENIOR • Louise TULLOCH • Lynn JAMIESON • Steven GARDEN