This week the Portobello parkrun reins were handed over to me, Claire Mathieson and my wing woman for the day Elaine Berri. Despite a dull, damp and windy morning, things went smoothly for my first stint as Run Director.
When Ciara first suggested I give the RD role a go way back last summer I instantly said 'no'. That was definitely something I could never do. The thought of being in charge and having to stand and talk to everyone filled me with sheer terror. But after taking a bit of time to consider the idea properly I decided I had nothing to lose by at least giving it a go. And maybe it was the push I needed to get out of my comfort zone and build up my confidence.
I wont lie, being Run Director was one of the scariest things I have ever done, it was emotional, exciting, nerve-racking but most importantly it was fun. It was nice to see parkrun from the RD perspective and to meet and chat to lots of new people. I was told before hand that it's the easiest role of the day and I discovered that this was very true.
I am so glad Ciara gave me the nudge to do this all those months ago and I am very proud at what I have managed to achieve today. The thing that made all the difference was the support,advice and encouragement from the rest of the core team and from my friends at Portobello parkrun.
If you are wondering will I would do it again. The simple answer to that is 'yes', in fact I am already signed up for my next RD stint.
If there is something you have been considering doing this year, I would love to hear what that is and I urge you to just go and give it a go. You may surprise yourself and love what ever it is as much as I have loved this experience today.
I would like to say thank you to every volunteer today. You were all fantastic and made my job nice and easy. You were all so happy, friendly and encouraging and helped to make the morning the success that it was.
The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:
Lorraine SYME-SMITH • Andrew JESKE • Murray PEEBLES • Sheila MASSON • Anja EKELOF • Andrew JOHNSTON • Robert MAIN • Kate MURRAY • Gary HALL • Catherine WILSON • James WILSON • Al DOCHERTY • Elaine BERRI • Janice THOMPSON • Liz LYNAS • Rachel BISSET • Claire MATHIESON • Dawn MERCER • Murron MERCER • Victor SETLHARE
Finish Tokens- We got a full set back today! Thank you everyone, this really does make our job a lot easier and also makes me a very happy RD!
Volunteering- We have a few gaps in the roster for next weekend and the coming weeks are looking a little bare. If you would like to volunteer please drop us an email with your barcode number to firstname.lastname@example.org
Today 232 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 31 were first timers and 28 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 31 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 7,238 participants have completed 36,612 parkruns covering a total distance of 183,060 km, including 7,116 new Personal Bests