parkrun reports

Bella were, as ever, well represented at parkrun. The weekend saw the 44th running of the Glasgow parkrun event, and the first running of the Edinburgh parkrun.

A great day for the Bella Posse at the Glasgow parkrun today, Sat Oct 17. Scott Kennedy who seems to have caught the parkrun bug, in between running marathons, took a further 8 seconds off of last week’s course PB to finish third in 17:44. Jane Simpson continued the fine form which made her Bella Member of the Month by going one better than her second place last week to win the women’s event in 19:30, taken a further 24 secs off of last week’s course PB!

Club President Robert McEwan retained his place as best age grade %, by achieving 79.01% with a time of 19:08.

Bruce Carse also earned a new PB and John Sandbach and Sandra Houldsworth both took part in the Pollok Park event with excellent first runs.

Position Athlete Sex Run Time Age Grading % Age Category Personal Best
3 Scott KENNEDY M 17:44 76.41% SM35-39 New PB
5 Bruce CARSE M 18:15 70.87% SM30-34 New PB
10 Al MACLACHLAN M 18:42 78.88% VM50-54
13 Robert MCEWAN M 19:08 79.01% VM50-54
16 Jane SIMPSON F 19:30 75.90% SW30-34 New PB
45 John SANDBACH M 21:45 64.67% VM40-44 1st run
53 Linda KENNEDY F 22:01 69.19% VW35-39
66 Murdoch RODGERS M 22:49 69.69% VM55-59
80 Sandra HOULDSWORTH F 23:58 61.89% SW30-34 1st run

Last week’s winner Carnegie Harrier Andrew WRIGHT was the first athlete across the finish line today. He completed the course in 15:49 and posted an age grade score of 83.35%. A total of 193 runners completed the course.

Over in Edinburgh:

Some 204 runners completed the inaugural Edinburgh parkrun in a Baltic, sunny and surprisingly wind free Cramond foreshore…………. and of course Bellahouston Road Runners were represented at the historical event.

Strong performances from Richard Leyton and myself earned us both all time PBs. Richard took 16 seconds off of his best 5k time to finish in 48th position in 20:43, an age grade % of 64:04%. I proudly displayed my Bella vest as I finished four places ahead, in 44th place with a time of 20:19 (wava 73.75 %) some 19 seconds better than my previous best 5k time.

Running legend Neil Renault (Edinburgh AC) led from the start and was first over the line in a time of 14:59, an age grade of 86.1% and in a day when loads of cyclists and triathletes took part, it was fitting that the first woman home was Rachel Ramsay of Edinburgh Road Club who completed the course in 20:48, 71.31%.

Thanks to Ian Goudie for the race reports, and a huge thanks to the teams of volunteers that made both the Glasgow and Edinburgh parkrun events such a success on Saturday.