Run Report – Event 424

Well done to everyone who was part of our parkrun at the weekend. The weather was certainly interesting making it quite the challenge for both runners and volunteers. Even so 185 people turned up to run and 22 of you managed personal bests at the same time.

Thanks to our top volunteering team, many of whom were from Lindsays who also support the Cross Country event that was taking part in Callendar Park.

We have another takeover weekend coming up at the end of March when Linlithgow Athletics Club will be supplying both volunteers and pacers for the event. Before that we'll be celebrating Women's Day on March 7th when the event will be run by, and all roles filled by, women. If you fancy volunteering that weekend or any others, please email falkirk@parkrun.com

The stats:

Falkirk parkrun
Event number 424
22nd February 2020
This week 185 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 20 were first timers and 22 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 30 volunteers:

Ali MCLAREN • Lesley MCGUIRE • George MCHARDY • Mhairi SIMPSON • Joshua GRAY • Jackie BOYD • Ros QUALTERS • Sarah-Jayne QUALTERS • Susan LAW • Fiona KIRKALDY • Ian LOCKHART • Imogen MCDOUGALL • Alison BERWICK • Syd THOMSON • Harry JOHNSTON • Marianne STIRLING • Peter TWEEDIE • Sheena AIKMAN • Hayley ROSS • Fiona SARGENT • Emma MACPHERSON • Leanne GORDON • Karen SLAUGHTER • Dawn ANDERSON • Isabel FLEMING • Laurie STEWART • Jan HUNTER • Anne DOUGLAS • Eilidh MACFARLANE • Robert LAW

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

The male record is held by Andrew DOUGLAS who recorded a time of 15:06 on 12th May 2012 (event number 42).
The female record is held by Morag MILLAR who recorded a time of 17:17 on 25th December 2018 (event number 367).
The Age Grade course record is held by Angela COPSON who recorded 100.52% (22:31) on 9th June 2018 (event number 338).

Falkirk parkrun started on 16th July 2011. Since then 10,638 participants have completed 85,572 parkruns covering a total distance of 427,860 km, including 15,653 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,100 individuals have volunteered 8,984 times.

 

Run Report – Braes Blazers

Run report 30/11/19

It was a very chilly, still and beautifully sunny St Andrew’s Day that greeted the regulars, first timers and Braes Blazers Netball Club volunteers this morning. The frost covered trees in Callendar Park looked resplendent in the winter sun.

Two milestones were reached this weekend. Linda Thomson, also a member of Braes Blazers, who ran her 50th parkrun as tailwalker and Malcolm Paul who ran his 100th. Congratulations to both!
17 first timers were welcomed to Falkirk too, hope you enjoyed it.

Braes Blazers netballers thoroughly enjoyed volunteering at parkrun this morning and the sub-zero temperatures did not chill enthusiasm! Holly’s World Challenge cupcakes were a very welcome treat too. If anyone would like to try netball come along and find the Blazers at Braes High School on Monday nights, 7:30-9:00pm (see Braes Blazers Netball Club fb page for details)

Thank you for having us! We might even come back to volunteer again sometime.

Elspeth

Event number 412
30th November 2019
This week 208 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 17 were first timers and 25 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Ali MCLAREN • Graeme LAWSON • Molly HORSLEY • Mhairi SIMPSON • Joshua GRAY • Jackie BOYD • Elspeth MCCALLUM • Yvonne TAYLOR • Helen FLETCHER • Pauline RAMSAY • Fiona KIRKALDY • Linda THOMSON • Ronald GRAY • Catherine ANDERSON • Elspeth CAMERON • Suzanne HARRIS • Alison KIRKWOOD • Steph ARBUCKLE • Kirsty ARBUCKLE • Caroline MCKIE • Melissa PATERSON • Helen BOATH • Jennifer ALLISON • Zoe MCKIE • Nicola MITCHELL • Mandy LITTLER

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

The male record is held by Andrew DOUGLAS who recorded a time of 15:06 on 12th May 2012 (event number 42).
The female record is held by Morag MILLAR who recorded a time of 17:17 on 25th December 2018 (event number 367).
The Age Grade course record is held by Angela COPSON who recorded 100.52% (22:31) on 9th June 2018 (event number 338).

Falkirk parkrun started on 16th July 2011. Since then 10,278 participants have completed 82,125 parkruns covering a total distance of 410,625 km, including 15,273 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,070 individuals have volunteered 8,669 times.

 

Event #411 – Run Report

It may have been dreich, but there was plenty of effort through the glaur this morning as we welcomed newbies and regulars alike for another Falkirk parkrun.

Special welcome to visitors from Edinburgh, Stirling and Lanark. We had one of the parkrun golden batons on hand today, and this was duly handed over to our visitors from Lanark to continue its journey.

Special mention to Andrew Sarle (50th run) and Eileen Anderson (100 hours volunteering - Saltire Award).

Thanks everyone, we'll see you all next week, where we have a takeover from the Braes Blazers Netball CLub.

-M-

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This week 257 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 32 were first timers and 34 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Graeme LAWSON • Neil Graham ANDERSON • Gilbert BRUCE • Karen MCCLUSKIE • Eileen Lily ANDERSON • Mhairi SIMPSON • Joshua GRAY • Mark SUTHERLAND • Andrew GRANT • Alan PATON • Ros QUALTERS • Sarah-Jayne QUALTERS • Fiona KIRKALDY • Ronald GRAY • Alison BERWICK • Harry JOHNSTON • Tommy FITZPATRICK SNR. • Laura CAMPBELL • Laura TOOEY • Tracy MCCORMACK • Elspeth CAMERON • Andrew SARLE • William N MACPHERSON • Emma MACPHERSON • Philip MARSHALL • Lewis FRAME

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

The male record is held by Andrew DOUGLAS who recorded a time of 15:06 on 12th May 2012 (event number 42).
The female record is held by Morag MILLAR who recorded a time of 17:17 on 25th December 2018 (event number 367).
The Age Grade course record is held by Angela COPSON who recorded 100.52% (22:31) on 9th June 2018 (event number 338).

Falkirk parkrun started on 16th July 2011. Since then 10,261 participants have completed 81,917 parkruns covering a total distance of 409,585 km, including 15,248 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,058 individuals have volunteered 8,643 times.

 

Falkirk parkrun Christmas Day

We will once again be hosting an event on Christmas Day, at the usual time of 09:30.

 

Thank you … you are all amazing!

May I start today by saying a heartfelt thank you to all todays marshals and parkrunners who made Falkirk parkrun today such a success … both our regulars and our visitors who today hailed from as far afield as Linlithgow, Edinburgh, Perth, Wales, the Netherlands and Australia! You are all amazing!!!

Today, we were lucky enough to celebrate some fantastic milestones and I would like to thank the 14 registered parkrunners who made Falkirk their first ever parkrun - I know there were more of you first timers as two of the cutest parkrunners we’ve ever had (twins who have just celebrated their 4th birthday) do not appear in the results. First timers, I truly hope that you enjoyed your experience today and that this will not be your last parkrun.

And my sincere congratulations go to the 40 park runners who celebrated a new PB! Go you!!!

Other milestones this weekend saw Claire Leishman run her 50th, Andrew Grant and Karen Davidson run their 100th and Marty Blair, Gordon Hobbs and Gordon Muircroft (yes, I may not have made the announcement before you started but I spotted you in the results) run their 150th! Fantastic!! Congratulations to you all!!!

The stats from the weekend:
This week 236 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 32 were first timers at Falkirk and 40 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:
Ali MCLAREN • Graeme LAWSON • Ian DOUGLAS • Andrew MOODIE • Gilbert BRUCE • Judith GRAY • Joshua GRAY • Ronnie SCOTT • Jackie BOYD • Mark SUTHERLAND • Callan HOGARTH • Ros QUALTERS • Sarah-Jayne QUALTERS • Fiona KIRKALDY • Bryan JOHNSTON • Ronald GRAY • Syd THOMSON • Harry JOHNSTON • Tommy FITZPATRICK SNR. • Anne BAIRD • Tracy MCCORMACK • Finlay WHITEFORD • Elspeth CAMERON • Ava CASSIDY • Lewis FRAME
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Falkirk parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Andrew DOUGLAS who recorded a time of 15:06 on 12th May 2012 (event number 42).
The female record is held by Morag MILLAR who recorded a time of 17:17 on 25th December 2018 (event number 367).
The Age Grade course record is held by Angela COPSON who recorded 100.52% (22:31) on 9th June 2018 (event number 338).

Falkirk parkrun started on 16th July 2011. Since then 10,206 participants have completed 81,455 parkruns covering a total distance of 407,275 km, including 15,187 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,053 individuals have volunteered 8,591 times.

 

Milestones

We celebrate milestones in parkrun more than anything else. 8 people ran their first ever parkrun this weekend. Thanks for making Falkirk your first and, as I said at the briefing, it's unlikely this'll be your last.

William Mcaulay ran his 50th which means he'll soon be sporting one of our great red 50 t-shirts, Andrew Grant ran his 99th which means next time he runs he'll enter the parkrun century club with a black t-shirt for his troubles.

What often goes unnoticed is volunteer shifts. Actually that's not completely true, we often notice when people aren't there because we're so used to them being there. Take Syd Thomson who has clocked up 140 weekends taking photos at Falkirk parkrun (and goodness knows how many hours editing them). Or Andy Moodie who's currently sitting on 328 shifts over the past 8 years - that's the equivalent of 6 and a bit years of continuous service!

The man who's topping the table though is Spikey, our Event Director, who achieved 350 volunteer shifts this weekend. If you've never met him or spoken to him, he's the one proudly wearing the special t-shirt we made up for his 250th. We're pretty sure he's washed it in the past 2 years.

To them and the countless others who regularly give up their time at the weekend, and hopefully haven't offended by not mentioning them, we say thanks. We treat everyone the same regardless of how many volunteer shifts you've clocked up or how many runs you've completed. Sometimes it's nice to recognise individual acts of dedication which let's us all escape our regular lives for a few hours at the weekend.

The stats from the weekend:
This week 214 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 17 were first timers at Falki and 18 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Ali MCLAREN • Graeme LAWSON • Grant MATHESON • Simon Stuart HOPKINS • Andrew MOODIE • Jean BRUCE • Lorna MEANEY • Joshua GRAY • Joyce MACCALLUM • Jackie BOYD • Mark SUTHERLAND • Ros QUALTERS • Sarah-Jayne QUALTERS • Andrew PAGET • Alison BERWICK • David STEELE • Syd THOMSON • Tommy FITZPATRICK SNR. • Gordon GILLAN • Finlay WHITEFORD • Jennifer DEANE • Ava CASSIDY • Keith POTTER • William N MACPHERSON • Philip MARSHALL • Lewis FRAME

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

The male record is held by Andrew DOUGLAS who recorded a time of 15:06 on 12th May 2012 (event number 42).
The female record is held by Morag MILLAR who recorded a time of 17:17 on 25th December 2018 (event number 367).
The Age Grade course record is held by Angela COPSON who recorded 100.52% (22:31) on 9th June 2018 (event number 338).

Falkirk parkrun started on 16th July 2011. Since then 10,174 participants have completed 81,219 parkruns covering a total distance of 406,095 km, including 15,147 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,052 individuals have volunteered 8,566 times.

 

400 not out

Earlier this year, noticing that the 400th event was approaching, I suggested we try to get 400 runners at our 400th run. I'll admit I wasn't sure we could do it - I've seen neighbouring events try and fail to achieve things like this before. It was meant to be the end of August and I figured we'd have good weather and everyone would be back from holiday so we had a good chance of achieving it. To help entice runners we agreed that we'd have pacers at the event as well and we set about organising.

Just a few weeks before our original date we found out we'd have to cancel and I'll admit I was annoyed, especially as it meant our new date would clash with the local holiday weekend. So we went back to our volunteers to found out who could still help and who was out then started filling in the blanks again.

We kept planning. What happens if we have more than 500 runners? Our stopwatch holds 500 times only. We have only 488 tokens on our normal chain. Let's get setup early in case there's a load of people arriving early.

It was thinking through all of these things in advance which meant we could handle 571 runners and a stopwatch freezing. In reality we could've handled 800 or so although I'm not sure that the course would be wide enough for that.

And, as we all now know, postponing for a week meant we had our 400th event in beautiful sunshine instead of lashing rain.

Thank you to everyone who volunteered, paced, planned or ran. To everyone who bought all of Holly Fletcher's cakes and helped out the Forestry Commission. To all the visitors who came to our beautiful park and to the 95 first timers. 100 people achieved PBs which is brilliant and to all of you I say "come back and try it again".

Goodness knows what we do for the 500th event but we've got two years to work it out.

Normality, if such a thing exists at Falkirk parkrun, returns next Saturday for event 401. Perhaps I'll get a run with you next weekend and maybe bag one of those PBs.

- Ali McLaren

 

Falkirk parkrun Event 396 Saturday 3rd August 2019

After last weeks "damp" conditions the sun was shining on us at Callendar Park. This week 310 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 37 were first timers and 40 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part. We welcomed visitors from Linwood, Sheffield, North London, Wester Folds (Australia) and Barbados.

Thanks to our 27 volunteers who made our event possible:

Ali MCLAREN • Graeme LAWSON • Jill HORSBURGH • Alan STEWART • Jennifer DUNCAN • Andrew MOODIE • Jean BRUCE • Kirsty MCKAY • Mhairi SIMPSON • Tommy FITZPATRICK • Jackie BOYD • Roddy SIMPSON • Pete FAULKS • Adam TOLEMAN • Fraser HOUSTON • Fiona KIRKALDY • Owen MCGEE • Ronald GRAY • Alison BERWICK • Syd THOMSON • Lynne RUSSELL • Tommy FITZPATRICK SNR. • Francis RICE • Finlay WHITEFORD • Andrew SARLE • Ava CASSIDY • Joyce GORDON

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

The male record is held by Andrew DOUGLAS who recorded a time of 15:06 on 12th May 2012 (event number 42).
The female record is held by Morag MILLAR who recorded a time of 17:17 on 25th December 2018 (event number 367).
The Age Grade course record is held by Angela COPSON who recorded 100.52% (22:31) on 9th June 2018 (event number 338).
Falkirk parkrun started on 16th July 2011. Since then 9,772 participants have completed 77,779 parkruns covering a total distance of 388,895 km, including 14,666 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,024 individuals have volunteered 8,241 times.

 

Saturday 4th May 2019: Event 384

The sun returned to Callendar Park this week and with the cool temperatures the conditions were ideal for a run. Thankfully everyone (as far as I'm aware!) managed to stick to the straightforward run course rather than deviate onto the obstacle course set up for the Girls Big Dirty Day Out, although I admit the space hoppers were tempting!

Looking forward to seeing you all there again next week,

RD Lee

This week 335 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 37 were first timers and 50 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Graeme LAWSON • John MILLAR • Kenny GRAY • Grant MATHESON • Kirsty MCKAY • Mhairi SIMPSON • Joshua GRAY • Joyce MACCALLUM • Yvonne TAYLOR • Alan PATON • Lee PATON • Pete FAULKS • Gill MCCOLGAN • Karen HEGGIE • Ronald GRAY • Arden GRAY • Laura BROWN • Tommy FITZPATRICK SNR. • Finlay WHITEFORD • Jill RYMER • Andrew SARLE • Ava CASSIDY
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Falkirk parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Andrew DOUGLAS who recorded a time of 15:06 on 12th May 2012 (event number 42).
The female record is held by Morag MACLARTY who recorded a time of 17:17 on 25th December 2018 (event number 367).
The Age Grade course record is held by Angela COPSON who recorded 100.52% (22:31) on 9th June 2018 (event number 338).
Falkirk parkrun started on 16th July 2011. Since then 9,388 participants have completed 74,411 parkruns covering a total distance of 372,055 km, including 14,177 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,009 individuals have volunteered 7,956 times.

 

Run Report #382

Don't get too used to this quality, this week we have a fantastic run report written by the Carter family parkrun tourists!
Cheers,
Alan

“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.

Male placings:
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.

Female placings:
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.

Milestones:
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.

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