Event #140, 13 January 2018

This week 339 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 57 were first timers and 43 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 38 different clubs took part.

Congratulations to Will Walter who joined the 50 club this morning!

Token 247 has gone missing. If you’ve got it, bring it back next next week.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Lorraine SYME-SMITH • Ian A SMITH • Krista BLACK • Clare HALPENNY • Eleanor MACKENZIE • Stuart FLETCHER • Emma LOUGHEED • Eleanor SINGER • Ian DAVIDSON • Craig TAYLOR • Harris TAYLOR • Dave STONE • Elaine BERRI • Liz LYNAS • Victoria BRUCE • Claire MATHIESON • Mags MCLAUCHLAN • John MCLAUCHLAN • Lola-Grace TAYLOR

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 6,880 participants have completed 33,869 parkruns covering a total distance of 169,345 km, including 6,692 new Personal Bests.

 

New year new you?

Happy new year to those we didn't see on Monday and welcome to the 30 first time parkrunners and 20 new runners to Portobello, it's great to have you join us! We had a visitor from Bristol and I spotted a Pennington Flash top on the course too.  Congratulations to Alan Lander and Philip McDowell who joined the 50 milestone club this morning.

January is the time of year when people think about new year's resolutions (30 first timers have clearly started as they mean to go on!) or setting some goals or targets for next 12 months.  I was doing some writing on this for work yesterday and learnt that you are more likely to achieve a goal if you:

  • verbalise it with someone - tell a friend or family member, or even better, get them to come to parkrun with you!
  • write it down - comment on the run report facebook post
  • keep it visible day to day- stick it on the fridge or on your phone screen
  • accept that change is likely and to work with it, adjusting as needed - illness, injuries, work and family commitments, even the weather all disrupt our best running intentions

Remember that your goals should be SMART:

  • Specific e.g. set a target time or run distance not "I want to run faster or further"
  • Measurable - this is easy with running!
  • Achievable or Attainable - look at where you're at now and what you think you might be able to achieve. You can always set a new goal if you achieve the first one.
  • Realistic - within the availability of resources and time
  • Time based - when do you want to achieve it by

This week 312 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 50 were first timers and 32 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers. The legends braving the cold today were:

Lorraine SYME-SMITH • Krista BLACK • Andrew George SIMPSON • Sheila MASSON • Sorrel COSENS • Michael James HANNAM • Gina BROWSE • Robert MAIN • Lynne COWDEN • Stuart FLETCHER • Emma LOUGHEED • Davey FITCH • Kate MURRAY • Richard MUDIE • Sophie ROWE • Gary HALL • Andy MCKAY • Douglas FORRESTER • Al DOCHERTY • Elaine BERRI • Liz LYNAS • Claire MATHIESON • Anne MOAR

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 6,823 participants have completed 33,530 parkruns covering a total distance of 167,650 km, including 6,649 new Personal Bests.

 

Event #138,1 January 2018: New Year’s Day parkrun

Happy New Year! We had a great run this morning, made all the sweeter given our cancellation on Saturday past. What a way to start 2018!

Here's the good stuff: Only 3.4% of the field were unknown today which means 96.6% of you had a barcode with you - well done! We welcomed a massive 93 runners new to Portobello, with ten of those completely new to parkrun, so welcome! Hopefully we will see you back with us on Saturday. In the past year 3840 individual runners have covered a total 19,200km

Your NYD parkrun was brought to you by the following volunteers: Lorraine SYME-SMITH • Bruce MUNRO • Ann RAUTENBACH • Robert M AIN • Ciara WEBB • Emma LOUGHEED • Richard MUDIE • Sophie ROWE • Gary HALL • Chris NODEN • Etta WATTERS • Lynne LEWIS • Morgan LEWIS-WILSON • Al DOCHERTY • Dave STONE • Dorothy GROOBY • Liz LYNAS • Anne MOAR • Leah GIBSON.

In the past year we have had 1002 volunteer roles filled by 317 different people (lots of people volunteer more than once a year). If you would like to make volunteering at parkrun a New Year Resolution then just have a look at our future roster and let us know by email portobellohelpers@parkrun.com when you would like to volunteer.

Robert Main joined the V25 club today, clocking up his 25th volunteering stint. Well Done Robert. Thanks for all your help and support.

Please have a look at my post on the Facebook and Twitter pages regarding urinating in the park.

 

Event #137 Festive frolics

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….

 

Event #136, 16 December 2017: Junior Takeover!

What a great morning for a parkrun - the ice had thawed sufficiently and we had a whole load of junior volunteers (and some supporting adults) to ensure the run went ahead. You can see photos from the run on our Facebook page (and over on Edinburgh Running Photos) and a video from one of the marshal points where I am told brilliant high fives were being delivered! So, massive thanks to every single one of you this week, and a special mention to our Gold Duke of Edinburgh volunteer Joseph Bartlett who was the Run Director - it is no mean feat to stand up in front of 185 people and deliver a run brief!

Volunteers
This week your parkrun was brought to you by: Zoe MACDONALD • Robert MAIN • Ciara WEBB • Joseph BARTLETT • Gregor MACDONALD • Connor ULFERTS KILPATRICK • Harris TAYLOR • Etta WATTERS • Nicola FIELDING • Sinead FIELDING • Morgan LEWIS-WILSON • Calum FIELDING • Robert Arthur MYLNE • Rob HENRY • Sandy HENRY • Flora HENRY • David GIBSON • Jim HENRY • Leah GIBSON • Eilidh SCOTT • Lola-Grace TAYLOR • Dawn MERCER • Murron MERCER • Merry MERCER

We have a full roster for December 23. We need two Funnel Managers and a Marshal for December 30, and a few more folk to make our New Year's Day parkrun happen! If you can help please email us with your barcode number (this makes it easier for us to find you on the database) at portobellohelpers@parkrun.com.You can view the future roster here.

Barcodes
Please make sure if you are using a paper barcode that it is printed using a high quality print rather than econoprint or ink saving. You may also wish to invest in something a bit more durable, you can view barcode products here.

Results
This week 185 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 22 were first timers and 15 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.

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 6,660 participants have completed 32,614 parkruns covering a total distance of 163,070 km, including 6,560 new Personal Bests

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