Event #58 – several firsts!

For our 58th event we had several firsts to celebrate and the obvious ones were (note: not all may have been the first - don't write in to let us keep the illusion):

  • female first finisher in Jennifer Wetton (previous course record holder)
  • a junior runner (Aaron Middleton) as our first male finisher
  • lots of official tourists visiting to celebrate the Scottish Cowfest

Congratulations to Jennifer and Aaron!

That last one is probably the most baffling for many of you readers. Let me explain. A subset of enthusistict parkrunners are so-called tourists. You reach this milestone officially, when you have done 20 different parkruns (venues). When you have reached 100 different venues, you have joined the Cowell club. Named after the first two runners to achieved this feat. And the annual gathering for UK tourists is called the Cowfest. And this is what UoS was playing host to this past Saturday.

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Attendees of Cowfest Scotland (they really picked a great venue this year!)

To round this report off, here are the official stats:
This week 160 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 47 were first timers and 33 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 35 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Davie BLACK • George MCHARDY • Colin SINCLAIR • Aileen GALVIN • Annicea MADINE • Pete SCOLLS • Heather ANGELOPOULOS • Julia LOECHERBACH • Alan WILSON • Gill RAE • Sally J. WATSON • Maria ALEHNO • Aileen KELLY • Derek YULE • Anne DONALDSON • Millie JOHNSTON • Eilidh KERR • Cameron AINSWORTH

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

The female record is held by Morag MILLAR who recorded a time of 17:11 on 25th September 2021 (event number 28).
The male record is held by Mark DOHERTY who recorded a time of 15:47 on 5th March 2022 (event number 50).
The Age Grade course record is held by Jane WATERHOUSE who recorded 90.25% (24:16) on 19th March 2022 (event number 52).

University of Stirling parkrun started on 12th October 2019. Since then 3,774 participants have completed 9,814 parkruns covering a total distance of 49,070 km, including 1,880 new Personal Bests. A total of 234 individuals have volunteered 1,059 times.

 

Event #56 – 16th April 2022 – Eggstra fun for all

It is that time of year, is it not?

The daffodils are out, our swans are nesting by the side of the course and people want to be out running! 160 of you this week - great to see.

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Mum on the nest, approaching marshal #5

We welcomed visitors from Carlisle, Nottinghamshire and Australia - you don't see Sydney Striders on the results page very often! - and our volunteer team was boosted by the welcome return of Rhona from Arrow Valley as well as sterling effort on the barcode team by Marianna from Bedford. Varrie from Dunfermline also did a first class job of our first timer's brief too, all very welcome.

Shout out to Jen and Mark Moody from Carlisle who seemed very moved by the picturesque course, it is always good to be reminded of how fortunate we are. Thanks for coming guys.

The run director's laboured eggy puns were of questionable quality, but it was good that he came out of his shell a bit and was able to read the room and move swiftly through the brief as the yoke of responsibility weighed ever heavier on his shoulders. The groans were audible across the loch. Was a cracking event all round.

Mini-eggs for all and a happy easter to parkrunnners everywhere.

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Irresistible

This week 160 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 62 were first timers and 34 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Alan HUME • Colin SINCLAIR • Roger Paul GREENAWAY • Lesley GREENAWAY • Rhona ULYETT • Julia LOECHERBACH • Gill RAE • Marianna SLIVNITSKAYA • Varrie WARDROPE • Maria ALEHNO • Aileen KELLY • Calvin CLARKE • Millie JOHNSTON • Sophie KERRIGAN • Hayden NICOL • Jessica HARGROVE • Cameron AINSWORTH • Nia BAUGH • Gracie BLACKFORD

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

The female record is held by Morag MILLAR who recorded a time of 17:11 on 25th September 2021 (event number 28).
The male record is held by Mark DOHERTY who recorded a time of 15:47 on 5th March 2022 (event number 50).
The Age Grade course record is held by Jane WATERHOUSE who recorded 90.25% (24:16) on 19th March 2022 (event number 52).

University of Stirling parkrun started on 12th October 2019. Since then 3,695 participants have completed 9,530 parkruns covering a total distance of 47,650 km, including 1,832 new Personal Bests. A total of 225 individuals have volunteered 1,024 times.

 

Event #54 – 2nd April 2022 – Duke’s team deliver.

In the week of the memorial service for the Duke of Edinburgh, seems like a good time to properly acknowledge the help and support the event has had from the DofE pupils at the local schools. Without them, a good number of parkrunners would have missed out on their weekly runs/walks.

In many ways it is a perfect relationship. We need volunteers and the parkrun provides a range of duties - timekeeping, barcode scanning, handling the finish tokens and, of course, shouting their support from the various marshal points along our route. All of which carry some responsibility in making the event happen smoothly and safely.

We can't thank them enough and as many have been coming to the end of their stint with us, we have been asked to complete assessments and reviews in order for them to receive their awards. It is an absolute pleasure to do this and a privilege to be part of their learning and development. We salute you!

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This week 110 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 25 were first timers and 27 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 16 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:

Colin SINCLAIR • Luke HARVEY • Julia LOECHERBACH • Rebecca FIXTER • Aileen KELLY • Calvin CLARKE • Anne DONALDSON • Marysia NICOLSON • Megan MCFADZEAN • Jonny BLACK • Ellen BARTIE • Stephanie HEATON • Millie JOHNSTON • Eilidh KERR • Sophie KERRIGAN • Ava WALTON • Jennifer RALSTON • Jessica HARGROVE • Cameron AINSWORTH • Adam MANLEY

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

The female record is held by Morag MILLAR who recorded a time of 17:11 on 25th September 2021 (event number 28).
The male record is held by Mark DOHERTY who recorded a time of 15:47 on 5th March 2022 (event number 50).
The Age Grade course record is held by Jane WATERHOUSE who recorded 90.25% (24:16) on 19th March 2022 (event number 52).

University of Stirling parkrun started on 12th October 2019. Since then 3,590 participants have completed 9,234 parkruns covering a total distance of 46,170 km, including 1,771 new Personal Bests. A total of 222 individuals have volunteered 987 times.

 

Event #51 – 12th March 2022 – What we are all about.

A soggy Saturday in March. 112 parkrunners and finish times from 18 mins to well over an hour. This is what parkrun is all about, all are welcome and all ages and stages catered for.

The rain gave us some nice puddle action and some mud-spattered legs but it stayed off just long enough to let the time keepers get the necessary data without too much hassle.

A wee shout out to the few people that we have as spectators, including the inimitable Hector. Hector is here every week, supporting runners and sharing morning chat with volunteers and runners. He is as much part of the event as anyone - yet no barcode nor volunteer credit.

Hector in his house.

Hector in his house!

Southampton our furthest travelled this week - almost off the edge!

Some of our DoE volunteers are completing their duties and we may lose a few over the coming weeks and into the summer. Don't hesitate to contact us at universityofstirling@parkrun.com if you are able to give up and hour or so on a Saturday morning to assist us, it will be appreciated.

This week 113 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 34 were first timers and 15 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Colin SINCLAIR • Pamela BRIDGE • Julia LOECHERBACH • Clare LEADBETTER • Gill RAE • Anne DONALDSON • Ellen BARTIE • Stephanie HEATON • Millie JOHNSTON • Eilidh KERR • Sophie KERRIGAN • Cara MAGUIRE • Amy FULTON • Ava WALTON • Jennifer RALSTON • Hayden NICOL • Jessica HARGROVE • Adam MANLEY

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

The female record is held by Morag MILLAR who recorded a time of 17:11 on 25th September 2021 (event number 28).
The male record is held by Mark DOHERTY who recorded a time of 15:47 on 5th March 2022 (event number 50).
The Age Grade course record is held by Jane WATERHOUSE who recorded 87.82% (23:48) on 25th January 2020 (event number 16).

University of Stirling parkrun started on 12th October 2019. Since then 3,487 participants have completed 8,867 parkruns covering a total distance of 44,335 km, including 1,683 new Personal Bests. A total of 215 individuals have volunteered 930 times.

 

Event #50 – 5th March 2022 – Gold! Always believe in your soul …

Our 50th event - and in glorious sunshine. It took us a while, but we got there. We should be into three figures by now, but we never planned for global pandemics when we set this up. No matter - time to mark the occasion - with biscuits and cake.

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Home bakes all round (well, almost round)

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Many volunteers ran in their 50 milestone shirts - an effort appreciated by us all - we will look forward to seeing you in 100 shirts in a year's time.

The occasion was also "marked" (see what I did?) with a change in the leaderboard. Mark Doherty pinching Michael Wright's course record by 10 seconds, 15:47 the new mark. Blistering stuff.

We also took the chance to introduce a new service - delivered by GERTIE. With a finish line some distance from the start, there are kit issues - people leave kit and often forget it. Gertie allows us to safely (and manageably) take kit from the start to the finish, meaning runners can quickly get warm again, and our volunteers don't get back strain carrying it up.

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Look how effortlessly this works. (Photo credit: Calvin Clarke)

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We are used to guests from far off lands, but this week's visitors from Dublin rather took the biscuit (and a cake). In on the early flight and off back to Dublin on an afternoon flight the same day - with a "U" safely in their alphabet. Amazing.

Finally, we often talk of the campus wildlife, but the finish area was visited this week by this rather handsome toad, spotted by one of our regulars, Alan Smeaton. She (or is it he?) is a real beauty. Sent us off with a spring in our step.

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Thanks to the volunteers

We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen: Nia BAUGHAmy BEATTIEPamela BRIDGECalvin CLARKEAnne DONALDSONSarah FORDAmy FULTONMillie JOHNSTONAileen KELLYEilidh KERRSophie KERRIGANJulia LOECHERBACHCara MAGUIREAdam MANLEYGeorge MCHARDYJennifer RALSTONEvan RANDSColin SINCLAIRAva WALTON

Why not get involved and volunteer?

 

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