Runners of the Glasgow parkrun will be aware of the outstanding performances of those crossing the Finish Line first. The event has attracted some of the best runners in Scotland as the age grading percentages illustrate so well. Some of these top runners can earn significant prize money by winning races and some receive appearance money from some of the country's top events. However they choose to participate in the Glasgow parkrun for the same reason as the other runners. Parkruns provide a time for meeting up with friends and making new running buddies. They provide an opportunity to get advice from other runners, find someone who finishes just in front of you in one week and target them in the next event. The age grading and category information provided by the parkrun results service allows every runner to map their performance over a number of events and see if they are improving, staying the same or regressing.
In the 23rd Glasgow parkrun, the first Junior Male (JM) age 15-19 was Luke Traynor in a time of 16:26, an age grade of 84.69%. First Senior Male (SM) age 20-24, was Stephen Mathews in 16:04, equating to 80.29%. Alan Torgersen, running in his first parkrun, was the first SM age 25-29, with a time of 18:54, 68.25%. Robert Gilroy was the SM age 30-34 and was the first runner to cross the Finish Line, in 15:51, 82.33%. The first SM age 35-39 was Kenny Milton who improved his Personal Best (PB) by 18 secs to finish in 18:52, 71.82%. Max Colligan was the first Veteran Male (VM) age 40-44 with a time of 16:55, an age grade of 80.69%. Alastair Douglas being the first VM age 45-49 with 17:39, 82.25%. Gerry Reid improved his PB by 2 secs to finish first VM age 50-54 in a time of 18:02, 81.79%. Local runner Campbell Joss was first in the VM 55-59 category, finishing in 19:02, 80.74%. Stuart Waugh improved his PB by 4 secs in being the first VM 60-64 to cross the line in a time of 20:06, 79.77%. The event's oldest participant was Terry Dolan, running in his first parkrun. Terry was the first VM 65-69, finishing in a time of 23:32, an age grade of 71.25%.
At the other end of the spectrum was Rhian Dawes, the youngest female in today's event, also running in her initial parkrun, Rhian was the first Junior Woman (JW) age 15-19 to cross the Finish Line. Also completing her first parkrun was Suzanne Lanigan, who finished first Senior Woman (SW) age 20-24 in 29:01, 51.01%. Glasgow parkrun stalwart, Veronika Juranova, running in her twelfth event, finished as first SW age 25-29 in 23:46 an age grade of 62.27%. Improving her PB by 73 seconds, Jaqueline Docherty was first SW age 30-34 in 33:51, 44.02%. Nicola May was first Veteran Woman (VW) age 35-39, improving her PB by 42 secs to finish in 20.07, 74.65%. Shona Donnelly was the first VW age 40-44, completing the course in 20:53, an age grade of 74.46%. Running against her husband and daughters, Marie McChord was the first VW age 45-49 home, finishing in 21:19, 78.42%. Another two runners making their parkrun debuts were Ita Dunsmuir who finished as first VW age 50-54 in 34:44, 49.95% and the first VW age 55-59, Sue Downie who achieved a time of 28:34, equating to an age grade of 63.19%.
On a personal note, I was running against my Andover based cousin Kenny Rae for the first time in our lives. He finished the course in a time of 21:46 just ahead of my time of 21:48. However my age grade was 68.20% whilst his was 65.16% ......when it comes to the Glasgow parkrun, everyone's a winner !