At Pollok we will be running on Christmas day 25th December at 9.30.( as well as 21st, 28th and 1st January)

We will of course need volunteers as well as runners so if you want to volunteer please get in touch with and tell us your name and ID and what volunteer task you would like to do.

We will also be asking everyone to bring goodies to eat and some hot drinks so please feel free to bring some things along.

Look forward to seeing you on the 25th December!


Christmas and New Year’s day events

As we've done every year since 2009, we'll be staging extra events on Christmas Day 2013, and New Years day 2014. Both events will start at our usual time of 9.30am.

The Burrell collection is closed on these days, so if you're not rushing away to put the turkey on, or dig out the aspirin, bring along a few things to share.

More details closer to the time.


A quarter of a MILLION kilometers run: Run report for 29th December

The interesting statistic part

Our last event of 2012, and one that also hit a fantastic milestone, as pointed out by Gavin Harvie on our facebook page.

Since starting in 2008, we've had 8092 different runners take part, amounting to a total of 50,008 separate runs (so 6.2 runs per person, on average). Of course, given it's a 5km run, that means our runners have - as of Saturday - run 250,040km in Pollok park!

It's quite something to think that we've run most of the way to the moon (just 134,360 to go) - We should "reach" it in a hundred or so events, so towards the end of 2014/early 2015 at our current average rate.

The Event Director's rambly report part

I was away visiting my family in Ipswich over Christmas, so missed out on the spectacular turnout of 227 runners on Christmas Day. Well done to everybody who turned out, particularly our volunteers (and in particular Alan, who was placed a bit on-the-spot by the large turnout).

I've only ever managed one Christmas day parkrun myself, and was - I think - Run Directing the event too on the infamous Burrell field alternative course (Results of which are here) - A convoluted five circuit loop of the Burrell field, in the snow, amounting to 10 times up and down. A special day, that still had 87 enthusiastic participants charging around the park.

My own running has been on hold the last couple of weeks. A couple of kilometers on the dreadmill are about all I've managed. I'm hoping to run on New Year's Day (if we have enough volunteers), and - if I can get my running mojo together - will be starting hard on pursuing what I think will be my running target of 2013: A new Glasgow parkrun PB, and aiming to take part in a half marathon in the first half of the year.

Everything went well on Saturday. Glad most of you took my suggestion to run through the puddles, not around them. It can be a bit of a concern when the puddles cause people to stop or change direction. Getting in the habit of bringing a spare pair of shoes during the winter is well advised, and then just enjoy running right through them! I find the water squishes out very quickly around the course in any case.

We don't always manage to get a run report together, so if you ever fancy writing something, please don't hesitate to put a few words together. It's a volunteer role, so you can run and write the report. Just drop us a note and we'll send over a link to the statistics that appear below.

Wishing you all a fantastic new year. We're hopeful it'll also be the year we see more parkruns starting in Glasgow (Tollcross and Victoria parks). Drop the team an email ( if you're interested in being involved.



ps. Don't forget we're on facebook at: and on twitter @glasgowparkrun

The proper statistics part

Glasgow parkrun Event number 202 - 29th December 2012

Men's placings:
Kieran DOCHERTY (SM25-29) of Bellahouston Road Runners, was first over the line in 16:19 - third time in 9 appearances.
Robert QUINN (VM45-49) of Kilbarchan AAC, was second over the line in 16:23 - Has been first to finish on 5 previous occassions.
John MACNAMARA (SM35-39) of Ronhill Cambuslang Harriers, was third over the line in 17:12 - Was first to finish once before.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Stuart MACDOUGALL (PwC) 988 pts.
Anthony Lucio JANNETTA (Unattached) 957 pts.
John GILHOOLY (Bellahouston Road Runners) 930 pts.

Women's placings:
Julia HARRIS (VW45-49) of Bellahouston Harriers, was first (34th overall) over the line in 20:57 - first time in 4 appearances.
Michelle HETHERINGTON (VW45-49) of Helensburgh AAC, was second (35th overall) over the line in 21:03 - Has been first to finish on 2 previous occassions.
Marina MCCALLUM (VW40-44) of Clydesdale Harriers, was third (37th overall) over the line in 21:08 - Has been first to finish on 3 previous occassions.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Angela CAMPBELL (Bellahouston Harriers) 958 pts.
Constance TRAYNOR (Unattached) 953 pts.
Pamela Anne JOSS (Unattached) 944 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Robert QUINN (VM45-49) was graded 87.89 % for the time 16:23 (second overall).
Kieran DOCHERTY (SM25-29) was graded 79.06 % for the time 16:19 (first overall).
Robert MCEWAN (VM55-59) was graded 77.78 % for the time 20:06 (16th overall).

This week there were 219 runners, of whom 22 were first timers and 22 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different athletics clubs took part.

Glasgow parkrun started on 6th December 2008, and since then 8,092 different runners, including participants from 254 athletics clubs, have completed 50,008 runs covering a total distance of 250,040 km, and there have been 11,965 new Personal Bests.

The Women's course record is held by Freya MURRAY who ran in a time of 16:32 on 31st December 2011 (event number 153).
The Men's course record is held by Ross TOOLE who ran in a time of 15:01 on 12th December 2009 (event number 51).
The Age Grade course record is held by Susan BURNS who recorded a 91.21 % run (19:20) on 7th July 2012 (event number 181).

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


Christmas and New Year events

Now that Christmas is a few days away, we just wanted to confirm that - weather permitting - we'll be staging extra events on Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Full details on our earlier post. Starting 9.30am as usual. The full list is therefore:

  • Saturday 22nd December 2012
  • Tuesday 25nd December 2012 (Park facilities closed)
  • Saturday 29th December 2012
  • Tuesday 1st January 2013 (Park facilities closed)

If you're travelling away over Christmas/New Year, other parkrun event's Christmas plans are detailed in the Christmas Compendium.

Please remember your barcode (If you've never run before, please register. If you've taken part or registered before, you can request a reminder) and that our free events are staged entirely by volunteers. If you enjoy the event, please help out at some point so everybody gets a chance to run, our regular volunteers included. Plenty more about volunteering on our volunteering page.

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