Falkirk parkrun is cancelled on 2021-05-08 – COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

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 defeats the weather yet again

We always say "it never rains at Falkirk parkrun" and once again we we were proven right. Despite the weather bullies trying to insist we would be ravaged by lightning and washed away by torrential rain, once again the run proceeded in full sunshine.

Jennifer Poyner ran her 145th parkrun today on her first time at Falkirk and her last before she moves to deepest, darkest England.
Laura Tooey stepped in to give a mother and sone from Inverness to Grangemouth stadium so they could watch their daughter/sister in action at the national championships. #loveparkrun
Congratulations to Tamsyn Sloan on running her 50th parkrun today.

Thank you to everyone involved in today's event, especially the volunteers.

Don't forget our paced event on 7th September where we are hoping to get 400 runners to celebrate the 400th Falkirk parkrun. Get the date in your diary and tell everyone you know.

Keep running, keep smiling and don't forget your barcode.

Spikey

Falkirk parkrun
Event number 397
10th August 2019
This week 345 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 45 were first timers and 32 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 34 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:

Ali MCLAREN • Graeme LAWSON • Graham ANDERSON • Annicea MADINE • Andrew MOODIE • Pete SCOLLS • Kirsty MCKAY • Judith GRAY • Joshua GRAY • Ronnie SCOTT • David CORMACK • Jackie BOYD • Roddy SIMPSON • Ros QUALTERS • Sarah-Jayne QUALTERS • Fraser HOUSTON • Pauline RAMSAY • Fiona KIRKALDY • Ken HUTTON • Linda THOMSON • Ronald GRAY • Syd THOMSON • Tommy FITZPATRICK SNR. • Laura TOOEY • Keith MCDEVITT • Elspeth CAMERON • Ava CASSIDY • Maggie WHITAKER

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 9,817 participants have completed 78,124 parkruns covering a total distance of 390,620 km, including 14,698 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,030 individuals have volunteered 8,269 times.

 

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.

 

Falkirk parkrun #385 – Run Report

As I suggested on Friday night, we had near perfect conditions for running on Saturday and, given the 58 PBs that were recorded, I believe I was correct. We celebrated two runners reaching their parkrun centenary and one reaching their double centenary which meant there was a lot of cake going around. Let's be honest, cake is why most of us run, right? (Healthy alternatives are available but really dull).

In a couple of months Falkirk parkrun will turn 8. I thought I'd look back to where we were in our first May (2012). On that day 124 people ran which means we've nearly tripled in size in the intervening years. While there were a lot of familiar names in the results and volunteer list who still attend, there are also some we never see anymore. It's great that our little community evolves and that we're able to sustain such a popular parkrun.

On that note, have a great week and we'll see you in the park on Saturday for more PB hunting. Here's the stats:

Falkirk parkrun, event number 385 - 11th May 2019
This week 325 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 40 were first timers and 58 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Ali MCLAREN • Graeme LAWSON • Audrey ANDERSON • Giselle ROTHENBERGER • Andrew MOODIE • Kirsty MCKAY • Jennifer NEWTON • Judith GRAY • Joshua GRAY • Tommy FITZPATRICK • Mark SUTHERLAND • Alan PATON • Lee PATON • Paul CURRIE • Fiona KIRKALDY • Gill MCCOLGAN • Syd THOMSON • Andrene GILL • Tommy FITZPATRICK SNR. • Finlay WHITEFORD • Amanda MACQUARRIE • 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 9,428 participants have completed 74,736 parkruns covering a total distance of 373,680 km, including 14,235 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,011 individuals have volunteered 7,978 times.