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Aberdeen Park run

14/12/2015

Aberdeen Parkrun

On Saturday Jim Buchanan ran the main city parkrun, having stayed on in the area after a nearby work engagement. The weather improved immeasurably through the week from torrential rain and storms, to freezing cold and a slight cross wind. This parkrun is a fast out and back course along the seaside promenade, the dominant characteristic being the North Sea ‘breeze’.

promenade, the dominant characteristic being the North Sea ‘breeze’.

The outward leg is on the higher roadside promenade, easily wide enough for the usual 200 runners, prams and dogs to dash along – in fact a ‘lead cyclist’ is deployed to go ahead either clearing the way or warning of the impending stampede. The return comes back along the narrower lower seaward footpath, and has several undulations to be negotiated, and a final sharp upward chicane which reintroduces you to the original promenade about 600m from home.

A speedy 5k doesn’t allow any dalliance so Jim set off hard from the start, hoping to hit a high tempo and maintain the pace. Unfortunately no one else came with him, so he ran the whole race alone checking his watch at clearly marked kilometres. The first three km were covered in 10:05 which is around 16:50 pace, but the last two kms were harder going and he had to settle for a slight easing off on the pace.

Jim finished in first place bang on 17:00 minutes, setting a new v50-54 age group record for this parkrun, and jumping to the top of the DRC parkrun competition with an age graded score of 86.76%. This is the highest age graded score for any male category at Aberdeen parkrun. Full results can be located at -

http://www.parkrun.org.uk/aberdeen/results/latestresults/

Jim would like to acknowledge the support and encouragement from the training group of Alan, Tosh, Mhairi, Raymond, Lisa and Ian. “I would encourage anybody serious about their training to try the Thursday night development group – it works!

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