Event #8, 30th November 2019. A frosty one!

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This week 186 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 89 were first timers and 25 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 34 different clubs took part.

-5 when we started setting up the course, chilly, but glad to see another good turnout enjoying a glorious clear, crisp morning. We had runners from Dumbarton, Hampshire, Newcastle and a squad from West End Road Runners, including Rhona celebrating her 40th. Glad you all had a good day for it.

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We even got our missing token back!

A la semaine prochaine, as they say in Plean. Congratulations to them on their 100th today, superb work guys!

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Colin SINCLAIR • Allan GALL • Rhona ULYETT • Alison CURRY • Julia LOECHERBACH • Calum BOWIE • Andy WHEILDON • Mairi WEIR • Nidia RODRIGUEZ-SANCHEZ • Laura POWELL • Kate ELEFTHERIOU • Andrew SMYTH • Fiona MOFFATT • Tom HARPER • Ezra JUMP • Oisin RICE • Craig MARCHBANKS • Kirsty DAVIDSON • Mara SMYTH

We might claim Mara as the youngest ever volunteer, she was brilliant. Also a shout out to Rhona Ulyett from Arrow Valley parkrun who took time out from visiting her Mum in Bridge of Allan to help us out - this week saw her complete her 92nd stint as a volunteer - we are in awe.

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

The male record is held by Matthew SUTHERLAND who recorded a time of 16:21 on 12th October 2019 (event number 1).
The female record is held by Jennifer WETTON who recorded a time of 18:02 on 26th October 2019 (event number 3).
The Age Grade course record is held by Shane SNOW who recorded 84.57% (17:43) on 26th October 2019 (event number 3).

University of Stirling parkrun started on 12th October 2019. Since then 1,196 participants have completed 2,033 parkruns covering a total distance of 10,165 km, including 396 new Personal Bests. A total of 59 individuals have volunteered 140 times.

 

Event #7, 23rd November 2019

This week 212 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 89 were first timers and 40 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 39 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Colin SINCLAIR • Paul EVANS • Pamela BRIDGE • Calum BOWIE • Andy WHEILDON • Jonny WILLETT • Nidia RODRIGUEZ-SANCHEZ • April HENNING • Gemma DURRINGTON • Kate ELEFTHERIOU • Eve MACKENZIE • Andrew SMYTH • Fiona MOFFATT • Tom HARPER • Ezra JUMP • Oisin RICE • Amy BEATTIE • Catherine KERR • Xinyu SHEN

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

The male record is held by Matthew SUTHERLAND who recorded a time of 16:21 on 12th October 2019 (event number 1).
The female record is held by Jennifer WETTON who recorded a time of 18:02 on 26th October 2019 (event number 3).
The Age Grade course record is held by Shane SNOW who recorded 84.57% (17:43) on 26th October 2019 (event number 3).

University of Stirling parkrun started on 12th October 2019. Since then 1,107 participants have completed 1,847 parkruns covering a total distance of 9,235 km, including 371 new Personal Bests. A total of 55 individuals have volunteered 121 times.

 

Event #6, 16th November 2019. Another milestone.

This week 267 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 124 were first timers and 66 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 32 different clubs took part.

This week's report is courtesy of parkrun 'tourist' Dave Slater from Drumpelier parkrun, thanks are due to him for the following report:

It feels like I’ve been getting my ‘tourist’ mojo back, second trip in a row and fourth new event in six weeks. Once again it was an early start, this time walking to my nearest train station. I had actually initially meant to head for former ‘home turf’ in Ayrshire but realised after a short night of sleep and faffing around carrying far more than needed (note to self: learn to travel light when you’re not driving!) - that I wouldn’t get to the station in time for the earlier train. There was one other that should get me there, all things being equal but on the other hand, this was in the hands of Scotrail, so during the frosty walk I quickly plumped for a backup option of Stirling.

Some gorgeous skies as I boarded the train and left, continuing during the journey (changing at Falkirk) and as I approached Bridge of Allan. A brisk walk (that didn’t quite take the 30 minutes Google maps estimated) and I arrived at the campus of Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence (not to mention UK Sports University of the Year for 2020!).

Any concerns I had about finding the start within the campus were short-lived, as first the familiar colours of the parkrun ‘pop-up’ start sign, and then the parkrun feather flag, came into view. Once I explored a bit further, I found a gathering of hi-vis heroes, who this week comprised:

Janice CLEMENT • Colin SINCLAIR • Alison MARVEN • Neil Graham ANDERSON • Paul EVANS • Eileen Lily ANDERSON • Pamela Jane BRIDGE • Kelly MARRIOT • Alan BROWNLIE • Nidia RODRIGUEZ-SANCHEZ • Amy CULLY • Vicki LAWLOR • Kate ELEFTHERIOU • Eve MACKENZIE • Caitlin ORMISTON • Shannon MOSES • Fiona MOFFATT • Tom HARPER • Oisin RICE • Xinyu SHEN - many thanks to you all for volunteering!

I’m sure RDs in future weeks would be glad to hear from others who may not have volunteered for a while, or who are unaware of the joys and benefits of volunteering - email in and give it a try!
I spoke to one of the volunteers and said hello to the RD, and decided to count my walk from the station as my warmup - didn’t really want to take off my big fleece and leave me with only 3 layers on!

Soon it was the First-Timers’ Briefing, delivered excellently, with quite a few brand new to parkrun (24, as it turned out) and a whole lot more who were visiting this event for the first time - 100! We then moved on to the main briefing again delivered well (I particularly enjoyed the RD’s quick response to the dog who barked in acknowledgement when he asked if there were any!).

Shoutouts were also given to a group from Lancashire, a welcome visit from Gemma McAuley from the Blackburn Road Runners, who told me they had driven for over 3 hours to get there! Puts my ‘early’ train journeys to shame. There were also visitors from many different parts of Scotland, and (judging by some of the Running Clubs represented) from Liverpool, the New Forest, Penarth near Cardiff, and from Northern Ireland. Although with a large student population, there’s always the chance that for some this is their ‘new’ term-time local - it was great to hear a mix of different accents, reminding me of my own student days.

Congratulations to Jill Horsburgh on achieving a total of 200 runs (as well as her 60th different event!), following by cakes on the lawn at the end.

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While there may not have been anyone joining one of the official parkrun ‘milestone clubs’ I’m sure many will have hit their own personal targets - whether the aforementioned ‘did my first parkrun’, or the 26 doing the important ‘came back for another go’, 25 who did their ‘hat-trick’… you get the idea. At the other end of the scale, there were a dozen with even higher totals than Jill, including 7 members of the ‘250 club’, and it was nice to meet two of them Mhairi and Susan who I recognised from the YouTube series on Scottish parkruns. They were here on a visit along with Rhoda who I know from work (and Strava!) and was glad to see again. For me it was my 40th Saturday this year at a parkrun whether running or volunteering, my best ever total in my 7th year of parkrunning!

We moved to the start point where I deposited my heavy fleece with over-filled pockets before heading further towards the back. With a healthy 267 runners, on sometimes narrow paths, the initial sections could be a bit congested, with the incline past the finish area almost slowing us to a stop on the first pass. However it was possible to overtake with care, keeping a careful eye on the few dogs and buggy runners of course, along with a few in training for playing Quidditch for the Dumyat Dragons. Kudos to each, as I find running challenging enough without a lead, buggy or broomstick to contend with!

As we made our way round the perimeter of Airthrey Loch, largely on trail paths, numbers ‘thinned out’ a bit. However not everyone (including myself) always adhered to the ‘keep left’ which meant a few dodgy ‘overtake on grass on the left’ manoeuvres that I’m not proud of… perhaps I then found others of a similar pace (must have started too far back!) and indeed at one of the ‘close to the loch’s edge’ sections a runner just in front of me almost slipped before regaining footing, so it certainly pays to be careful.

I think I managed to make up some time and felt I was not far off the pace for my predicted time of around 31 minutes; it remained to be seen if I could maintain it - while thanking or hi-fiving the marshals on my second loop (Chris Smithard had just zoomed past me on his way to a 16:55 first finish!).

Passing the boat house and start area I tried to put on a bit of a ‘surge’, and realised the challenge of passing folk, on an uphill, with those already finished and other parkrun users coming the other way. I managed to press on to the finish funnel, coming in 183rd and foolishly paused to catch my breath - fortunately the funnel manager was aware of those coming in behind and kept us in sequence! I went to get my barcode scanned, and my phone had abruptly cut out in the cold but my watch was telling me I had probably dipped under 31 minutes. So much for my usual plan to take it easy on a first visit so I can get a straightforward PB next time! However 66 runners did achieve that, ranged through the field from sub-20 runners to 250th position and each of them hard-earned no doubt.

Cameron Kerr (Junior) and Ewan Jack were 2nd and 3rd male finishers, with each of the first 3 gents being new to UoS parkrun, while Carrie Banks (Junior) was first female home (also on her first time here) followed by Carys Gibb (Junior) and Femke Lutte, both with new PBs.

There were some excellent Age Grade percentages in the mid and high 70s (including some of the aforementioned first finishers) but all pipped by Alan Findlay, 4th overall with 80.74% and at 19:02 just 1 second outside his PB here.

Even though ‘it’s a run not a race’ we can often focus too much on those at the faster end of things - if only because it’s sometimes harder to pull out ‘stories’ of those further back. However I do enjoy spotting number patterns and coincidences like:

As well as finishing second female, Carys Gibb was overall 20th on her 20th parkrun, and with a 20:xx PB too! Derek McNeil had a nice pattern of 16th male, 17th overall on his 18th run.

Noting it’s the 6th running of the event, there were 6 males and 6 females each on 6 parkruns, with five female runner having run all their 6 parkruns here: Joanna Crotch, Deborah Keys, Fiona Barratt, Amanda McIntyre and Sarah Corr.

Which stats would you spot or highlight?

After chats with tourists, collecting my fleece and photos at the pop up banner, it was time to head home - sadly I couldn’t stay for the cafe - and then fouled up my calculations so despite a weird sort of jog-trot through Bridge of Allan to get to the station, I missed a train and had to wait for the next one! Really enjoyed my visit though and hope to return sometime.

dave - tourist

Dave Slater
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Drumpellier Country parkrun

The male record is held by Matthew SUTHERLAND who recorded a time of 16:21 on 12th October 2019 (event number 1).
The female record is held by Jennifer WETTON who recorded a time of 18:02 on 26th October 2019 (event number 3).
The Age Grade course record is held by Shane SNOW who recorded 84.57% (17:43) on 26th October 2019 (event number 3).

University of Stirling parkrun started on 12th October 2019. Since then 1,018 participants have completed 1,635 parkruns covering a total distance of 8,175 km, including 331 new Personal Bests. A total of 51 individuals have volunteered 102 times.

 

Event #5, 9th November 2019. A new finish.

We had 242 finishers this week, who were able to enjoy a lovely dry autumn morning, albeit a cold one. We had runners from as far afield as Derby this week.

Regulars will have noticed a tweak to the finish. We felt the grass finish was becoming potentially unsafe as it gets muddy and there is a risk of slips and falls. The new run to the finish has a nice wee uphill for you to enjoy. It also provides a great vantage point to see runners coming round the loch and into the finish.

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

We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen: Stuart BARCLAY, Kate ELEFTHERIOU, Paul EVANS, Tom HARPER, Ezra JUMP, Vicki LAWLOR, Eve MACKENZIE, Craig MARCHBANKS, Fiona MOFFATT, Shannon MOSES, Sid PASK, Oisin RICE, Nidia RODRIGUEZ-SANCHEZ, Xinyu SHEN, Colin SINCLAIR, Mairi WEIR

A special mention to runners Fraser Houston and Graeme Wilkinson who stepped into the breach when one of our barcode scanner's phone battery died. Their help is much appreciated.

Why not get involved and volunteer?

See you next week.

Female record holder: Jennifer WETTON - 18:02 - Event 3 (26/10/19)
Male record holder: Matthew SUTHERLAND - 16:21 - Event 1 (12/10/19)
Age graded record holder: Shane SNOW - 84.57 % - 17:43 - Event 3 (26/10/19)

 

One month down!!!! 02/11/2019

This week 193 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 84 were first timers and 50 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 31 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 13 volunteers:

Colin SINCLAIR • Julia LOECHERBACH • Sarah BERRY • Dawn WHEILDON • Nidia RODRIGUEZ-SANCHEZ • Laura POWELL • Andrew SMYTH • Shannon MOSES • Fiona MOFFATT • Tom HARPER • Ezra JUMP • Oisin RICE • Xinyu SHEN

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

A couple of special mentions go to Nan Roberts who completed her 200th Parkrun this weekend. What makes this even more special is that Nan is a University of Stirling Alumni and travelled from the North of Wales to complete her 200th Parkrun with us here. It was lovely to have you with us today.

Another special mention goes to Linda Anne Harley who completed the Alphabet when she completed her run with us here. Linda travelled from Northern Ireland to complete be with us today. Well done Linda.

The male record is held by Matthew SUTHERLAND who recorded a time of 16:21 on 12th October 2019 (event number 1).
The female record is held by Jennifer WETTON who recorded a time of 18:02 on 26th October 2019 (event number 3).
The Age Grade course record is held by Shane SNOW who recorded 84.57% (17:43) on 26th October 2019 (event number 3).

University of Stirling parkrun started on 12th October 2019. Since then 786 participants have completed 1,126 parkruns covering a total distance of 5,630 km, including 194 new Personal Bests. A total of 42 individuals have volunteered 64 times.

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