The Summer Solstice weekend allows all local runners an indulgence of choice when it comes to events to sign up to. The Highland Cross, the Nairnshire Challenge, 10 under the Ben to name only a few. Indeed some runners enter more than one of these events, such as Inverness Parkrun regular Gordon Lennox who completed the Cross in 2nd place on Saturday, and was 1st past the post in Nairn on Sunday (despite a puncture on the bike leg). Well done to that man!
In Gordon’s absence Inverness parkrun 199 was wide open to those who battle for first finisher. Luke Taylor took this honour and crossed the line in a time of 17:47 – a new PB. This was obviously a training run for the next day as Luke went on to finish 2nd in the challenge that is Nairnshire. Inverness parkrun doing more than it’s bit in providing the necessary training for outside events.
Despite the competition from other ‘distractions’ there were exactly 100 finishers in Saturday morning 5k trip around Bught Park. Some future Cross or Nairnshire stars on show as many of the junior runners ran well – 50% of the top 10 under the age of 18. Ben Sharpe (JM10) got under the 20 minutes target for the first time in 19m 51s, paced around the last lap by Ross Cairns whose own son Lucas finished in 19m 47s. Another 6 J10 runners completed the course on Saturday, a big shout out to the following à
Ben Webster 26m 51s
Imogen McDougall 28m 34s (=PB)
Victor Atkinson 29m 41s (1st timer)
Owen Webster 33m 13s (1st timer)
Alasdair Robb 37m 15s (PB)
Magnus Atkinson 45m 50s (1st timer)
A further 10 under 18s took part on Saturday, with 2 achieving PBs. Encouraging more young-uns to parkrun on a Saturday morning can only be a good thing.
I have also noticed that parkrun attracts families to do things together. It is customary (and an unwritten rule) to allow the younger ones to finish ahead of the more mature ones! Graeme Webster allowed his 2 sons Ben and Owen the honours on Saturday; Julie Robb stood aside to let Alasdair cross the line first; and Mike Atkinson allowed Magnus to finish in 99th rather than 100th. However, there are exceptions to the rule!! ‘Elder’, ‘Older’, ‘Big’ sister Susan Richardson was too competitive to allow (slightly) younger sister Elaine past on the finishing sprint!! Boo!
Next week is a big milestone for Inverness parkrun. It is the 200th running of the event. I am sure that Director Paul will be expecting ALL signed up parkrunners to make an appearance. Remember to tell everyone to pass on the word. The aim will be to surpass the 207 runners who took part in the 100th event back in July 2013. And how many of the current runners were involved in run nr1 on 3rd September 2011? Surprisingly not Billy Skinner who will be notching up run number 194 next time around, (only missing 6 runs in 4yrs!). On Saturday past we had 3 runners who had surpassed the 200 milestone – Alyson Hogarth Laydon (232) from The SeafRUNt Smilers in Sunderland (bit of a tongue twister!!!!), Irene Miller (255) from Pitreavie AAC in Fife, and Laurence Leask (271) who usually plies his trade at Cramond in Edinburgh - a must run parkrun for anyone targeting a PB.
Some more Vital Stats to mull over,
12% of the finishers were appearing as 1st timers.
14% whippets achieved a new PB.
43% ‘devotees’ had secured a red50, black100, gold250, or white10 t-shirt.
83% speedsters achieving an age grade of greater than 50%
4% of the more obsessed runner linked to STRAVA
2% dads pushing pushchairs or prams with small people in