We ran muddy while Kipchoge ran fast!

A number of runners could be seen resolutely staying in their cars glued to their phones before parkrun this morning. They arrived able to tell us that Eliud Kipchoge had broken the 2 hour marathon - 26.2miles in 1 hour 59 minutes and 40 seconds!
We met our own personal challenges, as well as the communal challenge of mud - lots of it. But hey! It's Plean parkrun - it wouldn't be the same without mud!
It was a beautiful morning and the park really was looking it's best - several folk commented as they came up to scanners what a fantastic run they had - the best way to start the day.

This week 45 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 5 were first timers and 6 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part.

We had visitors from various parts of Scotland, but also from Zillmere parkrun in Brisbane, Queensland - if anyone wants to try the parkrun ABC, that's your 'Z'.
And on the subject of mad parkrun tourism challenges, our Australian visitor told me of the Pirate challenge. 7 park runs starting with the letter 'C', followed by one starting with the letter 'R', all in pirate costume. Anyone worked it out?
Sailing the seven 'C's. And what do pirates say? "RRRRR". Which would imply running the 'R' several times!

Today's event was made possible by 13 volunteers:

Jackie STEWART • Ellison MACKINNON • Alexa TWEDDLE • William SILCOCK • Mark GEAN-HUGHES • Louise SMITH • Eva Charlotte SILCOCK • David FAUNCE SMITH • Samuel WEIR • Isabel LAWTON • Andy BYTHEWAY • Jean WESLEY • Amanda PIKE

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


It’s conker season….

How was you parkrun this week?

Ours was fantastic. Run went ahead without a glitch....all the volunteers this week were well versed on their areas so there wasn't much left to do apart from collect conkers!

We have lots of different trees about the park, many of which are deciduous but it helps show the seasons as they pass. Right now as the conkers fall its a reminder of the autumn is in full swing. We love the change of seasons in the park - question is which is your favourite one?

Anyhow, back to the essentials. This week 81 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 16 were first timers and 14 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different clubs took part.

Visitors from Australia (Perth), London, Elgin, Kirkcaldy and Glasgow. We hope you enjoyed our run and hope to see you again soon!

Please check out our roster its a little bare https://www.parkrun.org.uk/plean/futureroster/

Until next time Plean


Furthest visitor recorded…

Hi all,

Well not much to say about yesterday. Apart from a re jig due to being 1 Marshal down on the day all went smoothly.

And the title you now are wondering over?? We had our furthest recorded visitor from Adalaide, Australia. Wow right?

Our other visitors were from Aberdeen, Tullibody, Peterborough, London, Wendover, Kirkcaldy and Norwich. Thank you to all for picking Plean parkrun. It was great to have you with us.

This week 53 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 16 were first timers and 7 recorded new Personal Bests. 

We only really need a Timekeeper and post event crew for next week. The following week 12.10 we do need a fair few spaces filled. So email in below to secure your chosen role plean@parkrun.com.


Here's a picture of my Son helping with the main brief...is he too young to be an RD still? Hmm probably!


See you all on the 5th again


An International parkrun



70575498_2566291996768786_4134352402646040576_nToday one third of our 94 runners were first timers to Plean, and we had visitors from Nose Hill parkrun, Calgary; Rosebud parkrun, south of Melbourne; as well as from Newcastle, Aberdeen and Devon. All corners of the UK and the world!
Our friends from Rosebud parkrun were talking about running around Arthur's Seat - I assumed it was our Edinburgh based version, but I see they live close to the Arthur's Seat State Park in Victoria - if you see this can you clarify for us - which Arthur's Seat did you mean?!
The park was absolutely stunning this morning. As we walked around the park setting up in the early morning sun, with shafts of light slanting through the trees it felt good to be alive. And good to be able to share this with our Plean parkrun family. I've added some photos by David Downey, taken during his warm up this morning to give you a flavour - thanks David.

This week 94 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 32 were first timers and 17 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 15 volunteers - 16 if you count Kirsty's dog! One of our volunteers was sporting charity-blue hair - one way of making sure the marshals are visible!
Maybe it could become mandatory - bright yellow hair for all marshals to match the hi-vis vests?!
This weeks wonderful volunteers were:

Alan HUME • Colin SINCLAIR • David DOWNEY • Nicola BISHOP • Shaun O'DONNELL • Jackie STEWART • Ian DONALDSON • Angela WHYTE • Anne RENNIE • Mark GEAN-HUGHES • Christine CALDWELL • Andy BYTHEWAY • Donna ADAM • Chris BARNES • Kirsty SLATER

See you all next week
Mark - RD


Autumn is on the way

Plean parkrun event 89 had a definite autumnal feel to it. The leaves are starting to turn in the park, and some are already falling on our route. The sun was shining through the green and orange/yellow leaves, and the rain stayed away until later in the morning.
As always, the park is the big star - not only the autumn colours, but today we had a runner reporting a young deer on the trail.
As often happens, we had a good number of visitors and first timers from as far afield as Winchester, Leicestershire and Glasgow. Our first timers came from both human and canine species - welcome to all!
One of our visitors, absolutely buzzing from our beautiful course, suggested that whoever devised the route is an 'Evil Genius'!! Come on Jackie Stewart, 'fess up - there's an Evil Genius Lair hidden away under Plean House where you keep your nefarious plans for ever more challenging parkruns!

This week 89 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 15 were first timers and 23 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Very many thanks to you all, including Father/Daughter tail walking team Frank & Charmain!
As always, please consider coming along to join our volunteers - it's fun, easy, and makes the world of difference to the smooth running of the event.
See you all next week,
Mark Gean-Hughes, Run Director

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