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Parkrun no 432

"Don't mention the C word" I repeated myself as I cycled to Whin Park. But I didn’t need to worry – the debate was in full flow before I arrived: How far away could we position the marshals? What qualifies as “old”?
And long before then Billy, Charlie, Donnie and Iain had done an excellent job of sweeping the puddles to the side, so that the course was in better condition than it had been for weeks.
We marched up to the Start to hear Iain’s welcome particularly to our visitor from Brisbane and Iain’s version of the local rules, "in today's perilous circumstances, please run 50 m apart. And dogs and children have to be on a short leash". With these words of wisdom ringing in their ears, 152 runners completed today's parkrun.
Crossing the line first were Francisco Valdes, followed by the delightfully-named Unknown Hillbilly and Caroline Marwick, first female.
There were Personal Bests for youngsters Calum Macleod and Ruaridh Gordon and a first parkrun for 11 year old Sophie Matheson, followed by her parents Jerry and Beth.
In their enthusiasm, I guess, finishers numbers 31 and 34 walked off with their tokens. Please bring them back.
Thanks to volunteers Alan Skea, Annelise McDougall, Billy Skinner, Brian James, Bruce Wares, Carolyn Cload, Charles Jarvie, Chloe Sweeney, Craig James Stewart, Dave Carstairs, Donald Williamson, Hannah Sutherland, Hazel Cload, Imogen McDougall, Lee Ross, Lynsey Day, Margaret Andrews, Mira MacDonald, Niall Ross, Paul Crowe, Roderick Beasley, Sandy Matheson, Steve Stewart, Stuart Hendry and William John Ross.


Invenress Park Run 431-070320

164 runners were at the starting line on Saturday as we braced a new course at Whin Park. The runners ran round the park 4 times then had a much deserved break! It was good to see everyone after 4 weeks off and it felt a lot longer than it actually was!

Coming home in first place was Francisco Javier Cabrera Valdes at 18:12. Ewen Lamont was second at 18:47 and Finlay Rutter came in just one second later at 18:48.The first female -Gemma Cormack- came 5th at 19:02.

This Saturday we had 27 first timers and Andy Traill and Geth Rees completed their 100th so a massive congratulations to all of you! We also had runners from all across the UK having a warm up for the Inverness Half Marathon. We hope you all did really well and enjoyed the run! A special mention to Tamara Smith who was a first timer at the Inverness Parkrun, running as part of a new healthy lifestyle.

Another special mention goes to Cairn Medical Practice who had a number of runners doing the couch to 5K programme.

As ever parkrun requires volunteers to make it successful and on Saturday we had the following team:

Fiona Gordon, Michael Gregson, David Waudby-West, Sue Walker, Gary Reid, Alan Skea, Imogen McDougall, Phil Masterson, Billy Skinner, Hector Waudby-West, Rachel Cameron, Charles Jarvie, Alison Waudby-West, Ian Thomson, Roddie Shepherd, Ken Naismith and Annelise McDougall.

And a final shout out to the ladies who wore purple to represent International Womens Day!

Hope to see you all next week!

Rachel Cameron, Run Reporter.


Inverness parkrun 430 8th February 2020

Cycling across the Infirmary Bridge, I felt a strong gust of wind; perhaps the forerunner of Storm Ciara…But one of the features of Whin Park is the shelter, isn't it -lying only just above the river level and surrounded by trees? Well, maybe not ..
166 runners, boosted by the competitors in the Boys' Brigade Championships, lined up to hear David’s welcome followed by Billy's description of the revised course. "Four laps," (holds up 4 fingers for the benefit of the hard of hearing but resists the temptation to explain in mime the reason for the alteration) and the multitude charged off.
They charged back in fine form, with Donnie MacDonald crossing the line first in 16.35, followed by Shaun Cumming and Niall Ross, with both Shaun and Niall – and another 32 runners, including first female Esther Smith - posting Personal Bests.
At coffee afterward, it was good to hear first timer Michelle from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada explain how she started running. She’d suffered from asthma for years and had to change her inhaler prescription. In her office, late for a doctor’s appointment, she raced, yes raced, to make it. Sitting in the waiting room, she thought, "I ran!" A couch-to-5k session later, here she was, having finished her first parkrun. More to come, I hope ...
Alison directed, assisted by Alan Skea, Annelise McDougall, Billy Skinner, Charles Jarvie, Craig James Stewart, David Waudby-West, Diana Mackenzie, Donald Williamson, Douglas Lamont, Freya Waudby-West, Hector Waudby-West, Imogen McDougall, Linda Macauslan. Margaret Andrews, Oscar Sanchez, Paul Crowe, Phil Masterton, Rona Dunn and Steve Stewart.
(And having watched the Edinburgh weather at the Scotland v England rugby international, I think that we, in Inverness, got away lightly)


Inverness parkrun no. 429 – 25/1/2020

With something to celebrate this week – and not just the Bard’s birthday – a bumper turnout of 200 parkrunners made a welcome return to Bught Park on a cold and windy morning.

A week of dry weather gifted us with a dryer surface than we’ve become used to, although there were still a few clarty patches to negotiate and we all took a wee bit of the Bught home with us on the soles of our shoes. The start was a joy, going downwind and around past the swings, but the long return leg against the wind, along the road side of the park gave those of us who like to stay on the flat a feel of uphill running. We were being made to earn our haggis suppers this Burns night!

Amongst the 200 participants, we welcomed 14 first-timers and also visitors from Moray, Edinburgh and Dorset. Amongst the first-time parkrunners was baby Hannah Martin, wheeled around the course by dad Kendon.

Huge congratulations go to Diana MacKenzie, taking part in her 100th parkrun, as well as Joshua MacDonald, in his 150th.

First through the finishing funnel was Jack Trevelyan, of Highland Hill Runners, in a time of 17m 55s, and the first female finisher was Emily Andrew of Inverness Harriers AAC, in 19m 44s.

Of course, parkrun can only happen through the kindness of our wonderful volunteers. This week we are grateful to Margaret Andrews, Scott Baird, Sharon Beck, Audrey Bell, Paul Crowe, Derek Fraser, John Gellatly, Brian James, Charles Jarvie, Marcus Konoso, Annelise McDougall, Imogen McDougall, Katie Meek, Rory Robinson, Lee Ross, Niall Ross, William John Ross, Roddie Shepherd, Billy Skinner, Iain Teven, Keith Walker, Sue Walker, Bruce Wares, Donald Williamson and Margaret Woodhouse.

Thank you all!
Keith Walker


Inverness Parkrun 428 18 January 2020

132 runners gathered at Whin Park for a very cold parkrun with some ice skating on the paths and splashing compulsory around the duck pond. Thank you to all the volunteers who put up with these difficult conditions particularly the scanning and dealing with soggy barcodes. New volunteers are always welcome and you can become involved by following the link from the main Inverness Parkrun website or contact

A few people were a little late for the start, probably because of leaving a cosy bed, please note parkrun rules in Scotland are a prompt 9:30am start.

Congratulations to every single parkrunner who ventured out today in wintry conditions.

First male parkrunner past the post was Shaun Cumming of Highland Hillrunners (SM25-29) in a time of 18:21 and first female was Gillian Grant (WV40-44) who placed 25th overall. Tom McWilliam (VM45-49) was the first runner listed in the age category rankings in a time of 20:33, at 75.50% and was 7th overall. Well done to the first male junior Gordon Ross (JM15-17), who was 4th overall in a time of 20:16 and runs for Inverness Harriers AAC. Ruth McDougall (JW11-14) was the first female junior in a time of 28:13 and placed 43rd overall.

Whin Park is not known for personal bests and with the wintery conditions surprisingly enough there were 9 personal bests. A big parkrun well done. Welcome to the 7 first timers.

Gary Reid was today's parkrun Director. Thank you again to the (very damp and cold) volunteers who made this event happen.

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