St Andrews parkrun gets set to celebrate St Andrew’s Day

Runners at a previous St Andrew's Day parkrun at Craigtoun.
Runners at a previous St Andrew's Day parkrun at Craigtoun.

Hundreds of walkers, joggers and runners are expected to add a definite touch of tartan to the fun at St Andrews parkrun on Saturday.

The weekly gathering in Craigtoun Country Park will be celebrating St Andrew’s Day and are encouraging all parkrunners to come along with something Scottish.

“Whether you are dressed in full highland gear, go the full Braveheart or have a pair of tartan shorts, we want to see it and make Saturday’s run as colourful as possible,” said event director Gary Ovenstone.

It is being anticipated that more than 200 parkrunners will be taking part, including a group of first-timers.

“We will be welcoming the walk/joggers group from our local JogScotland group, STAART (St Andrews Adventure Running Team), who will be graduating by completing their first timed 5k run,” Gary said.

Parkrun is the collective name for 5km running events, all organised by volunteers, that take place on Saturday mornings in several countries - there are now nearly 350 in the UK alone.

This summer St Andrews parkrun held a first-timers intiative and such was the success, it is now a two-monthly event to encourage more people to take try the parkrun movement.