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.