29 Aug

Flying Start For Scotland's Latest parkrun

Nicola Love at Alness parkrun

Scotland's 31st and most northerly parkrun launched successfully on Saturday (26 August) at Crawl Park, Alness. 109 participants completed the 5k course with 10 volunteers making sure everything ran smoothly.

Ross County AC youngsters Ruaridh Ellen, Kyle Sutherland, Sam Coull and Alex Ellen all ran prominently and broke the 20-minute mark while Inverness Harrier Catriona Fraser set the women's course record at 21:01. Another junior Lucy Fraser was the midpoint runner in 27:54 and the field closed on 45:21.

There were 30-plus parkrun first-timers and one high-profile tourist, Nicola Love, who is currently running 63 marathons in 63 days and aiming to break the world record for the most consecutive marathons run by a female.

The field included visitors from across the UK including Walsall, Nottingham and Yorkshire. Despite heavy rain post-run, comment on social media was very favourable. @Stew_Murdoch tweeted: "Great morning and lots of people. Lets hope for more of the same to help it succeed!"

Image of Nicola Love (courtesy Alness parkrun)