Don't get too used to this quality, this week we have a fantastic run report written by the Carter family parkrun tourists!
“I think we could get used to this 09:30 start for parkrun” was the comment from the Carter family this morning as we readied ourselves for our second Scottish tourist parkrun! The extra 30 minute lie-in helped with relaxation... but we managed to arrive in plenty of time & met Falkirk parkrun stalwart Alan STEWART on our walk into the park & he told us all about the course... & pointed out heartbreak hill as we passed it! His description was good but the first timers briefing provided by Mark SUTHERLAND was absolutely on the money - we all knew where to puff, where to pant & where we were due to suffer!
It was a very bright & sunny start to the morning & the good feeling because of it was in evidence along the entire course from the smiling marshals who were pleased to hear the "thank you marshals" shouted & gasped to them along the route - the rest of the runners were surprisingly quiet but Team Carter are happy to give a “thank you” shout to all the marshals wherever we go for parkrun... we couldn’t do it without them!!
Run Director Alan PATON gave a motivating pre-parkrun briefing to all – a true pro – giving Team Carter a shout out into the bargain & letting everyone know the rules before the start as we waited to get going on the route. Considering the large number of runners at Falkirk it was fantastic to have quiet for Alan’s pre-parkrun address.
There were spirited rounds of applause for all the volunteers & there were no highlighted milestones this week although Emily CHRISTIE (JW10) was completing her 10th parkrun – well done!
A few parkrun tourists other than Team Carter were in attendance at Falkirk this Saturday from as far away as Manchester, Inverness, Portsmouth, Durham & Dover – a warm welcome was given to everyone & we hope you enjoyed the experience of running at Falkirk as much as we did!
This week 362 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 39 were first timers at Falkirk (15 of whom were very first time parkrunners!) and a whopping 65 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 27 volunteers - without your help parkrun could not go ahead each week - thank you all very much! Remember if you can give up some time to volunteer it really does make a big difference – if everyone who runs could do 3 volunteering jobs a year it would most likely cover every position every week, so do give it some thought and don the stylish and flattering Hi-Vis if you can - you also earn a flashy purple t-shirt after 25 turns of volunteering!
Our Hi-Vis heroes today were:
Adam BROOKER, Laura BROWN, Niall BURROW, Ava CASSIDY, Tommy FITZPATRICK SNR., Joshua GRAY, Kenny GRAY, Graeme LAWSON, Keith MCDEVITT, Varrie And Molly MCDEVITT, Kirsty MCKAY, Liam MILLER, Andrew MOODIE, Charlie MORRELL, Alan PATON, Lee PATON, Gary POLLOCK, Sarah-Jayne QUALTERS, Ros QUALTERS, Lynne RUSSELL, Mhairi SIMPSON, Alan STEWART, Mark SUTHERLAND, Syd THOMSON, Dawn WHEILDON, Finlay WHITEFORD, Euan WOND
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Falkirk parkrun Results Page.
Stuart ROBERTSON (VM45-49) of Perth Road Runners, was first over the line on his first visit to Falkirk parkrun in 17:54.
Mark DRACKFORD (VM35-39) Unattached, was second over the line in 18:38.
Kevin ROGERS (VM45-49) of Perth Road Runners, was third over the line on his first visit to Falkirk parkrun in 19:06.
Lyndsay MORRISON (VW35-39) of Central RC was first (4th overall) over the line in 19:10.
Stephanie OWEN (SW30-34) Unattached, was second (29th overall) over the line in 21:25.
Claire CAMPBELL (VW35-39) of Victoria Falkirk Harriers was third (32nd overall) over the line in 21:31.
The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Stuart ROBERTSON (VM45-49) 1st overall, with 17:54.
Daniel BURNS (VM64-69) 26th overall with 21:15.
Robert WARNOCK (VM55-59) 9th overall with 19:38.
Emily CHRISTIE (JW10) – achieved 10 parkruns – well done Emily!
Aesthetically Pleasing Times of the Week:
Finlay BURCHETT 20:02, Callum DOUGLAS 21:21, Darren GREEN 22:22, Stephen JOYCE 24:24, Raymond MCNEILL 25:25, Alan ROONEY 26:26, Lesley MCGUIRE 30:30, Rebecca STEWART 31:31, Barry RAFFERTY 32:32, Eleanor THOMSON 33:33.
On-The-Spot Times of the Week:
Matt GIBB 22:00, Douglas THIRD 25:00, Monica ANDERSON 27:00, Stephen SCOTT 28:00, Craig Wilson 30:00, Carrick WESTALL 34:00, Joanne SIMPSON 35:00, Denise FEIST 43:00.
Thank you to everyone for taking part, parkrun is amazing fun - so lace up your trainers & join in! Bring a friend, bring your family, bring a smile & enjoy yourselves – it’s meant to be fun after all!! Don't forget parkrun is worldwide now so take your trainers (& barcode #DFYB) on holiday with you & be a parkrun tourist as we have done visiting your lovely parkrun, thank you for having us!
Rebecca, Lucy, Carolyn & Chris (Team Carter) - guest volunteer run report writers.