11 Oct

High Marks For Glasgow parkrun

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A grey dreich morning in Glasgow failed to deter close to 300 parkrunners who made the start line at Pollok Park on Saturday. Shettleston Harrier Matthew Sullivan negotiated difficult conditions - occasional puddles and leaf-strewn paths - to record a PB of 16:13 ahead of Kieran Docherty (17:00) and Andy McGhee (17:28). Garscube Harrier Lesley Chisholm also clocked a PB to be first woman home in 17:51, three and a half minutes quicker than second placed Nikki Hutcheson, the promising Giffnock North runner.

Mid-point runner was teenager Chanel Ferguson who went round the demanding undulating course in 26:42 and the field was completed on 56:11.

Again parkrun Glasgow was a superbly organised affair with a big complement of marshals, time-keepers and start officials. The Glasgow course is a great 5k test with its nice downhill stretches, tough climbs and welcome dipping finish and, of course, the leafy environment of the city's most spacious greenspace is an ideal venue.

On each occasion your correspondent has returned to this now classic event the technology seems that little bit slicker and the experience smoother. Individual results arrived at around 3.00pm with a reminder of Freedom parkrun which allows you to run any of the parkruns at a time more convenient to the individual and have the result recorded online.

All parkruns try to emphasise the social dimension of the event, difficult at Glasgow with such large numbers but the post-run cake and coffee venue at the Burrell ranks very highly. Well worth a visit for both the setting and the fare.

Well done, Team parkrun Glasgow! Next week we head to Edinburgh to find out how the capital's parkrun event is developing.

PS - Scotland's sixth parkrun at Aberdeen got off to a superb start when 99 participants, including a big jogscotland contingent, turned up for the initial run at the Beach Esplanade on Saturday (October 8). Teenager Robbie Simpson of Deeside Runners (15:31) and Fiona Rudkin (19:05) grabbed the opening day honours.