Run Report 42 – 29th February 2020

Leap Year day

This was the first time ever that the 29th of February fell on a parkrun day. It will be decades before it happens again so we thought we should try and do something special.

Backwards day

So....we came up with a (sort of) backwards course. Then we thought, if we are having a backwards course then let's wear our clothes backwards! And just to make it more leapy for leap year we asked our parkrunners to leap over the finish line. We do like a special event at Polky Dot.

London Marathon Winner

We had Mike Gratton visit us on Saturday. Mike is a London marathon winner. He won it in 1985 in a time of 2 hours and 9 minutes. We hope Mike enjoyed our parkrun and will be back soon.

First timers

I had the pleasure of meeting Lee and Iona who were with us for their first ever parkrun. They were still smiling at the end so I hope they'll be back soon. It was also lovely to see an old friend of mine, Paula, who I haven't seen for years. It was also her first parkrun.

50th parkrun

Well done Alan Stewart who completed his 50th parkrun with us on Saturday. Welcome to Club 50. Alan provided us with some yummy sweets to celebrate.

Polkemmet Country # 42

Polkemmet Country parkrun
Event number 42
29th February 2020

This week 107 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 19 were first timers and 17 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:

Gary FRATER • Karen KILPATRICK • Emily KILPATRICK • Helen MCDOWELL • Nicola HOGAN • Fraser LAWSON • Michael DAVIDSON • Gillian STAPLEY • Stuart BARCLAY • Delia LEDDY • Kirsty SCOTT • Hayley LYALL • Gemma BLACK • Katie ROY • Laura ROSS • Eileen PATERSON • Jane ROBISON • Frances BROGAN • Lesley COOK • Struan COOK • Richie BRAVEN-WOOTTON

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

The male record is held by Ross MACKENZIE who recorded a time of 16:41 on 8th June 2019 (event number 3).
The female record is held by Lisa MACDONALD who recorded a time of 19:09 on 15th June 2019 (event number 4).
The Age Grade course record is held by Liz CORBETT who recorded 84.57% (27:13) on 22nd June 2019 (event number 5).

Polkemmet Country parkrun started on 25th May 2019. Since then 1,553 participants have completed 3,451 parkruns covering a total distance of 17,255 km, including 612 new Personal Bests. A total of 192 individuals have volunteered 845 times.

 

Next week

Along with other parkruns we will be celebrating International Women's Day by promoting women's participation in parkrun. So try and bring a female friend along on Saturday. You can also wear purple as well. We hope you've been enjoying reading our Facebook posts this week about women who have inspired us. You can also take part in the conversation on social media by using #iwdparkrun

 

Run Report – Event 36 – 18/1/2020

We had loads of help on Saturday. We had so much help that Rob and Laura were able to run. So a big extra thanks to our hi-vis heros this week. Although they've not done a lot of running recently they both got shiny new PBs. Well done!

I had a good chat with two of our volunteers, sisters, Hazel and Karen. It was their first time volunteering at our event and they really enjoyed it. It was lovely meeting you ladies and I hope you'll be back soon.

A huge thank you especially to Gillian and Michael who came to help us despite losing their wee doggy during the week. Those of you who are regular at our event will know wee Chloe. She helped most weeks and had her own wee hi-vis jacket. Chloe passed away during surgery at the vet. I hope that the messages of condolence that they received on Saturday and on our facebook page have been a bit of comfort to them.

Just a wee reminder that we'll be having our Rabbie Burns event on 25th January. We'll have snacks and rumour has it that their could be a piper there!

On Saturday, Kieran SWANSON was first home and, unknown to us at the time, the first lady home was his mum Karen Lyn DICKSON. Well done guys. We hope you enjoyed your run.

This week 72 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 26 were first timers and 16 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 10 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:

Karen KILPATRICK • Emily KILPATRICK • Jill HORSBURGH • Helen MCDOWELL • Fraser LAWSON • Rob DIXON • Michael DAVIDSON • Gillian STAPLEY • Georgia THORNE • Hazel MCKAY • Karen MACKINNON • Delia LEDDY • Martin O'HARA • Katie ROY • Laura ROSS • Niccy ANGUS • Eileen PATERSON • Frances BROGAN • Becca WATTERS • Kate SANDERS

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

The male record is held by Ross MACKENZIE who recorded a time of 16:41 on 8th June 2019 (event number 3).
The female record is held by Lisa MACDONALD who recorded a time of 19:09 on 15th June 2019 (event number 4).
The Age Grade course record is held by Liz CORBETT who recorded 84.57% (27:13) on 22nd June 2019 (event number 5).

Polkemmet Country parkrun started on 25th May 2019. Since then 1,444 participants have completed 2,954 parkruns covering a total distance of 14,770 km, including 506 new Personal Bests. A total of 173 individuals have volunteered 725 times.

 

Run Report 33 – 1 January 2020

What a brilliant start to a new year for Polkemmet Country parkrun, an amazing 251 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 127 were first timers and 26 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 38 different clubs took part. We welcomed visitors from Singapore, London and other local parkruns most of whom,were out for a New Year's Day doubler.

new year crowd

It was great to receive so much positive feedback on our event, especially as the course is narrow in parts - but given the increased numbers, that did not seem to interfere with anyone's run and fun.

MILESTONES

Congratulations to David Eames who achieved 100 status today

polkemmet celebration boards

VOLUNTEERS

Huge thanks to those who helped today, some are fairly new to parkrun, but help weekly at Polkemmet. The increased number of runners today, failed to phase them and they excelled as always.  For those runners who personally praised me on our course marshalls, I did pass on your comments to them.  I am proud to say that such comments are not unique to today - we love our volunteers for making our event a fun and friendly experience each week for all those taking part. We could not do it without you and we value your commitment and enthusiasm.

new year volunteer

So thanks to -

Gary FRATER • Alastair SCOTT • Emily KILPATRICK • Alan MCCLELLAND • Helen MCDOWELL • Beverley DODGSON • Victor JACK • Mark SUTHERLAND • David MAIN-READE • Fraser LAWSON • Rob DIXON • Natalie DONOHUE • Kirsty SCOTT • Shirley CULL • Hayley LYALL • Katie ROY • Lorraine CUSHWAY • Niccy ANGUS • Eileen PATERSON • Jane ROBISON • Frances BROGAN • Aiden THOMSON

So, if you fancy helping us out any week, then please email polkemmetcountry@parkrun.com with your name and barcode number and we will add you to our roster.

CAKES & REFRESHMENTS

Thanks to David Main-Reade for the brilliant homebaking (again), Helen McDowell for the pancakes and to Rob Dixon and Laura Ross for the refreshments at the finish line. Thanks also to Aiden for stepping in last minute and being the Host with the Most.  49147355853_1f873a892b_n

PHOTOGRAPHS

Rob Dixon was there with his camera today and captured some brilliant pictures - you can view all these on the attached link -

https://www.flickr.com/groups/polkemmetcountry-parkrun/?fbclid=IwAR3VpsX_5B5MFwGPSUmUW3QhrimHrPno9vTJeg1e4klzUIJZV6ZeubQLTuw

LOST PROPERTY

We uplifted a pair of adidas trackies and an adidas jacket from the finish line today whilst clearing up.  If they are yours, then please come and see us on Saturday or email us.

RESULTS ISSUE

We had a few issues with failed scanned finish tokens - so could Claire Tippet, Lee Mellor and Christine Jackson please email us, so we can apply your time to our results. polkemmetcountry@parkrun.com

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

COURSE RECORDS & STATS

The male record is held by Ross MACKENZIE who recorded a time of 16:41 on 8th June 2019 (event number 3).
The female record is held by Lisa MACDONALD who recorded a time of 19:09 on 15th June 2019 (event number 4).
The Age Grade course record is held by Liz CORBETT who recorded 84.57% (27:13) on 22nd June 2019 (event number 5).

Polkemmet Country parkrun started on 25th May 2019. Since then 1,380 participants have completed 2,726 parkruns covering a total distance of 13,630 km, including 473 new Personal Bests. A total of 165 individuals have volunteered 665 times.

 Finally, this photograph was taken at our finish line a few weeks ago - I just discovered it and it really needs shared

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We look forward to a fantastic 2020 at Polkemmet Country :-)

 

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Event 32 Report – 28/12/19

It was the final Polkemmet Country parkrun of 2019 and 78 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 29 were first timers and 6 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 10 different clubs took part.

We welcomed visitors from Bristol, Sheffield, Alness and Cambridge.

On behalf of all the Core Team, can we thank everyone who has contributed in any way to our event since it started on 25th May 2019. We look forward to building on the success of 2019 with you all in the New Year, as well as welcoming some new Polkemmet Country parkrunners and meeting the many parkrun visitors and tourists in 2020.

We would also like to publicly thank and recognise former Core Team members Lyndsay Paterson, Stephanie Amies and Ramya Bhatia for their contribution to our event earlier in the year.

Finally, we wish all our Polkemmet Country parkrun family a very Happy and Healthy New Year when it comes.

Our Amazing Volunteers were -:

Gary FRATER • Karen KILPATRICK • Emily KILPATRICK • Helen MCDOWELL • Stuart HURCOMB• Rob DIXON • Michael DAVIDSON • Robin THORNE • Amy KERR • Jennifer HOLDEN • Gillian STAPLEY • Anna THOMSON • Delia LEDDY • Alison MURPHY • Katie ROY • Niccy ANGUS • Eileen PATERSON • Frances BROGAN • Kate SANDERS

Volunteering

Volunteering is fun and easy, so please consider helping us out one week. Don't be daunted as full support will be given.  All tasks are straighforward and you find out more by emailing polkemmetcountry@parkrun.com

Volunteer Needed

Milestones - 

This event saw Val Lees achieve 50 status and she celebrated the milestone with her son and daughter in law,  CONGRATULATIONS VAL

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New Year's Day -

We will be holding an extra event on New Year's Day at 09:30am.  The cafe will be closed, but we will have some cake and refreshments to enjoy at the finish.  DJ Emily will be playing some scottish anthems to get you over the finish line.

new years day

Photos

Rob Dixon combined tailwalking and photographer today and the link to his pictures can be found here -

https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipMezDLSJ0qD44qPJRcF8xeyLuwKnGP1VotK27nL-SkteS8uASX7cg5pA9xACnFRQw?key=M09tMW93d0ZFVzJjWUNlcS0tZWJqd3dHZHNRdThR

Event Results, Stats and Record Holders

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

The male record is held by Ross MACKENZIE who recorded a time of 16:41 on 8th June 2019 (event number 3).
The female record is held by Lisa MACDONALD who recorded a time of 19:09 on 15th June 2019 (event number 4).
The Age Grade course record is held by Liz CORBETT who recorded 84.57% (27:13) on 22nd June 2019 (event number 5).

Polkemmet Country parkrun started on 25th May 2019. Since then 1,253 participants have completed 2,475 parkruns covering a total distance of 12,375 km, including 447 new Personal Bests. A total of 161 individuals have volunteered 643 times.

 

Event Report – Christmas Day 2019 by visiting Mark Williamson

A Merry Christmas to all our readers and well done to everyone who attended the first ever Christmas parkrun at Polkemmet Country Park.

54 festive spirited parkrunners, dressed in a variety of outfits from elves to Santas and a few bits in between, ran, jogged or walked the course today. In amongst them were representatives from 14 different clubs and we also recorded 14 first timers in the field, including one brand new parkrunner.

What a great Christmas present getting your first parkrun done. Well done and welcome to Satia Armstrong. Hope you'll be back soon. There may have been more. Who knows, because Santa had three unknowns on the naughty list with no barcode.
#NBNTNE. We hope the loss of that time doesn't spoil your Christmas.

Not sure how many wise men there were but we did have visitors from afar, including Livingston, Pollok, Cheltenham, Forest of Dean and London to mention a few.

Kirsty gave them an accomplished first timers' briefing and pointed out all the key points, including the drinks and the cake cornucopia at the finish table. We liked the cake and the lemon drizzle was excellent indeed. Thank you David Main-Reade for baking and providing these and to Rob Dixon for providing the refreshments.

Gary called us to order then took us down to the start line for a wee chat. Always good to get that briefing done The Christmas spirit was well displayed in the donations box of non-perishable food and treats which are to be gifted to North Lanarkshire and West Lothian food banks. Thanks to everyone who donated so generously, these donations were split at the end of the event and are on the way to each of these local food banks.

Talking about generosity, we would also like to thank parkrunner Helen McDowell for purchasing and donating a second Hi-Viz vest for out tailwalkers - thanks so much Helen, it's much appreciated.

It was a crisp Christmas morning with just a bit of a nip in the air, but the going underfoot was good with not too many puddles and there wasn't much mud splashing around either. It was clear that some of the field had started celebrating early and it was agreed it's useful to use parkrun as a detox before round two this afternoon.

Polkemmet Co-ED Karen (JK) Kilpatrick, Lorraine Syme-Smith and Jamie McGill rounded the morning off with a PB each and on her third visit to Polkemmet VW75-79 established a new age graded course record in 29:30 and bagged a top twenty finish too. Very impressive. Well done all.

Brian Turner bagged his fourth first finish here today and Rachel McIlwraith grabbed her second.

Our fastest 500 list had a few new entrants and the time needed to join that group now needs to be lower than 26:36.

Happily parkrun is not all about times and there are many ways to measure your progress from time and position through to age grade and category. It's all good fun.

parkrun, however, is also about volunteering. It's a fantastic, volunteer led event we take part in, with everyone giving up there time throughout the week, before and after the run to give us our events.

If you fancy giving it a go then speak to one of the team at your run or drop them an email. Full training and support will be given. You will be appreciated and it does feel good to give something back. You can email polkemmetcountry@parkrun.com and bookings are now being taken for their event on the 28th December and 1 January 2019. Their current roster looks like this -

https://www.parkrun.org.uk/polkemmetcountry/futureroster/

PHOTOS -
Thanks to Polkemmet RD's Rob Dixon and Fraser Lawson for taking some pictures this morning. Robs link is attached and we will update this link if more become available -

https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipN9xRzcNuVJtZ9qkvmwd6Z2QAdMWDy1aifeOKEcM3RxCHPtjrVCIUqkcINqNYSlTw?key=US03ZGZSSFR0aFZ6bUh2X05XVHAxRmpUX3Izc2d3

Our thanks this Christmas Day go to the santadressingtinseltotingdeelyboppingelvecostumedloudlycheeringpopproducingcakebakingevergivingteamofhivizwearingheroes who were: Beverley DODGSON, Juan ESCUDER, Gary FRATER, Gary FRATER, Stuart HURCOMB, Emily KILPATRICK, Fraser LAWSON, Val LEES, Hayley LYALL, David MAIN-READE, Jane ROBISON, Laura ROSS, Ian ROSS, Kate SANDERS, Kirsty SCOTT, Robin THORNE, Mark WILLIAMSON

We hope you all enjoyed today and again, have a very Merry Christmas. See you soon

To Gary and the team. many thanks for having us at such a well organised, fun and friendly event. Great to share the start of our Christmas with you

Best wishes.
Mark Williamson
Event Support Ambassador (South West) (Volunteer) parkrun UK

 

Event Report 29 – 14 December 2019


Well done to all the hardy runners today that endured the hail, sleet and wind. We welcomed a few representatives from Motherwell AC, Portobello RC, Livingston AC, Lothian RC, Perth Road Runners, Penicuik Harriers & jogscotland. While the conditions were challenging, Mahlen Fox, Stewart Smith & Christine Jackson managed personal bests. Martin Sloan from Bathgate Amateur Swimming Club came along with a few runners and hopefully we'll see more of their members next week at our Santa Run.

As always, we thank our volunteers who give up their Saturday mornings to help out with our volunteering. Here we see Frances and Eileen who are always willing to lend a hand

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We are gifting non-perishable food and treats to North Lanarkshire and West Lothian food banks so if you are able, any donations towards this will be greatly appreciated

TINNED MEAT (COLD)TINNED POTATOES
CURRY SAUCE (JARS)
PASTA SAUCES (JARS)
TINNED SPONGE
TINNED TOMATOES
TINNED VEGETABLES
BREAKFAST CEREALS
NOODLES
TINNED RICE PUDDING
TINNED CUSTARD
DILUTING JUICE (1L)
MILK (UHT)
DRINKING CHOCOLATE
INSTANT COFFEE (JARS)
INSTANT MASHED POTATO
DRY RICE
TINNED TUNA
TINNED FRUIT
BISCUITS
SWEET AND SAVOURY BISCUITS
CUP-A-SOUP
SWEETS

Come and join us on 21st December 2019 for our first Santa Run.
Free, festive and 5k!
Come dressed as Santa, anything Christmassy or festive.

Go on.....you know you want to !

 

This week 33 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 11 were first timers and 3 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 8 different clubs took part.

 

The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:

Gary FRATER • Karen KILPATRICK • Emily KILPATRICK • Karen Lyn DICKSON • Stuart HURCOMB • Rob DIXON • Michael DAVIDSON • Gillian STAPLEY • Andrew MCKENNA • Martin SLOAN • Delia LEDDY • Val LEES • Laura ROSS • Niccy ANGUS • Eileen PATERSON • Frances BROGAN • Kate SANDERS

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

The male record is held by Ross MACKENZIE who recorded a time of 16:41 on 8th June 2019 (event number 3).
The female record is held by Lisa MACDONALD who recorded a time of 19:09 on 15th June 2019 (event number 4).
The Age Grade course record is held by Liz CORBETT who recorded 84.57% (27:13) on 22nd June 2019 (event number 5).

Polkemmet Country parkrun started on 25th May 2019. Since then 1,191 participants have completed 2,287 parkruns covering a total distance of 11,435 km, including 430 new Personal Bests. A total of 153 individuals have volunteered 587 times.

 

 

Event Report 28 – 7 December 2019

Well what can I say about Saturday? It was a comedy of errors on my part. Thank goodness for a great team and the simplicity of parkrun. I slept in. Had to print documents for the event - printer wouldn't work. Arrived late. Had to go back to the car THREE times cause I forgot stuff. In a daze and no idea that Kirsty had already done the first timers briefing. Was just thinking, "I'd better get in gear and ask Kirsty to do the first timers briefing," when she came up and said she did it and gave me a note that we had visitors from Edinburgh and Stirling. So a big shout out to the visitors and the other first timers who hopefully will be back soon. And thanks Kirsty. Kirsty regularly does the first timers briefing before going for her run. Saturday was extra special because it was her 100th parkrun and we were so happy that she chose to be with us to reach that fantastic milestone. Well done Kirsty. The errors continued after the event when I couldn't find the barcode scanner. I had Gary and Rob go and check their cars and the park while I sat in the heat of the cafe only to discover that it was in my pocket all along! What a day! What a team! Our 28th event was a success, despite a sleepy Run Director.   kirsty100   Another big shout out to Gillian and Michael. Gillian and Michael are regular volunteers and you will probably have seen them out on the course or at the finish area helping out. On Saturday then were tail walkers for the first time. Well done Gillian and Michael, we really appreciate everything that you do for us. You have kindly started bringing along items for our foodbank collection. We will be collecting over the next few weeks so keep it coming. Enjoy the rest of your week. Hope I see you on Saturday. Remember Pollkemmet Country parkrun comes to you because of our wonderful volunteers. It is much easier and less stressful if we have full rotas a few weeks in advance to if you can help up then email polkemmetcountry@parkrun.com to let us know. JK - Run Director Event 28 Polkemmet Country parkrun Event number 28 7th December 2019 This week 48 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 16 were first timers and 8 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 10 different clubs took part. The event was made possible by 20 volunteers: Gary FRATER • Karen KILPATRICK • Emily KILPATRICK • Graeme LAWSON • Beverley DODGSON • Stuart HURCOMB • Fraser LAWSON • Rob DIXON • Michael DAVIDSON • Gillian STAPLEY • Georgia THORNE • Charlotte SCHOFIELD • Alan STEWART • Delia LEDDY • Kirsty SCOTT • Lorraine CUSHWAY • Laura ROSS • David MACDONALD • Niccy ANGUS • Kate SANDERS Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Polkemmet Country parkrun Results Page. The male record is held by Ross MACKENZIE who recorded a time of 16:41 on 8th June 2019 (event number 3). The female record is held by Lisa MACDONALD who recorded a time of 19:09 on 15th June 2019 (event number 4). The Age Grade course record is held by Liz CORBETT who recorded 84.57% (27:13) on 22nd June 2019 (event number 5). Polkemmet Country parkrun started on 25th May 2019. Since then 1,180 participants have completed 2,254 parkruns covering a total distance of 11,270 km, including 427 new Personal Bests. A total of 152 individuals have volunteered 570 times.

 

Run Report 27 – 30/11/19

It was a lovely crisp morning for our special St Andrews Day event at Polkemmet Country Park.  Thanks to everyone who came along to help celebrate our national day. It was good to see a fair amount of tartan and see you jimmy hats :-)

Thanks also to David Main-Reade for his brilliant homebaking at the end - we hope you all enjoyed this and the refreshments.

This week 58 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 18 were first timers and 8 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 11 different clubs took part.

Our Tartan Heroes this week were -

Gary FRATER • Emily KILPATRICK • Siobhan SELLAR • Helen MCDOWELL • Mary LEES • David MAIN-READE • Fraser LAWSON • Rob DIXON • Ali MCDONALD • Billy WAUGH • Alan STEWART • Delia LEDDY • Kirsty SCOTT • Katie ROY • Eileen PATERSON • Jane ROBISON • Frances BROGAN

Be a Hero!

parkrun could not function without a willing band of volunteers - if you fancy helping out one week, then you simply need to drop us an email to polkemmetcountry@parkrun.com  Here is how our roster looks for the following weeks -

https://www.parkrun.org.uk/polkemmetcountry/futureroster/

Christmas Day and New Years Day

We will be holding additional parkruns over the festive period, both of these will start at the usual time of 09:30am

Food Bank Collection

On the run up to Christmas, we are gifting non-perishable food and treats to North Lanarkshire and West Lothian food banks so if you are able, any donations towards this will be greatly appreciated. There will be a box at the finish area this week, so please feel free to drop any donations into this. Thanks

Photos

Thanks to Billy Waugh for taking some pictures at this event, you can find the link to these here -

https://www.flickr.com/photos/183919532@N05/49147856861/in/pool-polkemmetcountry-parkrun/?fbclid=IwAR3FmjfTFjOCmE5WwnpZhrZJ9zqmQzLz_eEuMAjSlcy6OrXEZInaBC4RCU0

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

Course Records

The male record is held by Ross MACKENZIE who recorded a time of 16:41 on 8th June 2019 (event number 3).

The female record is held by Lisa MACDONALD who recorded a time of 19:09 on 15th June 2019 (event number 4).

The Age Grade course record is held by Liz CORBETT who recorded 84.57% (27:13) on 22nd June 2019 (event number 5).

Event History

Polkemmet Country parkrun started on 25th May 2019. Since then 1,164 participants have completed 2,206 parkruns covering a total distance of 11,030 km, including 419 new Personal Bests. A total of 150 individuals have volunteered 550 time

 

Run Report event 25

I want to begin by thanking the 20 volunteers that got up this cold Saturday morning to make this event happen. The 20 High Viz Heros gave up their time and own run to make Polkemmet Country parkrun the best it can be and as Run Director I am very grateful for your help and support.
It was a cold and frosty morning at Polkemmet but that didn’t stop the 58 runners, joggers and walkers who participated. The pre course set up this morning was done in record time by Gary, Laura(RD) and Rob and there was even time for a cuppa and a chat.
It was great to see lots of new faces and as Run Director having parkrun newbies is exciting. A huge well done to Doreen from Linlithgow and Kev from Blackburn who chose Polkemmet as their chosen first time parkrun course. They both done amazing.
Luca Thomson completed his 10th parkrun this morning achieving a new personal best now he is 11 and can beat his Mum. Congratulations Luca your Mum is going to have to run faster to beat you now!
There were 16 new PB’s today and I think my Run Directors briefing helped when i mentioned its a cold morning so run faster may have cheered you on.
Ho Ho Ho Finally I would like to mention that we will be running Christmas and New year at our usual time of 9.30am. We will be collecting items of food for West Lothian Foodbank and North Lanarkshire Foodbank spreading a little cheer. If you could please donate any items of non perishable food please bring them along any Saturday from now till Christmas. Thanks for your continued support.

We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen:
Niccy ANGUS, Frances BROGAN, Michael DAVIDSON, Rob DIXON, Kev DODD, Beverley DODGSON, Gary FRATER, Stuart HURCOMB, Emily KILPATRICK, Karen KILPATRICK, Fraser LAWSON, Eileen PATERSON, Ian ROSS, Laura ROSS, Billie ROSS, Katie ROY, Kate SANDERS, Kirsty SCOTT, Gillian STAPLEY, Robin THORNE

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

The male record is held by Ross MACKENZIE who recorded a time of 16:41 on 8th June 2019 (event number 3).
The female record is held by Lisa MACDONALD who recorded a time of 19:09 on 15th June 2019 (event number 4).
The Age Grade course record is held by Liz CORBETT who recorded 84.57% (27:13) on 22nd June 2019 (event number 5).

Polkemmet Country parkrun started on 25th May 2019. Since then 1,113 participants have completed 2,036 parkruns covering a total distance of 10,180 km, including 385 new Personal Bests. A total of 139 individuals have volunteered 492 times.

 

Visitors Run Report Event 24 – 19/11/19 – David Slater

‘Polkemmet Country parkrun Event 24 Run Report’ or ‘Winter is coming!’

After it started in May, I really wanted to visit Polkemmet Country parkrun! I’d done a bit of a ‘recce’ of getting to the carpark on the way back from a wee break for the EMF with family. I’d had a previous attempt at getting there in late June, to the point of being in running gear ready to leave the house only to be called to work urgently! Then there had been the work involved in training up as a volunteer and launching our own ‘Country’ parkrun. Finally a weekend came up when the roster was healthy and my co-ED at Drumpellier said I should take the time to tour, and it was ‘on’.

However a fairly busy weekend lay ahead and I couldn’t take the (good) car - so a quick bit of route planning and it seemed a train journey was just about feasible assuming the other car held out (its next journey should really be to the scrapheap) to take me to the station at Coatbridge, and if someone would give me a lift from Armadale at the other.

Fortunately I got a nice response on the Facebook from JK offering to take me since she was coming from that direction!

So Saturday morning saw me on what felt like a proper parkrun adventure! Got to the station ok and got my ticket, crossed to the eastbound platform and I was off through a frosty landscape - in multiple layers and non-matching running socks! JK and Emily picked me up from the station and we headed for Polkemmet. Love the way that we can make new friends in the parkrun family!

We got there and I met some of the other core team - with some ‘vigorous’ discussion on issues around today’s society! (thanks Gary!) - and met today’s RD, Fraser.

We stood around trying to keep warm in the baltic temperatures, I got a few photos of the team assembling, and some selfies (with the static steam engine on display, and of course the pop-up banner). Soon it was time for an excellent First Timers’ Briefing (by Kirsty) at which we discovered a few were brand new to parkrun that day (what a cold one for your first! - in fact 9 were brand new that morning) and then we assembled round the corner at the start line. By this point I had decided that not only 2 layers of apricot would do me for the run but also kept my hoodie on, simply leaving my fleecy coat on the wall.

The main run briefing covered all the important ground and highlighted a few running for Poppy Scotland, and then we were off! I found the initial downhill fun, and possibly took it a bit too fast in places, though fortunately I didn’t find any icy parts to the trail! It seems that by the time I was onto the first and shorter ‘out and back’ section towards ‘Teletubby Corner’ I was easing off a little - just as well given the slight incline after the first bridge, that continued onto the longer second out and back down beside the golf course. There I saw JK again at the turn, and then it was back before another hill that seemed more challenging, towards the finish area. As the FT Brief noted - there was a nice ‘springboard’ off the second wooden bridge before that wee uphill - and then of course we had a right turn before doing it all again.

By this point I found that the 56 runners were a little bit more broadly spaced out (indeed the eventual first finisher John Gladwin would have been close to the finish by now, while one of our two Tail Walkers Sheila Baxter and Helen McDowell expressed a little surprise later on at being passed so soon) - this meant that I had times of being, if not completely by myself, then certainly making sure that the next runner ahead of me wasn’t out of sight for too long. I appreciated the ‘out and backs’ a little more on the second lap for seeing runners, as well as the various marshals, venturing a few high-fives with some of the runners on the golf course section, and exchanging smiles if not words with a few as well.

The music that had been on the go at the end of lap 1 was no longer working I think but the cheers of Emily and the other finish area volunteers kept me going - I always think I should take it easy the first time I run a course, for a straightforward PB the next time but think I put in a decent effort, though I might possibly have started a ‘surge’ a little sooner!

Having had my barcode scanned, it turns out I finished 29th in 32:04, setting my PB to be beaten on another occasion, while 10 finishers achieved new PBs - 9 females (3 Juniors and 6 VWs) and the second finisher Michael Connelly. Third male was Ross Lorimer, while the first three ladies were Raechel McCallum (on a pleasing ‘111’ parkruns), Shirley-Anne Weir, and Heather Orr.

Josie Coull was joining the ’50 Club’ (in 49th position!) which may have been the only ‘official’ running milestone but we all have our own ‘markers’ and signposts on the way and I’m sure many found it significant for different reasons. Steven Knox came 7th on his 7th parkrun, and Kieran McGonagle got a nice time of 27:27. On the other hand, 3 participants didn’t scan a barcode in positions 4, 22 and 44 - always personal choice but if you want to take part, register beforehand, bring a printed copy of your barcode, and always check before you leave the house - have I got my barcode?! #dfyb

I tried to thank or high-five on the way round but may have missed a few - so thanks to all the volunteers for being out, setting up or performing other roles on that cold morning: Niccy ANGUS, Sheila BAXTER, Frances BROGAN, Shirley CULL, Michael DAVIDSON, Rob DIXON, Gary FRATER, Karen KILPATRICK, Emily KILPATRICK, Fraser LAWSON, Helen MCDOWELL, Eileen PATERSON, Laura ROSS, Kirsty SCOTT, Gillian STAPLEY, Roy STEVENSON, Georgia THORNE.

I know from our own event too how great our volunteers are and you could add to their number! All roles are straightforward and easy to pick up - the team will be glad to hear from you!

Thanks for the visit which I really enjoyed - not to mention the lovely cafe afterwards which serves a good and very reasonable breakfast roll and cup of tea - I also got a doughnut to take away afterwards. And thanks again to JK & Emily for trusting that I wasn’t a dodgy character and giving me a lift back to the station too! Hope to visit again sometime - and maybe see you at Drumpellier Country parkrun too sometime!

Dave Slater

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