Scotland's latest parkrun addition arrived in style on Saturday (27 July) with a party atmosphere at Drumpellier Country Park. The fifth new Scottish parkrun of 2019 attracted a bumper 300 turnout and participants appreciated a scenic route – woodland and loch side stretches, an interesting mixed terrain course and cool weather.
Pre-run the big field listened to event director David Murray's briefing and gave a big hand to the crack team of volunteers. The marshals provided great support and encouragement and the timers, funnel team and scanners were well up to the task.
Runners and walkers enjoyed a flat course with a start and finish (plus short middle section) on the tarmac around the loch and two loops in woodland on well-made ground.
A dull morning with some rain but comfortable temperatures, after the heat during the week, saw fast times and Cambuslang Harrier Iain McDonald (17:04) and Karen Edgar (20:56) set the course marks. David Lyttle (27:49) was the midpoint runner and the field closed on 56:33 when tail walker Julie Gallagher had token number 302 scanned.
It was a busy morning for Dougie Holmes, the man behind the Cumbernauld 10K. Dougie helped with the course set-up and the results processing and in between nipped round the course in 19:19 while 70-something Eileen Revie will have been pleased with her impressive age grade score of 81.19%.
There was a festival atmosphere later as runners and walkers recovered on a selection of Lees snowballs, caramel logs and teacakes plus bottled water. The Drumpellier Country Park event team will have been pleased that all went smoothly and that they attracted an encouraging number of first-timers (close on 50) which bolstered the contingents from Kirkintilloch Olympians, Airdrie Harriers, Strathaven Striders and jogscotland.
Check out full results at the parkrun website.