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Happy birthday to Aviemore Parkrun!

By Tom Ramage

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Aviemore parkrun today marked five years of weekly outdoor health celebrations.

Event number 181 fell on the fifth anniversary of the Strathspey gatherings which have brought people of all ages and athletic levels together from around the country.

The young one: Rachel crosses the line
The young one: Rachel crosses the line

The point could not have been better demonstrated this morning, with the star participants proving to be a nine-year-old from Inverness and an 80-year-old from Strathclyde.

It was a real party, said run director Hilary Quick: "We had party frocks, tutus, parkrun milestone t-shirts, cake and a quiz.

"We also had an age-group record from 80-year-old Margaret Allen from Strathclyde, and several personal bests including 9-year-old Rachel Atherton from Inverness."

There were 73 taking part, either running, jogging or walking the course, and the organisers welcoed no fewer than 27 first timers.

Today's run notched up 11 new personal bests, with 17 different clubs represented.

The senior star: Margaret comes home today at Aviemore.
The senior star: Margaret comes home today at Aviemore.

The event was made possible by nine volunteers: Mags McHardy, Pete Wright, Katie Hanson, Martin Wares, Mairi Crawford, Laurence Phin, Alethea McHardy, Hilary Quick and Eric Foulds.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Aviemore parkrun Results Page.

It was on May 6, 2017 that the event started. Since then 5,415 participants have completed 12,465 parkruns covering a total distance of 62,325 km, including 1,700 new PBs.

A total of 218 individuals have volunteered 1,663 times.

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