Event #232, 9 November 2019

Great to see so many new faces this week. One in six of the finishers this week were new to Portobello parkrun or new to parkrun altogether, so which ever you are, welcome to the friendliest parkrun in the world!

We had a visit from Kate Wills, one of the RDs from Bressay, for her first run with us. We had a visit from a regular parkrunner from Ireland who had managed to recruit various friends and family to do their first parkrun, one of whom had never run a 5k before; well done to you! We had a teacher from Leith do her first parkrun. Great to see you all. I hope you all had fun and we see you again soon; it’s not always this cold.

A crisp morning meant people having to take it a bit easier, however the course was checked and deemed safe to run. There were still a couple of falls. If you have an accident on the course, please speak to a marshal or request help from those around you. We have a first aid kit and defibrillator at the finish. Marshals all carry the phone number of that day’s RD.

If you’ve not heard yet (where have you been?), we’ve announced that we’ll be holding a special extra parkrun on New Year’s day at 9.30am. This is the only day of the year when you can do two parkruns on the same day. Our friends at Vogrie parkrun have a late start that day so you can visit both to work off the excess of the season.

We’ve a full roster for the coming weekend but plenty of opportunities for runners to volunteer in future weeks. Please take a look at our volunteer roster for vacancies. IMHO, volunteering is even more fun that running.

This week 323 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 57 were first timers and 34 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 32 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Andrew SIMPSON • Chris RUSSELL • Robert MAIN • Ciara WEBB • Lynne COWDEN • Richard MUDIE • Oliver FERIA-YATES • Ross J NICOL • Gary HALL • Nico FERIA-YATES • Ian THOMAS • Richard BUCKLAND • Dawn LAWSON • Dorothy GROOBY • Andrew MYLNE • Kuba SKRZYNIARZ • Rhona MYLNE • Luca BASSO • Quinn UNGLESS • Gemma WHITSON • Brian HOLLINSWORTH • Dan PERREGAUX • David MILNE • Matthew WELDON

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 11,443 participants have completed 63,630 parkruns covering a total distance of 318,150 km, including 11,038 new Personal Bests. A total of 878 individuals have volunteered 4,694 times.

Have a lovely week.

Robert

 

Event #231, 2 November 2019

And it’s November, the autumnal colours of the park made a stunning backdrop for stunning parkrunners. You all looked fabulous running into the distance.  The course this week was a bit "damp" but that didn't dampen 236 of you! Conditions weren't anywhere near their best, but somehow 26 of you managed to bag yourself a Porty PB, well done to you!

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We had 48 first timers, only 4 brand new parkrunners (welcome aboard) the rest were visiting parkrunners, we have to say you were a great bunch to have as our guests and you are welcome back anytime! A special hello to the Dublin family who came over, it was nice to meet you and hear about your parkrun.

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Of course, all of our memories from today would not have happened if it wasn't for our hiviz heroes, the volunteers:

Your parkrun was made possible thanks to Lorraine SYME-SMITH • Andrew SIMPSON • Alison Margaret WARD • Robbie YATES • Oliver FERIA-YATES • Lisa DRYBURGH • John CURREN • Ross J NICOL • Fiona NICOL • Gary HALL • Nico FERIA-YATES • Kit LAWSON • Elaine BERRI • Thomaas MALCOLM • Dorothy GROOBY • Anne MOAR • Gemma WHITSON • Fraser MAY • Niamh MURPHY • David MILNE • Patricia BROWN • Matthew WELDON

This week’s Milestones

Rachael Warren joined the 50 club, well done Rachael!

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Fiona Nicol 25 Volunteering stints, well done to you too Fiona!

 

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On some sad news, this was the last picture we have of Andrew Simpson. He was last seen attempting to fold the Porty pop up into the bag...there is a chance he was folded up with the springy sign, the search continues...

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Portobello parkrun, Edinburgh started on 18th April 2015.

Since then 11,386 participants have completed 63,307 parkruns covering a total distance of 316,535 km, including 11,004 new Personal Bests. A total of 878 individuals have volunteered 4,670 times.

Thanks so much for a great morning everyone, thanks for the memories, and I’ll see you next week.

Ross

 

 

New Year’s Day parkrun 2020

As has become our tradition, we will be hosting a special New Year’s Day parkrun. Same time (09:30), same place (Figgate Park). As usual, we need volunteers! Let us know if you can help.

We would like to thank the City of Edinburgh Council for their ongoing support and permission to use the park for this extra event.

 

Event #230 Happy Halloween!

OK, it’s not Halloween for a few days but today is Edinburgh Running Network’s birthday and we like to celebrate in style. Most of today’s volunteers and pacers are members of ERN, we’re a friendly local running club open to anyone over the age of 18 who can run at least 5km. New members are always welcome and you’re more than welcome to try a couple of sessions before you commit to joining. We meet on Monday and Thursday evenings from Portobello baths, Tuesday evening from the Commonwealth Pool and Sunday runs start at a different location each week. Monday and Thursday evenings tend to be a training session e.g. pacing, sprints, hill reps etc, Tuesday is known as “Chooseday” because members take it in turn to choose the route (usually about 10km) and Sunday we always have a 5-6 mile option as well as longer distances to build up to target races. Coming up in the next few weeks we will be kicking off training plans for the John Muir Way 50k race and London marathon, and Edinburgh half & marathon plans will start early in 2020. Full details are on our website, just drop us an email or message through our facebook page if you’d like to come out with us.

http://www.edinburghrunningnetwork.org.uk/training/

Sales pitch over ;)

This week Porty parkrun looked glorious in the chilly autumn sunshine and 346 walked, jogged or ran the course. 68 of these were first timers and we welcomed visitors from Glasgow, Thurso, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle and the Isle of Wight. 54 recorded new Personal Bests (thanks for the help pacing team!) and representatives of 38 different clubs took part.

Thanks to all the bakers too but who ate all that rocky road?? I was looking to a piece of that when I got home and all that was left was crumbs ☹

The event was made possible by 36 awesome volunteers:

Lorraine SYME-SMITH • Ian A SMITH • Murdo MACLEOD • Val BEATTIE • Krista BLACK • Sheila MASSON • Tracy-Ann AITON • Wendy MCFARLANE • Ann RAUTENBACH • Robert MAIN • Ciara WEBB • Mary RITCHIE • Emma LOUGHEED • Aristides KIPRAKIS • Oliver FERIA-YATES • Peter CHAMBERS • Wilma DOG • Ross J NICOL • Miguel MUDARRA • Rachael SINCLAIR • Annette DAVISON • Nico FERIA-YATES • Matthew GORRIE • Loic BEAUMATIN • Norman BROWN • Maisy DOG • Siobhan GORRIE • Helen WHITELEY-MCPHEE • Chris SMEATON • Stuart BARCLAY & baby Grace• Justine STANSFIELD • Quinn UNGLESS • Gemma WHITSON • Dariusz WEDGE • Brian HOLLINSWORTH • Emily ACKERMAN • Dan PERREGAUX • Matthew WELDON

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 11,338 participants have completed 63,071 parkruns covering a total distance of 315,355 km, including 10,978 new Personal Bests. A total of 876 individuals have volunteered 4,648 times.

 

 

Event #229, 12 October 2019

This week 360 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 44 were first timers and 57 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 34 different clubs took part.

Congratulations to those of you who reached milestones this week, with Shery Johnson and Lia Di Biase completing their 50th parkrun and Lucia Quilietti-Bird who ran her 10th parkrun at the grand old age of 8!

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Lorraine SYME-SMITH • Ian A SMITH • Paul EUNSON • Robert MAIN • Ciara WEBB • Katy DUNCAN • Stuart FLETCHER • Emma LOUGHEED • Laura BLAZEY • Anandan TANABALAN • Martin MCKENZIE • Gemma WHITSON • Keith ADAMSON • Alanna BAILEY • Megan HALL • Mathew SMITH • Eleanor WALKER • Jim MCDOWALL • Amy CURRIE • Edite GAILITE • Rachael POLLEY • Elaine WILSON • Douglas HUTT • Jackie HUTT • Michael CRAIG • Debbie MORGAN

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 11,270 participants have completed 62,725 parkruns covering a total distance of 313,625 km, including 10,924 new Personal Bests. A total of 874 individuals have volunteered 4,612 times.

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