3 Dec

The Day That Perth Moved

Perth parkrun start

An impressive 261 people took part in the first Perth parkrun on Saturday (30 November). Runners from as far as Yorkshire attended the event at North Inch and Riverside Parks.

Tim Gomersall of Dundee University Triathlon Club finished fastest male in 17:02, with Jillian Gordon of Kinross Road Runners first female (19:11). Jennifer Merry was the mid-point runner on 26:22 and the field closed on 43:17. Perth is the 12th Scottish parkrun and is set to be followed by a 13th event in Springburn (Glasgow) next year.

Organisers said afterwards: "St Andrews Day saw the start of Scotland's newest parkrun on the North Inch. A tremendous turnout of 261 runners were greeted by a lovely clear winter's morning and perfect conditions for running. As well as local runners, there were participants from all over Scotland and beyond."

Looking ahead, Glasgow parkrun - the first event in Scotland - marks its fifth anniversary this Saturday (7 December) and organisers are encouraging people to join in with the celebrations: "We want to celebrate all that's great about our event, what it's a part of and has helped inspire, and we'd love you to join us. We, of course, love to keep things simple. We'll do the event as usual - wear your parkrun club top if you've got one, or red/white/black if you don't. We'll then do the cake and points competition awards in the Burrell Cafe afterwards. It's warmer in there (we learnt that lesson at our 1st anniversary!). And last year we couldn't even hold a run, and yet we STILL had a great time and packed out the cafe. So do plan to come."

For more information, visit the Glasgow parkrun website. For information on Perth parkrun, go here.