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Run Director, Andy Goodhall, took to his role like a duck to water.

Run Report

Event Number 112 – 12th August 2023

Our brand new Run Director, Andy Goodhall, took to his role like a duck to water – which was quite appropriate given the conditions that greeted the field of 91 who walked, jogged or ran the 5K route round Levengrove.
Well done Andy on a splendid debut and another successful event, backed up by our other 20 Volunteers: Monica McDonnell, Maureen Byrne, Theresa McIntyre, Kerri Hutchison, Gordon King, Sharon Goldie, Anna Napier, David Kennedy, Paul Lyden, James Hunter, Emma Crawford, Ann Crawford, Michael Leonardi, Elaine Lyall, Susan Gibbs, Anna Gorman, Julia Forbes, Aileen Baird, Sebastian Bumbac and Aaron Gallacher.
Sharon Goldie undertook the First-Timers Brief, giving a warm Levengrove welcome to 17 “Tourists” and 4 park run debutantes. Amongst the latter, John O’Malley, in the 70-74 Age Band showed it’s never too late to do your first-ever parkrun. Haste ye back John and our other debutantes MacAuley Wadsworth, Calum Lipp and Verity Lundy.
Our Tourists hailed from the likes of South Wales, Sheffield, Stirling, Ellon and Falkirk while we had a return visit from Kathleen and Chris Scullion before heading back home to Wanneroo in Western Australia..
In his pre-run brief Andy congratulated two of our regulars on reaching their respective 25 milestones. Congratulations Susan Miller and Julie McBride.
At the head of today’s field Kevin Bryden provided us with another “first”. The Shettleston Harrier has previously led the field home and we regularly have runners pushing a buggy round the course but this was the first time someone had combined the two. Kevin’s time was a remarkable 19 mins 35 secs. Behind him came Joseph Gurman in 21:33 and First-Time visitor Michael Connelly in 21:59. Adding Levengrove to his list of 70 different venues brings Michael to a total of 395 parkruns. Derek Shand however took our prolific park-runner of the week title clocking his 485th.
A couple of First-Time visitors were today’s leading Women, Hannah Cooper clocking 23:08 and Emily Overend 23:47. Behind them came local regular Georgia Callander, one of the six today to record new Personal Best times, in Georgia’s case 24:24. Well done to all the PB performers.
Today’s leading Junior performances came from the Kyffin family paying us their first visit en route from their home in Sheffield to their holiday in the Highlands. Both still under 11, Sam, accompanied by Dad Will, was leading Junior Man in 23:10 while Fearne, accompanied by Mum Jill, was leading Junior Woman in 28:39. Well done Sam and Fearne, it was lovely to see you all and enjoy your holiday.
Details of all those PB performers, First-Timers and a complete event history can be found in this week’s full results here: https://parkrun.org.uk/Levengrove/results/latestresults
Kirsty Ormond is our RD for next week, assuming she has recovered from her own fantastic exploits today. Competing in the 42-Mile Devil o’ the Highlands Race from Tyndrum to Fort William along the West Highland Way her impressive finishing time of 7 hrs 26 mins 37 secs saw her finish 7th Female and 43rd overall in the 360-strong field. She clearly has earned a restful run up to next week’s event so let’s ease her preparation by filling the remaining slots on the Volunteer Roster. You know the drill – either drop your name in the Comments below or email us at levengrove@parkrun.com

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