Portobello parkrun, Edinburgh is cancelled on 26 September 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

(not) parkrun week 13 7-13 September

Week 13 of (not) parkrun saw 18,548 parkrunners take part across 20 countries with an average finish time of 34:23.

40 Porty parkrunners took part this week and there were no first timers. We had 12 PBs, congratulations Naomi Miall, Blair Dinwoodie, Jennifer MacKenzie, Alison Elgin, Georgia Rogers, Elinor Evans, Elaine Wilson, Luca Basso, Chris Noden, Merry Ulferts Kilpatrick, Dorothy Grooby & Fiona MacKenzie.

The latest update from parkrun HQ can be found here https://blog.parkrun.com/uk/2020/09/15/covid-19-coronavirus-update-15-september/ there's still no news for Scotland and my last hope of a race this year has just been cancelled. There's still some virtual races and challenges taking place though, well done to anyone who did the virtual Great North run 40 runs challenge or half marathon distance over the weekends and there's been some really long runs popping up on my strava feed in preparation for (not) the London marathon in a few weeks time. Whatever your distance there's still medals to be had to reward your efforts this year.

Take care, stay safe and keep running! Let us know what you've been up to, we miss you!



(not) parkrun week 12 31 August – 6 September 2020

Despite what the parkrun email says about it being week 11, the results table says it's definitely week 12 of (not) parkrun! This week 18,308 parkrunners took part across 20 countries, with an average finish time of 34:07 ⏱️

47 of these were Porty parkrunners giving us a (not) parkrun record turnout but still some way off the top of the UK (not) parkrun table :(


We had 7 first timers to (not) parkrun, welcome to Dave Tucker, Douglas Forrester, Naomi Miall, Iain Hockenhull, Alex Boyack, Matt Gorrie and Blair Dinwoodie! From the returnees there were an impressive 14 PBs, congratulations Dorothy Groobie, Luca Basso, Heike Ulferts, Merryn Ulferts Kilpatrick, Annette Davison, Fiona Squires, Joanna McKenzie, Elinor Evans, Chris Noden, Georgia Rogers, Graeme Thom, Alison Elgin, Dave Stone and Gareth Warren!

This weekend would have been the deferred Edinburgh Marathon Festival weekend which is usually one of our largest parkrun attendances of the year with a deluge of visitors here for the races. It was lovely to see some people on Porty prom with "race" numbers on taking part in the virtual events on Sunday, although it was maybe a little warm for running a marathon by late morning. "Congratulations" if you took part!

The latest COVID update from parkrun can be found here. Before anyone looks, i've researched flights to the Falkland Islands and Northern Territories of Australia and it's impossible to get there before Saturday! ;)  There is also a glimmer of hope for the UK with the announcement of the intention for parkruns in England to return by the end of October. Note that this is only England at the moment and there is no guarantee it will happen by then.  Before you rush off to book a weekend south of the border, the parkrun COVID framework does ask that you attend your local events and avoid unneccessary travel to non-local parkruns. Now I love a bit of parkrun tourism as much as anyone (ok, possibly more than most people!) but let's all be sensible about this and respect the requests to keep events as safe as possible once they return.

In the mean time, get your trainers on, run where ever and when ever you like and log some (not) parkrun times. I'll get us in that top 5 one week!!






(not) parkrun week 11 24 – 30 August 2020

The results are in from week eleven at (not)parkrun with 18,220 parkrunners taking part across 20 countries, with an average finish time of 34:07 ⏱️.

37 Porty parkrunners took part so despite my challenge to see if we could make the top 5 in the UK attendance table we failed pretty miserably :( Still, all is not lost as 3 pulled in 3 first timers Graeme Thom, Chris Riley and Ian A Smith.....welcome!

There were 6 PBs this week and congratulations go to Mike Tucker, Chris Noden, Georgia Rogers, Gillian Renilson, Damian Harney & Elinor Evans.

Saturday was the overwhelmingly most popular day for a (not) parkrun with 18 of the 37 runs recorded. I can't help thinking this might also have had something to do with the abysmal weather earlier in the week, although I did manage a speed intervals session down at that other local parkrun course on Monday evening in stunning weather conditions with the added bonus of a fly-by from the Red Arrows (no photo of them I'm afraid).


The latest COVID update from parkrun can be found here. It is worth nothing that while some running clubs are now carrying out group training sessions again these are being held under very controlled conditions with a small number of participants and track & trace monitoring. Such sessions are regulated by Scottish Athletics who have put guidelines in place. Hopefully some of you are now enjoying a return to the gym or swimming pool too, I'm counting the days until mine reopens in 2 weeks time!

We are no doubt still some way off parkrun returning so if you're missing the buzz of group running or need a boost for your training please check out Jog Scotland or your local running club - links to their websites can be found on our web page.

Stay safe, keep running and don't forget to log those (not) parkrun 5k times!



(not) parkrun week 10 17 – 23 August 2020

The results are in from week ten at (not) parkrun with 18,181 parkrunners taking part across 20 countries, with an average finish time of 34:10.

It was another record turnout week for Porty (not) parkrunners with an attendance of 44 runners, no doubt partly assisted by the ongoing Edinburgh Running Network challenge that awarded them a bonus point for a logging a time on Saturday, and also boosted by the return of the 4 members of the Ulferts-Kilpatrick family who resumed "mum's non parkrun" after a summer break......although there will be inquiries as to why they didn't run on their holidays ;)

This turnout of 44 gave us the 32nd highest turnout of 674 parkruns in the UK. The highest turnout was at Chelmsford Central (171 not parkrunners), followed by Witney (155) and Bushy Park (145).  Admittedly, Bushy Park is a much bigger event than Portobello and regularly tops 1000 runners, with an average attendance of 742.  Chelmsford Central has averaged 498 runners and Witney 243. Our average attendance at Portobello is 282 but in recent times has been much higher than this.....so basically what I'm saying is that I think we can do better than 44! Let's see some more Porty folk logging a 5k (not) parkrun time and see if we can move up that UK table next week.

We had 3 first timers this week, welcome to Gordon Turnbull, Caroline Rogers and Gary O'Neill.  There were an incredible 15 PBs this week and congratulations go to: Jody Lewis; Nicola Fielding; Fiona Squires; Claire Mathieson; Elinor Evans; Eric McPhail; Luca Basso; Chris Noden; Joanna McKenzie; Jenny Bush; Maddy Smith; Paul Barnaby; Stephane Maurage; and Gillian Renalson.

You can log your 5k (not) parkrun time on any day of the week and it can be run on any route or on a treadmill. If you're running further then you could take the time for the first or fastest 5k split time from your run. You can record any number of (not) parkruns throughout the week but only the fastest will show on the public results page. There's definitely no harm in logging one early in the week in case you forget to add one later (not that I'm still bitter about that PB I forgot to record!). If you're having problems accessing your parkrun account there's a password reset on the sign in page. https://www.parkrun.com/signin/

stay safe and keep running!



(not) parkrun week 9 10 – 16 August 2020

Week 9 of (not) parkrun and globally 18,121 parkrunners took part across 20 countries, with an average finish time of 34:33.

We had 43 Porty parkrunners take part, a record attendance level for us......although I'll admit that some of them might have been bribed because we've been doing an activity challenge with Edinburgh Running Network and I offered a bonus point if they logged a 5k run and a (not) parkrun on Saturday! Hence, we also had a lot of newcomers - 14 in total who logged their first (not) parkrun this week.

11 (not) parkrunners ran a PB this week so congratulations to Chris Noden, Stephane Maurage, Damian Harney, Elinor Evans, Margaret Evans, Paul Barnaby, Eleanor MacKenzie, Jackie Blyth, Grant Bulloch, Mike Tucker and me!

Talking of PBs did anyone watch the Diamond League athletics on Friday evening? As a massive armchair athletics fan it was so nice to see some "normal" competition back and the highlight of the evening was the 5k world record being broken by Uganda's Joshua Cheptagai in a time of 12 minutes, 35.36 seconds!! If you fancy setting yourself a challenge to compete with that, or just want to improve your parkrun PB there's some workout suggestions on here.

Make sure you're following parkrun UK on facebook for the latest news re. COVID and other activities you can get involved with. The great parkrun quiz is still taking place every Saturday morning at 9am, no need to pre-register you just login on youtube and there will be a link to a google answer sheet. Keep logging those (not) parkrun times and stay safe!


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