Event #155, 12 May 2018: Run in the sun

We were lucky enough to have superb weather for our run this week. The park is looking amazing right now and the team from the Council were doing some sterling work to have it looking immaculate for the green flag judging coming up soon. Thanks to them and all of you, our runners and volunteers, for looking out for each other.

As has been mentioned on the Friends of Figgate Park and Portobello parkrun facebook pages we're lucky to have cygnets on the pond again this year. Please look out for any wildlife in the park - as you know from previous years we need to be extra careful if any young swans decide to go walkabout on a Saturday morning!

This week 310 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 43 were first timers and 45 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:

Murdo MACLEOD • Sandy MACDONALD • Vicky CRICHTON • Wendy MCFARLANE • Shona Susanne MACDONALD • Zoe MACDONALD • Eleanor SINGER • Ian DAVIDSON • Jonathan STEVENS • Lisa DRYBURGH • Sophie ROWE • Gary HALL • Ella NICHOLSON • Nicola FIELDING • Helen ROBINSON • Elaine BERRI • Dorothy GROOBY • Frankie WALTER • Luca BASSO • 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 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 7,463 participants have completed 38,490 parkruns covering a total distance of 192,450 km, including 7,453 new Personal Bests.

 

Event #154: 5 May 2018

After the rain of the previous week it was great to see some sunshine at Figgate Park for Saturday’s event. We welcomed lots of visitors and first timers too.

This week 352 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 51 were first timers and 60 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Angus FORSYTH • Sorrel COSENS • Wendy MCFARLANE • David CHESELDINE • Martin DEVINE • Jennifer O'NEILL • Stuart FLETCHER • Emma LOUGHEED • Laura PRENTICE • Etta WATTERS • Al DOCHERTY • Dorothy GROOBY • Mark DAVIDSON • Robert Arthur MYLNE • Flora HENRY • Andrew MYLNE • Luca BASSO • Sarah Esmeralda O'NEILL • Jacqui RITCHIE

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 7,420 participants have completed 38,180 parkruns covering a total distance of 190,900 km, including 7,408 new Personal Bests.

 

Event #153 28th April 2018

What a difference a week makes! Where did that lovely blue sky and sunshine from last week disappear to?! This week 264 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 33 were first timers and 62 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part.It was lovely to see so many of you despite the rather soggy morning.

We discovered this lovely painted rock near our finish area this morning. Thank you to whoever done this it was a lovely surprise.
I have heard of the rock painting craze but this is the first time i have came across one. In case you haven’t heard about this here is a little information. The idea is for adults and children to paint stones in a design of their choice then to leave in parks, popular tourist locations, near schools etc.
Those who find the stones can either move them to another location or keep them for themselves. You can also post your find on local rock painting groups.
Lets see how far we can spread the love of Portobello parkrun and maybe the next time you do some parkrun tourism you can paint a Portobello parkrun themed rock to leave behind. We would love to see your designs if you do.

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The morning most definitely brightened  when fellow RD Ross Nicol proposed to the lovely Fiona Bennie at the end of the Finish Funnel. Thank you for allowing us to be a small part of the big surprise. Massive congratulations to you both from us all at Portobello parkrun. proposal

Ross was also on hand with his camera this morning. The photos can be viewed on our facebook page.
Despite my plea at the start we lost another finish token today. If you went home with token 61 can you please return it to us. Thank you.

Saturday was national pay it forward day. Parkrun wouldn’t happen without our amazing volunteers each week. If you would like to pay it forward and volunteer at Portobello parkrun then please get in touch with your barcode number at portobellooffice@parkrun.com

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Sarah MCADAM • Heike ULFERTS • Jamie TAIT • Gillian MCLAREN • Robert MAIN • Stuart FLETCHER • Craig TAYLOR • Ross J NICOL • Alison ROWE • Christine CARLTON • Al DOCHERTY • Cameron DOYLE • Helen ROBINSON • Elaine BERRI • Liz LYNAS • Claire MATHIESON • James CARLTON • Fen PARRY • Leah GIBSON • Margaret MALCOLM • Justine TAYLOR • Gregor CARLTON

Congratulations to Fiona Bennie on completing your 50th parkrun today.
Also congratulations to Helen Bridle who also completed her 50th parkrun today, even more incredible she is 38 weeks pregnant! It was also ‘the bumps’ 10th parkrun! We look forward to meeting the little one once they arrive.

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 7,369 participants have completed 37,828 parkruns covering a total distance of 189,140 km, including 7,348 new Personal Bests.

 

Event #152 Happy 3rd Birthday Porty parkrun! 21st April 2018

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What a fantastic morning for our 3rd birthday parkrun, I am back on speaking terms with the parkrun weather fairy (for now)! It was lovely to see so many of our regular runners and also welcomed visitors from further afield including Bristol, Peterborough and Victoria parkrun in Glasgow.

To celebrate our birthday we awarded a number of prizes and shout outs to people who have gone that extra mile to support Porty parkrun this year:

  • Top 5 most frequent volunteers: Ian Smith, Lorraine Syme-Smith, Robert Main, Liz Lynas and Joseph Bartlett.
  • Robert Mylne for his parkrun poster which became our birthday thank you card.
  • Lynne Cowden for leading the Ironman volunteering effort to fundraise for our defib.
  • Al Doherty for training us how to use the defib.
  • Claire Cairns for sharing her parkrun story which got published by parkrun UK and recruiting almost everyone she knows to join parkrun.
  • Claire Mathieson for being our star baker.

Thanks to everyone who wrote a message on the birthday board, it's lovely to get your feedback and see the love for parkrun. I read a meme last week that said "if you want to change your body take up exercise, if you want to change your life take up running" and some the comments definitely support this!

This week 386 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 32 were first timers and an incredible 84 recorded new Personal Bests - a combination of good weather and great pacers! Representatives of 29 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by a dream team 28 volunteers:

Peter MCKILLOP • Andrew George SIMPSON • Robert MAIN • Ciaron FORREST • Lynne COWDEN • Gavin WILLSHAW • Emma LOUGHEED • Alison ROWE • Sophie ROWE • Ruth HENDERSON • Anne PAWSEY • Andy MCKAY • Douglas FORRESTER • Al DOCHERTY • Rachel SLASKI • Elaine BERRI • Xijia LIAO • Lesley CUSACK • Dorothy GROOBY • Frankie WALTER • Liz LYNAS • Victoria BRUCE • Claire MATHIESON • Morag MYLNE • James LEWIS • Tom GODDARD • Elinor EVANS • Jennifer JAMIESON

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 7,335 participants have completed 37,564 parkruns covering a total distance of 187,820 km, including 7,286 new Personal Bests.

 

Event #151: 14 April 2018

This week 287 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 36 were first timers and 44 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 35 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:

Shery JOHNSTON • Sarah MCADAM • Sandy MACDONALD • Eleanor MACKENZIE • Dougie GOWAN • Ciara WEBB • Fiona MCLAREN • Stuart FLETCHER • Emma LOUGHEED • Niall MCCLUSKEY • Allan LATONA • Alison ROWE • Sophie ROWE • Andy MCKAY • Gillian BRUNTON • Al DOCHERTY • Elaine BERRI • Dorothy GROOBY • Ryan JOHNSTON • Liz LYNAS • Fen PARRY

It was great to see Andy McKay back at Porty and you can see his photos via Facebook.

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 7,303 participants have completed 37,178 parkruns covering a total distance of 185,890 km, including 7,202 new Personal Bests.

 

Event #150, 07.04.2018

Well, that was our 150th event this morning! Thanks to everyone who participated. We had all our finish tokens returned, thank you!

Just a 'wee' reminder that urinating in the park is not permitted. Please ask a volunteer where the nearest toilets are if you need one.

Volunteering
If you'd like to volunteer please email in with your barcode number, portobellooffice@parkrun.com. You can see the future roster here. We would like to have pacers for our birthday on April 21 but won't proceed with this until we have all the essential roles filled.

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:

Lorraine SYME-SMITH • Dougie GOWAN • Amy Leigh CAMPBELL • Claire NEWCOMBE • Julie MOFFAT • Ciara WEBB • Emma LOUGHEED • Judith CLAPP • Niall MCCLUSKEY • John CURREN • Etta WATTERS • Gillian BRUNTON • Jonathan DUCKWORTH • Al DOCHERTY • Dave STONE • Cameron DOYLE • Elaine BERRI • Dorothy GROOBY • Liz LYNAS • Flora HENRY • Louise NEWCOMBE

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

This week 279 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 29 were first timers and 42 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different clubs took part.

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 7,267 participants have completed 36,891 parkruns covering a total distance of 184,455 km, including 7,158 new Personal Bests.

 

Event #149 31 March 2018

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 portobellohelpers@parkrun.com

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

 

Event #148, 24 March 2018: Winter Miles Equal Summer Smiles

What a beautiful morning for a parkrun! The sun was shining, the volunteers were smiling, and we had no incidents.

Just so you know, the runner involved in the incident last week has not received a time, and parkrun HQ have advised any further incidents will result in a six month ban. I am delighted to be able to share today's story though - today a faster runner actually stopped on the course, said excuse me, and then ran on. Thank you for making your Run Director smile!

All that winter training has paid off - 45 PBs today! Well done to you all.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Lorraine SYME-SMITH • Fiona M MACKENZIE • Peter MCKILLOP • Mike LIEBERMAN • Huw GRANGE • Ann RAUTENBACH • Ciara WEBB • Ciaron FORREST • Joseph BARTLETT • John CURREN • Fiona BENNIE • Paul VALLIS • Etta WATTERS • Lynne-Marie THOM • Al DOCHERTY • Katherine MYANT • Claire MATHIESON • David WOOD • Issy BUTT

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 7,206 participants have completed 36,380 parkruns covering a total distance of 181,900 km, including 7,088 new Personal Bests.

 

Event #147, 17 March 2018

This week 274 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 32 were first timers and 36 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.

Congratulations to Sandy MacDonald and Alison Rowe who both completed their 100th parkrun at Saturday’s event. Thanks as ever to Claire ‘cakes’ Mathieson who supplied not one, but two amazing cakes. If you’ve not ventured to the cafe after a run yet you’re missing out!

We were made aware of an incident that took place during this week’s event where a runner was seen to push a child. Thanks to everyone who has been in touch and we have contacted parkrun HQ to decide on a course of action regarding the runner responsible.

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:

Peter MCKILLOP • Mike LIEBERMAN • Lorna THOMSON • David LIMMER • Ciara WEBB • Jennifer O'NEILL • Lynne COWDEN • Stuart FLETCHER • Joseph BARTLETT • Emma LOUGHEED • Eleanor SINGER • Ian DAVIDSON • Niall MCCLUSKEY • Sophie ROWE • Gary HALL • Etta WATTERS • Al DOCHERTY • Elaine BERRI • Anne MOAR • Elinor EVANS • Sarah Esmeralda O'NEILL

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 7,170 participants have completed 36,057 parkruns covering a total distance of 180,285 km, including 7,043 new Personal Bests.

 

Event #146, 10 March 2018: Nice to be back…

So after last week’s cancellation, it was nice to be back at Figgate Park for this week’s event, although the rain and cold weren’t exactly pleasant!

This week 258 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 20 were first timers and 13 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part.

Congratulations and thanks to Claire Mathieson who chalked up her 25th time volunteering this morning and also brought in the usual amazing cake to go with the milestone!

Unfortunately token numbers: 8, 169, 170 and 207 have gone missing. Please bring them back next week.

A big thank you to all of our volunteers this morning and also those of you who played a part in the litter pick after the run. It is very much appreciated!

Lorraine SYME-SMITH • Ian A SMITH • Siobhan SELLAR • Maddy SMITH • Michael James HANNAM • Robert MAIN • Stuart FLETCHER • Emma LOUGHEED • Richard MUDIE • Alison ROWE • Graeme NICHOLSON • Gordon TURNBULL • Aj GOODSIR • Chris NODEN • Etta WATTERS • Douglas FORRESTER • Dawn LAWSON • Dave STONE • Elaine BERRI • Dorothy GROOBY • Liz LYNAS • Claire MATHIESON • Anne MOAR • Dawn MERCER • David WEBB • Murron MERCER • Merry MERCER • Issy BUTT

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 7,138 participants have completed 35,783 parkruns covering a total distance of 178,915 km, including 6,994 new Personal Bests.

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