Event #164, 14 July 2018: Portobello Running Club volunteer takeover

This week 264 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 34 were first timers and 36 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part. This week's event was a volunteer takeover by one of the biggest local running clubs, Portobello Running Club, who supplied the volunteers and pacers. Thirty-six people recorded new Personal Bests, hopefully some of them helped by the pacers - let us know if we helped you reach a new high!

I know some people think of running clubs as very serious, competitive and even intimidating organisations. We have some very good runners at Portobello who do indeed compete to 'medal' at races of all types. However, there's a very wide range of ages, standards and abilities. The vast majority of our runners are just people who have discovered that joining a club is a fun and social way to improve your running, get company for training runs, and reach whatever standard you set yourself with support from friends. If parkrun has got you in to running and you can run for about an hour, then please feel very welcome to come along and give our training a try. Our website is https://www.portobellorunners.co.uk/ and training is at 7pm on Wednesday nights, broken in to various groups. During summer we meet at the Royal Commonwealth Swimming Pool. We also have a Facebook group if you want to get in touch with any questions.

Many thanks to David Limmer who organised yesterday's takeover, and well done for reaching 150 runs AND 50th volunteer stint. We had a few other announcements yesterday too - huge well done to Lorna Thomson who was doing her 200th run, happy birthday to Ciaran and very many congratulations to Tom and Aspa who got married last weekend. Wishing you a long and happy marriage from all of us on the Portobello core team!

The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:

Shery JOHNSTON • Sandy MACDONALD • Kelly MARCUS • Oliver POUND • David WORRALL • David LIMMER • Julie MOFFAT • Alan Keith SIMPSON • Martin DEVINE • Ciara WEBB • Mark UPWARD • George LUPTON • Adam SMALL • Audrey REDDINGTON • Richard MUDIE • Niall MCCLUSKEY • Lisa ENGLAND • Allan LATONA • Richard STEWART • Alan JEFFREY • Neil PARK • Marcin KARPOWICZ • David MCNAMARA • Derek STEELE • Fen PARRY • Terry KIRKWOOD • Lee HUTCHISON

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 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 7,917 participants have completed 41,279 parkruns covering a total distance of 206,395 km, including 7,912 new Personal Bests.

 

Event #163, 7 July 2018

Another warm and sunny morning for Portobello parkrun! It was lovely to welcome so many visitors to our parkrun. Special thanks to the pop up ice lolly stand, it was gratefully received!

Children under 11
We had to speak to a number of adults this morning about the importance of staying within arms length of your child at parkrun. Not only is this a safeguarding issue, but it's also an insurance requirement for us. Read more here.

Finish Tokens
Please do not take your finish token home with you. We reuse them. You keep your barcode, we keep the finish token. If you took token 118 home this week, please return it.

Volunteering
Please let us know my email with your barcode number if you wish to volunteer. Portobellohelpers@parkrun.com. You can view the future roster here.

Milestones
Gary Hall joined the 100 Club.
Sinead Fielding joined the 50 Club and her cousin Hannah Smith joined the Junior 10 Club.
Bert Logan completed his 300th parkrun.

Results
Portobello parkrun, Edinburgh
Event number 163
7th July 2018

This week 267 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 39 were first timers and 39 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:

Robert MAIN • Ciara WEBB • Jennifer O'NEILL • Heather MALTMAN • Emma LOUGHEED • Robbie YATES • Eleanor SINGER • Ian DAVIDSON • Kate MURRAY • Ross DOUGLAS • John CURREN • Kenny HASTON • Nicola FIELDING • Helen ROBINSON • Adam JARMAN • Liz LYNAS • Claire MATHIESON • Margaret MALCOLM • Caroline DESMULLIEZ • 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 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 7,883 participants have completed 41,015 parkruns covering a total distance of 205,075 km, including 7,874 new Personal Bests.

 

Event #162, 30 June 2018

This week 327 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 38 were first timers and 51 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 36 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Sandy MACDONALD • Wendy MCFARLANE • David LIMMER • Stuart FLETCHER • Emma LOUGHEED • Ella NICHOLSON • Gordon TURNBULL • Christine CARLTON • Douglas FORRESTER • Dawn LAWSON • Claire MATHIESON • Anne MOAR • Helen RALSTON • James CARLTON • Luca BASSO • Sarah NICHOLSON • Heidi NICHOLSON • Fiona MORRISON • Tom KERR

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 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 7,844 participants have completed 40,748 parkruns covering a total distance of 203,740 km, including 7,835 new Personal Bests.

 

Event #161, 23 June 2018

Milestones - Congratulations to Ross Douglas who completed his 100th parkrun on his 50th Birthday! Happy Birthday Ross!

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Also well done to Gary O'Neill who completed 100 Portobello parkruns. That's one loyal Porty parkrunner!

On Saturday 311 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 34 were first timers and 69 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers:

Fiona M MACKENZIE • Val BEATTIE • Andrew George SIMPSON • Sheila MASSON • Michael PIDGEON • Sorrel COSENS • Wendy MCFARLANE • Robert MAIN • Mark UPWARD • Susan TWISSELL • Ross J NICOL • Sophie ROWE • Tammy GILL • Gordon TURNBULL • Richard BUCKLAND • Dave STONE • Tom GODDARD • Elspeth BLEAKLEY • Ianthe BLEAKLEY

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 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 7,806 participants have completed 40,421 parkruns covering a total distance of 202,105 km, including 7,784 new Personal Bests.

 

Event #160, 16 June 2018

Portobello parkrun, Edinburgh
Event number 160
16th June 2018

In the week where Storm Hector hit Scotland, humidity left our park, a little rain came down and 299 people ran, jogged and walked around Figgate park.  We welcomed 38 first timers this week, it was lovely to meet you all in the first timers brief, we hope to see you again soon!  64 people started of the weekend by recording new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different clubs took part. Well done to everyone who came along.

Of course this event was made possible by our loyal volunteers, thank you to the following.....

David LIMMER • Ann RAUTENBACH • Jennifer O'NEILL • Steve CRANE • Lynne COWDEN • Brian PENDREIGH • Emma LOUGHEED • Elaine CARSE • Ross J NICOL • Matthew GORRIE • Gemma TAYLOR • Jenni BRODIE • Elaine BERRI • Norman BROWN • Siobhan GORRIE • Claire MATHIESON • Tom GODDARD • Sarah Esmeralda O'NEILL

Volunteering

If you would like to volunteer, please send us an email at this address portobellohelpers@parkrun.com or speak to the Run Director or volunteer on the day to get your self on the roster for future events.

Milestones

A massive congratulations to Lynne Cowden, Richard Mudie and Robert Main, you may know these 3 park runners very well, that’s because they have 119 volunteer stints between them. That’s more than 2 years dedication for volunteering alone! Just amazing! Lynne celebrated her 25th volunteering milestone, Richard with his 50th parkun, and Robert 100 parkruns. Well done!

Finishing Tokens

We got all our finish tokens back this week! Thank you so much everyone :-D

Interesting fact alert!!

Since Portobello parkrun, Edinburgh started on 18th April 2015, we as a group (7,772 of us) have broken 200,000 Km!! that’s more than half way to the moon! The moon is 384,400 km away, as it stands the moon has no atmosphere, in 183,850km time when we reach the moon, I'm sure us Porty parkrunners will change that!!

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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 Elizabeth GILCHRIST who recorded 90.65% (24:58) on 31st October 2015 (event number 28).

 

 

Event #159, 9 June 2018: Portobello Timebank Takeover

What a glorious morning for a parkrun! The sun shone, Elaine found her phone, and the Portobello Timebank were out in force not only providing volunteers but also explaining what a Timebank is and how they can get involved. You can see photos from this morning here, it's an absolutely cracking set of pics!
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Milestones
We had a couple of Milestones today too. Well done Leah Wilson on joining the Junior 10 Club and Elaine Berri on her unofficial Milestone of 50 volunteers! Sorry I forgot to mention it at the beginning. The sun went to my head.

Finish Tokens
We are still losing finish tokens. Please do not take your finish tokens home! We reuse them every week. You keep your barcode, we keep the finish token. We lost tokens 152 and 155 today so if you have them please get in touch with us to return them.

Parking
Please consider using public transport or your own steam to get to parkrun. If you have to drive, please think about whether you can car share. When parking, please think about whether you might be causing an obstruction and don't park there if you are!

The rest!
This week 331 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 46were first timers and 58 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Krista BLACK • Laurence WINRAM • Ciara WEBB • Amanda MACFARLANE • Claire TOCHEL • Emma GRIFFITHS • Sean WATTERS • Laura PLUMB • Etta WATTERS • Kirsty CARVER • Kerry-Anne SAOUTER • Elaine BERRI • Sally MACKAY • Francesca GODDARD • Mary CAMPBELL • Frank LEDWITH • Chris COWIE • Manpreet SINGH

Volunteering is easy and fun. Please have a look at the future roster  and let us know if you can help in future weeks.

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 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 7,734 participants have completed 39,811 parkruns covering a total distance of 199,055 km, including 7,651 new Personal Bests.

 

Event #158, 02 June 2018: Royal High Primary School Takeover!

This week's volunteers were all pupils and parents of Royal High Primary and brought along colourful banners to cheer on the runners. Some also sang songs from their recent school performance of High School Musical at the finish line.

Two members of staff took part in the run and Mr French, the head teacher, came along too.

Thankfully no-one got into trouble from my mum who was telling the runners when to move to the right and the swan family also behaved themselves and stayed off the path during the run.

We had a great time volunteering and hopefully have encouraged a few more people to join our parkrun family.

This week 327 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 43 were first timers and 48 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:

Sandy MACDONALD • Shona Susanne MACDONALD • Norman INGLIS • Ciara WEBB • Karen SINCLAIR • Gregor MACDONALD • Graeme NICHOLSON • Ella NICHOLSON • Katriona OWENS • Rebecca ENTWISTLE • Claire MATHIESON • Owen INGLIS • Clodagh INGLIS • Sarah NICHOLSON • Heidi NICHOLSON • Hari SELLAR • Eily SINCLAIR • David SELLAR • Paige SELLAR • Lorraine INGLIS • Sophie OWENS • Jill HOUSTON • Sophie HOUSTON • Susan VEITCH • Alan VEITCH • Natasha VEITCH • Fiona DICK • Beth ELDERS

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 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 7,688 participants have completed 39,480 parkruns covering a total distance of 197,400 km, including 7,593 new Personal Bests.

 

Event #157: 26 May 2018, Touristastic!

What a weekend! I've not been to Porty parkrun for 3 weeks and the park has really sprung into spring and looked stunning in the sunshine. From the south coast of England to the north of Scotland, parkrun tourists descended on Figgate Park  and the first timers and visitors brief seemed to include everyone in the park! It was sea of apricot tops with a hint of Cornish tartan by the group of runners from Plymouth (before you check your geography, no Plymouth isn't in Cornwall but apparently it's close!).

Many of our visitors were here for the marathon or half marathon on Sunday while many of our local runners were taking part in the 5k and 10k or drying their trainers from Black Rock 5 on Friday evening so it's been a fantastic weekend for running. It was great to see some of our parkrunners and tourists in the races on Sunday and to cheer you on. It's particularly nice to see people who first came to parkrun not able to run a lap of park having the confidence to take part in their first races - wear your bling with pride! A special shout out to regular Porty parkrunner Shona McIntosh who was second lady home in the marathon, and Luca Basso who took part in the EMF 5k, 10k, half and marathon. Whether you ran 5k or the marathon, finished on the podium or last page of the results, you're all winners!

The female course record went on Saturday to Jo Williams on her first run at Portobello. She's a local lass who runs frequently at Livingston and Falkirk parkuns. Well done Jo!

Next Saturday (2nd June) all our volunteers will be provided by Royal High Primary School, with one of our regular junior runners Ella Nicholson taking the lead as Run Director.  The 9th June is a volunteer "takeover" by Portobello Timebank but if you'd like to volunteer for future weeks please e-mail in with your barcode number to portobellooffice@parkrun.com

This week 359 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 144 were first timers and 37 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 69 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 24 awesome volunteers:
Lorraine SYME-SMITH • Ian A SMITH • Chris COLEMAN • John LLOYD • Robert MAIN • Ciara WEBB • Adam BRENNAN • Heather MALTMAN • Emma LOUGHEED • Craig TAYLOR • Felicity HOOPER • Niall MCCLUSKEY • Lisa DRYBURGH • Alison ROWE • Sophie ROWE • Etta WATTERS • Jess HEYWORTH • Elaine BERRI • Eleanor DESMULLIEZ • Claire MATHIESON • Alison ELGIN • David WOOD • Caroline DESMULLIEZ • Rebecca MALTMAN

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 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 7,646 participants have completed 39,153 parkruns covering a total distance of 195,765 km, including 7,545 new Personal Bests.

 

Event # 156: 19th May 2018

After missing the previous two weeks I couldn't wait to be back at Portobello parkrun again. And I wasn't disappointed. It was a perfect morning for a parkrun. I had a smile on my face from the moment I set foot in the park, the sun was shining, the park was looking beautiful and seeing everyone's friendly faces again was the icing on the cake.

This week 304 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 39 were first timers and 55 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different clubs took part.

One of our visitors today was Colin Carnson. Colin is planning to complete all the mainland Scotland parkrun's and Portobello was number 8 on his route. Colin writes a blog after each visit, which we will link to on our page when we have it. Good luck on your journey and it was lovely to meet you.

Finish Tokens:
Despite a plea at the beginning of the week and a reminder before we started we still had missing tokens. These tokens belong to parkrun and we reuse them every week. If you have tokens 110, 247, 252 and 253 can you please return them next week. Or if you have any tokens from previous weeks we would love to have them back.

The event was made possible by 17 volunteers:

Robert MAIN • Stuart FLETCHER • Claire Eidann CAIRNS • John CURREN • Graham DRYSDALE • Lynne LEWIS • James WILSON • Helen ROBINSON • Elaine BERRI • Tracey FLEMING • Lesley CUSACK • Claire MATHIESON • Anne MOAR • Fiona MORRISON • Steven AITKEN • David WEDDERBURN • Jennifer JAMIESON

Volunteering:
The roster is full next week already, thank you. We have the Royal High Primary School providing all the volunteers on the 2nd June and Portobello Timebank providing volunteers on the 9th June. We will happily take advance bookings right into the summer. if you are able to help please email in with your barcode number to portobellooffice@parkrun.com

Milestones:
Congratulations to Xijia Liao on your 50th parkrun.

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 7,502 participants have completed 38,794 parkruns covering a total distance of 193,970 km, including 7,508 new Personal Bests.

 

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.

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