Come and join weekly parkrun at Gana­van

The Oban Times - - News -

EV­ERY week­end 40 to 60 hardy souls forgo their Satur­day morn­ing lie-in to take part in Gana­van Sands parkrun.

The free, timed run at­tracts walk­ers, jog­gers and run­ners of all abil­i­ties, some of whom push bug­gies or bring their dogs.

The course be­gins at the Gana­van Sands car park in Oban at 9.30am, with the 5km course go­ing from Gana­van to Dun­beg.

Back at the fin­ish line, the run­ners hand over their bar­code (which is ob­tained in ad­vance) and it is scanned by one of the vol­un­teers to cre­ate a re­sults ta­ble, pub­lished later in the day.

Forty- one peo­ple took part in the event on Satur­day Fe­bru­ary 18, in­clud­ing eight first-timers and nine who achieved per­sonal bests. Tom Smith was first over the line in 19:03, the fifth time he has placed first. Alison Carre was the first woman, with a time of 24:34.

Parkrun is friendly and sup­port­ive, and the Oban event can also sup­port vis­ually im­paired run­ners – an email re­quest in ad­vance en­sures a guide is avail­able.

If you would like to join parkrun, reg­is­ter on­line for a bar­code and bring a printed copy along with you. You can find de­tails of how to do this, or how to vol­un­teer at www.­vansands.

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