Event #11, 4 July 2015: Wettest. parkrun. ever.

I had been keeping a close eye on the weather forecast all week - initially not so much for parkrun, more to see how much sunshine I could take advantage of - but after a few days where the only certainty in the forecast were the ominous words 'heavy rain' for Saturday morning I had all but resigned myself to a wet parkrun. That said, on the Friday night I received a message from the Edinburgh parkrun ED of a beautiful red sky and the sun setting over Marchmont. 'We might be in luck' the message said, or something to that effect. Well, for all 80 hardy runners and 15 AMAZING volunteers it was not a lucky morning at all! I can honestly say, of the 111 parkruns I have attended as both a volunteer and a runner, I have NEVER seen rain like it. That said, everyone still had a smile on their face and that's the parkrun magic. The parkrun weather gods stopped the rain long enough for us to have a dry start which was welcome relief too. As for the 26 runners who managed personal bests - well done!

Thank you to all of our volunteers this week, the conditions were awful and you still showed up: Christine MARCH • Ciara WEBB • Eleanor MACKENZIE • Emma LOUGHEED • Etta WATTERS • Fiona ANDERSON • Kata TAR • Kirsty MCGEOUGH • Les MCINTOSH • Michael Stewart FULLERTON • Michelle MCDONALD • Richard MUDIE • Sandy MACDONALD • Shona Susanne MACDONALD • Steven LAVERTY. It is true that without volunteers parkrun just doesn't happen. Please get in touch via portobellohelpers@parkrun.com to take your turn to make the magic happen. You can view the future roster here.

Congratulations to Kenny Campbell who completed his 100th parkrun and Oliver Feria-Yates who joined the junior 10 Club. You will both get emails about your new Milestone tshirts in the foreseeable future. Wear them with pride!

Male placings:
David LIMMER (SM25-29) of Portobello RC, was first over the line in 17:03 - third time in 4 appearances.
Davey FITCH (VM35-39) (Unattached) was second over the line in 18:20.
Michael GEOGHEGAN (SM30-34) of Portobello RC, was third over the line in 18:26.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Borja MARTINEZCOTO (Unattached) 793 pts.
Darren MOIR (Unattached) 629 pts.
Lorenzo PACITTI (Unattached) 629 pts.

Female placings:
Rosina GRAHAM (JW15-17) of Edinburgh3 Triathlon, was first (9th overall) over the line in 20:39 - second time in 4 appearances.
Madeleine BELL (SW30-34) (Unattached) was second (12th> overall) over the line in 20:46.
Hilary SPENCELEY (VW55-59) of Carnethy Hill RC, was third (22nd overall) over the line in 22:08.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Ruth JOHNSTONE (Portobello RC) 685 pts.
Emma HART (Unattached) 659 pts.
Laura PLUMB (Unattached) 643 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Hilary SPENCELEY (VW55-59) was graded 82.91% for the time 22:08 (22nd overall).
Sheila STRAIN (VW65-69) was graded 78.77% for the time 26:32 (50th overall).
Michael Ian ANDREW (VM50-54) was graded 77.17% for the time 19:25 (5th overall).

Representatives of 16 different athletics clubs took part.

Portobello parkrun started on 18th April 2015, and since then 978 different runners, including participants from 92 athletics clubs, have completed 1,948 runs covering a total distance of 9,740 km, and there have been 481 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Rachel HAINES who ran in a time of 00:18:52 on 2 May 2015 (event number 3).
The male record is held by Scott THOMSON who ran in a time of 00:15:48 on 5 September 2015 (event number 4).
The Age Grade course record is held by Robert John WATSON who recorded a 84.62% run (17:01) on 30 May 2015 (event number 7).

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Portobello parkrun Results Page.