Inverness parkrun is cancelled on 2020-11-28 – COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Inverness Parkrun 427 4/1/20

Parkrunners experienced some muddy conditions at Whin Park this Saturday when 224 runners ran through the finish funnel a lot muddier than when they started! One runner was overheard asking Billy Skinner why if it was possible to drain part of the canal it hadn't been possible to drain the course!

There was quite a few twists and bends, and despite one or two runners taking a bit of a dive, everyone got round safely. Coming home first with an impressive time of 18:46 was Shaun Cumming followed by Andrew Gilmore (18:53) and Andrew Johnstone (19:06). The first female was Morag Murray at 22:54. In addition six personal bests were smashed and we had 21 first timers.

We also had 6 milestone runners- Averil Lamont with a whopping 250, Gillian Clark with a great 150 and Sharon Beck, Rachel Cameron and Jean Mackenzie doing their 50th with Dave Castairs volunteering on 50 occasions. Well done to all these milestone runners and volunteers for their achievements! Debbie Collins visiting from Melbourne in Australia commented on how she enjoyed the run and wasn't put off by the mud.

Once again parkrun wouldn't be possible without all of the volunteers who help out. The volunteers this week were Margaret Andrews, Elane Barrie, Rachel Cameron, Anna Macarthur, Don Macleod, Lee Ross, Sandy Matheson, Dave Carstairs, Marcus Konoso, Craig James Stewart, John Munro, Shona Macpherson, Sylvia Main, Phil Masterson, Alison Matheson, Ken Naismith, Steve Stewart, William John Ross, Hector Waudby-West and Keith Walker.

Thank you to everyone who participated in this week's parkrun. We hope to see you next week and hope you'll have cleaned your running gear by then!

Run Reporter
Rachel Cameron


Inverness parkrun 426 01.01.2020 bliain nua shona happy new year

This extra run report is dedicated to all of you who make parkrun happen.
A big parkrun thank you.

Every Saturday (and special days such as New Year) across the country UK parkrun volunteers turn out to support their local parkrun. In Scotland the start time is at 9.30am and everywhere else it is at 9.00am. The various tasks include setting up the course, briefing the parkrunners, time keeping, funnel management, giving out tokens, scanning, marshalling, social media, report writing, close down and token sorting. Last but not least, is the ever popular tail walker, who has the tricky job of working out who will be the final parkrunner across the line which can involve bouts of sprinting if parkrunners finish early after one or two laps. There are also numerous hidden tasks, mostly managed by the team of dedicated Run Directors, including signing up volunteers and checking out the route on the day.
Each parkrun is different and has one or two ‘special’ features! The Inverness parkrun is probably the only UK parkrun that continuously changes it route and for those of us who are regular parkrunners this seems to be virtually every week. This can cause a headache for the Run Directors and volunteers on ‘set up’ duties particularly when the changes are last minute. (I should include here a thank you to Highland Council for use of the park.) Another unique feature relates to the Bught Park course which basically follows the edges of a number of fields making our parkrun very much like a cross country. Visitors to Inverness are often caught out because they do not expect the soggy ground and lots of mud. Regulars usually end up investing in trail shoes. On a positive note there are the stunning surrounding hills and the magical River Ness.
Volunteering gives you a different perspective on parkrun. You get to talk to other like-minded parkrunners and get a sense of belonging to the parkrun volunteering family as well as the satisfaction of contributing to another successful event. There is the reward of a purple T shirt if you volunteer 25 times or more. If you would like to volunteer ask one of the Run Directors (blue tabard) or email Further details on the parkrun website.
Thank you to the 193 parkrunners who supported this New Year Day event. The first male across the finish line was Graham Bee(VM 35-39) in a time of 17.37 and runs for Inverness Harriers AAC. Anna Rose was the first female across the finish line in a time of 19.33 and runs for Inverness Harriers AAC. She was also the first junior and achieved the highest age grade of 81.67%. Welcome to our New Year visitors, especially those from Australia. Congratulations to everyone who took part – you are now set up for a fantastic 2020 and lots more parkruns. Liz


Inverness parkrun #425 – 28 December 2019

“Unseasonably mild” is how the forecasters would have put it; “Dry overhead” would have been the onlookers’ verdict; “Whin Park mud” was what the runners anticipated as they set off. And, by the time they returned, all 200 had the marks to prove it.

At the front, there was a fascinating battle between Shaun Cumming and Cameron Forrest, with Shaun holding on by 5 seconds and Simon Tracey in third position. Caroline Marwick, Sarah Attwood and Morag Murray filled the first 3 female places. At the back, Tail Walker was the remarkable Shona Macpherson, having just returned from the Pacific Crest Trail - 2650 miles across the high, snowy mountains from Canada to Mexico (see - for whom "tail walker" round the flat, muddy 5k course was, well, different.

Mention should be made of 2 more runners stepped up to the plate as volunteers; Margaret Andrews gave a confident, well thought out First Timers briefing while, after her run, Mhairi Sweeney noticed that a queue was building up at the scanning table, so she jumped in help, using the app on her phone.

Gillian Grant was the ED, assisted by Billy Skinner, Charlie Jarvie, Chloe Sweeney, Craig James Stewart, Hannah Morris, Hector Waudby-West, Joan Munro, Judith Colligan, Kate Morris, Keith Walker, Margaret Andrews, Mhairi Sweeney, Michael Gregson, Rhona Grant, Shona Macpherson, Steve Stewart, Stuart Hendry, Sue Walker and Iain Ross.

A reminder too that Inverness parkrun will be running at 10.30am on 1 January 2020. Check out our facebook page for confirmation of venue.


Inverness parkrun 424 – 21/12/19

Santa hats and antlers were on display at Whin Park for a very festive edition of Inverness parkrun!

Despite some notable absentees (presumably collateral damage from Christmas nights out), 120 runners participated in Saturday's parkrun. Visitors were welcomed from Elgin, Edinburgh, Thurso and Norwich. A quick preamble took place with Billy reminding everyone for the 100th time what the route was and then we were off.

With the muddy conditions slowing everyone down, only Dylan Paterson managed a personal best. Congratulations also go to the first runner home, Shaun Cumming in 18:46. He was followed in second by Steven Worsley in 20:04, Fraser Mackintosh finished third in 20:07 and Caroline Marwick was the first female coming in fourth in 20:35.

9 first timers completed the course and a special mention goes to Ann Smart who racked up her century of parkruns. Well done Ann!

There were also 13 special runners who successfully completed the run, the culmination of 10 weeks of a “couch to 5K“ course undertaken by Cairn Medical Pactice. During that time, doctors, staff and patients had met several times per week to walk/jog/run around the town area, gradually extending their distance. The runners are to be congratulated on their initiative and “graduates” hope now to join parkrun regularly.

As usual it goes without saying that parkrun needs the volunteers to make it happen. This week we had:
Dave Carstairs, Wendy Dustan, John Gellatly, Fiona Gordon, Martin Gordon, Michael Gregson, Brian Cameron, Charlie Jarvie, Billy Skinner, Hugh Marwick, Alison Matheson, Laura Wright, David Waudby-West, Sue Walker, Craig James Stewart, Steve Stewart, Liz Smart and Joan Munro.

Merry Christmas everyone and see you on the 28th for the last parkrun of the decade!

Brian Cameron, Run Reporter


Inverness Parkrun no 423

On my morning cycle to get my paper, the weather was mild and dry but a red sky threatened worse to come. However, the first activity I encountered on my way to Whin Park was Billy sweeping the leaves off the bridge before putting sand on it, "It gets pretty slippy" he explained. Now that's one dedicated guy, I thought. He also explained the slight diversion he'd created when setting out the route, in order to avoid a particularly chewed up section. Today's run was a Hospice takeover with the Hospice providing 10 volunteers, led by Bobby the Bee, raising awareness of their London Half Marathon team and raising funds through
Although the total numbers of runners this morning may have been affected by the North District Cross Country Championships, held in Dores in the afternoon, Inverness parkrun was boosted by the participation of Liz Gray, who has been missing for a little while.
Nicola Madej and Gillian Clark organised today's run, assisted by volunteers Billy Skinner, Chloe Robertson, Chloe Sweeney, Jamie Noble, John Gellatly, Kellie Calder, Kirstie Macdonald, Marc Wilson, Marcus Konoso, Margaret Andrews, Mhairi Sweeney, Oscar Sanchez, Phil Masterson, Rhiannon Tinsley, Rory Robinson, Shelagh Kerr, Stewart Donald and Wendy Morgan,
Nicola and Gillian will also be organising an extra parkrun on 1 January, which will start at 10.30 a.m. – a great way to kick off the New Year. Mind you, refreshments will be a little tricky because Cobbs is to be closed on 26 December, 1 January and 4 January. The Leisure Centre will also be closed on 26 December and 1 January but is due to be open on 4 January.
And, just as I got home, the rain set in…for the rest of the day.
On a more personal note, as I was preparing this Report I received a text from my daughter whose exploits, as some of you know, inspired me to start Inverness parkrun 8 years ago. Her message included a photo of her boys at the end of their first junior parkrun; is there a parkrun gene?