Although primarily about participation rather than elite performance, the weekly Scottish parkruns attract runners of a high standard and last weekend witnessed a series of fast times with four of the eight events seeing the winners record sub 17 minute times. The Glasgow event saw a tense encounter between Thomas McDonald and Colin Thomas, while Edinburgh Marathon Festival 10K winner Bryan Mackie produced a smooth effort at his local parkrun.
With merely a second separating them, Thomas McDonald took first place at Pollok Park with an impressive 16:49. The Bellahouston Harrier was followed by Colin Thomas of Greens Health & Fitness RC (16:50) and Jack Arnold (17:10). Susan Burns of Clayton-le-Moors Harriers made a winning introduction to Glasgow parkrunning with first place in the women's field, coming home in just over 20 minutes (20:08).
In the capital, meanwhile, Bryan Mackie followed up his performance at the Edinburgh Marathon Festival with a strong showing at his local event. Mackie finished in 16:03, 30 seconds ahead of Edinburgh AC club mate Colin McGill. Indeed, the top trio all finished under the 17 minute barrier, with Dave Wright of Hunters Bog Trotters coming in at 16:36. Wright's club mate, Claire Ward, took first place in the women's field as she secured a PB of 18:09.
In Aberdeen, Ben Hukins gave a convincing performance to finish well ahead of the field as he secured first place in 16:02. The fastest time in the Scottish circuit, however, occurred at Strathclyde Country Park as Stuart Gibson set a parkrun PB of 15:30.