Strathclyde parkrun is cancelled on 6 June 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Strathclyde Event#484

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.

Alison

 

Strathclyde parkrun event#482

Saturday turned out to be one of the most horrendous days that we have put on a parkrun and in 2020 we have had our fair share of horrendous days thus far.

As you are aware there were many parkruns cancelled across Scotland and we thought we'd give you an insight to the role an RD plays in the lead up to making that call on a  Saturday as to whether or not we go ahead.

The RD goes on duty on the Monday night prior to the event and has the ultimate responsibility for delivering a safe event for the participants and the volunteers. Together with the Volunteer Coordinator, the RD builds a team of volunteers for the forthcoming event.  This week we were fortunate in that we had a full roster early on in the week but other weeks we have had to wait until the eleventh hour before we have enough volunteers to guarantee a safe event.  The RD is also monitoring the weather throughout the week.  On a Saturday morning our pre-event set-up team are in the park up to 2 hours before the event to check the conditions and the RD will consult with the set-up team  before making that call to go ahead or not.

The pre-run brief is very important part of the event.  It is the only chance we get to inform you of conditions and additional hazards.  We do appreciate that many of you have heard it all before but it is important that you remain quiet during the pre-run brief. Please respect the appeal to be quiet during the pre-run brief.

Back to Saturday we have nothing but admiration for our volunteers and the participants.  What about that sleet shower 15 minutes into the run?  Obviously we need to consult with Scott McDonald in future as he obviously has a better idea of the weather than anyone else, 15:45 in those conditions - awesome, sir.  It would be remiss of me not to mention our first female finisher, Isobel Leason - a PB in those conditions is mighty impressive.  Isobel runs most of her runs at Victoria parkrun in Glasgow.

The all important stats from the journalistic report are -

Strathclyde parkrun
Event number 482
22nd February 2020

This week 190 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 29 were first timers and 14 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:

Moira SMITH • John SMITH • Neil ROBBINS • Patrick SMITH • Irene WILSON • Anne-Marie CARR • Stuart HOLLAND • Marlene STIRLING • Stephen GRIFFITHS • Michelle SMITH • Craig Allan SMITH • Laura ONEILL • James KENNAH  • Rafe CLOKEY • Bill MCTAVISH • Gary DOW • Carol SCOTT

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 13,776 participants have completed 92,667 parkruns covering a total distance of 463,335 km, including 16,579 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,005 individuals have volunteered 7,931 times.

John

 

Strathclyde parkrun Event #481

Strathclyde parkrun
Event number 481
15th February 2020

This week 252 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 17 were first timers and 26 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Andrew A SCOTT • Neil ROBBINS • Ian DEVOY • Patrick SMITH • Pauline HENDERSON • Lesley HEARNS • Nicola KIERAN • Peter WILLIAMS • Michelle SMITH • Laura SCOTT • Craig Allan SMITH • Ross BRAND • William BURGESS • Rafe CLOKEY • Christie NISBET • Marcus MURRAY • Laura PATERSON • Fiona GREANEY • Brendan MACDONALD

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 13,747
participants have completed 92,477 parkruns covering a total distance of 462,385 km, including 16,565 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,005 individuals have volunteered 7,913 times.

John

 

Strathclyde parkrun Event 480

Well it was the calm before the storm on Saturday when we lined up for our 480th parkrun. This week proved to be a challenging one as it wasn't until the eleventh hour that we got a full roster of volunteers. A huge thanks to the volunteers who stepped up to the plate this week.

Although we all feared the worse the conditions turned out to be almost perfect for a parkrun. Even though it wasn't a pacer event an incredible 58 participants recorded a PB. When you consider we had a field of 346 participants that's a healthy percentage of PBs. Well done, all.

This week the event was brought to you by 19 volunteers. We need a minimum of 15 volunteers every week, please consider volunteering. Remember all parkrun are brought to you by volunteers and in order to sustain parkrun we need new volunteers to step up. Be part of the team, it's good fun. Just email us at strathclyde@parkrun.com if you fancy giving it a go.

The journalistic report -

Strathclyde parkrun
Event number 480
8th February 2020

This week 346 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 49 were first timers and 58 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Moira SMITH • John SMITH • Neil ROBBINS • Karen CLARK-WATSON • Patrick SMITH • Linda WALKER • Kevin DURNIAN • Ross MCLEAN • B CANDY • Christie NISBET • David JOHNSTON • Martin MCQUADE • Ann MILLER • A BOTHIN • Samantha PATERSON • Susan NEAL • Mary Anne MACKENZIE • Stephanie OATRIDGE • Eilidh PATERSON

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 13,730 participants have completed 92,225 parkruns covering a total distance of 461,125 km, including 16,539 new Personal Bests. A total of 1,002 individuals have volunteered 7,894 times.

John

 

Strathclyde parkrun Event 476

Strathclyde parkrun Event number 476
4th January 2020

Happy New Year everyone. The first Saturday of the year saw 432 people run, jog and walk at Strathclyde parkrun. We welcomed 54 first timers and we had 54 people record new Personal Bests.

Of course, I couldn’t have put on a parkrun without my wonderful volunteers:
John SMITH • Frank MURPHY • Michael BRAWLEY • Neil ROBBINS • Patrick SMITH • Pauline HENDERSON • Robert HARVEY • Troy MORGAN • Mark GALLACHER • Kate WALKER • Kevin DURNIAN • Roy STEWART • Nicola KIERAN • Alison HARVEY • Allan MOONEY • Christopher STIRLING • Kara RAFFERTY • Craig Allan SMITH • Lorraine SNEDDON • Mark GRAY • Mark DRACKFORD • David MCNULTY • Anne MURPHY • B CANDY • Karen MCINDEWAR • Ryan MILLER • Martin MCQUADE • A BOTHIN • Samantha PATERSON • Emma LIVINGSTONE • Elizabeth LIND • Elizabeth BENSON • Marie BENSON • Natalie HUNTER

If you only make one New Year Resolution this year make it to volunteer at parkrun. Volunteering is great fun, great for you mental wellbeing and you met new people who turn
into great friends. You can volunteer by emailing us at Strathclyde@parkrun.com Go it
really is fun.

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

Moira

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