Today, parkrun celebrated International Women’s Day so today’s report has some extra highlights to reflect that. As a teacher myself I definitely see that girls are still often much more apprehensive to take part in and embrace the world of sport than boys. Parkrun is one area where female vs male participation doesn’t seem to be as unequal as in other sporting realms- today, 40% of our participants were female and it is often higher than this!
One big milestone today- junior runner Katy Donnelly finished her 10th parkrun today and can expect her lovely t shirt soon to celebrate this achievement! Did I mention Katy was also top female finisher? More on that later...
An amazing 21 people ran their first ever parkrun at Strathclyde today, we hope you keep returning!
Of course, parkrun relies on a great number of volunteers each week and this week there were 30 people who helped make the magic happen. This included lots of pacers today! Volunteering is brilliant fun and the team at Strathclyde are one of the most welcoming in the country... so if you’ve not volunteered before, please give it a go.
For those who enjoy the numbers... Neil Renault was first male home in 16:29. First female was the aforementioned Katy Donnelly in 19:28. But the fantastic top times weren’t the only achievements! In fact, 53 people got a new PB today at Strathclyde which is very impressive against the breeze on the way back. Well done to Marion OConnor, who ran an age graded time of 87% to be today’s highest age graded athlete.
So to finish us off, some inspiring ladies from today. I can’t name them all, as there are simply too many, so these are just a few highlights:
-Katy Donnelly, our fabulous first female finisher. Showing the girls of today how satisfying it can be to excel in sport.
-Marion OConnor, running a highly impressive age graded time by anyone’s standards. Just awesome!
-Margaret Allan, today’s most ‘mature’ female participant, making us all hope we will still look as good as her when we’re in our 70s.
-Sophia and Maya Barcella, and Orla McNiven. Three of today’s youngest ladies all in the JW10 age group. Great futures ahead of you all, girls.
-Ally Robb, today’s amazing run director who is a key part of Strathclyde’s amazing team and success.
-Moira Smith, Strathclyde founder, friendly face, and brilliant running guide to visually impaired runner Andrea.
-Kara Rafferty, my 8-months-pregnant chum still loving all that running brings. A fab time of 26:29 today and smiling every step of the way.