Drumchapel parkrun is one of Scotland's smallest free Saturday morning 5k runs, however, what it lacks in quantity it more than makes up for in quality. It's a scenic course on the north-west fringes of Glasgow run on good paths in woodland. Average attendance is usually in the modest 30s, though there's always a big contingent of volunteers whose inspirational marshalling is an event feature.
It's a 'toughie' with a couple of fierce climbs which you face three times on the multi-lap course. It's beautiful though and last Saturday on a sunny spring morning it was a brilliant run. 21, sometimes 22, minutes can be the quickest time - testament to those testing gradients. But some sharp downhills are the reward for that effort, and the ups and downs offer the opportunity for lots of humour. One marshal's party piece is to simulate pulling you up by rope at the end of the longest climb.
Saturday (25 March) saw Kirkintilloch Olympian and Drumchapel regular Gavin Harvie record a PB, taking first place on a tantalising 20:01, while Sarah Callow was fastest lady (22:08). Jonathan Bell (25:55) was the midpoint runner and the field closed on 33:15.
Post-run a very tasty lemon drizzle cake was on offer to assist with recovery and then most of the runners retired to the nearby St.Mark's Church cafe for tea and bacon rolls.
Congratulations to Laura Gray, Brian Keenan and the rest of the Drumchapel team on a brilliant event. More details about how you can join in the fun as either a runner or a volunteer at the Drumchapel parkrun website.
Image courtesy Drumchapel parkrun