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The Crichton Trust is delighted to host the new Crichton parkrun on the Crichton Estate and it got off to a fantastic start on Saturday with around 400 visitors turning up to volunteer or participate in the run.

Crichton parkrun is a free, weekly, timed 5k community event which will now take place every Saturday morning at 9.30am starting from the Crichton Church. Adults and children are invited to participate in the Crichton parkrun on a Saturday morning. Volunteers are also required to act as marshals and to fulfil a range of other duties including timekeeping. More information about how to register, the route, facilities and rules regarding the supervision of children can be found on the parkrun website www.parkrun.org.uk/crichton

The event is being organised by keen runner and volunteer Emma Eden, and is supported by The Crichton Trust, Dumfries and Galloway Council and NHS Dumfries and Galloway.

Emma was overwhelmed by the turnout for the first ever Crichton parkrun. She said: “We are delighted with the success of the first Crichton parkrun, we were amazed at the turnout of 25 volunteers and 365 participants and have been totally overwhelmed with the support that we have received for the event. It was also great to welcome parkrun participants from other areas who travelled to participate in the first Crichton parkrun.”

She added: “I am passionate about the health benefits of running and exercise so I decided to organise this event to encourage more people to get active and experience the positive impact this can have on their physical and mental health. Participants are required to preregister on the parkrun website and at the end of each run are asked to scan their registration barcode – this provides each participant with data about their run, including their time if this is of interest to them.

I am grateful to parkrun, The Crichton Trust, Dumfries and Galloway Council, NHS Dumfries and Galloway and fellow volunteers who have helped me get this event off the ground locally. I hope local people will continue to get involved and that we will attract existing and new participants each week.”

There is ample car parking in the main car park in front of Easterbrook Hall but please note that due to health and safety requirements, some roads on the estate will be closed off on a Saturday morning. Drivers are encouraged to use the Easterbrook Hall entrance to the estate to access the car park and the toilet and catering facilities available at Neuro’s Bar, Restaurant and Spa (adjacent to Easterbrook Hall). The Crichton Trust is a registered supporter of the Crichton Carbon Centre Refill D&G Initiative, and as such participants can refill their bottles with water in Neuro’s Bar, Restaurant and Spa for free at any time. Hot and cold beverages and brunch will also be on offer at Neuro’s. Nationally, parkrun encourages volunteers and participants to make use of the onsite facilities as a place to meet socially after each run.

Anyone who is interested in getting involved as a volunteer or participant in The Crichton parkrun is required to preregister online at www.parkrun.org.uk/register or to find out more please email: crichtonoffice@parkrun.com  A Junior parkrun event, is also held at Dock Park in Dumfries on a Sunday morning at 9.30am. More information online at www.parkrun.org.uk/dumfries-juniors

Participants are asked to arrive no later than 9.20am for a warm-up and the run will start promptly at 9.30am from the Crichton Church.


  • Ready to Run: Emma Eden (centre), volunteer Event Director of Crichton parkrun with supporters of the event at the Crichton Church. Left to right: Councillor Jeff Leaver, Dumfries and Galloway Council, Richard Smith, Health and Wellbeing Officer, NHS Dumfries and Galloway, Gordon Clark, Head of Property Services, The Crichton Trust and Alex Haswell, Chief Executive of The Crichton Trust.
  • Bright Start: It was a bright start to the first ever Crichton parkrun on Saturday 6th January with over 365 participants enjoying the grounds of The Crichton Estate (photo credit: Dumfries and Galloway Life)
  • Neuro’s Bar, Restaurant and Spa: Lauren Haining, Front of House Manager at Neuro’s Bar, Restaurant and Spa invites Emma Eden to sample the onsite facilities and services available to Crichton parkrun participants.


The Crichton Trust has announced that Gwilym Gibbons will take over as the Chief Executive of The Crichton Trust in Dumfries from April 2018.

Gwilym joins The Crichton Trust following three years as the Chief Executive of Horsecross Arts, the creative organisation behind the redevelopment and reopening of Perth Theatre and the expansion and revitalisation of the Perth Concert Hall programme.

Talking about his new challenge as Chief Executive of The Crichton Trust Gwilym said: “I am really looking forward to joining The Crichton Trust next April and to building on the achievements and work done to date by staff, board members and partners. I believe The Crichton campus is unique in its combination of arts, academic, heritage, recreation and enterprise. Above all, I am looking forward to working with, listening to and being challenged by all the communities and individuals who are interested in The Crichton and its future, so that we can shape and bring those ideas to fruition.”

Gwilym will take over the reins at The Crichton Trust from Alex Haswell, who has fulfilled his role as Chief Executive since February 2016.  Alex will remain in post until the end of April to assist Gwilym with his transition into the role.

Ian Macmillan, chairman of The Crichton Trust Board said: “I am truly delighted to announce Gwilym’s appointment as the new chief executive from April 2018, and I look forward to welcoming him to the Trust in April and, of course, supporting him to deliver our Vision for The Crichton Estate and its partners. At the same time, I wish to acknowledge the extensive contribution Alex has made during his time in the role.  We are very fortunate to have had Alex on board to help stabilise the Trust since early 2016. Over the last two years, Alex and his team have strengthened the organisation and Gwilym joins the Trust at an exciting time as we seek to deliver our ambitious plans for the Crichton Estate.”

Alex Haswell said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed working for The Crichton Trust. It has been a pleasure to work with The Crichton Trust Board and I would like to take this opportunity to thank them, the management team and colleagues for their hard work and support during my time here. The Crichton Estate is a fantastic location and has so much potential. I wish Gwilym every success in taking the organisation and the Estate forward from here.”

The Crichton Trust has responsibility for the development and management of the Crichton Estate. The 85 acres of beautiful parkland consisting of 27 historic buildings including the iconic A-listed Crichton Memorial Church, is also home to University Campuses, a Business Park with over 70 businesses, a 71-bedroom hotel and the magnificent Easterbrook Hall, which has recently been developed to include Neuro’s Bar, Restaurant and Spa.



The Crichton Trust recently welcomed BBC presenter Sally Magnusson and the Tern TV film crew and producer to the Crichton Estate in Dumfries to record BBC One Scotland’s Christmas Celebration.

The Christmas Celebration presented by Sally Magnusson, will be transmitted on Christmas Eve at 11.45pm and will feature music and readings from the Crichton Memorial Church.

Traditional Christmas carols, from Once in Royal David’s City to O Come All Ye Faithful are sung by a congregation gathered from all over Dumfries and Galloway accompanied by Alba Brass.  As well as the stories of the birth of Jesus from the Bible, there are modern reflections on what Christmas means today.

The congregation is joined by the Junior Choir of the Royal Conservatoire, Scotland, Dumfries Community Choir, and by singer Emily Smith who is a native of Dumfriesshire.

Viewers can enjoy the Christmas Celebration on BBC One Scotland on Christmas Eve (Sunday 24 December), from 11.45pm-12.35am.



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