John’s 250th parkrun

After Wednesday’s exertions at the Great Run Local, I decided a steady run was on the cards this week. I’m also of the belief that every fourth week should be an easy one, so it was time to take the foot off the pedal. I decided to give Pollok parkrun a miss and to take Jack to another one. When I heard that John Smith was running his 250th parkrun at Strathclyde Park, my decision was made.

After participating in fifteen parkruns in Pollok Park, John and his partner Moira Nicol, as well as a few others, launched the Strathclyde parkrun on Saturday 10th April 2010 with some 81 participants.

With volunteering duties taking precedence, he wasn’t able to actually run in the second parkrun in Scotland until event number ten, on 12th June 2010. Today would mark his 172nd run in ‘Scotland’s Theme Park’.

It’s testimony to the work that John, Moira and the others, have done behind the scenes that some 241 runners took part today, in the 319th event. I was honoured to be one of those helping the fellow Ayrshire man mark the occasion.

It was a pleasant surprise to meet a few other friends and running buddies there, not least of all, Race Director, Ally Robb; John Cunningham, making his Lanarkshire debut; Alison Wood, on tail runner duties; Scotland’s volunteer of the year, Janice Millar;  Iain Crawford; Eddie Carr; Ian Devoy; Pauline Henderson; Lesley Juskowiak and Robert Gilroy.

Strathclyde parkrun #319

For some reason Jack decided that he would prefer to run on the, heavy going, grass today, rather than on the pavement. It didn’t make my race any easier, or any shorter, but at least it meant that we kept out of the way of the other runners. I was happy enough with our pace, which saw us pass the 1k marker in a time of 4:33. We kept around that pace for the other four kilometres before crossing the line in a respectable 36th place with a time of 22:43. Coincidentally this was just one second slower than my last outing, on 1st August 2015 and exactly the same time as I ran there in 2013 and 2010.  Hopefully I’ll be back to beat that time soon.

full results

johnsmith250This was my 17th Strathclyde parkrun and my 196th overall. Of course John has ran 54 more than me but he’s also volunteered more, toured more and ran a lot more freedom runs too. Today was his day. He’s a gentleman and an inspiration to many. I take my hat off to you sir.

Here’s John’s amazing record:

Event  ↓ Runs  ↓ Best Gender Position  ↓ Best Position Overall  ↓   ↓
Strathclyde parkrun 172 9 9 00:20:50 All Graph It!
Pollok parkrun, Glasgow 15 52 55 00:21:19 All Graph It!
Edinburgh parkrun 9 66 75 00:22:24 All Graph It!
Ayr parkrun 5 18 24 00:25:42 All Graph It!
Tollcross parkrun, Glasgow 4 20 23 00:25:26 All Graph It!
Perth parkrun 3 15 19 00:22:41 All Graph It!
Victoria parkrun, Glasgow 3 89 107 00:24:12 All Graph It!
Eglinton parkrun 3 31 32 00:23:51 All Graph It!
Dunfermline parkrun 3 32 38 00:25:42 All Graph It!
Hazlehead parkrun, Aberdeen 2 42 46 00:24:22 All Graph It!
Livingston parkrun 2 53 68 00:26:33 All Graph It!
Portobello parkrun, Edinburgh 2 59 69 00:24:08 All Graph It!
Kirkcaldy parkrun 2 35 39 00:23:55 All Graph It!
Fountains Abbey parkrun 2 101 124 00:26:37 All Graph It!
Perry Hall parkrun 1 114 139 00:28:09 All
Woodhouse Moor parkrun 1 151 181 00:25:31 All
Keswick parkrun 1 58 78 00:26:36 All
Linwood parkrun 1 22 28 00:25:26 All
Hanley parkrun 1 37 43 00:26:48 All
Derry City parkrun 1 28 34 00:24:42 All
Greenock parkrun 1 30 32 00:22:11 All
Ellon parkrun 1 35 46 00:26:01 All
Citypark parkrun, Craigavon 1 52 70 00:28:24 All
Worsley Woods parkrun 1 153 198 00:28:43 All
Inverness parkrun 1 37 40 00:26:04 All
Poole parkrun 1 175 235 00:29:32 All
Falkirk parkrun 1 39 43 00:22:51 All
Drumchapel parkrun 1 44 52 00:27:39 All
Carlisle parkrun 1 35 39 00:25:03 All
Springburn parkrun, Glasgow 1 9 9 00:22:52 All
Portrush parkrun 1 27 35 00:26:47 All
St Andrews parkrun 1 26 36 00:24:58 All
Newport parkrun 1 209 288 00:31:24 All
Cannon Hill parkrun, Birmingham 1 193 233 00:26:09 All
Camperdown parkrun, Dundee 1 39 46 00:25:42 All
Elgin parkrun 1 53 68 00:26:04 All
Aberdeen parkrun 1 67 81 00:23:51 All
250 9 9 00:20:50 All

 

Volunteer Summary

Year  ↓ Role  ↓ Number of Times  ↓
2016 Backup Timer 1
2016 Pacer 4
2016 Pre-event Setup 5
2016 Results Processor 5
2016 Run Director 3
2016 Run Report Writer 1
2016 Tail Runner 1
2016 VI Guide 1
2016 Volunteer Co-ordinator 2
2015 Barcode Scanning 4
2015 Number Checker 1
2015 Pacer 5
2015 Pre-event Setup 5
2015 Results Processor 17
2015 Run Director 6
2015 Tail Runner 4
2015 Volunteer Co-ordinator 5
2014 Barcode Scanning 10
2014 Pacer 7
2014 Pre-event Setup 2
2014 Results Processor 6
2014 Run Director 7
2014 Tail Runner 2
2014 Volunteer Co-ordinator 6
2013 Barcode Scanning 1
2013 Finish Token Support 1
2013 Finish Tokens 1
2013 Funnel Manager 1
2013 Number Checker 1
2013 Other 2
2013 Pacer 9
2013 Results Processor 15
2013 Run Director 8
2013 Tail Runner 4
2013 Timekeeper 1
2013 Volunteer Co-ordinator 17
2012 Barcode Scanning 6
2012 Finish Tokens 1
2012 Funnel Manager 4
2012 Marshal 1
2012 Other 3
2012 Pacer 6
2012 Photographer 1
2012 Pre-event Setup 2
2012 Run Director 3
2012 Volunteer Co-ordinator 7
2011 Barcode Scanning 3
2011 Marshal 2
2011 Photographer 1
2011 Pre-event Setup 11
2011 Run Director 5
2011 Tail Runner 6
2011 Timekeeper 1
2011 Volunteer Co-ordinator 7
2010 Barcode Scanning 8
2010 Finish Tokens 1
2010 Funnel Manager 1
2010 Marshal 1
2010 Number Checker 4
2010 Post-event Close Down 1
2010 Pre-event Setup 15
2010 Run Director 4
2010 Tail Runner 4
2010 Timekeeper 1
2009 Marshal 1

 

Freedom parkruns

Date  ↓ Time  ↓ Location  ↓
26/06/2016 00:34:42 Wakefield Thornes
26/06/2016 00:33:26 Cross Flatts
26/06/2016 00:33:30 Bramley
26/06/2016 00:31:56 Woodhouse Moor
25/06/2016 00:32:04 Harrogate
25/06/2016 00:34:42 Temple Newsam
25/06/2016 00:33:58 Roundhay
25/06/2016 00:33:12 Wetherby
24/06/2016 00:32:30 Dewsbury
24/06/2016 00:33:54 Oakwell Hall
24/06/2016 00:31:01 Halifax
24/06/2016 00:34:18 Horton Park
24/06/2016 00:31:14 Bradford
07/05/2016 00:26:52 Strathclyde
23/01/2016 00:26:50 Strathclyde
29/08/2015 00:28:49 Strathclyde
22/08/2015 00:27:11 Strathclyde
28/06/2015 00:27:52 Dunfermline
21/06/2015 00:29:48 Bryn Bach
21/06/2015 00:31:59 Barry Island
20/06/2015 00:30:45 Cardiff
20/06/2015 00:30:44 Porthcawl
20/06/2015 00:29:57 Pontypridd
20/06/2015 00:31:52 Pontypool
19/06/2015 00:30:32 Llyn Llech Owain
19/06/2015 00:31:27 Colby
19/06/2015 00:27:18 Aberystwyth
19/06/2015 00:30:57 Conwy
19/06/2015 00:31:11 Penrhyn
30/05/2015 00:30:16 Strathclyde
20/12/2014 00:26:28 Strathclyde
22/06/2014 00:30:32 Ormeau
22/06/2014 00:41:25 Comber
22/06/2014 00:29:40 Bangor
22/06/2014 00:31:15 Belfast Victoria
21/06/2014 00:31:05 Queens
21/06/2014 00:31:12 Falls
21/06/2014 00:31:33 Waterworks
21/06/2014 00:28:56 Carrickfergus
21/06/2014 00:30:35 Antrim
21/06/2014 00:27:42 Ecos
21/06/2014 00:29:44 MUSA Cookstown
21/06/2014 00:27:48 Wallace
20/06/2014 00:32:41 Armagh
20/06/2014 00:26:59 Enniskillen
20/06/2014 00:28:26 Derry City
20/06/2014 00:28:46 Portrush
20/06/2014 00:29:52 Larne
07/06/2014 00:25:10 Strathclyde
31/05/2014 00:25:34 Strathclyde
22/06/2013 00:34:25 Strathclyde
21/06/2013 00:38:50 Eglinton
21/06/2013 00:31:50 Pollok
21/06/2013 00:31:29 Tollcross
21/06/2013 00:31:43 Falkirk
21/06/2013 00:30:00 Edinburgh
21/06/2013 00:28:15 St Andrews
21/06/2013 00:32:04 Camperdown
21/06/2013 00:28:46 Aberdeen
21/06/2013 00:29:18 Inverness
15/06/2013 00:25:29 Strathclyde
13/10/2012 00:22:29 Strathclyde
22/09/2012 00:23:50 Strathclyde
15/09/2012 00:24:40 Strathclyde
07/07/2012 00:22:37 Strathclyde
28/04/2012 00:23:57 Strathclyde
14/04/2012 00:23:29 Strathclyde
07/04/2012 00:23:14 Strathclyde
31/03/2012 00:23:51 Strathclyde
24/03/2012 00:22:33 Strathclyde
03/03/2012 00:26:09 Strathclyde
25/02/2012 00:22:08 Strathclyde
11/02/2012 00:22:44 Strathclyde
04/02/2012 00:24:23 Strathclyde
28/01/2012 00:22:38 Strathclyde
21/01/2012 00:23:05 Strathclyde
31/12/2011 00:23:45 Strathclyde
27/08/2011 00:24:50 Strathclyde
30/07/2011 00:24:07 Strathclyde
02/07/2011 00:22:35 Strathclyde
25/06/2011 00:21:57 Strathclyde
18/06/2011 00:23:10 Strathclyde

 

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