A highly respectable field of 108 baptised Scotland's latest parkrun in the northerly outpost of Kirkwall in Orkney last Saturday (21 April). Encouragingly, the majority were taking part in the free 5k timed run - that has become a national institution in the rest of the UK - for the first time.
A strong contingent from Orkney Running Club ran prominently but it was a Shetland invader, Steve Daye, who set the course record at 16:55 with Hannah Graham, an Edinburgh parkrun regular, finishing fastest female on 22.43. Ailis Murphy (29:02) was the mid-point runner and the tail walker clocked off at 57:08.
The sun shone on the Orcadians, and a few far-travelled parkrun super-tourists, who enjoyed an enthusiastic warm-up courtesy of double act, Katie Rafferty and Barney the Bear. Joints suitably loosened runners headed out on to a flat well-surfaced 3-lap course.
Kirkwall parkrun's Victoria Clouston told runABC Scotland: "We are all delighted with how things went on Saturday. It was great to see so many happy people and I hope we'll see them all again. We are very grateful to the NHS who funded our parkrun in full. Also to the Pickaquoy Centre for their ongoing support."
Davie Black has again produced a colourful post on the new parkrun recounting his travel and running adventures. Check out Davie's tales on Facebook.
Image courtesy Alfie Stanger.