A few people have pointed out that despite having been going for a couple of months we still don't have any news on our website's news pages so I thought I'd write a quick summary of our event so far, and take the opportunity to say a few thank-you's.
First, thank you to Inverleith Neighbourhood Partnership who provided the funding to buy the kit we needed to run a parkrun event. Thanks also to Edinburgh Council for their permission to use the park. Thank you to the core team at parkrun for their guidance and support, and to our outstanding local parkrun ambassador, Susan Morrison, who's involved in supporting every new parkrun event that starts up in our part of the world. I also want to thank our friends at Edinburgh and Portobello parkruns who've spread the word and shared their experience and insight so generously to help us get started.
I've been involved with parkrun since I first ran Edinburgh parkrun in Cramond back in February 2010. (Sadly my best time remains from June 2010!). It's always been a standing comment that the sun always seems to shine on parkrun. It's amazing how often even when the weather's been terrible all week, the sun still manages to break through when we want it to. And, while I might really regret saying this now, that's definitely been the case since we started our event on 30th April 2017. The weather most weeks has been tremendous!
This week was no different. Thanks to Shona Mair who took some photos today which you can find here: https://www.flickr.com/groups/inverleith-junior-parkrun
For our 8 runs to date, we've averaged more than 150 children taking part each week. So far, over 500 different children have run or walked a 2K with us. Most of them have come back, as the average number of runs per runner is nearer 3. For those who've run more than once, nearly 300 new PBs (personal bests) have been recorded.
We've had a fantastic group of core volunteers who've helped us establish the event. And we've also had new volunteers who've pitched in and learned new roles, which is helping make our event more sustainable and, I hope, building a stronger community as people meet each other and make new friends. Thank you to everyone who's helped out.
Finally, I want to say a huge thank you to parents, carers and grandparents, and the children who've run with us, for bringing exactly the right spirit of fun and positivity. No matter what the week's news might bring, getting to see the array of football shirts and superhero costumes, children falling and getting back up, families outside together and smiles of triumph and joy (or relief!) as our junior runners cross the line on a Sunday morning is a great reminder of good in the world.
Thank you all, I look forward to more fun, future events ahead!