Despite the horrendous weather at the end of the week, the sun came out on Saturday morning for the weekly 5km on the Greenock Esplanade. Event Director, Jo McGrattan, welcomed a bumper crowd of 186 runners to the start line at Campbell Street, including a whopping 47 first timers completing the Greenock course for the first time.
A large-number of the first timers were from Bellahouston Road Runners, based in Glasgow who were visiting Greenock to undertake a championship race on the parkrun course. We were delighted to see so many of them take to the Esplanade in their distinct purple and white vests.
One Bellahouston runner, David Ferguson, was delighted to complete his 50th parkrun and will look forward to receiving his free Club 50 t-shirt in the post very soon. David has completed 40 of his runs at Pollock parkrun and will now be aiming to get his ‘100 club’ membership in the months ahead.
The dry and calm conditions were ideal for fast times with a whopping 22 runners getting personal bests and improving their time. One regular runner, Lesley Clark was delighted with her first PB in more than 4 years. Lesley - who has done more than 180 parkruns – started out her run as normal but after 2km realised she was on for a good time and really pushed onwards, with the effort paying off. Well done Lesley!
We were also delighted to be joined by a group from Bute this weekend who took on several voluteering roles in preparation for a parkrun starting on the island in the coming months.
Greenock parkrun is a free 5km run every Saturday at 9:30am on the Greenock Esplanade. Its is open to runners, joggers and walkers of all standards.
In warm and humid conditions, 139 runners gathered at the start line ready for the 5000-metre time trial – among them were four first timers and another 16 on their first visit to the Greenock course. The summer sunshine led to a dozen ‘Personal Bests’.
Among them were Alan Callan who, on his 72nd run, achieved his first PB in 3 years to record 17:21 on the time keepers’ watches. Another regular runner, Duncan Anderson stopped the clock at a new best time of 18:27 – his first PB since the spring.
Sharon Taitt proved she is the PB queen by dropping under 27 minutes for the first time and in the process recording her 6th personal best in a row. Joe Bulloch completed his 30th run at Greenock and a new PB of 26:17. Well done also to - Adam John REAL, Murray SUTHERLAND, Ken MACFARLANE, Alex HENDERSON, Douglas MATHERS, Sophie HICKS, Sarah BARRY and Lorna PATERSON.
Also celebrating on Saturday were two ‘milestone’ runners. Joe Percival joined the ’50 club’ and will now be donning his new red 50 t-shirt. Joe started parkrun in March last year and has completed all 50 of his runs at the Greenock event.
Although not an official milestone, Romina Scott was delighted to reach 150 runs on Saturday. Romina caught the parkrun bug shortly after her first run in May 2014. She has done all but one of her runs at Greenock and also volunteered on 12 times. Good luck Romina on working towards the official milestone of 250 runs.
Greenock parkrun is a free, 5km time trial every Saturday morning at 9:30am. The volunteer tam welcomes all standards of runners, joggers and walkers.
106 runners & 12 volunteers took part in Greenock’s 271st parkrun. Though the forecast indicated a risk of showers after 10am, it was a day for running not sailing down on the esplanade. The showers held off, there was no wind, it wasn’t too hot after the high midweek temperatures, and a becalmed River Clyde all meant the runners completed their runs in great conditions.
We had 3 Greenock regulars hitting important mile stones, all welcomed by Emma our run director, George McCallum hit his century with 99 of his runs @ Greenock, Craig Love achieved 50 runs with 49 of his runs at Greenock, we had two birthdays on Saturday, Kathryn Sinsheimer and Erin Mceleny had her first unsupervised run as it was her 11th birthday.
The day also saw 5 runners participate in parkrun for the first time -and another 8 parkrun “tourists” joining us for the first time.in Greenock – hopefully we will see them all back again One of today’s visitors was really a pairing, Gavin Harvie who runs with Garscube Harriers, brought along his daughter Eilidh in her buggy. This pairing combination finished in under 20minutes & 7th position!
Extra congratulations to the 8 runners achieving PBs: David Benham, Phil Melvin, Jay Porter, Stuart Donnelly, Sharon Taitt, Alex Henderson, Tony Day and Harry Mooney all made Saturdays run special for themselves.
One hundred and twenty-five runners, joggers and walkers gathered on the Greenock Esplanade on Saturday morning for the 270th Greenock parkrun. Run Director, Steven Watson, welcomed six first-timers at his pre-run briefing and a further six returning runners celebrated improving their times. Well done to Elaine Anley, Phil Melvin, Mark Sullivan, Jenni Hemphill, Tony Day and James Campbell on achieving personal bests.
Three regular runners earned milestone t-shirts on Saturday. Kevin Roper - on his 1st visit to Greenock – completed his 50th parkrun. Kevin is a regular runner at Sherwood Pines Forest Park parkrun in Mansfield. We hope to welcome Kevin back to Greenock in the near future as he works toward his 100 milestone run.
Liz McAuslan also entered the “50 club”. She has completed 35 runs at Greenock over the past 5 years as well as visits to parkruns the length of the UK. Liz has also volunteered 16 times in various roles.
Margaret Mary MCEleny was delighted to earn her 100th parkrun milestone t-shirt. Margaret Mary took up running in her 60s with work colleagues by completing a beginner ‘Couch to 5k’ fitness programme. She completed her first parkrun in June 2016 and over the past 3 years, Saturday morning runs on the Esplanade have become a regular feature of her routine. Well done Margaret Mary. Over the next few years she will work towards her 250 parkrun milestone.
Elsewhere, 10-year-old Erin McEleny - who has completed 70 runs at Greenock - has spent the summer visiting other runs the West of Scotland to try her pace against different courses. She was delighted to complete the Linwood course on Saturday in 23:59 which was enough for her to achieve the age category record.
Greenock parkrun is a free 5000m time trial at 9:30am every Saturday on the Esplanade. All standards of runners, joggers and walkers are welcome.