My 200th parkrun

200-club-anyone-can-joinI ran my 200th parkrun at Pollok Park on Saturday 17th 2016, almost eight years after running my first one. Anyone can do it but it will take at least four years.

Glasgow, and indeed Scotland’s, first parkrun was held in Pollock Country Park on 6th December 2008 with 44 participants. I wasn’t one of them. However I did run in  the second event the week later, which attracted only 24 runners and since then, on average, I’ve continued to run a parkrun every two weeks..

Out of those 24 parkrunners on that mid December Saturday morning, 20 beat me as I placed 21st with a time of 25:19. For the record, Casey Morgan was first to cross the line in 17:26, with Li Wang winning the women’s event in 23:22. A total of four volunteers made the event happen: Frances FLOOD, John HAGEMEISTER, Richard LEYTON and Ewan MCDONALD

Pollok parkrun, Glasgow # 2 – 13/12/2008

Pos parkrunner Time Age Grade Gender Pos
1 Casey MORGAN 17:26 74.19 % M 1  
2 Gary HESTER 18:29 77.28 % M 2
3 Campbell JOSS 20:04 76.58 % M 3
4 Gavin ORR 20:09 67.25 % M 4
5 Anthony QUINN 20:11 74.24 % M 5
6 Andrew MOTT 20:39 62.63 % M 6
7 Jamie MCLAUGHLIN 20:55 66.22 % M 7
8 Robert MOODY 21:34 70.63 % M 8
9 Iain BURKE 21:45 73.72 % M 9
10 Alistair KELL 21:59 62.09 % M 10
11 Robert PATTERSON 22:25 64.68 % M 11
12 Nicky FLEMING 22:39 58.20 % M 12
13 John HAMER 23:12 61.14 % M 13
14 Li WANG 23:22 69.04 % F 1
15 Veronika JURANOVA 23:39 62.58 % F 2
16 Dan MAHER 23:40 57.68 % M 14
17 Lucy Sarah MACKAY 24:29 64.06 % F 3
18 Michael ALLAN 24:30 59.18 % M 15
19 Andrew ALLAN 24:30 61.16 % M 16
20 Eddie CAFOLLA 24:47 62.54 % M 17
21 Ian GOUDIE 25:19 58.72 % M 18
22 Christine PATTERSON 26:38 62.77 % F 4
23 Ian MORRIS 28:38 54.13 % M 19
24 Libby PORTER 31:08 48.02 % F 5

I didn’t let my lack of initial success get to me though I did set myself a target of getting into the top 33% of parkrunners. I’ve also had the opportunity to try out some of the other parkruns which have been established across the country. Here’s a summary of my results:

Event Summaries

Event  ↓ Runs  ↓ Best Gender Position  ↓ Best Position Overall  ↓   ↓
Pollok parkrun, Glasgow 144 13 14 00:20:50 All Graph It!
Victoria parkrun, Glasgow 18 25 27 00:20:18 All Graph It!
Strathclyde parkrun 17 11 12 00:20:29 All Graph It!
Tollcross parkrun, Glasgow 6 13 13 00:22:18 All Graph It!
Springburn parkrun, Glasgow 3 14 14 00:20:32 All Graph It!
Edinburgh parkrun 3 28 30 00:20:19 All Graph It!
Eglinton parkrun 3 19 19 00:21:53 All Graph It!
Ayr parkrun 2 6 7 00:22:59 All Graph It!
Linwood parkrun 1 16 17 00:20:08 All
Falkirk parkrun 1 38 44 00:23:15 All
Greenock parkrun 1 23 24 00:20:56 All
Inverness parkrun 1 38 46 00:26:50 All
200 6 7 00:20:08 All

Although my form has been up and down over the years, I’ve returned from a lengthy period of absence caused by a damaged hamstring and I’m now getting a bit of form back. In fact my time of 20:08 achieved at Linwood on 3rd September, was not only my fastest ever parkrun but it also placed me in the top 1% of fastest parkrunners in the UK in 2016.

Most Recent Runs

Event  ↓ Run Date  ↓ Gender Pos  ↓ Overall Position  ↓ Time  ↓ Age Grade  ↓
Pollok parkrun, Glasgow 17/09/2016 43 50 21:13 74.94%
Springburn parkrun, Glasgow 10/09/2016 14 14 20:32 77.44%
Linwood parkrun 03/09/2016 16 17 20:08 78.97%
Pollok parkrun, Glasgow 27/08/2016 64 69 22:29 70.72%
Strathclyde parkrun 20/08/2016 35 36 22:43 69.99%
Pollok parkrun, Glasgow 13/08/2016 67 74 22:13 71.57%
Victoria parkrun, Glasgow 06/08/2016 82 96 22:32 70.56%
Pollok parkrun, Glasgow 30/07/2016 80 85 23:36 67.37%
Pollok parkrun, Glasgow 23/07/2016 133 155 25:58 61.23%
Pollok parkrun, Glasgow 16/07/2016 120 136 26:02 61.08%

Pollok parkrun, Glasgow # 397 – 17/09/2016

Some 490 runners took part in the 397th Pollok parkrun. Whilst I didn’t run a course best on my 144th outing at Pollok, which remains at 20:50, I did run well. I crossed the line in 50th place, with a time of 21:13. Almost four minutes quicker than my first outing nearly eight years ago  and it could be argued that this was my best ever performance at the event as my wava reached a new high of 74.94%.

Andy Bonner won the event, with a time of 17:37 and a wava of 73.60% and Ayr’s Toni McIntosh travelled to Glasgow to help me commemorate the occasion and also turned the clock back, as she placed 1st Female for the first time in four years. Time 19:55, wava 75.31%

Full Results:

Volunteers

Of course at the grassroots level parkrun relies on volunteers to stage the events, week in and week out. Parkrunners are asked to volunteer three times a year and I continue to help out when I can.

Volunteer Summary

Year  ↓ Role  ↓ Number of Times  ↓
2016 Tail Runner 1
2015 Barcode Scanning 1
2015 Number Checker 1
2015 Pacer 1
2015 Photographer 1
2014 Marshal 1
2014 Photographer 3
2013 Photographer 3
2011 Photographer 3
2011 Run Report Writer 1
2010 Marshal 1
2010 Photographer 2
2010 Run Report Writer 3
2010 Tail Runner 1
2009 Barcode Scanning 1
2009 Marshal 2
2009 Photographer 1
2009 Run Report Writer 5
2009 Timekeeper 1
2009 Token Sorting 1

Friends and Running Buddies

Off course whilst all of the above may be of interest, the best thing about the parkrun is the opportunity which it provides to get together with your friends and buddies from the running community. Since its inception, over 15,000 different runners have completed the 5k in Pollock, I’ve run it with most of them. For that alone I thank you all two hundred times. See you at a parkrun soon?

 

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