After an extended period of harsh winter weather Scotland's runners were able to enjoy race action this weekend. The feature event was at Strathclyde Park where a field of close to 300 took part in the re-arranged jogscotland Christmas Cracker 5K yesterday. Alan Mcrae was the comfortable winner of the men's event in 18:06 with local favourite Alison Simpson first lady in 20:13. Crawford Fallon flew the flag for the veterans with a second placed 19:38. Charity runner Tommy 'fae Greenock' was the colourful backmarker in 59:48 with Graham Walker the mid-point runner in 31:52. View results online. Also great photos from Andrew Jeske on flickr - we've used Andrew's brilliant pink fairy photo for this story.
On Saturday over parkrunners turned out in force again with over 500 participants in the three events. A healthy turnout of 261 runners toed the line for parkrun Glasgow with an encouraging 30 first-timers in the ranks. Back to the normal course after some ad-hoc arrangements to keep the show on the road, Kilbarchan's Chris Devenney brought the field home in 16:40 with Kelly van der Toorn of Fusion Triathlon Club producing a PB to finish first woman in 19.31. Susan Smith, a Leeds parkrun regular, was a Glasgow first-timer and ran the tough 5k course in 34:14.
parkrun Edinburgh was also back in full swing, although Saturday saw a wet morning which may have helped first-timer Stewart Chalmers of Stornoway R&AC who was first male in 16:49, Central AC's Claire Houston was fastest lady in 21:08. Alan Harwood (Pitreavie AC) was midpoint runner in 26:25 and 60something Chris Pilley celebrated his 50th parkrun in 31:34.
This event has been a huge success since it launched in October of 2009 but the Edinburgh team has been short of volunteers in recent weeks so if you fancy putting something back into the sport then email the organisers at EdinburghHelpers@parkrun.com; they would be delighted to hear from you.
Great photos from Ron Russell can be viewed online.
Over at Strathclyde, the newest Scottish parkrun has been introducing innovations to the parkrun concept with volunteer John Allan leading a warm-up session pre-start on Saturday. The pre-run stretch did Michael Dylan Brawley no harm - he was on song to come home 5 seconds in front of Alan Hume. Kirkintilloch Olympian Ada Stewart ran round in 23:08 and finished first lady. Super volunteer John Allan swept up too in 75th position. Midpointer was first-timer Richard Duddy in 27:37.