120 participants turn out for Ellon Park Run’s second anniversary

Anyone wishing to take part in future Park Runs should visit www.parkrun.org.uk/ellon
Anyone wishing to take part in future Park Runs should visit www.parkrun.org.uk/ellon

Last week 120 people ran, jogged and walked the course for the second anniversary of Ellon Park Run.

19 of the participants, were first timers and 20 recorded new Personal Bests.

Taking place on Saturday, October 21, the free five kilometre run, which is open to everyone, operates every Saturday morning from Ellon Community Campus and is organised entirely by volunteers.

The run now attracts over 100 people every week and nearly 1,700 people have taken part since it was launched on October 17, 2015.

The event was made possible by 11 volunteers: Steven Garden, James King, Glen Chalmers, Jackie Garden, Gillian Grant, Claire Duncan, Tracey Rhind, Christabel Adkin, Fiona Mutch, Sandra Smith and Gillian Reid.

It was a rainy morning with some moderate wind, and a little slippy underfoot due to wet leaves and silt, not too bad considering the South and Southwest of the UK was getting battered by Storm Brian at the time with many parkruns in England and Wales being cancelled for safety.

Lead organiser Steven Garden said:“I’m really pleased with the success of the event over the last two years and I am totally indebted to the volunteers who make it happen every week.”

Anyone wishing to walk, jog, run or volunteer can visit www.parkrun.org.uk/ellon.

For this weekend’s run there will be a slight change to the route due to bonfire preparations in Gordon Park.

The diversion is unfortunately unsuitable for wheelchairs but buggy users should be ok.

This is due to the inclusion of a short, steep slope that is likely to be muddy.

In the event any wheelchair users attend Ellon Park Run should be able to arrange for them to get the distance a slightly different way.

Cancellations are usually announced first on Facebook as updates can be uploaded from a phone. It takes longer to show on the Ellon website.

You do n’t need to be registered for Facebook as all posts are public.