Greenock parkrun 288 report

With many of our local club runners resting up for the Renfrewshire cross country championships at Tower Hill, we still managed over one hundred participants at the 288th event on Saturday. A brisk cold North Easterly wind was an unwelcome surprise at the turn at the boat club end of the Esplanade. 



Despite the strong wind three runners were able to beat their previous best times and record a new personal bests (PBs). Andrew Forbes 38:16, Christina MacInnes 32:57 and Joe Ellis 30:57. Joe joined us for the first time in August and has taken part in 11 parkruns and recorded 8 PB's. Great progress Joe! 

We welcomed 8 first timers to Greenock. Well done on your first run at Greenock and we hope to see you back soon to enjoy our course with the usual warmer weather we often get in sunny Greenock.


First over the line was Callum Hunter and first female was Fiona MacFarlane. Special mention to Eeyin Rankin who recorded his fastest time this year (26:04). Well done Eeyin, there's still time to drop under the 26 minute mark before the end of the year. 


Although not an official parkrun milestone, Angela Magee celebrated her 150th parkrun. All 150 were run at Greenock. This is an amazing achievement and well worth a mention. Well done Angela. 


As always, a huge thank you to this week’s team of volunteers who help to make the event run smoothly and safely. Please get in touch if you would like to help out at any of our events. All our volunteer positions are very easy and there is always lots of help on hand.


The event was made possible by 12 volunteers:

Neil.M THOMSON • Stuart BRODIE • Andy CAMERON • Bruce COYLE • Marianne MCKAY • George MCCALLUM • Stephen HANLEY • David HOLMES • Chris MOONEY • Jim BRANNIGAN • Sharon TAITT • Helen CRAWFORD


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

The male record is held by Ryan THOMSON who recorded a time of 15:02 on 27th April 2019 (event number 258).
The female record is held by Bryony HAINES who recorded a time of 16:54 on 29th June 2019 (event number 267).
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 started on 17th May 2014. Since then 3,503 participants have completed 25,218 parkruns covering a total distance of 126,090 km, including 3,873 new Personal Bests. A total of 338 individuals have volunteered 3,258 times.


Greenock parkrun event 287 report

Perfect weather conditions encouraged 107 participants to Greenock parkrun for the 287th event. The conditions helped 17 athletes to new personal bests (PBs). Two of these PBs were achieved by junior runners Jude Dolan and Erin McEleny who both run in the 11-14 age category. Jude knocked more than a minute off his previous best time (18:24) and Erin improved by just over half a minute (22:50). However, more impressively they are both now officially faster than their Dads!

B78957EC-B89E-4DF5-B804-9F53D7DC2B1DGreat running from our junior athletes and a huge well done to all our other PB stars; Dave Thom, Aaron McCrone, Mark Hunter, Sandra Campbell, Stuart Allan, Stewart Burns, Dannie Seddon, Andrew McGlynn, Anna McDougall, Douglas Green, Craig Gibson, Simon Duffin, Joe Ellis, Tony Day and Andrew Forbes.

We welcomed 6 first timers to the Greenock course and one of those was Gavin Liddell who was running his 200th parkrun. Well done Gavin and we hope you enjoyed your visit to Greenock. Another milestone was celebrated on Saturday by one of our regular runners Simon Hutton who completed his 100th parkrun. All but one of his runs were at Greenock with the other being at Kirkcaldy. Well done Simon and look forward to seeing you in your new milestone t-shirt.


First across the finish line was Paul Monaghan in a time of 16:45 equaling his personal best time. First female finisher was junior runner Ava Beaton in 20:53, only 7 seconds off her personal best. Many other runners were agonizingly close to their fastest times with James Sutherland also equaling his best time.


We welcome all ages and abilities to parkrun to walk run or jog the 5k course. We rely on volunteers for the event to run smoothly and safely every week so thank you to our team of volunteers this week and if you want to get involved or join in you can contact Greenock parkrun through our Facebook page or visit the website or come along on a Saturday morning at 9:20am.



Greenock parkrun event 284 report

Near perfect running conditions saw 121 runners turnout for parkrun 284 event on Greenocks Esplanade. This included 18 first timers, 3 of which were completing parkrun for the first time. Making this event possible was  an 11 strong volunteer team.


Graham 250

Almost 20% of runners took advantage of the favourable conditions, recording PBs (personal bests): Graeme Hanna recorded his first PB since Jan 2018 and dipping under 29 mins for the first time, Kathryn Buchanan took more than 2 mins off her previous best whilst the JW10 category runners Elsie Doherty and Lily Doherty took 5 and 8 mins respectively off their previous best times. These are just a few of the 23 runners improving their time, congratulations to all.



We had a number of milestone runners this week; completing their 50th runs were Jim Brannigan and Sibylle Dow; Jim has completed all 50 at Greenock, his first event being in June 2016 whilst Sibylle has ran at 6 different events, 20 being at Greenock. Celebrating completing her 100th run was Moira McCluckie; Moira has completed all her runs at Greenock and her first event was in May 2016. Running their 150th runs were the trio of Eddie Devine, Gerry Gillespie and Neil Thomson; Eddie has ran at 9 different events with 137 being complete at Greenock starting at event 6 back in June 2014, Gerry started his parkrun life in July 2015 and has completed all his runs at Greenock with Neil running at 6 different events, 126 at Greenock starting back at event 1 in May 2014. Great achievement to all and we look forward to seeing the 50th and 100th T-shirts on show very soon




150 Trio
150 Trio



Greenock parkrun event 283 report

Greenock parkrun ‘Super Saturday’ celebrations as seven runners mark milestone runs

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It was a day of celebration on the Esplanade on Saturday morning as a magnificent seven parkrunners celebrated achieving their parkrun milestones.

Dick and Graham (2)

Two parkrunners - Graham McGrattan and Richard Hodelet - celebrated a significant milestone as both men completed their 250th parkruns. Graham and Dick started their parkrun journeys around a decade ago and have both been focussed on reaching this milestone despite numerous injuries and health concerns getting in their way.

DickDick - who runs in the 75-79 age group - started his parkrun journey at Glasgow parkrun (now named Pollok parkrun) in 2009, completing 70 runs there before Greenock was established in 2014. He would go on to run a further 170 at Greenock as well as 10 at various other West of Scotland events. Dick competed at very high level in his younger years and indeed still holds the Scottish record for the 600 yards race. He was honoured at the finish line with a guard of honour from his Greenock Glenpark Harriers clubmates.

Graham 3Graham went to the Glasgow parkrun in 2010 after initially thinking it was madness travelling to Glasgow early on a Saturday to run 5km. It quickly became a habit and he went on to complete 47 runs at Pollok. Graham was keen to establish a parkrun event in Greenock, and has been a Run Director since it started. He has volunteered over 160 times and has completed 178 runs.

Guard of Honour


On looking at the stats for both men, they both have 60/60 in Stopwatch Bingo! How many do you have? Check your "Challenge Progress" on your parkrun results profile.

Stuart Chalmers

Also joining milestone clubs on Saturday were Stuart Chalmers and George Hegarty, who entered the 100 club and are now able to claim their black 100 club shirt.

Receiving red club 50 shirts were Viki Smith and Graeme Watson. Viki volunteered at the first Greenock parkrun, and has completed most of her runs at Linwood, returning to Greenock to join the 250th celebrations. Junior runner Nuala Ward was delighted to earn a Personal Best on her 10th run which will entitle her to a white ‘Club 10’ t-shirt.

The dry and calm conditions were also ideal for PBs with twenty one runners achieving personal bests, well done all!

GGHRunners were treated at the finish line to cake, tablet, scones and hot drinks, so a special thanks go to all the wonderful bakers and provider of goods. Thanks also to all the volunteers who help make Greenock parkrun a fun and friendly event for all runners every week.


Greenock parkrun event 282 report

Stewart completes two hundredth run as Kipchoge inspires a lucky 13 to personal bests

Run Director, David Benstead, came under pressure early on Saturday morning to delay the 9:30am start time of this week’s event as scores of runners were glued to their TV screens watching ​Eliud Kipchoge’s​ amazing sub 2 hour marathon attempt from Vienna. David however chose to start promptly in order to avoid the rain clouds gathering in the sky over Greenock.

05590F64-539C-4760-AD86-6AA7E0944C86 Despite the damp weather conditions, a lucky thirteen runners were inspired by Eluid’s performance and managed to record PB’s on the timekeepers watches. Junior runner Calum Brennan achieved a sub-21 minute run for the first time by setting a new personal best - his second PB in as many runs. Great run Calum! On her 44th run at Greenock, Lorna Mitchell stopped the clock at 21:12 on timekeepers watch. Helen Crawford, who has completed all of her 39 parkruns at Greenock, was delighted to record a PB of 27:14. Well done ladies! Another 10 runners registered PBs this weekend showing that hard work in training is paying off.


Most runners have to record fifty runs to earn a free milestone t-shirt but junior runners can earn this after only ten runs. Alan Mollins was pleased to achieve his white “Club 10” shirt on Saturday.

5DC380C4-6BB9-4E3C-9C1D-9E7E926F9041 While not an official parkrun milestone, cardiac nurse Stewart Anderson clocked his 200th parkrun on Saturday. Stewart took up parkrun to keep fit and drop some pounds and it has become a regular feature of his weekend routine. Despite living only 1⁄2 a mile from the Esplanade, in the early days Stewart drove to the startline. Now he regularly runs 6 or 7 miles on parkurn days. Stewart is now looking forward to achieving his official 250th milestone towards the end of next year. Good luck Stewart!

B24AAAAD-346E-4F4C-BA68-88C975B7843B Greenock parkrun is a fun, free 5km event for runners, joggers and walkers of all standards and abilities. It takes place at 9:30 am every Saturday morning on the Esplanade. Next weekend’s event looks set to be a special celebration with two regular runners hoping to achieve their milestone 250th run t-shirts.

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