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WATCH: first Elgin Parkrun of 2022 attracts 138 runners


By Chris Saunderson

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THE mild start to 2022 saw a big turn out for the New Year Parkrun in Elgin.

Cameron Main in action at the parkrun.
Cameron Main in action at the parkrun.

With the temperature soaring into double digits, there were 138 runners who completed the 5k community run.

GB triathlete Sophia Green in action at the Elgin Parkrun on New Year's Day.
GB triathlete Sophia Green in action at the Elgin Parkrun on New Year's Day.

The beauty of the free event, which happens every Saturday at 9.30am in the Cooper Park in Elgin is that you can have elite GB triathletes -

Paul Jamieson on the way to completing his first parkrun in a while after injury.
Paul Jamieson on the way to completing his first parkrun in a while after injury.

Cameron Main and Sophia Green, both from Elgin, rubbing shoulders with runners of all ages and abilities.

The pair used the run as part of their tough weekly training schedule.

There were lots of families taking part, with some younger runners just starting out.

Running is great for the mind and body and these ladies were having fun.
Running is great for the mind and body and these ladies were having fun.

And there were even some four-legged competitors who were giving their owners a tow along the course.

Spirits were high for the start of a new year, as people look to live with Covid-19.

Elite athletes like Sophia Green and family runners shared the parkrun course such is the community nature of the free event.
Elite athletes like Sophia Green and family runners shared the parkrun course such is the community nature of the free event.

Outdoor events in Scotland are restricted to crowds of less than 500, so the run fitted in perfectly with the current guidelines and gave people a healthy and social start to 2022.

The tail walker volunteers, Julie Laing, Wenzel Dunnett and Shelley O'Neill.
The tail walker volunteers, Julie Laing, Wenzel Dunnett and Shelley O'Neill.

The event cannot function without volunteers each week andif you can help go to www.parkrun.org.uk/elgin

Putting a sprint on as this youngster realises he is close to the finishing line.
Putting a sprint on as this youngster realises he is close to the finishing line.

The weather couldn’t have been better on Saturday as the whole of Scotland bathed in unseasonably mild conditions. A record new year temperature of 15.9 degrees celsius was recorded in the Highlands at Achnagart, Glenshiel.

Thumbs up from runner Neil Laing.
Thumbs up from runner Neil Laing.

The previous high temperature on New Year’s day was 14.9 degrees in Inverurie, Aberdeenshire in 1992.

Running makes me smile is the message on this runner's tee-shirt.
Running makes me smile is the message on this runner's tee-shirt.

St James’s Park in central London was the hottest place in the UK at 16.3C.

It was an exceptionally mild morning for the run and even the sun made an appearance.
It was an exceptionally mild morning for the run and even the sun made an appearance.
There were some four-legged competitors as well.
There were some four-legged competitors as well.
All smiles from this runner.
All smiles from this runner.
A wave as he makes the turn at Moray Leisure Centre.
A wave as he makes the turn at Moray Leisure Centre.
Runners of all ages can take part and this young one looks happy.
Runners of all ages can take part and this young one looks happy.
Hands up if you are having fun, says former Elgin golf pro Kevin Stables.
Hands up if you are having fun, says former Elgin golf pro Kevin Stables.
The parkrun volunteers get ready before the start of the run on New Year's Day.
The parkrun volunteers get ready before the start of the run on New Year's Day.

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