*****Xmas Day parkrun*****

There's only 7 "normal" parkruns left until XMAS DAY parkrun and we are delighted to announce that St Andrews will once again be hosting our special xmas day parkrun.

There'll be goodies galore (Covid permitting) and loads of smiling santa's, elves, reindeers and nae doot some Darth Vader's!!!

One thing is guaranteed - it will most certainly be EPIC!!!!!

Regards

Santa

 

parkrun run report #408 by Steven Hunter

Parkrun #408

 Raining and very soggy underfoot so well done to the intrepid 159 parkrunners (and volunteers) this week and extra kudos to those who turned up in fancy dress.

 This week at St Andrews there were 4 first-timers, 11 visitors and 22 different athletic clubs represented.  Congratulations to Danny Rooney and Tyler Stevenson who both reached 100 parkruns and Isla Glass-Davies, one of our junior runners who reached 10 parkruns.

 Approaching milestone for Ken Hodge who is on 99.

 There were 13 PBs and two runners over the 80% age grade.

Also congratulations to Peter Avent who broke the course record despite the underfoot conditions.

 A big thank you to the volunteers Lesley Aitken, Andrew Iain Armstrong, Graeme Braid, Sandra Gardener, Norman Gibb, Jennifer Henderson, Lynne Herd, Steven Hunter, Gary Ovenstone, Lynne Park, Henry Paul, Ian Shield, Lee Simpson and Lorna Simpson.

 Please do remember and volunteer, as Parkrun couldn’t happen without everyone giving up a bit of their time, and it’s also a great way to get to know some of your fellow parkrunners.

 

parkrun run report 406 by Steven Hunter

parkrun #406

On a pleasant autumnal morning 172 people ran, jogged and walked parkrun #405.

This week at St Andrews there were 4 first-timers, 16 visitors and 21 different athletic clubs represented.  Congratulations to Sanya Sever-Smith who reached 50 parkruns. There are four people on 99 parkruns; Karen Hunter, Carol Niven, Hannah Montgomery and Thomas Pairman.

There were 33 PBs and two runners over the 80% age grade.

A big thank you to the volunteers who made our parkrun possible this week: Andrew Aird, Caron Aird, Lesley Aitken, Andy Anderson, Grant Cumming, Bekki Gorgon, Claire Gorgon, Sharon Hedley, Nessie Kirkbride, Malcolm Mactavish, Patrick McCann, Gary Ovenstone, Linsay Park, Lynne Park, Margaret Robertson, Ian Shield and Edward Wade.  Please do remember and volunteer, as Parkrun couldn’t happen without everyone giving up a bit of their time, and it’s also a great way to get to know some of your fellow parkrunners.

 

parkrun run report #404 by Steven Hunter

parkrun #404

158 people ran, pushed buggies, jogged and walked parkrun #404.

This week at St Andrews there were 6 first-timers, 24 visitors and 17 different athletic clubs represented.  James Young reached 50 parkruns and Stuart Robertson 100, well done both.

There were 19 PBs and one runner over the 80% age grade and the two highest female age grades were Margaret Robertson and Jennifer Morris.

Karen and I enjoyed a visit to Springburn parkrun this week, which takes place at Springburn Park, Glasgow. This week there were 128 participants. The course is just less than three laps of the park. It was a most enjoyable parkrun, well organised, enthusiastic marshals and lovely long sweeping downhill start with the same for the finish—perfect for a PB!!

A big thank you to the volunteers who made our parkrun possible this week:

Gary OVENSTONE • Ian SHIELD • Sue ARMSTRONG • Andrew Iain ARMSTRONG • Garry MIDDLETON • Rob ARMSTRONG • Jim AITON • Gozde OZAKINCI • Iain TODD • Julie HARRIS • James AINGE • Susan HANTON

 

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.

 

parkrun run report #401 by Steven Hunter

parkrun #401

 224 people ran, pushed prams, jogged and walked parkrun #401. The UK average was 193 parkrunners.

 With the sun shining on St Andrews once again, we had 11 first-timers, 15 visitors to St Andrews and 25 different athletic clubs represented, including a member of an athletic club in Dublin.  Congratulations to Allen Marr, who ran his 200th and Duncan Edward and Fiona Cruickshank who ran their 50th.  Approaching milestones are Iain Gourley and Nessie Kirkbride on 49 parkruns.

 There were 29 PBs and one runner—second person to finish—with an age percentage of above 90% (according to the WMA age grading that is world class level running).  Well done Tony Martin.

 A big thank you to the 16 volunteers who made parkrun possible this week: James Ainge, Lesley Aitken, Ruth Cruickshank, Steven Hunter, Shirley Kay, Malcolm Mactavish, Fraser Mcdonald, Katrin Metsis, Gary Ovenstone, Lynne Park, Henry Paul, Ian Shield, Ewen Sparks, Frank Sullivan, Fiona Walker, Adrian Wood.  Please remember and volunteer as Parkrun couldn’t happen without people giving a bit of their time.  It’s also a great way to acquaint yourself with some of your fellow parkrunners.  Please check out or future roster if you can help.

 

parkrun report #399 by Steven Hunter

parkrun #399

 229 people ran, jogged and walked St Andrews Parkrun #399 (UK average: 200) enjoying the sunny, late summer morning.

We had 9 first timers, 26 visitors and 25 different athletic clubs represented.  Mitchell Keay ran his 50th Parkrun, congratulations Mitchell. Those close to significant milestones are; Matthew Holden on 199 Parkruns, Rebecca Laing and Steven Hunter on 99 and Beatriz Martín-Andrade on 49

 There were 43 PBs !!!! a special mention for Grant Cumming who knocked 10 minutes off his previous best; and three runners with an age percentage of above 80%

A big thank you to the 16 volunteers who made parkrun possible this week: Heather Anderson, Ruth Cruickshank, Sandra Gardener, Katrin Metsis, Gary Ovenstone, Lynne Park, Amanda Rodden, Bella Rodden, Daisy Rodden, Meredith Schertzinger, Ian Shield, Ewen Sparks, Dianna Stewart, Michaela Sullivan, Adrian Wood, James Yule. Please remember and volunteer as Parkrun couldn’t happen without them. We still need volunteers for our 400th Parkrun next week. Please check out or future roster if you can help.

 Enjoy the Weekend

 

parkrun #395 – Run Report by Steven Hunter

Thanks again to Steven for his excellent report writing

Parkrun 395

 This week we had 225 people coming along to Craigtoun to run jog and walk round the park. There were 20 new to St Andrews and 24 athletic clubs represented.  There was also 3 parkrun first timers. We had visitors from Norwich, Hampshire, Belfast and …Dunfermline. Great to see you all.

International Women’s’ Day was on Sunday so well done for all those wearing purple to celebrate that event. We had two female runners in the top 6 and 105 female runners overall.

 There were 23 PBs!

 The race director mentioned that it was only five more park runs to the 400th park run at Craigtoun which also coincides with our 8th anniversary. This will be the 18th of April. There are a number of parkrunners who are also getting closer to significant parkrun milestones whether in the nervous nineties, the fidgety forties or any other significant anniversary. Please get in touch by email before the event to make sure we don’t miss any personal parkrun milestone at the race briefing.

 Thank you to all the volunteers this week who make parkrun possible: Ronnie HUNTER BLAIR • Gary OVENSTONE • Adrian WOOD • Lachlan BRENNAN • Andrew Iain ARMSTRONG • Danny ROONEY • Angus BARRABLE • Katrin METSIS • Arvo KULU • George MCLEOD. And a special mention to Andrew Armstrong who volunteered at parkrun to enable him to complete the volunteering section for his Duke of Edinburgh Award

 Thanks

 Steven

 

parkrun #394 – Run Report by Steven Hunter

Thanks again to Steven for his excellent run report

It was the first time since 1992 that a Saturday fell on the 29th of February and we saw 90 parkrunners (slightly above the UK average of 188 runners) enjoy the February Bonus Leap Year Craigtoun Parkrun #394. The next time the 29th February is on a Saturday will be in 2048 by which time many of us will have crept up a several age grades! Well done to everyone who read Gary’s Facebook post and wore fancy dress.
We had 2 first timers, 14 visitors and 17 different athletic clubs represented including a
member of the Chepstow Harriers. Congratulations to Sandra Gardener who reached her 25 volunteer milestone.
There were 18 PBs in total including three Wilsons; well done Paul, Joyce and Isla.

A big thank you to all the volunteers this week who make parkrun possible: Andy Anderson, Andrew Armstrong, Karen Brennan, Lachlan Brennan, Tone Brennan, George Brown, George Fraser, Sandra Gardener, Bekki Gorgon, Claire Gorgon, Ruth Hoffmann, Jennifer Morris, Gary Ovenstone, Gozde Ozakinci and Adrian Wood.

Please remember and volunteer as Parkrun couldn’t happen without them.

Have a great weekend - Steven

 

 

*****Leap Day Parkrun – 29th February*****

St Andrews Parkrunners - this Saturday marks a very special occasion. This will be the first ever Saturday 29th February - the first ever parkrun leap day.

Previous Saturday leap days were 1908, 1936, 1964 & 1992 - some before many of us were even twinklets in their fathers eye.

To make Saturday special we'd like everyone to dress as they would have if they'd done a parkrun in 1908, 1936, 1964 or 1992 - the year is up to yourself but lets see how imaginative you can all get digging out some old running gear.

The Winner (chosen at the discretion of the hand picked selection committee) will be rewarded with a free roll and coffee/tea/juice in the café following the run.

See you all Saturday

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