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!