Portobello parkrun, Edinburgh is cancelled on 2021-05-15 – COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

(not) parkrun week 32 18 – 24 January 2021

Last week at (not) parkrun 26 runners represented Porty parkrun with an average finish time of 34:22 which is pretty impressive given some of the conditions underfoot this week! A special welcome to our first time (not) parkrunners Andrew Fraser, Anna Thomas and Imogen Michel. Imogen joins our growing group of (not) parkrunners who never run a real parkrun so we hope it won't be long until that can be resolved. Elinor Evans is back with yet another personal best so congratulations to her!

Now we all know that parkrun is a run not a race and we welcome people of all speeds and abilities but times and course records are recorded.  This Saturday the female parkrun world record was broken by Lauren Reid at Parramatta parkrun in Australia. Her time was a pretty impressive 15:45 which is only 24 seconds slower than our Portobello male course record, and would put her 7th in the Porty fastest runs table. I did a bit of parkrun results stalking and discovered that Lauren visited Scotland in 2019, running at Lochend Woods parkrun on 17th August and Edinburgh parkrun on the 24th August. As a result she's the female course record holder at both these local parkruns.  The parkrun themed podcast "with me now" interviewed this speedy lady today and you can catch up with her interview here, there's lot of chat about Scotland. We almost got a mention but it turns out she can't remember our name and didn't have her barcode when she came to Porty!

Elsewhere in the world this weekend, American Jim Walmsley missed the 100km world record by an agonising 12 seconds with a finishing time of 6:09:26.  That's a staggeringly fast average of 3:42 per km for the equivalent of 20 parkruns......20 parkruns at 18:30min each, a time that would put him within our first 10 finishers most weeks. Incredible speed and stamina!!

Whatever your preferred speed and distance, keep running and training!


(not) parkrun week 30 4 – 10 January 2021

Happy New Year!

Apologies for the lack of (not) run reports over the last few weeks, I was trying to avoid the laptop while on annual leave! Over the last 3 weeks our number of (not) parkrun participants has remained stable with 27, 21, and 21 respectively. I suspect the snow and ice may be accountable for the lower numbers over Christmas and New Year, I reached the point where a run wasn't worth the risk of a broken limb!

Last week at (not)parkrun 16,210 parkrunners took part across 20 countries, with an average finish time of 35:32. 26 of these represented Portobello with an average finish time of 32:45. We don't seem to have had a rush of New Year resolution runners like we normally get on a Saturday morning as there was just one first timer, welcome to Barbara Seel! There was also only PB so congratulations to Ann Rautenbach!

The updates from parkrun HQ are also back and the latest update can be found here. It's great to see some positive news from around the world and even brand new events starting in Russia but sadly no sign of a return to parkrun yet for us here in the UK. In the meantime, be kind to yourself and keep lacing up those trainers. Personally I think lockdown feels harder than it did in the spring as the weather is colder and the days are so much shorter. I'm trying to make an effort to get out for a run or walk at lunchtime if I can but even a quick blast of hill reps in the dark last night made me feel much better than I did when I ready to put on my PJs instead of running kit after work.

Stay safe from Covid and ice!



(not) parkrun week 26 7-13 December

Week 26 so that's half a year of (not) parkruns! Last week 15,662 parkrunners took part across 20 countries, with an average finish time of 34:23. 26 of those represented Porty (not) parkrun. We had one first timer last week, welcome to Aisling McGuire! The personal best congratulations go to Damian Harney, Margaret Evans, and Gary Hall.

The latest update from HQ can be found here. This will be the last update until 5th January.

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This coming Saturday would have been our festive themed parkrun, one of my favourite parkruns of the year. Last year we sadly had to cancel due to ice and the course not being safe to run so hopefully we'll have better luck in 2021! My challenge to you this week is to spread some Porty parkrun festive love while out on your runs. Get your santa hats and tinsel out and see how many smiles you can make.



(not) parkrun week 25 30 November – 6 December

Last week at (not)parkrun 16,522 parkrunners took part across 20 countries, with an average finish time of 34:18 ⏱️ 28 Porty (not) parkrunners took part this week. There were no first timers but a host of personal bests from: Fiona MacKenzie; Stephane Maurage; Connor Ulferts Kilpatrick; Heike Ulferts; Eleanor MacKenzie; Tracy-Ann Aiton; Siobhan Sellar and me!

The most popular day for a (not) parkrun was Saturday with 13 of the runs recorded. You're a hardcore bunch going out in that weather!! It's no coincidence that a number of the PBs this week came from my Edinburgh Running Network clubmates. We've been working on a 5k time improvement training plan at our Thursday club sessions over the last couple of months under the watchful eye of fellow Porty core team member Andrew Simpson. This weekend we headed down to Cramond in small groups (following Scottish Athletics Covid guidance!) to run the Edinburgh parkrun course as a time trial to test if the training had worked......it seems it did, that's the fastest 5k i've run for a few years!

Last week parkrun launched the parkrun resolution campaign. This will start on Monday 4th January as an 8 week campaign based around a resolution that you set yourself. It seems like an ideal way to kick start a challenge in the new year if you're looking to restart or improve your running.

The latest update from parkrun HQ can be found here. Still no news of a return in the UK but maybe now the vaccines have started there's a slightly brighter glimmer of hope?

Dig your festive attire out ready for next week, I feel we need to spread some parkrun cheer!

Stay safe & keep running!



(not) parkrun week 24 23 – 29 November

Last week at (not)parkrun 18,700 parkrunners took part across 20 countries, with an average finish time of 34:05 ⏱️ 

Our numbers were back up this week with 39 Porty parkrunners logging a (not) parkrun time, with an average finish time of 31:53. Welcome to (not) parkrun first timers Richard Mudie and Kathryn Wesley! Congratulations to Gillian Renilson, Shona MacDonald, Douglas Forrester, Mary Hockenhull, Annette Davison, Gary Hall and Catherine Patterson on new (not) parkrun personal bests! It's probably no coincidence that it was glorious weather on Saturday and the most popular day for a (not) parkrun with 15 of the 39 runs recorded.


This week I did my (not) parkrun at Saughton Park and had a long over due catch-up with fellow Porty Run Director Richard Mudie. We've not seen each other since before lockdown so it was lovely to have a run round the park and swap news over coffee. Richard has had a wee break from running but is getting his trainers back on and psyching himself up to start training for Stirling marathon which will hopefully be going ahead in May 2021. It's safe to say he's got the Porty team behind him for motivation and hopefully it won't be long before parkrun can once again be part of everyone's training plans.

The weekly update from HQ can be found here although it was published before today's vaccine news which brings a glimmer of hope for 2021!

Stay safe and keep running!


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