Event #173, 15 September 2018

Portobello parkrun, Edinburgh
Event number 173
15th September 2018

Well good morning Portobello!! that was some parkrun, edition number 173 you lot made it awesome! This morning as I walked the park checking the course conditions I took in what a beautiful park we run in. Figgate Park is so alive with so much wildlife, character, art work, but I must say, one of the most beautiful parts of this park is Saturday mornings, watching the sea of colours running away to complete your free timed 5k event with the stunning back drop of Figgate Park.

Today we had Katy Smillie volunteering as sign language support, ensuring there are no barriers to take part, it was a fantastic addition to the already amazing volunteering squad we had on show today, and I would definitely encourage this role to happen on a more frequent basis.

I touched on volunteers and how amazing the volunteers are, today our volunteers were top class, today no issues on timing, funnel, token, barcodes, or marshalls on course, everyone today reported back saying today was seamless! Volunteers I want you all to know you are amazing, and thank you to each and every one of you for your hard work this morning to make our event a success.
Murdo MACLEOD • Fiona M MACKENZIE • Sorrel COSENS • Ann RAUTENBACH • Robert MAIN • Ciaron FORREST • Jennifer O'NEILL • Fiona MCLAREN • Emma LOUGHEED • Ross J NICOL • Etta WATTERS • Katy SMILLIE • Dave STONE • Elaine BERRI • Lesley CUSACK • Anne FEIST • Leah WILSON • Tom GODDARD

This week 309 people ran, jogged and walked Portobello parkrun, today we had 46 were first timers from all over the world from Elgin to Australia! First Timers, remember now you have your barcode printed, that's your barcode for life, soon holidays will be ;

Passport - Check

Tickets - Check

Wallet - Check

parkrun barcode - CHECK!

MILESTONES
50 - Running - Elaine Berri - you patched that today!
100 - Volunteering - Emma Lougheed - your help over the years are totally apprechiated by all of us Porty parkrunners, we also love your creative Run Reports, and often poem Pre Run Briefs! Thank you Emma.
150 - Running - Christian Barlow - topped of with a Personal Best today! I hope you’re celebrating in style!
50 - Cakes - Claire Mathieson! I have no idea how many you have made in the past, but your cake today was totally worth mentioning. It was just stunning!

Congratulations to the 58 parkrunners who recorded new Personal Bests today, us volunteers watched you all, and we commented on how good you looked out there today. Well done!

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

Coming to Portobello parkrun really is the highlight of my week, and I hope it is for you too. Thanks for such a great morning.

Ross.

 

Event #172, 8th September 2018

 This week 316 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 42 were first timers and 58 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part.

We unfortunately had reports from a number of runners and volunteers that runners at the front were shouting very loudly and aggressively at the runners they were trying to pass. Such behaviour is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated. It is a RUN NOT A RACE.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Lorraine SYME-SMITH • Ian A SMITH • Peter MCKILLOP • Chris COLEMAN • Robert MAIN • Emma LOUGHEED • Gordon TURNBULL • Andy MCKAY • Elaine BERRI • Dorothy GROOBY • Linda ROBERTSON • Eleanor DESMULLIEZ • Claire MATHIESON • Bo BAATHUDI • Sarah ROBSON • Caroline DESMULLIEZ • Tom GODDARD • Emily ACKERMAN

Volunteering:

Volunteering is easy and most importantly lots of fun.  If you can help in future weeks please email in with your barcode number to portobellooffice@parkrun.com

Please note that the 22nd September is a takeover week where all the volunteers are being provided by the Amateur Coastal Rowing Club and the 20th October is a takeover week for Edinburgh Running Network (ERN).

Finish Tokens:

If you have token number 223 can you please email in to arrange its return. These tokens are property of parkrun and we need to reuse them every week. If you are unsure what to do with the Finish Token please ask a volunteer.

Photographs:

It was brilliant to have the lovely Andy back with us again this morning. You can view his photos on our facebook page.

Milestones:

Congratulations to Vikki Bruce on competing her 50th run and Kate Murray on her 100th run. Well done ladies!

If you have a milestone please email in to let us know or speak to the RD on the day.

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  26th May 2018 (event number 157).
The Age Grade course record is held by Susan BURNS who recorded 92.66% (20:39) on 28th July 2018 (event number 166).

Portobello parkrun, Edinburgh started on 18th April 2015. Since then 8,375 participants have completed 43,828 parkruns covering a total distance of 219,140 km, including 8,287 new Personal Bests.

 

Event #171, 1 September 2018

Reminders
Please get in touch if you can help out one week by volunteering. You can view our roster online, and email us with your barcode number to let us know what you’d like to do.

There are no toilets in the park. If you’re caught short, a volunteer will point you towards the nearest loo.

Please remember the park is a shared space and that you should give way to other park users.

Results
This week 316 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 42 were first timers and 57 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Lorraine SYME-SMITH • Ian A SMITH • Peter MCKILLOP • Chris COLEMAN • Robert MAIN • Emma LOUGHEED • Gordon TURNBULL • Andy MCKAY • Elaine BERRI • Dorothy GROOBY • Linda ROBERTSON • Eleanor DESMULLIEZ • Claire MATHIESON • Bo BAATHUDI • Sarah ROBSON • Caroline DESMULLIEZ • Tom GODDARD • Emily ACKERMAN

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 Susan BURNS who recorded 92.66% (20:39) on 28th July 2018 (event number 166).

Portobello parkrun, Edinburgh started on 18th April 2015. Since then 8,375 participants have completed 43,828 parkruns covering a total distance of 219,140 km, including 8,286 new Personal Bests.

 

Event #170, 25 August 2018: Final Festival Saturday!

Well, you visitors didn’t disappoint today with 81 of you new to Porty parkrun! 15 of you did your first ever parkrun today, and we hope it won’t be your last whether you run at Porty or one closer to home.

Volunteering
We have been having to ask for volunteers a lot lately. Thanks so much to those of you who responded to our email appeal. Volunteering is easy and fun, and a great way to get to know your parkmates. Just email in with your barcode number when you’d like to help. You can see our future roster here, and we only need the roles in yellow filled. September 22 is a takeover, so all the volunteers on that date are coming from the Eastern Amateur Coastal Rowing Club.

Photos
We were really lucky to have Jonathan Duckworth behind the lens today, you can view his photos here.

Amenities
Just another reminder there are no toilets in the park, and peeing in public is not only unsanitary, it’s also unacceptable. If you need a loo, check the nearest ones on our website or ask a volunteer.

If you must drive to parkrun please park considerately, and think about local residents as well as leaving pavements accessible and usable to all.

Results
This week 345 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 81 were first timers and 45 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 44 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Ann RAUTENBACH • Robert MAIN • Ciara WEBB • Ciaron FORREST • Heather MALTMAN • Emma LOUGHEED • John CURREN • Ross J NICOL • Anne STEINBERG • Etta WATTERS • Jonathan DUCKWORTH • Raanan BERRI • David WOOD • Tom GODDARD • Stephane MAURAGE • Rebecca JACK • Isaac KEPPIE • 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 Susan BURNS who recorded 92.66% (20:39) on 28th July 2018 (event number 166).

Portobello parkrun, Edinburgh started on 18th April 2015. Since then 8,286 participants have completed 43,193 parkruns covering a total distance of 215,965 km, including 8,166 new Personal Bests.

 

Event #168, 11 August 2018 : It’s festival season!

I love the "calm before the storm" of arriving at Figgy Park early on parkrun day to do a course inspection before the parkrunners all arrive.....well, I say before they arrive but there's usually a few tourists from south of the border who don't realise we start at 9:30am rather than 9am in Scotland! It's a great opportunity to spend a few minutes appreciating our beautiful park, admire the view, check the local wildlife and pass the time of day with local dog walkers (and pet dogs!). If you're touring it's always worth following a parkrun's facebook page the week before to check for any cancellations or changes to the description that's on the website as local events often affect things like access to parking and other facilities. Also make sure you don't forget your barcode!!
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So the tourists.....August is always a busy month for visitors to Porty parkrun (something to do with festivals and holiday season) and it's great to welcome people from all over the UK and overseas to our parkrun. This week we had visitors from all corners of the world including Australia, South Africa and the mighty Greater Manchester. A staggering 96 runners were first timers at Portobello and 24 of these were complete first timers at a parkrun so we hope to see you back soon.
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Ian Scott and Marcin Karpowicz celebrated their 50th parkruns and Sarah O'Neill joined the junior 10 club although she's done a lot more laps of the park as a buggy passenger over the years!

I think it might also be the first time we've had 5 members of the 250 parkruns club on our results and they were all first timers to Porty parkrun. Barbara Shuttleworth, Duncan Shuttleworth, Georgina Selway, Aaron Chai and David Antony Smith we salute your dedication to parkrun but what took you so long to discover the best one?!? ;)

A polite reminder that the park is not for the exclusive use of parkrunners and we share the space with other users. One of the marshals this week reported that non-parkrunners were struggling to cross the bridge at the top of the burn due to runners coming the other way. Please be aware of what's going on around you and make sure other people have space to enjoy the park too.

This week 371 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 96 were first timers and 49 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 41 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 20 awesome volunteers:

Sheila MASSON • Brian REID • Robert MAIN • Heather MALTMAN • Emma LOUGHEED • John CURREN • Neil BERRY • Etta WATTERS • Christine CARLTON • Sinead FIELDING • Kit LAWSON • Norman BROWN • Claire MATHIESON • Elinor EVANS • Dawn-Marie MERCER • Murron MERCER • Merry MERCER • Emily ACKERMAN • Tom KERR • Dan PERREGAUX

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 Susan BURNS who recorded 92.66% (20:39) on 28th July 2018 (event number 166).

Portobello parkrun, Edinburgh started on 18th April 2015. Since then 8,135 participants have completed 42,499 parkruns covering a total distance of 212,495 km, including 8,066 new Personal Bests.

 

Event #167, 04.08.2018

Portobello parkrun, Edinburgh
Event number 167
4th August 2018

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A massive welcome to Portobello to all our tourists this morning! We truly became an international parkrun location this morning with runners coming from all over the globe to see the best show in town in this years 2018 Fringe Festival Portobello parkrun! We had runners from Australia, Huddersfield, Portsmouth, Brighton & Hove, Maiden Head, Gateshead and much much more. So many more that we has 62 First Timers today with just a small number being brand new park runners.

So onto the "Run Report" what’s to say? You came, you ran, and hopefully enjoyed the experience, so I’ll tell you how it was from my side. I turned up as usual, and started to set up as a normal parkrun morning.  I met a couple of parkrunners from Australia who helped set up, from then on I knew this morning would be a special one, as more tourists from Brighton & Hove, Huddersfield, Maiden Head all came up to say hello! I felt like we were hosting a multi national parkrun event.  9.15am came, I shouted "Any first timers or visiting parkrunners? please come and see me.....” as the whole crowd walked towards me, I took a few steps back, 62 people to welcome! It was brilliant! I was buzzing, and it was definitely worth a few cheesy snaps.  9.30am came, you had a pre run brief and off you went, Figgate park lights up with the sea of colourful running tech, I assure you, you all looked great!

You are all very welcome back to Porty, even if it is in 12 months time, we hope you enjoy your stay.

 

Todays parkrun was made possible by our parkrun elite squad.....

Volunteering Credits for today’s Portobello parkrun

Run Director & Tourist Information Guide - Ross Nicol

Volunteer Coordinator & First Timer Brief Photographer  - Andrew George Simpson

Timekeeper - Dave Stone

Marshals - Norman Brown, Anja Ekelof, Andrew Johnston, Dawn-Marie Mercer, Murron Murron Mercer, Merry Mercer

Funnel Managers - Jacqui Ritchie, Richard Adams, Janice Thompson, Sheila Masson

Finish Tokens team - Dorothy Grooby and Etta Watters    

Barcode Scanners Extraordinaire - Claire Mathieson, Lynne Cowden and Tom Kerr

Number Checker - Dan Perregaux

Tail Walker - Luca Basso.

 

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 Susan BURNS who recorded 92.66% (20:39) on 28th July 2018 (event number 166).

Portobello parkrun, Edinburgh started on 18th April 2015. Since then 8,039 participants have completed 42,128 parkruns covering a total distance of 210,640 km, including 8,017 new Personal Bests.

 

Event #166, 28 July 2018

With the forecast not looking too promising I had a few words with the parkrun weather fairy and thankfully they worked! We were lucky to have another warm and sunny event at Portobello parkrun and we even managed to get packed up before the rain came down. It was lovely to see everyone, the park was looking beautiful and there was even some yummy cake.

 

This week 252 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 31 were first timers and 25 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 31 different clubs took part.

 

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:
Fiona M MACKENZIE • Sarah DAVIS • Tom KEMPTON • Jim SKELT • Robert MAIN • Stuart FLETCHER • Emma LOUGHEED • Laura PLUMB • Etta WATTERS • Lynne LEWIS • Neil DUGUID • Liz LYNAS • Victoria BRUCE • Calum BRUCE • Finlay BRUCE • Claire MATHIESON • Luca BASSO • Tom GODDARD

 

Volunteering:

The roster is looking fairly empty over the next few weeks. Volunteering is lots of fun and all the jobs are super easy. If you are able to help please email in with your barcode number to portobellohelpers@parkrun.com

 

Milestones:

Congratulations to David Wood and also to Gordon Turnbull who both completed their 50th parkrun’s this weekend. What a great achievement for you both. Thank you also for the cakes!

If you have a milestone coming up please let us know as we would love to give you a shout out.

 

Finish Tokens:

You made this RD very happy as we got a FULL set of tokens back this week. Thank you.

 

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 Susan BURNS who recorded 92.66% (20:39) on 28th July 2018 (event number 166).

Portobello parkrun, Edinburgh started on 18th April 2015. Since then 7,977 participants have completed 41,766 parkruns covering a total distance of 208,830 km, including 7,972 new Personal Bests.

 

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.

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