The hardy bunch of volunteers that make up the Glasgow parkrun deserve credit for doing everything they could to ensure that the event took place as usual. A number of course inspections had taken place throughout the week and organisers had hoped that following the thaw on Friday night the course may have been safe to run on. However an 8:15 inspection in the morning indicated otherwise with some of the ice now hidden in puddles and the remaining ice hard-packed and slippery. So the last minute decision was taken to use the off-road course for the second week in succession. Although last week’s snow had since melted the course was still difficult underfoot with lots of ice and very cold puddles.
Some runners decided that an off-road course was not for them and went for a jog, however some 60 runners took part in the three lap course, which was shorter than last week’s event but still measured slightly more than 5k.
Youth counted in both the male and female events:
Junior runner Ethan Sloan-Dennison won the men’s race at his tenth attempt. The Victoria Park/City of Glasgow under 20 year old completing the 5.04k course in 18:48, some eighteen seconds ahead of parkrun regular Bryan Lamb (S35-39) of Bellahouston Harriers, who claimed second place. In his fourth outing, Hamilton’s AC’s veteran Neil Robbins (V45-49) placed third with a time of 20:07.
In the women’s event, despite wearing flat sprint running shoes, Jane Simpson won for the second time in four attempts, the 30 year old Bellahouston Road Runner completing the course in 21:44. Motherwell’s veteran Clare Barr (V40-44) placed second, her best to date, with a time of 24:21, whilst parkrun regular and super veteran Erica Christie (V50-54) earned third place with 24:39.
The 56th Glasgow parkrun was closed by Ross Goodman (S35-39), who placed 59th with a time of 38:07. After the race Ross Goodman, who also ran in last week’s event, said "Thanks to Glasgow parkrun I now know I can run faster in ankle deep water than ankle deep snow! Another PB! Despite the conditions, great fun!"