We are delighted to announce that there will be a Tollcross parkrun on New Years Day at 11:00.
This week's run report is brought to you by a Tollcross parkrun visitor.......
43 years after I left the East End of Glasgow I returned for a taste of parkrun Scottish style.
I made the journey up from Wales and my son joined me, having travelled up from London. We were part of the 30+ tourists and first timers who assembled for the first timers briefing.
Three or so of the seven plus brand new parkrunners were also in attendance. I write plus because there were 11 unknowns in the result sheet who may have been tourists or first timers, some of should have known better...including my son #DFYB No Exception.
What a turnout for visitors.. The Rogers, father and son from Billingham, Terence Turner from Liverpool, Sarah Vaughan on run 298, all here for a wee jaunt round the park on a dreich Saturday morning. Good first timers' briefing then over to the start. Chat with a posse who were going to work out if this was as tough as "The Drum". Turns out it wasn't so I'm glad we came here! Good shout out for the volunteers. Well deserved, especially the marshals on such a day, who were so enthusiastic and friendly. VM 40-44 Scott McKenzie was notching up his 50th today and he got some applause. I'm giving an arbitrary mention to Helen Urquhart, running her 123rd here and 130th overall. A regular runner and volunteer since 2013, that's a good pedigree and example to follow. Thanks Helen.
So we got underway. My HRM was working, always a good sign as a cardiac athlete having to run to the beats. Steady up the first hill, which lied as it's a false crest with a sneaky up left and up right again to the real summit before a bit of a coast down and another ascent and a down and oh a wee up and down. Lap one done and here it comes again. Keep the pace and the beats go up so ease back and roll. Crikey, there's a few racing snakes in front of me and some heavy breathing behind. The views, despite the drizzle, are lovely and the lush green grass is pleasant on the eye when I notice it in between trying to breathe. That flipping hill comes again for the third time and this time it hurts, yes, really hurts, nearly as much as seeing my son way off in the distance. 200 metres to go and I can coast. HRM won't let me sprint so glide across the last 100 metres over the grass to a warm well done and then off to the pool for a coffee and a roll with square sausage....heaven.
Out on the course the first man home was SM30-34 Richard Carr in a pb of 16:59 and an age grade of 77.23%, which took him up to position 13 in the Tollcross fastest 500. He was followed in by VM 45-49 Justin Carter in 18:12 with and age grade score of 78:48% Then came VM35-39 Iain McDonald in 18:35 with an age grade of 70.94%.
First for the women was VW35-39 Karen McInaly in 23:18 scoring 64.16%, followed in by VW 35-39 Alethia Beck, a first timer, in 25:25 with a score of 59:21%. VW50-54 Pamela Parker completed the podium with a time of 25:45 scoring 67.64% in the process.
The age grade is a good way of benchmarking your improvement against yourself, people your own age and people of different age categories too. Sort of levels the playing field at all levels even if there's nothing level in Tollcross parkrun. Five runners scored over 70% today, the top three being Justin and Richard above and then VW60-64 Debbie Thompson who cracked in 27:03 and scored 73.81%.
PB's were hard to come by today, just the 13 and all of those were newbies or returners, although Malcolm Gourley might say he's regular, having been here 17 times in his 91 run history.
We still managed some speedy records with 5 movers and shakers in the fastest 500 Scott Mason and Anthony Carson, both first timers, crept in at 239 and 433 respectively whilst pb 's from Richard Carr, Mark Matheson and Andrew Clark took them to 13, 315 and 490. I had the last laugh in the family as my son was 10th and unknown, so tough love and a lesson well learned.
Thanks for having us Tollcross and I won't wait another 43 years to come back. Great set up, great volunteers and a really friendly bunch of regulars.
Best wishes. Mark A273859
Wow – what a start to the year.
A record attendance in near perfect running conditions, made that little bit extra special by being piped away at the start.
In total, 308 people ran, jogged and walked our famous course, of whom 56 were first timers and 47 recorded new Personal Bests.
We have had so many positive comments on our New Year’s run (thank you all so much) and summed up perfectly by Sylvia Mulholland – “Loved that this morning – piper, drummer, coffee, cakes and lovely volunteers, thanks x”
A huge thanks to our amazing volunteers (Jacqueline COWAN, Pamela PARKER, Katy SMITH, David MURPHY, Emma MAIN, Brian MAIN, Alyson CONNELL, Aidan CONNELL, Hugh MCALOON, Heather ANGELOPOULOS, Beth MAGUIRE, Alisha LAURIE, Kelly LUDWIG, Denise MCCANN, Mark GRANT, Judy HOUSTON and Kenneth HOUSTON) and to you - our amazing runners, joggers and walkers who make Tollcross parkrun so special each week.
On behalf of Tollcross parkrun, we wish you all a very happy New Year.
NB: If you are new to parkrun and have not previously registered, click on the link below to go to the registration page.
Complete your details, PRINT out your uniquely generated barcode, grab your trainers and meet us at the bandstand for your 1sttimer briefing at 09:20 and we start at 09:30.
We promise you a warm and friendly welcome.
Emma, Fiona and the core team x
Every parkrun has a core team of volunteers who run and co-ordinate the event each week. Here at Tollcross we have had a few changes recently and thought it was time to let you know who is behind your event every week!
Event Directors - Emma Craig and Fiona Greig
Run Director - Ken Eccleson
Run Director - Ross Crawford
Run Director - Helen Wilkinson
Run Director - Jacqueline Cowan
Run Director - Stephen Leonard
Core Volunteers - Alisha Laurie, Ross Greig
We would like to welcome Fiona Greig as new Co-Event Director with Emma as well as some great new Run Directors and a special welcome to Alisha, who started volunteering with us for her Duke of Edinburgh award and has stayed!
These guys are the main contacts, but we still need all our wonderful volunteers each week, so we hope that you come to tollcross to run and volunteer when you can! We can't thank you enough for your contribution to make our parkrun happen.
If you would like to find out more about the core team and what we do, email firstname.lastname@example.org
We are delighted to announce we will be staging a parkrun on New Years Day at 11:00.