It was a fun morning of festive frolics at Figgy park (try saying that after a sherry or two!). Just a quick run report this week as I need to load my sleigh and head south, you can find the pre-run brief below if you want to play Christmas bingo.
Full details of Christmas & New Years Day parkruns can be found here, send us a photo on facebook if you're on your travels and don't forget your barcode! http://www.parkrun.org.uk/christmas-compendium/
Saturday 30th Dec is a "normal" parkrun day but check local event pages if you're touristing as it will be dependent on volunteer availability - happy to say we have a full roster at Porty! We still need 1 person to hand out finish tokens and 3 funnel managers for the run to go ahead on NYD.
Congratulations today to Gillian Bleck and Stuart Deans who joined the 50 milestone club and happy 65th birthday to Kenny Haston!
This week 260 people ran, jogged and walked the course, including 2 Carols, a Holly, Joe(seph?) and Mary.....sadly no Santa in the results list although there were plenty of imposters! 20 participants were first timers and 29 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 18 shining stars:
Lorraine SYME-SMITH • Clare HALPENNY • Siobhan SELLAR • Wendy MCFARLANE • Robert MAIN • Lynne COWDEN • Emma LOUGHEED • Mellony BERTRAM • Ella NICHOLSON • Neil ROGERS • Aj GOODSIR • Catherine WILSON • Liz LYNAS • Calum BRUCE • Finlay BRUCE • Claire MATHIESON • Alex BRUCE • David WOOD
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 Cera GEMMELL who recorded a time of 17:33 on 23rd September 2017 (event number 124).
The Age Grade course record is held by Elizabeth GILCHRIST who recorded 90.65% (24:58) on 31st October 2015 (event number 28).
Portobello parkrun, Edinburgh started on 18th April 2015. Since then 6,680 participants have completed 32,874 parkruns covering a total distance of 164,370 km, including 6,590 new Personal Bests.
The pre-run brief
Welcome to Porty festive parkrun, it should be cracker of a run today. The weather looks good if a little windy but there shouldn’t be any rein-deer.
I’ve been Santa over here by 3 wise men to give you the elf n safety briefing so please listen carefully.
This is a 3 lap course, please run to the left and if you’re laplanding runners pass on the right unless told otherwise by a marshal.
Please only enter the finish funnel if you’ve done 3 laps and only enter it once. Take your bah-humbug code for scanning by the elves and return your finish token as we need those for next week.
Children under 11 must be within arm’s reach of their designated adult and dogs must be on a short lead – it’s not too late to make it onto the naughty list!
If you’re running with headphones in please keep your carols turned down or take one ear out so you can hear what’s going on around you.
Please remember that the park is a shared space and you do not have right of way over other users. Be aware of dogs, cyclists, sleighs, and if you pass a lady on a donkey please wish her a Mary Christmas.
A quick mention of our festive plans – there is no run here on Christmas Day but Edinburgh and Livingston are both running and would welcome wise men and women from the east. We are here as normal on Saturday 30th and have an additional run on New Year’s Day but we need volunteers to make these happen. If you want to be a star and volunteer please drop us an e-mail or catch me after the run.
Can we have a round of applause for today’s angels who are volunteering…….your tail walker today is Clare who’ll shepherd you all round and make sure there’s no stray sheep. Lorraine is on the stopwatch so as there’s no myrrh announcements, today’s start command will be ho ho go….