Montrose parkrun #118 – the day of the sub 2 marathon!

While Eliud Kipchoge was in Vienna celebrating his fantastic achievement of completing 26.2 miles in just under 2 hours, 130 people enjoyed the calm and sunny conditions this week down at Montrose parkrun.

We welcomed 15 newbies this week, with 12 of them completing their first ever parkrun so well done! We had visitors from Cardiff, Poole, Derbyshire and the wilds of Kirriemuir.

Mike Rushworth celebrated his 50th parkrun today. He was hoping to get away with it but daughter Brea was on the ball and emailed us on the Friday to remind us!



The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:

Chris MAHER • Bryony WALKER • Carol JAMES • Magnus MONCRIEFF • Jackie FLYNN • Michael ELLERY • Morag ELLERY • Denis RICE • Ian BEATTIE • Diane NEWELL • Sheila TAYLOR • Colin MURRAY • David MAY • Graeme THOMSON • Susie LOGAN • Adrian PATTERSON • Donny ANDREW

Denis is home and on the road to recovery. He is not quite up to parkrun speed yet so we’ve told him to behave himself and to do what his physiotherapist tells him to do!


Montrose parkrun #117 – 15 years of parkrun

On Saturday 2 October 2004, 13 runners and five volunteers turned up to Bushy Park in Teddington, London for a free, timed, 5k run, known then as the Bushy Park Time Trial.

Little did they know what they had started…

This week teams across the world celebrated 15 years since the parkrun phenomenon started with that first event. On the 5th of October 2019, 271229 people across the globe took part in a 5K parkrun, including 131 here at the 117th Montrose parkrun. The weather conditions were favourable and it was great to see lots of people wearing blue (to match the new limited edition 15th anniversary parkrun wristbands, available from the parkrun barcode store) or official parkrun tops.


The parkrun story is a really interesting read. Click here to find out how it has evolved from such humble beginnings to the social; phenomenon that we have today.

We always enjoy welcoming first timers and visitors to Montrose parkrun. This week we had 17 first-timers to Montrose, with visitors from Ellon, Stirling, Inverurie, Dundee and Perth along with 9 people recording their first ever parkrun. Well done to you all, we hope you enjoyed our course.

Congratulations also go to Adam Rodger who joined the ranks of those who have donned the red cape to complete their 50th parkrun.


This week was also a memorable one at Montrose for a different reason. ‘The Tokenmaster”, Denis Rice, was not in attendance for only the second time in the history of Montrose parkrun. He does have a reasonably good reason however, as he was in hospital having a hip replacement. He did phone in from his ward to check everything was on course at 9.25am – what a legend! It was lovely speaking to people about Denis – so many well-wishers hoping for a speedy recovery so he can be in his usual spot soon, giving out finishers tokens along with his trademark wit!

This week 131 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 17 were first timers and 28 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 12 different clubs took part.


The event was made possible by 16 high-viz heroes:

Avila MURRAY • Valerie THOMSON • Tina FOWLER • Magnus MONCRIEFF • Pam RICHARDSON • Denis RICE • Pauline BELFORD • Jamie KINGHORN • Mairead HOULT • Rebecca FINDLAY • Colin MURRAY • Garry TASKER • Arthur GRANT • Andrea JOHNSTON • Susie LOGAN • Donny ANDREW

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

The female record is held by Jennifer WETTON who recorded a time of 18:05 on 13th April 2019 (event number 92).
The male record is held by Ross MACKENZIE who recorded a time of 16:16 on 15th June 2019 (event number 101).
The Age Grade course record is held by Morag ELLERY who recorded 86.47% (26:37) on 28th September 2019 (event number 116).

Montrose parkrun started on 8th July 2017. Since then 2,623 participants have completed 14,133 parkruns covering a total distance of 70,665 km, including 3,182 new Personal Bests. A total of 330 individuals have volunteered 1,985 times.


Montrose parkrun #116- Montrose Triathlon takeover

Wow, where do we start? The Montrose Triathlon Club knocked it out of the park with their volunteer takeover on a crisp autumn day with 161 runners.


After the success of the club’s inaugural Duathlon round the basin last month they continued to reward the fastest parkrunners with prizes for their efforts this week. They really are a friendly bunch of triathletes!

Jeni Warden, Tri club Vice Chairman said 'I want to reiterate thanks to all the “team” members at today’s parkrun. It was a fantastic team effort and really think we showed Montrose how great our club is. It is not very often that we get to take time out from our training just to promote and encourage others and even catch up between ourselves.


We have 130 members in the club with various levels of abilities in one or all of the three triathlon sports, and the club supports everyone equally. Much aligned with the parkrun philosophy that all are welcome!

In the last year the club has grown by more than 25% and has facilitated swim and triathlon camps locally along with the first “couch to Tri” programme to assist newbies to train and complete their first triathlon this summer.

Tri club members spoke to many parkrunners and hopefully managed to encourage them that anything is possible if you have the right support group around you!
Many mentioned their anxiety about swimming in particular and that they wanted to work on it before coming along, head swim coach Sylvia insisted that this was not necessary and that she would see them on poolside on Monday! (Even better is that your first swim session is free and for non members to try the club out before joining)

The club has been shortlisted by Triathlon Scotland for “Most Welcoming Club of the Year” 2019 so while they await the results they continue to strive to promote and welcome more parkrunners into their friendly club!

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and if you have any photos from the day please upload them to

the parkrun album here


Jeni Warden

Vice Chairperson- Montrose Triathlon Club


Montrose parkrun #115

There was an unexpected chill in the air along with a bit of a breeze down at Broomfield on Saturday, where 129 people ran, jogged and walked the course, 19 were first timers and 27 recorded new Personal Bests, including the 1st 3 finishers, all being under 20 mins.

As always parkrun isn't possible without out our volunteers, this week there were 19:

Talitha GRAHAM • Sam PICKETT • Valerie THOMSON • Bryony WALKER • Tina FOWLER • Jade JESSIMAN • Michael ELLERY • Pearl LAWSON • Denis RICE • Pauline BELFORD • Carina STRACHAN • Jamie KINGHORN • Carol DEAN • Ashlea MACDONALD • Lesley STRACHAN • Hilary MURDOCH • Brian MANZI • Yvonne GROZEVA • Ivan GROZEV

We are happy to say that next week's roster is already full due to a take over by Montrose Triathlon club. 

We had visitors from Kintore, Kirkcaldy, Aberdeen and Edinburgh. Thank you for visiting we hope you enjoyed it.

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

The female record is held by Jennifer WETTON who recorded a time of 18:05 on 13th April 2019 (event number 92).
The male record is held by Ross MACKENZIE who recorded a time of 16:16 on 15th June 2019 (event number 101).
The Age Grade course record is held by Morag ELLERY who recorded 85.90% (26:21) on 1st September 2018 (event number 60).

Montrose parkrun started on 8th July 2017. Since then 2,589 participants have completed 13,841 parkruns covering a total distance of 69,205 km, including 3,115 new Personal Bests. A total of 321 individuals have volunteered 1,944 times.

This coming week is pacer week, so look out for those green vests to chase!



Montrose parkrun #114 – 14 September 2019

It was another rather breezy morning on Saturday 14th September, but we’re well used to that on the east coast of Scotland, and it’s good to see it didn’t put off our brave parkrunners! This week 130 people ran, jogged and walked the course. We were delighted to welcome 20 first timers to Montrose, including visitors from Glasgow, Staffordshire and a big welcome to David and Lisa from Melbourne, Australia! Lisa told me that she is originally from Kirriemuir, but it’s still a fair trek for a run around Broomfield!


It never ceases to amaze me when we get new Personal Best times under difficult conditions and this week was no exception. Even though there were a lot of mutterings (with the odd expletive) about the wind, 23 parkrunners still managed to record new PBs. Very well done to all of you. As you can see from our picture below, it was a bit of a struggle for some!


As always, we are indebted to the volunteers who generously give their time to help make sure parkrun happens. This week’s event was made possible by the following hi-viz heroes:

Keith BLACK • Valerie THOMSON • Jen PICKETT • Brenda BURDEN • Karen ADAMS • Lana SHEPHERD • Colleen CRAIG • Denis RICE • Caroline KINGHORN • Jamie KINGHORN • Lesley STRACHAN • Keith JACKSON • Beverley MURRAY • Gary JAMIESON • Anna WILSON-STOREY

Over 24,000 people volunteered at a parkrun somewhere in the world on Saturday – that many people surely can’t be wrong! Volunteering is fun, easy, rewarding and without it there would be no parkrun. We are always on the lookout for volunteers, as you will no doubt be aware if you follow us on our social media channels (you’ll know we’re desperate if we’re posting pictures of sad animals). If you would like to help out this coming parkrunday or any other time, check out the volunteering page for more information and get in touch with us at

This week’s full results and a complete event history can be found on the Montrose parkrun Results Page.

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