11 Jul

No Dip In Excitement For parkrun

Wegene Tafese

Poor July weather and the holiday season combined for low attendances across Scotland's eight park runs last weekend. But despite low numbers there was no shortage of excitement. Steven Dick made his St Andrews debut a winning one; the veteran racing home in 19:09 to claim the honours. Meanwhile at Inverness, Callum Martin (17:27) edged out Paul Miller with first timer Roma Shepherd, fastest woman and third overall, in a modest field of 24, mostly speedy runners.

It was a lonely 5k run for Myles Edwards (Aberdeen AAC) who despite never having run the event before managed to complete the course successfully over three minutes ahead of the second placed runner. There was also a PB for Dundee parkrun first-timer Des Crowe. The 50 something Hawkhill Harrier reccied the course last month before turning up on Saturday to finish in 19:03; another vet Margaret Murray (23:42) was quickest lady. At Glasgow teenager Thomas McDonald (16:28) used local knowledge to better East Kilbride's Grant Baillie (16:36) while Clayton-le-Moors Harrier Susan Burns, yet another vet, was first woman - 19:20.

It was at Strathclyde Park however where the speedy performances were recorded. Ronhill Cambuslang Harriers took the first three places. Stuart Gibson was fastest with an impressive time of 15:24, while winner of last month's Men's Health Forum Scotland (MHFS) 10K, Wegene Tafese (pictured), took second spot (15:58). Completing the trio was Charles Thomson in 16:12.

Both Gibson and Thomson set new PBs with their times, while Tafese's first attempt at the race saw him continue his rich vein of form after recording a fastest event time at last month's MHFS race.

For a full details of events visit the parkrun website or to register for the free weekly 5k event (Saturday mornings at 9.30am) at one of eight locations across Scotland go to the parkrun website.