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!