Montrose parkrun 113, 7th September, 2019

On the first Saturday morning of September- unlike Jacob Rees-Mogg, lazily sprawled on some parliamentary seat, or park bench-133 folk chose activity at Montrose's 113th parkrun. They were rewarded by blue skies and warm sun, though faced by a stiff breeze on the north-facing sections of the route.

You may wonder sometimes what we volunteers at the start/finish point get up to when awaiting the return of the participants. One of the things we do is compete, each week, for the best guess as to how many of you there are. This week, RD, Sam was closest with 131. But none of us predicted that, despite that brisk wind, twenty eight of you would achieve your PB. Congratulations!

We were delighted to welcome 15 first timers, and visitors from Dundee, North Wales and Strathclyde. Some of the Dundonians were known to us from Camperdown parkrun, where some of us used to go before Montrose was set up. On Saturday their venue was occupied by a flower show.

The growing strength of running clubs was again illustrated by sixteen being represented on Saturday. This is not to imply that anybody at parkrun ever needs to apologise for the designation, "unattached".

One of Saturday's runners was crowned Montrose Rose Queen, 2019, on Sunday. Zoe Graham has been a regular parkrun participant and volunteer. The Rose Queen ceremony has been an annual local tradition since 1936. I mention this honour not just as a biassed grandfather. I mention it because, in her two-minute acceptance speech to the public on Sunday, Zoe spoke of parkrun as one of the good opportunities available in our community. Perhaps some of those who heard her will go away asking, "What's parkrun?" And if they get an answer, they can be sure of a welcome when they make that first step to Broomfield on a Saturday morning.

Written by
Denis 'The Token Master' Rice

And we have our parkrun baby. Congrats to our RD Pam and her husband Scott on the birth of there gorgeous daughter. I am sure the week you bring her along their will be lots of PB's for folk rushing back for cuddles! Love from the whole parkrun family.