130 new parkrunners joined in the free 5k timed events in Scotland on Saturday, March 27. 65 of them helped to swell the Glasgow numbers to a new record of 287, whilst 70 of them took the numbers at the Edinburgh parkrun up to 218, just two short of the record. That's more than 500 runners participating in Scottish parkruns and this on a day when a number of parkrun regulars were helping to trial the, soon to be launched, Strathclyde parkrun!
One newbie to the parkrun was Central AC's youngster David Hutchison (JM15-19) who was the first male over the line at the 23rd Edinburgh parkrun, with a time of 17:04. Two parkrun veterans Brian Cruickshank (VM40-44) of Fife AC and Carnegie Harrier Iain Taylor (VM40-44) placed second and third, with times of 17:20 and 17:27 respectively.
Newbies were to the fore in the Edinburgh women's race too, where Claire Couper (VW35-39) won in a time of 18:55 beating Fiona Rudkin (SW20-24) by 25 seconds. In only her second outing Corstophine AAC's Gillian Carr (SW30-34) placed third in a time of 20:01.
In the points competition Iain Taylor has a lead of 85 points over second placed John Owens. Irene Miller leads Mary Gibson by 288 in the women's competition.
Over in the west, in his second appearance, Jamie Reid (SM35-39) of Ronhill Cambuslang Harriers won for the first time, completing the testing course in an impressive16:11. Parkrun regular Ethan Sloan-Dennison (JM15-19) of Victoria Park/City of Glasgow AC placed second by 33 seconds, with Bellahouston Harriers' new recruit Robel Negash (SM25-29) placing third in his first attempt, with a time of 17:02
Making her comeback after a lengthy injury was Lesley Chisholm (VW35-39) of Garscube Harriers who won the women's race with a time of 19:09, some 88 seconds ahead of her club mate Laura Devine (SW25-29). Emily Paterson, (SW25-29) placed third in a time of 21:57.
In the points competition John Gilhooly has a lead of 14 points over second placed Alastair Maclachlan. Sophie Mary Parcell leads Susan Clark by 164 in the women's competition.