Greenock parkrun event 259 report

Saturday morning saw the 259th edition of the weekly timed event taking place on Greenock’s Esplanade. One hundred and twelve runners, joggers and walkers took advantage of the dry conditions to tackle the five-kilometre route. The run director welcomed three first timers to Greenock to complete their first ever parkrun.

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Kilmacolm runner Michael Connelly celebrated his 50th milestone parkrun and will now receive his free red ‘50’ t-shirt. Michael has completed 17 parkruns at Greenock, 15 in Cornwell and 11 at Linwood plus visits to other assorted parkruns including Singapore.  Michael will now begin working towards his ‘100 club’ milestone t-shirt.

 

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Thirteen lucky parkruners achieved a personal best in the good conditions on Saturday. Oliver Reilly shaved another 14 seconds off his time to reach 18:14. On his 99th parkrun, Willie Logan, dropped under 25 minutes for the first time. Alan Hatherall achieved his first PB in 18 months to shave a precious 7 seconds off his best to reach 22:42.

Well done also to Kris ALLEN, Angus SCOTT, Ian CAMPBELL, Alan MCGREGOR, Mary SCOTT, James HALL, David WATT, Mairi GILLIES, Elizabeth MCGONIGAL and Gary SMITH on their recent PBs.

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Things are heating up in preparation for Greenock parkrun’s fifth birthday bash on Saturday, 18th May. It will be a Eurovision theme that morning as the ever popular Eurovision song contest takes place that evening.

 

Greenock parkrun event 258 report

At 9:20am the Esplanade was very empty and we started to wonder if the wet weather had put everyone off. Turns out everyone was sheltering in their cars until the last minute as an impressive 107 people took part in wet and breezy Greenock parkrun #258.
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Our timekeepers jumped to attention quick this week as a parkrunner came flying towards the finish earlier than our volunteers expected. Ryan Thomson crossed the line in 15:02 to set a new course record, before cheering his dad across the line (that's him in the photo behind Ryan!) Not only did Ryan earn a PB, and a course record, he was also the fastest parkrunner in the UK this weekend. We are impressed. Congratulations!
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We also celebrated two milestones this week! Fiona MacFarlane completed her 50th parkrun and Stephen Reid completed his 150th. Fiona first came along in February 2016 and has completed 48 parkruns on the Esplanade with the remaining two being at Drumchapel and Alness. She has also managed to volunteer numerous times. Well done Fiona!
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Stephen started parkrunning in June 2014 and has completed 143 of his runs on the Esplanade. There is no t-shirt available for reaching 150 parkruns, but we still like to celebrate it at Greenock! Stephen is also a regular volunteer, and has completed many of his parkruns with his friendly dog Abby.
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There were 9 PBs in the field this week, well done everyone who got a PB text on Saturday!
We were delighted to see Emma Benstead back running with us this week after getting her last session of radiotherapy on Tuesday. It was marvelous to see her and her bright leggings back on the course, they have been missed!
It's not long now until our 5th Birthday! We will be celebrating with a Eurovision theme on 18th May, hope to see you there!

 

 

Greenock parkrun event 257 report

This weeks parkrun saw 139 people out on the course on Greenocks Esplanade, joined by 11 volunteers all enjoying what was the best all-round conditions this year to date.

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An amazing 32 people recorded PBs this week! These were seen throughout the field this week, all taking advantage of the near perfect running conditions to better their previous best times. Huge congratulations to all, a few mentioned below;

Paul Monaghan was first male this week, pushed all the way by Stevie Campbell to his first PB at Greenock since October 2015. Aurelia Tiffoney was first female home, in her second Greenock parkrun, taking over 2 minutes off her previous best. Duncan Anderson waited nearly 5 years to better his time, parkrun 11 was the last time Duncan saw the runners favourite two letters next to his name. Eric Lindsay continues his steady progression with his 6th PB since starting parkrun in January, showing his dedication by heading home to pick up his barcode to register his time! DFYB ;-) Fiona Ford has yet to miss a PB in her 4 parkruns to date, while Irene McIntosh gains her 3rd PB this year.

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Paul Monaghan (left)

Aurelia Tiffoney

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Gordon Ritchie celebrated a milestone this week with 100 parkruns, all complete on the Greenock course. Gordons first run was in March 2017, so he has managed to run 100 out of 109 events since then! Congratulations.

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At parkrun we, and runners in general, love our statistics. This week's stat we at Greenock are reviewing and wish to improve on is our new volunteer recruitment. We have had 311 different volunteers since we started back in May 2014 which is fantastic, but considering we have had over 3,000 people participate at our event, there is huge opportunity to increase this number. Volunteering is what makes parkrun work. Every one of the high viz team you see on a weekly basis are volunteers and give up their time to allow the events to run safely and smoothly. All the tasks are really easy and great fun so if you would like to help us improve our stat, please drop us a mail at greenockhelpers@parkrun.com or speak to any of our RDs on Saturday.

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The male record is held by Jonathan GLEN who recorded a time of 15:03 on 25th December 2015 (event number 85), and by Peter AVENT who also recorded a time of 15:03 on 26th November 2016 (event number 132).

The female record is held by Gemma RANKIN who recorded a time of 17:17 on 6th April 2019 (event number 255).
The Age Grade course record is held by Stuart HODGE who recorded 90.33% (17:45) on 6th April 2019 (event number 255).

 

Greenock parkrun event 255 report

In the best conditions we've had for a few weeks, an amazing 25 parkrunners achieved new personal bests and two set new course records!

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Our ladies course record was brought down to an impressive 17:17 by Gemma Rankin, who recorded her first parkrun! Excellent running, congratulations Gemma! The age grade record (https://support.parkrun.com/hc/en-us/articles/200565263-What-is-age-grading-) was also raised to 90.33% by Stuart Hodge, completing the course in 17.45. Stuart runs in the 60-64 age category. Well done!

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Of our 8 first timers this week, 5 were completing their first parkrun. We hope you all enjoyed it and come back next week!

With 25 PBs this week, there are too many to list, so we'll say a huge well done to you all! Great effort!

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Our volunteer roster is quite sparse for the coming weeks. If you haven't volunteered before it would be great to hear from you. Have you ever seen a photo of a miserable volunteer? No chance! You'll be surprised by how much you get out of donning that yellow vest and helping your local parkrun event to take place.

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Greenock parkrun event 254 report

There was a spring like feel on the Esplanade for this week’s parkrun. The sun was shining and there was a moderate north westerly breeze that could be felt as the runners made their way from Campbell Street to the boat club, but this didn’t hinder the 11 runners who recorded PB’s.

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The first of these came from young Jude Dolan who also finished in the top 10 for the first time. The other runners that improved their times were Jim Bennett, David Holmes, Lynne Powell, Stephen Fulton, James Sutherland, Allan Rowan, Lee Alison, Louise Burrows, Kevin McFadden and Sophie Campbell who recorded her 2nd PB in a row this week! Well done to all!

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We also welcomed 19 first timers this week to Greenock parkrun, 8 of which were running their first ever parkrun. Well done to all 8 new parkrunners - Andrew Anderson, Sarah Milne, Danielle Turner, Craig Traynor, Angela Turner, Gordon Morris, Chris Paul and John Glover. We hope you enjoyed the course and experience of parkrun and come back to see us again soon.

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First finisher this week was Andrew White who had obviously recovered well from his 50km run in Perth last week. The second finisher was one of our first timers, Cormac O’Hara, a para athlete and close behind in third was Stuart Hodge. The first female to finish this week was Iris Paterson, a junior in the 11-14 age category. Lynne
Powell was second and Kirsty Ormond was third.

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One parkrunner had a double milestone to celebrate this week, Rhonda White completed her 50th parkrun and also her 50th volunteer stint! Many thanks to Rhonda for her dedication to the yellow vest aswell as her running shoes!

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A special thank you again to all volunteers this week!

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