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Christmas & New Year events confirmed for Scottish parkruns

At the end of what can only be described as a bumper year, parkrun Scotland has confirmed that two-thirds of their 5k events will hold sessions on Christmas Day, New Year’s Day or even both.

No junior parkruns will be held in Scotland on the two holidays, but children are still welcome to run with adults in the main events, subject to the usual supervision policies.

While all the Christmas Day parkruns will be held at 09.30, many of the New Year’s Day events will be held later – or even earlier – than normal, so check the Christmas Compendium before making plans.

If your local parkrun is taking a well-deserved rest, the holidays are a perfect time to check out another event close to home, or wherever you’re spending the holidays.

As parkrun has changed the way new events are named – after the very specific location the event is held in rather than the broader town or city – runners are advised to consult the maps and listings on the parkrun website in detail when searching for an event. You may find your new favourite parkrun in a perfect location but under an unfamiliar name: the North-East’s newest parkrun is called Ury Riverside, rather than Inverurie, for example.

Of the 37 venues that will be hosting festive events, 14 will be putting up the finish line tape on both Christmas Day and New Year’s Day: Aberdeen Beach (09.30 Christmas Day, 11.00 1 January), Ayr (9.30, 9.00), Camperdown Dundee (09.30, 09.30), Elgin (09.30, 11.00), Greenock (09.30, 11.00), Aberdeen Hazlehead (09.30, 09.30), Linwood (09.30, 11.00), Livingston (09.30, 11.00), Perth (09.30, 11.30), Polkemmet Country (09.30, 09.30), Pollock Park (09.30, 0930), Stonehaven (09.30, 11.00), Troon (09.30, 11.00), and Ury Riverside (09.30, 09.30).

As with 2018, runners will only be able to register one time on Christmas Day. However, on New Year’s Day, well-organised parkrunners will be able to register two.

As always at this time of year, runners are advised to keep an eye on emails and social media in case of cancellations due to poor conditions. Please note as well that some of the facilities you might be used to using – coffee shops, toilets – may not be open.

And if you do decide to dig out your barcode from underneath the presents and the party poppers, please spare a thought for all the parkrun volunteers who’ve given up their Christmas morning – or kept their heads on Hogmanay – for you and your fellow parkrunners to enjoy a festive run (or walk).

Image: Drumpellier parkrun crew

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