A bumper turnout of 254 took part in the first ever Vogrie parkrun on Saturday (11 March). The free weekly timed 5k became the 27th parkrun in Scotland, with participants running over woodlands paths and grass at Vogrie Country Park, Gorebridge, Midlothian.
David Limmer of Portobello RC was first across the finish line in 17:10, followed by Matthew Smith (17:21) and Richard Cockbain (17:47) . Fastest female was Laswade AC’s Lauren Ailish Dickson (18:26), with Megan F Wright (19:39) and Claire Houston (20:22) second and third fastest respectively. The midpoint runner was Patricia Hampton of Harmeny AC (27:20).
There was a strong club presence, with sizeable contingents from Portobello RC (14) and Harmeny AC (12). There were also 21 jogscotland runners taking part.
After the event, runners flocked to social media to praise the organisers.
Laura Elizabeth Leith posted on Facebook: “Thank you to the core team and all the volunteers for a great event today. We loved it and will definitely be back.”
Althea Beck also commented: “Great job on setting up this parkrun. Had a great time this morning.”
Angela Peters said: “Massive congratulations to all the organisers and volunteers on your first parkrun this morning! You've put together a fantastic course, and there was a great atmosphere this morning, everyone was buzzing! All your hard work has paid off...go grab some well earned cake in the cafe!!”
Ollie, who is attempting to run every parkrun in Scotland in a year, gave his thoughts on the event in his blog: “So far in my experience, there are three kinds of parkrun. Those in what I would commonly think of as a park. Those on seafronts. Then there’s another kind that feel like you’ve escaped everything and are out in the wilds. This is a rare thing to achieve for a 5k course, and Vogrie sits in that category. I’ve been amazed so far at the range of courses I’ve encountered, and Vogrie is as good as any course I’ve run anywhere. I can only hope that it will go from strength to strength, and I can’t wait to go back”
One of the core team, Paul, told runABC Scotland: "Vogrie parkrun has been set up by a core group of volunteers led by Michael Philp of Penicuik Harriers. We received very generous funding from Penicuik Harriers, Midlothian Council, and McSence Ltd. to enable to us to get set up. Now we are established, we will be holding a run every Saturday morning at 9:30am. Entry is free, and open to people of all ages and ability; we just ask that people register first of all, and bring their barcode with them."
For more information, visit the parkrun website.
Image courtesy Jim Philp