With Jack going for a run with Beth, in Queen’s Park, on Saturday 5th March, I ventured down to Victoria Park to enjoy the sunshine and take a few photographs of their 117th parkrun. It was also a good opportunity to catch up with friends and running buddies, to meet some Facebook Friends, in person, and to make some new ones too.
Numbers, at the west end event, have continued to rise and it is now attracting around 350 participants. This week some 341 made it along to the free 5k in the winter sunshine. These included, a number from the Glesga Front-Runners and members of the Edinburgh Cramond parkrun crew.
A bit of ice on the usual route meant that the alternate (faster ?) course was used.
In the Men’s Race, James MONTGOMERY (SM30-34), of Bellahouston Road Runners, ( a new one to me) led from the Start and soon established an unassailable lead over Brian DOUGLAS (VM40-44) of Bellahouston Harriers. Although Brian reduced the lead in the second half of the race, his Road Runner rival, earned Gold, with a PB of 16:56. Brian’s hopes of some consolation from achieving a PB too, were dashed when the official results recorded him as 17:06, just two seconds slower than his best time. Ross MACKENZIE (SM30-34) (Unattached) was third over the line in 17:32, with Bellahouston Harrier’s captain, Darren MCQUADE (25-29) just squeezing fourth spot with 17:40.
In the Women’s Race, Erin MCILVEEN (SW25-29) of Victoria Park/City of Glasgow AC, took an early lead and running her fastest time, must have been confident of winning the event, for the seventh time. However, my money was on Sharon MUIR (VW40-44) of Inverclyde AC, using all of her experience to eventually catch Erin and win and so it was to be, with Sharon running a PB of 18:05 to win for the 16th time, in 24 appearances. Erin finishing just three seconds behind, with her PB of 18:08. Another previous winner, Claire COEY (SW30-34) of Fusion Triathlon Club, was third over the line in 18:50. It was great to see Shettleston’s, brightly coloured, Carole SETCHELL running a parkrun PB of 18:52 to place fourth.
There was no surprise that Sharon MUIR’s PB, was the best age graded result, with a WAVA of 87.51%. Kilbarchan AAC’s, Super Vet, Donald PETRIE’s time of 18:29, earning him runner-up spot, with a WAVA of 85.30%.
It was a welcome return to a sunny Victoria Park for Sharon MOLLOY, who recently celebrated her 30th birthday, by running in the balmy heat of the Seville Marathon.
Many thanks to all the volunteers, who gave up their Saturday mornings, to allow so many to enjoy the event.
I promised a few of the them that I would be back at their event again in the near future, I’m looking forward to it already, why not join me?
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