University of Stirling parkrun is cancelled on 6 June 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Event #23, 14th March 2020.

 

This week's run report comes from a well-travelled guest who enjoyed the probably last run for a while with us. Here we go:

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University of Stirling parkrun started for me, Michael Conway, at 19:30pm on Friday evening when I boarded the National Express coach in Portsmouth, on the south coast of England, and 13 hours later we were pulling into Stirling bus station. A change of bus and a short 15min journey over The river Forth saw me arriving at Stirling University.

lakeThe university is built on the estate of Airthrey castle and its around the banks of Loch Airthrey that host the parkrun. The area is overlooked by the impressive Wallce monument, a tower standing on the shoulder of the Abbey Craig,a hilltop overlooking the whole of Stirling.

We met at the boathouse, and its here I met with RD Julia who gave me a very warm welcome on a chilly gloomy morning. The comprehensive first timers briefing was delivered eloquently by Caitlin, and then we had the main briefing by Julia, who welcomed 151 runners, joggers and walkers.

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A very short walk to the start and 3, 2, 1 we were off. The course is 2 laps and a wee bit more around the loch. A beautiful scenic route keeping the loch on your right hand side. The loch is a haven to various species of wildlife including swans, ducks and squirrels.

courseThe route starts on the widest section of path but narrows slightly as you go round, mostly flat.... ish with only a few short inclines and downward slopes, although was “puddley” ,muddy and very slippery in some sections.

The course is marshalled by friendly and ethusiastic volunteers, and somehow, presumingly by the parkrun fairies, coats and bags that were left at the start, magically appeared at the finish line. Thank you. A nice touch which is appreciated.

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First finisher, with a new PB was Calum Phillip in a time of 16:23first

Followed by 150 other runners, with 7 doing their first ever parkrun, welcome to the fun and hope to see you back again soon. 32 runners managed to obtain a new PB, Well done to all. The runners/walkers were all seen safely home by Tail Walker David Candlish. A friendly marshall who offered me good advice before the off...

Michael with Tail Walker David

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We then retired to the newly refurbished cafe, for drinks and breakfast where the tokens were resorted and results sent out.

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We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen: Calum BOWIE, Pamela BRIDGE, David CANDLISH, Michael CONWAY, Kate ELEFTHERIOU, Georgia FREED, Julia HECTOR, Malcolm HECTOR, Ezra JUMP, Kevin LAWRIE, Ross LAWRIE, Julia LOECHERBACH, Craig MARCHBANKS, Fiona MOFFATT, Caitlin ORMISTON, Oisin RICE, Douglas WOOD

This was my 270th parkrun at my 99th different venue, and if parkruns are graded in order of friendliness and scenery then University of Stirling parkrun would leap into my top 5 easily.

Thank you to ALL the volunteers who gave me a good day out,..... Now just the 13 hour coach trip home again, and i hope to return one day.

Michael Conway.

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Event #22, 7th March 2020. #IWDparkrun

To celebrate International Women's Day the following day, we had planned to have an all-female volunteer team and we theoretically achieved this - with a little cheating. As the photo below shows we had one male helper (plus a couple u18s) but he came prepared by wearing a kilt - thanks, Neil!

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If you're wondering what the gesture is supposed to be - that's an equal sign. A splendid idea and something that should become more widely known...

Also thanks to Kate, who was sporting fetching purple tights. We had asked that people wear purple, the colour of feminism and the fight for gender equality. Fittingly, the parkrun t-shirt for 25x volunteering is a lovely purple and Paul, one of our regular Run Directors was showing off his newly arrived one.

Paul showing his new v25 t-shirt

The run itself proved to be a drier and slightly warmer than recent weeks and attendance was up slightly and - more importantly - we did achieve a majority female field with 52% as the graph below shows. (not sure what happened in December when we had a spell of male-heavy few weeks)

ratio of male/female runners at UoS

This week 230 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 86 were first timers and 50 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:

Sue WOODS • Julia HECTOR • Alison CURRY • Julia LOECHERBACH • Calum BOWIE • Deborah KEYS • Linda MACKENZIE • Nidia RODRIGUEZ-SANCHEZ • Milena BANIC • Kate ELEFTHERIOU • Eve MACKENZIE • Julie REID • Fiona MOFFATT • Ezra JUMP • Neil AITKENHEAD • Rebecca BEDIJN

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 Jennifer WETTON who recorded a time of 17:55 on 21st December 2019 (event number 11).
The male record is held by Cameron MILNE who recorded a time of 16:00 on 4th January 2020 (event number 13).
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 2,263 participants have completed 4,967 parkruns covering a total distance of 24,835 km, including 996 new Personal Bests. A total of 124 individuals have volunteered 416 times.

 

Event #21, 29th February 2020. Leap day splashdown.

Photo credit: Malcolm Hector

Photo credit: Malcolm Hector

This week's run report comes courtesy of one of our hi-viz heroes, Malcolm Hector.

Lots of strange goings-on today as is to be expected on a Leap Year day. 212 finishers today (212F = Boiling Point of water in my era ) and in response the sun did put in a welcome appearance at last. Talking of my eras, there was a record breaking performance in the M65-69 category from Roger Paul Greenaway in 21.03 which also bagged the all-important top spot in the Age-grade ratings with a thumping 81.16%. I share the same age group as Roger but sadly, not his talent: however I would like to thank   those who so gleefully  reminded me that at the next Leap Year Park Run,  I shall be at the top of the 90-94 age group!

Hopefully, I emptied my rain gauge for the last time this morning: you will not be surprised by the state of the route, that a February record of 259 mm (just over 10 inches) of rain, sleet, hail and snow fell on the course this month. I hope you enjoyed the linked triple water feature that was laid on specially for you and that most (though not all!) heeded our race director`s  advice along the lines of the quickest and safest way around the puddles is to run straight through them.

Photo credit: Forrest Sloan.

Photo credit: Forrest Sloan.

Anyway, everybody seemed cheerful at the finish  in the knowledge that they had survived a testing course as well as Colin’s jokes at the briefing.

Our volunteers were, as ever, splendid and resplendent in their new pink plumage which was obviously well received by them judging by how extraordinarily neatly they folded their tabards back in the box at the end of the morning.

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So, apart from zero scoring in proposals of marriage (and I dropped enough hints!), I hope you had as enjoyable morning as I did and hope to see you on much drier courses as the weather slowly warms.

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This week 212 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 57 were first timers and 35 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Colin SINCLAIR • Malcolm HECTOR • Paul EVANS • Pamela BRIDGE • Aileen SLOAN • Martin DEAN • Julia LOECHERBACH • Alison MANNERS • Corinne HAINES • Danny WHEILDON • Nidia RODRIGUEZ-SANCHEZ • Chris WHITEHEAD • Vicki LAWLOR • Lee JOHNSTON • Sam BARCLAY • Kate ELEFTHERIOU • Fiona MOFFATT • Ezra JUMP • Oisin RICE • Ross LAWRIE • Georgia FREED • Rebecca BEDIJN

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 Jennifer WETTON who recorded a time of 17:55 on 21st December 2019 (event number 11).
The male record is held by Cameron MILNE who recorded a time of 16:00 on 4th January 2020 (event number 13).
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 2,177 participants have completed 4,737 parkruns covering a total distance of 23,685 km, including 946 new Personal Bests. A total of 118 individuals have volunteered 400 times.

 

Event #20, 22nd February 2020. Tourist report by Adrian Kelsall.

We're grateful to parkrun tourist Adrian Kelsall (Herrington Country) for this week's run report. Thanks for visiting and hope to see you again soon ....

As my alarm went off at 4:50am this morning I could hear the wind and rain batter the windows of my bedroom. I lay wondering what on earth my friends Mike Cleasby and Tim Coid were doing travelling the 360 mile round trip to complete a 5k run!

Admittedly we are hardcore parkrun tourists, having completed parkruns across Great Britain and Europe. Well the wind and rain wasn't going to stop us collecting a "U" towards our parkrun alphabet challenge. Google "parkrun challenges" if you aren't sure what these are and you want to know more.

We arrived in good time and introduced ourselves to some of the hardy bunch of volunteers, without whom parkrun would not take place. I would always encourage others to volunteer when you can; there are a wide variety of roles that you can complete and still take part in the run itself. We had arranged to complete a course check prior to arriving, so after a quick explanation of the route we set off to make sure the route was safe for the main parkrun. The run director gave us the advice "Keep the loch on the right and don't cross the bridge"; great instruction and so easy to follow!

What a beautiful backdrop the snow capped mountains made as we took an amble round the loch with Carolyn, a fellow tourist from Salisbury. We were pleased to report back to the run director that the route was safe, but very wet. Areas of the path were completely flooded!

A very informative first time briefing was completed followed by the run directors brief. Then we were led to the start line just in time for the sleet and wind to pick up as we set off on two and a bit laps around the loch. The marshals on the course were all amazing; very encouraging in difficult conditions. My favourite moment of the morning was when one of them said the paths were a bit "puddley".

I will always have very fond memories of the parkrun at the University of Stirling. The number of times that others cheered on the guys from the "North East" or talked to us about the cow hats / shirts made us feel very welcome. I also loved the number of people who stayed near the finish area to cheer others along that last cheeky incline to the finish line.

Well done everyone, keep up the good work.

This week 129 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 36 were first timers and 16 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Colin SINCLAIR • Malcolm HECTOR • Paul EVANS • Pamela BRIDGE • Julia LOECHERBACH • Carolyn THOMSON EASTER • Ruaridh THOMSON EASTER • Andy WHEILDON • Rebecca WHEILDON • Mike CLEASBY • Gordon KING • Tim COID • Danny WHEILDON • Mairi WEIR • Sandy MATTHEWS • Benjamin NOAD • Adrian KELSALL • Eilidh CANDLISH • David CANDLISH • Fiona MOFFATT • Ezra JUMP • Craig MARCHBANKS • Neil AITKENHEAD • Georgia FREED • Rebecca BEDIJN

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 Jennifer WETTON who recorded a time of 17:55 on 21st December 2019 (event number 11).
The male record is held by Cameron MILNE who recorded a time of 16:00 on 4th January 2020 (event number 13).
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 2,120 participants have completed 4,525 parkruns covering a total distance of 22,625 km, including 911 new Personal Bests. A total of 116 individuals have volunteered 378 times.

 

Event #17. The 1st of Feb.

This week 208 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 60 were first timers and 44 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Christy BLOSS • Colin SINCLAIR • Malcolm HECTOR • Paul EVANS • Pamela BRIDGE • Liz MOFFAT • Julia LOECHERBACH • Calum BOWIE • Dawn WHEILDON • Corinne HAINES • Andy WHEILDON • Danny WHEILDON • Anna MCNEISH • Vicki LAWLOR • Lee JOHNSTON • Sam BARCLAY • Kate ELEFTHERIOU • Fiona MOFFATT • Tom HARPER • Ezra JUMP • Oisin RICE • Mara SMYTH • Ross LAWRIE • Louise LAWRIE • Rebecca BEDIJN

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 Jennifer WETTON who recorded a time of 17:55 on 21st December 2019 (event number 11).
The male record is held by Cameron MILNE who recorded a time of 16:00 on 4th January 2020 (event number 13).
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 1,943 participants have completed 3,940 parkruns covering a total distance of 19,700 km, including 792 new Personal Bests. A total of 101 individuals have volunteered 318 times.

We hope to see you all again next weekend and look forward to welcoming all newcomers!

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