Event #32, 28 November 2015: Thanks!

Well, that was a cold and windy parkrun! We asked the parkrun Weather Fairy for some help yesterday (@parkrunweatherf) and I think she waved her magic wand as the rain stayed off long enough for 171 runners to finish their run today. It's a good time to remind people to dress for the winter weather whether you're running or volunteering.

I'd like to thank everyone for listening to the pre run brief and heeding our weekly requests to be considerate of other park users and each other, as well as staying on the paths and generally being a super bunch.

Our volunteers in the winter months are very much appreciated! This week's superstars are: Andy MCKAY • Charles MCDONALD • Ciara WEBB • Eleanor BARNARD • Emma LOUGHEED • Gary HALL • Ian A SMITH • Jamie CHERRIE • Jenny BUSH • Joseph BARTLETT • Laura PLUMB • Lorna EADES • Lorraine SYME-SMITH • Mairi EADES • Michelle MCDONALD • Nic ROKANS • Richard MUDIE • Stuart FLETCHER

Volunteering is easy and fun and allows you the opportunity to get to know some of your fellow parkrunners in a different capacity. We have a couple of 'takeovers' in coming weeks but could do with filling the roster on the 12 Dec, 1 Jan, and 2 Jan. Thanks to those who have already come forward to volunteer in coming weeks. You can view the future roster here and contact us via portobellohelpers@parkrun.com. To see how many people read this - what is happening at Portobello parkrun on 26 December?

Just to reiterate my post during the week, please park considerately in the local area.There's usually plenty of parking on Baileyfield Road (near the finish point) rather than inconveniencing local residents. If you can get to parkrun by public transport or under your own steam - even better!

We had loads of visitors today and it was lovely to chat to so many of you! Hello to Lucas NIGHTINGALE from Manchester, Jonathan SIDES from Swinton, Angus Charles DONALD and Joyce DONALD from Dundee, Helen BRANT from Bradford, and James William MORRISON from Teinbridge. Hope you all had a great morning. We also had a big group of Edinburgh Frontrunners visiting today - fancy a takeover in the New Year?!

Not one, not two, but THREE photographers today! Andy's pics are viewable here, and Gary's here. Jenny's will be on the Facebook or Flickr later on.

Finally - the bit you've all been waiting for!

Male placings:
David LIMMER (SM25-29) of Portobello RC, was first over the line in 16:39 - 18th time in 20 appearances.
Mark PURKIS (SM20-24) of Edinburgh University Hare & Hounds, was second over the line in 17:47.
An unknown runner was third.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
David LIMMER (Portobello RC) 2297 pts.
Jonathan STEVENS (Unattached) 1571 pts.
Lorenzo PACITTI (Unattached) 1483 pts.

Female placings:
Rosina GRAHAM (JW15-17) of Edinburgh3 Triathlon, was first (12th overall) over the line in 19:59 - third time in 14 appearances.
Adele WALKER (SW30-34) of North Ayrshire AC, was second (13th overall) over the line in 20:13 - was first to finish once before.
Shery A JOHNSTON (VW45-49) of Portobello RC, was third (24th overall) over the line in 20:59.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Ruth JOHNSTONE (Portobello RC) 1929 pts.
Emma HART (Unattached) 1740 pts.
Julie MOFFAT (Portobello RC) 1650 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Micky ANDERSON (VM50-54) was graded 80.12% for the time 18:52 (4th overall).
David LIMMER (SM25-29) was graded 77.58% for the time 16:39 (first overall).
Rosina GRAHAM (JW15-17) was graded 76.56% for the time 19:59 (12th overall).

This week there were 171 runners, of whom 41 were first timers and 27 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 33 different athletics clubs took part.

Portobello parkrun started on 18th April 2015, and since then 1,924 different runners, including participants from 192 athletics clubs, have completed 5,557 runs covering a total distance of 27,785 km, and there have been 1,321 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Shona MCINTOSH who ran in a time of 00:17:48 on 22 August 2015 (event number 18).
The male record is held by Andrew DOUGLAS who ran in a time of 00:15:21 on 11 July 2015 (event number 29).
The Age Grade course record is held by Elizabeth GILCHRIST who recorded a 90.65% run (24:58) on 31 October 2015 (event number 28).

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