parkrun run report 403 by Steven Hunter

parkrun #403

229 people ran, pushed prams, jogged and walked parkrun #402.

 This week at St Andrews there were 6 first-timers, 26 visitors and 20 different athletic clubs represented.  Approaching milestone are Stuart Robertson on 99 parkruns and Tristan Glasse-Davies on 49.

 There were 33 PBs and three runners over the 80% age grade, well done to both of the Jim Scobies and Catriona Duncan.

 Karen and I enjoyed a visit to Ruchill parkrun this week, which is one of seven parkruns in Glasgow.  It’s a small parkrun and takes place at Ruchill Park, Maryhill. This week it was their 150th parkrun and there were 99 runners. The course is just less than three laps of the park, each lap includes one lengthy uphill section. The parkrun is run on tarmac paths and was well marshalled.   Karen and I are more used to the gentler slopes of Craigtoun, so we found this parkrun quite a challenge.  Ruchill is ranked 392nd most difficult of 580 UK parkruns, while St Andrews is ranked 12th.

 Next week we plan to run either Tollcross—which is described as “hilly” and ranked even higher than Ruchill—alternatively we might do Springburn, which is ranked closer to Craigtoun.

 A big thank you to the volunteers who made our parkrun possible this week: Lesley Aitken, Andy Anderson, Andrew Armstrong, Ewan Cameron, Will Gage, Lucy Gray, Iain Hawkins, Lynne Herd, Steven Hunter, John Ivinson, Rebecca Laing, Malcolm Mactavish, Beatriz Martín-Andrade, Lynne Park, Henry Paul, Birgit Plietzsch, Adrian Wood.  Please do remember and volunteer, as Parkrun couldn’t happen without everyone giving up a bit of their time.  It’s also a great way to get to know some of your fellow parkrunners.