11 Apr

parkrun's Scottish Spring Growth Spurt

action at Ruchill parkrun

The number of parkruns in Scotland will increase from 35 to 38 by the end of April with the addition of Fort William, Thurso and Orkney (Kirkwall) while the fourth Fife parkrun is set for an inaugural run on 19 May when Lochore Meadows parkrun gets out of the blocks.

Scottish parkrun number 36 - Fort William - got off to a promising start with 79 participants. The event was well-supported by local club Lochaber AC who supplied the three quickest runners - Finlay Wild (16:59), John Yells (17:51) and Nick Sedgwick (19:19) while Lynda Cameron - a Southwark parkrun regular - set the ladies mark at 23:28.

Claire Graham (32:51) was the mid-point runner and the field closed on 55:54.

There's a nice report of the initial run and details of the Fort William route from parkrun uber-enthusiast Davie Black on the Facebook parkrun Discussion Group.

Thurso arrives on Saturday (14 April) and becomes the most northerly British mainland parkrun. We say mainland because on 21 April, Orkney becomes home to Scottish parkrun No.38 and there is also an existing event on Shetland at Bressay.

Meanwhile dozens of Scottish parkrunners started their 10 for 10 quests on Saturday as they responded to the challenge to visit 10 different Scottish parkruns in 2018.

Full details of all Scottish events at the parkrun website.