Strathclyde parkrun Cancellation – 27th April 2019

Unfortunately we have been requested to cancel our event on 27th April 2019.  There is a Scottish Rowing Spring Regatta on in the park this weekend.  We hope to see you all back on the 4th May for another pacing Saturday.

 

Strathclyde parkrun Event Number 447

9th Anniversary, wow.  How did that happen? Brilliant atmosphere at run.

Strathclyde parkrun
Event number 447
13th April 2019

This week 441 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 68 were first timers and 56 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 41 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Yvonne GENTLES • John SMITH • Neil ROBBINS • David WARDMAN • Ian DEVOY • Patrick SMITH • Pauline HENDERSON • Gordon DEVOY • Bruce FOWLER • Marlene STIRLING • Michelle SMITH • Craig Allan SMITH • Laura ONEILL • James KENNAH • David MURRAY • Douglas HOLMES • Marcus MURRAY • Martin MCQUADE • Derek AITKEN • Alistair AITKEN • Ann MILLER • Laura GILLIES • Angie QUATE • Elspeth FERGUSON

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

The female record is held by Hayley HAINING who recorded a time of 16:49 on 12th January 2013 (event number 142).
The male record is held by Euan GILLHAM who recorded a time of 14:38 on 22nd April 2017 (event number 353).
The Age Grade course record is held by Fiona MATHESON who recorded 99.99% (17:24) on 3rd May 2014 (event number 211).

Strathclyde parkrun started on 10th April 2010. Since then 12,210 participants have completed 82,109 parkruns covering a total distance of 410,545 km, including 15,029 new Personal Bests. A total of 900 individuals have volunteered 7,149 times.

 

Run Report Event Number 443

OK guys, let me introduce to you the one and only Dave Slater. Dave debuted as a Run Director on the 16th March in what can only be described as horrendous conditions. Here is dave's Run Report -

16 March 2019
How do you like your parkruns in the morning? Not wet and cold like this was. I was watching the forecast with a little concern, having arranged to try out being ‘Run Director’ alongside John. Snow was forecast, and up early(ish) on Saturday morning, snow duly arrived. A few messages back and forth (and a delay as I finished up some work-related stuff) and it was OK, we were good to go.

Embarrassedly arriving about half an hour later than I planned, I plunged in to helping sort out the finish funnel gear, and wondered how my phone would survive the chilly rain when it came to checking off volunteers or reading my notes. Approaching things with calmness is a great way to go, but I must admit to feeling a little nervous as the first couple of volunteers checked in, and time kept seeming to make random jumps forward! Fortunately my mentor ‘kept a calm sough’ which was a good influence (and just as well, seeing as he did some of the things I forgot like issuing hi-vis and the all important timers and scanners!).

A fit of enthusiasm saw me decide to give the First Timers Briefing (with help from an experienced giver of briefings!) and between us we covered most things. However we only had a handful come over for the brief though results tell us there were 9 first-time visitors to Strathclyde and 7 entirely new parkrunners - welcome and haste ye back!

Dave suddenly clocks the time: 9:30 and most folk are a couple of hundred metres away moving into position for the start. Now I had carefully layered up - 2 run shirts, a hoodie, a fleece and then the fabled blue RD vest (completing the set as I have previously marshalled and tail-walked!). So a
quick jog (panic sprint) in more than my usual running gear was pretty hard going even for that short distance, and arriving out of breath, plus nearly falling off the step-stool was not perhaps the best preparation for launching into a run brief. Knowing that folk didn’t want to stay still in the conditions for too long, I failed to introduce myself and launched straight into my briefing song. Yes somehow I felt that the best way to communicate our key messages was to Gilbert & Sullivan’s Modern Major General (in case anyone was wondering what the tune was supposed to be!) - and thank you to the generous soul who left a positive comment about it on Facebook! I managed (sort of) to give Bill Burgess a shout-out for his 25th volunteering stint but unfortunately didn’t know about another milestone: Jude Nicol on a Junior 10, well done!

All the excitement went a bit to my head I think and John made sure things were running smoothly. The weather made short work of many a paper barcode and between that and a temperamental scanner there were more than usual queuing up at the tent where I assisted the ‘unscannables’ process by gathering the finish tokens. Except when I forgot and actually asked someone for his token when he’d just given me it - whoops!

Can you believe we had just 169 runners - the lowest this year and second lowest attendance since Dec 2017. I got another look at how to solve various results issues with John guiding me, and we eventually got there, with the help of a roll & sausage and drink of hot chocolate!

How I can remember all this is a mystery to me as the morning seemed to go by in a bit of a blur! I have to say though I really enjoyed having done it and am feeling like I should have got more stuck in to volunteering years ago - you get to know more people, better, and I was even feeling able to
cheer in a few by name at the finish, which was really great. Seventeen runners achieved PBs despite the conditions (in a hurry to get back and warmed up?!) - great job everyone!

Every parkrun event is different - different weather, different people, different experiences. I won’t forget this one in a hurry, that’s for sure. Thanks to John and all my fellow volunteers on the day who went above and beyond in making sure I was ok and kept the whole thing running like
clockwork. I highly recommend shadowing an experienced RD yourself just to see how the ‘machinery’ of parkrun works even if you don’t intend to do further stints by yourself! Email strathclydehelpers@parkrun.com to fill one of the slots in www.parkrun.org.uk/strathclyde/futureroster

Strathclyde parkrun

16 March 2019
Event number 443
16th March 2019
This week 169 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 16 were first timers and 17
recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:
Clare BARR, William BURGESS, Fiona CALDER, B CANDY, Janice CLARK, Ian DEVOY, Gordon
DEVOY, Elspeth FERGUSON, Yvonne GENTLES, Laura GILLIES, Hananh GUILLIARD, Martin
MCQUADE, Marcus MURRAY, Andrew A SCOTT, David Gordon SLATER, Moira SMITH, Michelle
SMITH, John SMITH, Craig Allan SMITH, Stephen WELSH, Peter WILLIAMS
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Strathclyde parkrun Results
Page.
The female record is held by Hayley HAINING who recorded a time of 16:49 on 12th January 2013
(event number 142).
The male record is held by Euan GILLHAM who recorded a time of 14:38 on 22nd April 2017
(event number 353).
The Age Grade course record is held by Fiona MATHESON who recorded 99.99% (17:24) on 3rd
May 2014 (event number 211).
Strathclyde parkrun started on 10th April 2010. Since then 11,988 participants have completed
80,373 parkruns covering a total distance of 402,365 km, including 14,700 new Personal Bests. A
total of 894 individuals have volunteered 7,054 times.

 

Strathclyde parkrun Event Number 440

It’s was a beautiful morning when I jumped out of bed for my very first day as a parkrun RD. That excitement soon turned to panic when I checked my phone to see my main timer had experienced car trouble and would not make it! I was suddenly reminded of the responsibility of the job in hand. Up to 400 parkmates would be gathering for their weekly parkrun fix and while it’s a run not a race times and PBs are precious to many.

Anyway a quick message to John and Moira and John without hesitation gave up his run to step in with my good friend and tourist buddy Dougie as my timing dream team.

It’s was a bright morning at Strathclyde park, very little wind as well so I knew we would have good numbers. Julie had kindly volunteered to brief the first timers, which allowed me to greet a good few familiar faces, Strathclyde are a friendly bunch. Then it was onto the main event, run brief aided by the new PA system went smoothly as did the run itself, slight issue with finish tokens- given the larger numbers we are exploring a longer finish funnel- disappointingly two token’s have been taken home and separated from their brothers and sisters, so if you have seen them can we please reunite them with the pack.

Margaret, our tail walker was back home in position 386, in just short of 55 minutes, After packing away the kit it was onto the cafe for a piece of Gillian’s cake to celebrate her 50th run milestone and process the results.

A great day, a great learning experience and loads of kind words from the Strathclyde family.

Thank you all for your kind support, oh and if you have never volunteered or haven’t done so for a while then please give it a go, you will have a great time.

Regards

David (first time RD)

Journalistic Report

Strathclyde parkrun
Event number 440
23rd February 2019

This week 386 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 40 were first timers and 67 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 33 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

Yvonne GENTLES • Moira SMITH • John SMITH • Neil ROBBINS • Gordon ROBBINS • Ian DEVOY • Pamela BROWN • James TAYLOR • Gordon DEVOY • Peter WILLIAMS • Gerinta WALKER • David GRANT • David MURRAY • Karen ELLIOT • Cara SULLIVAN • Margaret ALLAN • Douglas HOLMES • Peter FANCOURT • Marcus MURRAY • Julie GALLAGHER • Laura GILLIES • Hananh GUILLIARD • Elspeth FERGUSON

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

The female record is held by Hayley HAINING who recorded a time of 16:49 on 12th January 2013 (event number 142).
The male record is held by Euan GILLHAM who recorded a time of 14:38 on 22nd April 2017 (event number 353).
The Age Grade course record is held by Fiona MATHESON who recorded 99.99% (17:24) on 3rd May 2014 (event number 211).

Strathclyde parkrun started on 10th April 2010. Since then 11,861 participants have completed 79,551 parkruns covering a total distance of 397,755 km, including 14,562 new Personal Bests. A total of 885 individuals have volunteered 6,973 times.

 

Strathclyde parkrun, Event 433

Wow - 510 smashed our attendance record out the water!

First of all a big thank you to all our fabulous volunteers who delivered the parkrun and never flinched when confronted by the huge numbers. The team at the funnel were all new to their roles and coped remarkably well.

Second, we would like to thank the runners who helped out when we had to improvise an extension to the tunnel. Thanks, guys.

Thirdly, the pacers were magnificent as always - coming in on time. However, there were some discrepancies in some of the times caused by a couple of funnel duckers but nothing too serious - a few seconds here and there in a few positions. With the huge numbers it is even more important to take a token if you cross the line. Both funnel duckers were spotted and allocated a token, although possibly not the correct one hence the discrepancy in some of the results around the funnel duckers. If you are affected we apologise but there is not a lot we can do. Allocating a finish token to the funnel duckers meant that the vast majority of the results were correct.

Event 433 saw 97 first timers and a staggering 73 Personal Bests were set. If you look it another way, 170 people set a PB for Strathclyde on event 433.

Going forward we have identified a few changes we need to progress.

Increase the number of finish tokens

Lengthen the funnel

Invest in a new timer to capture the times beyond 500

Invest in a decent PA system

As always any feedback and ideas will be gratefully received. Please email us at strathclydeoffice@parkrun.com.

The stats for event 433 are listed below -

Strathclyde parkrun
Event number 433
5th January 2019

This week 510 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 97 were first timers and 73 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 49 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 37 volunteers:

Andrew A SCOTT • Mhairi GERVAIS • Susan GERVAIS • Moira SMITH • John SMITH • Neil ROBBINS • Patrick SMITH • Stuart ALLAN • Mark GALLACHER • Sandra REID • Kevin DURNIAN • Roy STEWART • Ruth ALLAN • Peter WILLIAMS • Kieran COOPER • Pamela GARFAGNINI • David COLLINGS • Valerie STEWART • Craig Allan SMITH • Ken ECCLESON • Lorraine TAYLOR • Hazel COLLINGS • Anne MURPHY • Brian BEATTIE • David MURRAY • Helen GALLOWAY • William BURGESS • Karen MCINDEWAR • Isobel PATERSON • Douglas HOLMES • Gillian BOWEY • William MCTAVISH • Ann MILLER • Samantha PATERSON • Phillip JACKSON • William TAYLOR • Hananh GUILLIARD

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

The female record is held by Hayley HAINING who recorded a time of 16:49 on 12th January 2013 (event number 142).
The male record is held by Euan GILLHAM who recorded a time of 14:38 on 22nd April 2017 (event number 353).
The Age Grade course record is held by Fiona MATHESON who recorded 99.99% (17:24) on 3rd May 2014 (event number 211).

Strathclyde parkrun started on 10th April 2010. Since then 11,528 participants have completed 77,005 parkruns covering a total distance of 385,025 km, including 14,193 new Personal Bests. A total of 870 individuals have volunteered 6,831 times.

Thank you for reading.

John

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