Event #191, 12 January 2019

As the sun was rising this morning I completed my pre-parkrun course check, and I just knew it was going to be a fab morning and I wasn't disappointed. Seeing so many happy faces all coming together to do something we all love put a wee smile on my face.

There must be a few New Years resolution's or perhaps the parkrun bug is just spreading even further as we had 33 people doing their first ever parkrun! Welcome to you all and I hope to see you back again next weekend.

This week 459 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 76 were first timers and 41 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part.

A special thanks to the volunteers who all coped brilliantly with the large numbers this morning. You really did make my job easy this morning so thank you!

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:

Lorraine SYME-SMITH • Andrew SIMPSON • Ann RAUTENBACH • Martin DEVINE • Susan TWISSELL • Joseph BARTLETT • Emma LOUGHEED • Laura PLUMB • Jonathan HENDERSON • Etta WATTERS • Norman BROWN • Angus CHANDLER • Claire Cakes MATHIESON • Andrew MYLNE • Shirley LAWSON • Rhona MYLNE • Kayla Megan HENDERSON • Fraser MAY • Ryan SCOULAR • Kaylee FRASER • Julie HUGGAN

Volunteering: The roster is looking a little bare over the coming weeks, if you are able to help please email into portobellooffice@parkrun.com with your barcode number and we can add you in.

 

Parking: Can we just remind people if they are driving to parkrun to please park considerately and safely. And to please keep the park gates on Baileyfield road clear as this is the access point for emergency vehicles.
Perhaps you can even consider walking, car sharing or taking public transport.

 

Finish Tokens: We got all our finish tokens back this morning! Thank you!

 

Milestones: Congratulations go to Lynne Lewis who completed her 100th run this morning and also to Ann Rautenbach on her 25th volunteer milestone.

 

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

The male record is held by Andrew DOUGLAS who recorded a time of 15:21 on 7th November 2015 (event number 29).
The female record is held by Jo WILLIAMS who recorded a time of 17:13 on 26th May 2018 (event number 157).
The Age Grade course record is held by Susan BURNS who recorded 92.66% (20:39) on 28th July 2018 (event number 166).

Portobello parkrun, Edinburgh started on 18th April 2015. Since then 9,325 participants have completed 50,045 parkruns covering a total distance of 250,225 km, including 9,114 new Personal Bests. A total of 745 individuals have volunteered 3,698 times.

 

Event #190, 5 January 2019

This week saw 406 people participate at Portobello parkrun, of whom 60 were first timers. 51 people recorded new Personal Bests and representatives of 29 different clubs took part.

Congratulations to Niall McCluskey and Lorraine Syme-Smith who both completed their 100th parkrun.

After an issue with the stopwatch that prevented the timing data from being downloaded, a special mention should go to Emma Lougheed who took the time to manually enter all 406 times to make sure your results could be recorded. Thanks Emma!

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:

Eleanor MACKENZIE • Tracy-Ann AITON • Wendy MCFARLANE • Ciaron FORREST • Drummond FYALL • Stuart FLETCHER • Emma LOUGHEED • Alaric PETHER • Joyce SALVONA • Sophie ROWE • Rachael SINCLAIR • Chris NODEN • Dave STONE • Charles NAPLES • Helen ROBINSON • Raanan BERRI • Xijia LIAO • Claire Cakes MATHIESON • Luca BASSO • Eric MCPHAIL • David WEDDERBURN

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

The male record is held by Andrew DOUGLAS who recorded a time of 15:21 on 7th November 2015 (event number 29).
The female record is held by Jo WILLIAMS who recorded a time of 17:13 on 26th May 2018 (event number 157).
The Age Grade course record is held by Susan BURNS who recorded 92.66% (20:39) on 28th July 2018 (event number 166).

Portobello parkrun, Edinburgh started on 18th April 2015. Since then 9,249 participants have completed 49,586 parkruns covering a total distance of 247,930 km, including 9,072 new Personal Bests. A total of 740 individuals have volunteered 3,677 times.

 

Event #189, 1 January 2019: Happy New Year!

Well, what a morning that was! Happy New Year to all our regular parkrunners, our visitors, and anyone who did their very first parkrun today.

Happy 50th Birthday to Graham McAslan.

Rhona Mylne joined the 50 Club today.

This week 459 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 118 were first timers and 56 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 68 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:

Andrew SIMPSON • Kenny GUNN-RUSSELL • Michael James HANNAM • Robert MAIN • Ciara WEBB • Lyn PHILLIPS • Emma LOUGHEED • Morna MACLEOD • Gary HALL • Christine CARLTON • Nicola FIELDING • Lynne LEWIS • Dorothy GROOBY • Louise ANDERSON • Claire Cakes MATHIESON • Morag MYLNE • Sarah ROBSON • Luca BASSO • Louise CAREY • Isaac KEPPIE • Stephen KEPPIE

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

The male record is held by Andrew DOUGLAS who recorded a time of 15:21 on 7th November 2015 (event number 29).
The female record is held by Jo WILLIAMS who recorded a time of 17:13 on 26th May 2018 (event number 157).
The Age Grade course record is held by Susan BURNS who recorded 92.66% (20:39) on 28th July 2018 (event number 166).

Portobello parkrun, Edinburgh started on 18th April 2015. Since then 9,189 participants have completed 49,180 parkruns covering a total distance of 245,900 km, including 9,021 new Personal Bests. A total of 739 individuals have volunteered 3,656 times.

 

Event #188, 29 December 2018

Wow - we definitely felt a swell in the numbers today with Vogrie being cancelled! Could we just remind people if they are driving to parkrun to please park sensibly and considerately, we've had reports of some near misses with cars parked under the railway bridge. Remember there are also public transport options, and car sharing!

Just a reminder that we have an extra parkrun on New Year's Day - same time, same place! We will start at 0930, with a visitor/first timer brief at 0915.

Finish Tokens
We got all our tokens back today - thank you! Please don't take your finish tokens home, we need to reuse them the following week.

Results
This week 357 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 70 were first timers and 29 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 53 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:

Ian A SMITH • Val BEATTIE • Andrew SIMPSON • Dougie GOWAN • Michael PIDGEON • Wendy MCFARLANE • Ciara WEBB • Alaric PETHER • John CURREN • Gosia KARCZEWSKA • Dawn LAWSON • Victoria BRUCE • Calum BRUCE • Finlay BRUCE • Alex BRUCE • Helen RALSTON • Mark LAWSON • Luca BASSO • Fiona MORRISON • Andrew STEWART PALENZUELA • Rona THOMSON

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

The male record is held by Andrew DOUGLAS who recorded a time of 15:21 on 7th November 2015 (event number 29).
The female record is held by Jo WILLIAMS who recorded a time of 17:13 on 26th May 2018 (event number 157).
The Age Grade course record is held by Susan BURNS who recorded 92.66% (20:39) on 28th July 2018 (event number 166).

Portobello parkrun, Edinburgh started on 18th April 2015. Since then 9,070 participants have completed 48,721 parkruns covering a total distance of 243,605 km, including 8,965 new Personal Bests. A total of 736 individuals have volunteered 3,635 times.

 

Event #187, 22nd December 2018 Twas the night before parkun

Twas the night before parkrun, and all through the land,
The runners were sleeping, with barcodes in hand;
The alarm clocks were set for a quarter to eight,
Except for the few who are always late;

The runners were nestled all snug in their beds,
While dreams of PBs danced in their heads;
The trainers were placed by the fire to warm,
And kit laid out, ready to run in the morn,

When out in the park there arose such a clatter,
I dashed down to Figgy to see what was the matter.
Away to the park I flew like a flash,
Tore open the gates and ran down the path.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to the pond below,
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a team in hi-viz, keen to volunteer.

With a little old driver, in a blue HRV,
I knew in a moment it must be the RD.
More rapid than eagles her helpers they came,
And she whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;

"Now, Louise! now, David now, Fiona, Anne, Ceana!
On, Ian! on Angus! on, Eleanor, Elaine, Luca!
To marshal the bridge! to the end of the funnel!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky,
So briefed by Claire to their stations they flew,
With tokens and signs, and scanners too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard from the street
The prancing and dancing of runner’s light feet.
As I stood in on the grass, and was turning around,
With his stopwatch, St. Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
The runners were briefed for all they needed to know,
And then they were off with a Ho Ho Go!

Their eyes - how they twinkled! Hands keeping warm up their sleeve!
And wee Robert’s more excited than on Christmas Eve!
Their smiling faces were drawn up like a bow,
And the tips of fingers went as white as the snow;

The stump of a biro he held tight in his hand,
As Gary was checking the times are all grand;
He had a broad smile and a face full of glee,
And was keeping warm with a mug of hot tea.

And then in a moment with a flash and a blast,
Arrived Lorraine the tail, whose job it was to come last;
A wink of the eye and a twist of the head,
And the kit was packed and put away to bed;

She spoke not a word, but went straight to her work,
And downloaded the results; then turned with a jerk,
And laying her finger aside of her nose,
And giving a nod, to the runners they rose;

She sprang to her sleigh, to the team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
So from all the core team at Porty parkrun,
WE WISH YOU A CHRISTMAS THAT’S SAFE AND FUN!

This week 301 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 26 were first timers and 31 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part. Congratulations to Helen Ralston, Malcolm Fielding and Charlie Adkin on their 50th parkrun. A special welcome to all our first timers and visitors this morning who came from all corners of the UK including Dorset, Bristol, Bradford and Strathclyde Park parkrun.

Porty parkrun is on as usual next Sat 29th at 9:30am and we have an additional run on New Years Day at 9:30am. We still need 2 funnel managers (1 can be a sub-20 runner), 2 people to hand out finish tokens and a number checker for NYD so if you can help out please drop us an email with your barcode number to portobellohelpers@parkrun.com

The full list of Christmas and New Year parkruns can be found here: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/special-events/ Check times and local details if you're travelling and don't forget your barcode!!

Today's festive run was made possible by 18 angels in hi-viz:

Lorraine SYME-SMITH • Ian A SMITH • Fiona M MACKENZIE • Robert MAIN • Ceana MACKENZIE-BRODIE • Emma LOUGHEED • Eleanor SINGER • Ian DAVIDSON • Gary HALL • Louise TURNER • Elaine BERRI • Angus CHANDLER • Claire Cakes MATHIESON • Anne MOAR • Robert Arthur MYLNE • Luca BASSO • Fiona MORRISON • David WEDDERBURN

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

The male record is held by Andrew DOUGLAS who recorded a time of 15:21 on 7th November 2015 (event number 29).
The female record is held by Jo WILLIAMS who recorded a time of 17:13 on 26th May 2018 (event number 157).
The Age Grade course record is held by Susan BURNS who recorded 92.66% (20:39) on 28th July 2018 (event number 166).

Portobello parkrun, Edinburgh started on 18th April 2015. Since then 9,000 participants have completed 48,364 parkruns covering a total distance of 241,820 km, including 8,936 new Personal Bests. A total of 734 individuals have volunteered 3,613 times.

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