RUN REPORT: "URYKA!"
Ury Riverside parkrun #1, November 2, 2019
"U" arrived on time!
And with a splash, to boot!
Mother Nature's liquid sunshine hadn't the slightest chance of short-circuiting this debut. With a misty christening, Ury Riverside parkrun made quite a splash onto the parkrun scene! Excitement was running high! And not just amongst the high spirited volunteers. The parkrunners were all abuzz, too! Was it the prospect of being the first First Timers? The anticipation of adding a "U" to their parkrun alphabet? Whatever it was, 196 parkrunners splashed their way through the puddles right into the Ury Riverside parkrun's history books.
Ury Riverside parkrun rocks!
Countless hours of planning, paperwork, & passion go into launching a new parkrun. A special thanks to all those volunteers who collaborated to bring Ury Riverside parkrun to fruition. Event Director Laura Copeland & her core team should be proud as peacocks. U-R-Y parkrun rocks!
Any chill in the air was quickly chased off by the warm welcome from Run Director Paul Douglas & his merry band of volunteers. The friendly ambiance was a delight & Paul's pre-parkrun briefing was ace. Hearing how the seeds were sown to birth Ury Riverside parkrun was truly heartwarming & made for the perfect lead out before we set off on our 5k.
Thank-you to these fabulous volunteers for bringing their team spirit to Ury's 1st edition:
Allan CAMPBELL • Bruce STEWART • Cara HAY • Cynthia FRY • Gillian DOUGLAS • Graeme HAY • Hudson Parker AITKEN • Jessica DICKSON • Laura COPELAND • Malcolm SHENNAN • Melanie FLETCHER • Michael HOWDEN • Paul DOUGLAS • Rebecca FISHER • Ronnie MUTCH • Tom FARDON
For your chance to jump into the volunteer pool, check out future openings at:
At an inaugural, all the parkrunners are dubbed "First Timers". Many of our 196 First Timers were of the local persuasion, whilst others travelled from as far afield as Westhill, Hertfordshire & Perth, Australia! Amongst those 196, 22 were embarking upon their very first parkrun. One gal expressed how thrilled she was that her 1st parkrun coincided with Ury's 1st. What a unique beginning for all our newly minted parkrunners!
We hope everyone enjoyed their experience at Ury Riverside parkrun's debut & will return soon.
And folks...always remember to bring your barcode so we can put your name up in lights in the results.
Congratulations to these front runners making a splash in the:
1. Richard Strachan in 16:56
2. David Langan in 17:13
4. Kev Harper from Cosmic Hillbashers in 18:41
1. Carolyn Milne from Ambleside AC in 20:24
2. Julie Hoyle from JogScotland Kintore in 20:48
3. Chloe Sangster in 22:10
To check out all the results:
THE JUNIOR LEAGUE
Ury Riverside parkrun's preliminary Age Category Records have now been set.
Kudos to these juniors placing first in the following junior categories:
JW10: Hannah Denholm in 45:47
JW11-14: Mia McDermid from Westpark AC in 30:26
JM10: Brody Penny in 35:08
JM11-14: Samuel Stephenson from Aberdeen AAC in 21:30
JM15-17: Ross Chalmers from Newburgh Dunes Running Club in 19:34
FOR THE RECORD
Did you set a record on Saturday?
Check out how the front runners fared in all the Age Categories at:
MAKING THE GRADE
The always fleet of foot Carolyn Milne added Ury Riverside parkrun to her record collection on Saturday. She topped the chart at Ury's inaugural with an impressive 93.79% in the Age Graded League. Talk about setting the bar high!
Carolyn also tops the Age Graded charts at:
Crathes Castle: 91.69%
& Aviemore : 94.18%....just to name a few.
Congrats Carolyn on adding Ury Riverside to your impressive record collection!
For the Age Graded League curious, find out where you ranked on Saturday at:
Congratulations to Fiona Milne on the completion of her 50th parkrun! Fiona has a smorgasbord of parkruns to her credit with 20 at Aberdeen, 17 at Hazlehead, 8 at Ellon, & 1 each at Edinburgh, Ellon, Stonehaven, Ury Riverside & Crathes Castle. 15 shiny PBs grace her statistics & she has dipped her toe in the volunteer pool 3 times. Enjoy basking in the afterglow of your 50th, Fiona! We look forward to seeing you sporting your 50 T-shirt as you run your way to your next parkrun T-shirt at....
Kudos to Rod Shepherd who parkran his 100th on Saturday! Rod's 100 have unfolded with 76 at Hazlehead, 15 at Aberdeen, 2 at Ellon, & 1 each at Ury Riverside, Stonehaven, Edinburgh, Crathes Castle, Inverness, Aviemore & Montrose. He has earned 14 PBs along the way & has 3 volunteer stints to his credit. 100 parkruns is a massive accomplishment, Rod! Enjoy sporting your 100 T-shirt badge of honour.
RUNNING THE NUMBERS
Here's how the big picture shaped up after Ury Riverside parkrun #1:
Number of events: 1
Number of first finishers: 2
Average number of runners per week: 196.0
Average run time: 28:54
Number of runners: 192
Number of clubs: 34
Average number of runs per runner: 1.0
Total hours run: 3 Days, 22 Hours, 25 Minutes, 19 Seconds
Number of runs: 196
Number of PBs: 0
Biggest attendance: 196
Total distance run: 980 km
For those with hill-ophobia.....this course is for you. Flat as a pancake is a fair description. There are a few teensy undulations but barely enough to even notice. Promise. The course unfolds on tarmac paths & packed gravel paths that wend their way around open fields. With its smooth, firm footing, the course is suitable for those who parkrun with buggies. And, if you're on the hunt for a PB course, put Ury Riverside parkrun on your radar.
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Join Run Director Malcolm Shennan when he & his merry band of volunteers host Ury Riverside parkrun's 2nd edition.