Event #101, 15 April 2017: Our Second Anniversary!

Well done to all 374 finishers this morning! What a great way to celebrate our birthday. Claire Mathieson was our master maker - and master it she did!

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Huge thanks to our volunteers who made today's run happen:

Amanda ROBERTSON • Andrea MOO • Andrew George SIMPSON • Andy MCKAY • Angela NICHOLSON • Brian REID • Chris COLEMAN • Ciara WEBB • Craig TAYLOR • David LIMMER • Elaine BERRI • Emma LOUGHEED • Etta WATTERS • Gosia KARCZEWSKA • Harris TAYLOR • Helen ROBINSON • Ian A SMITH • James ROGERS • Jennifer O'NEILL • Jim SKELT • Kate MURRAY • Katherine MYANT • Ken COLVILLE • Lorraine SYME-SMITH • Mike LIEBERMAN • Niall MCCLUSKEY • Nic ROKANS • Orry NOWOSAD • Peter MCKILLOP • Robert MAIN • Ross J NICOL • Wendy MCFARLANE

Special thanks to our pacers today who helped achieve a massive 71 PBs!

Please let us know if you can help in future weeks - parkrun only happens because of its volunteers. Email us with your barcode number at portobellohelpers@parkrun.com once you've had a look at the future roster.

Three Times Round the Park
Mike Lieberman has written and recorded a song for us - I'm working on uploading it to the Facebook page. Keep an ear out!

Porty Podcast
David Calder from the Porty Podcast was along today, you can hear our podcast here (soon).

Toilets
It is clear on our website that there are no toilets in the park. I had a complaint from a local resident today who has observed runners urinating in the alley behind his house. This is not acceptable. Please ensure you have used the toilet before you leave home in the morning. There are public toilets at Bath Street on the prom, and also at Portobello Baths and Aldi on Portobello High Street. Urinating in public is the kind of activity which puts the future of our event at risk. If you are one of the people who is urinating in public, please stop. Use a toilet.

Results
This week 374 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 57 were first timers. Representatives of 34 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 32 volunteers.

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

Male placings:
Murray STRAIN (SM30-34) of Hunters Bog Trotters, was first over the line in 15:26 - third time in 5 appearances.
Patryk GIERJATOWICZ (SM25-29) (Unattached) was second over the line in 16:40 - has been first to finish on 5 previous occasions.
David LIMMER (SM30-34) of Portobello RC, was third over the line in 17:19 - has been first to finish on 40 previous occasions.

Female placings:
Shona MCINTOSH (SW30-34) of Hunters Bog Trotters, was first (31st overall) over the line in 20:48 - 11th time in 18 appearances.
Bridget HARLEY (JW11-14) of Team East Lothian, was second (36th overall) over the line in 20:56.
Charlotte GARRY (SW25-29) of Edinburgh AC, was third (38th overall) over the line in 20:57.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Murray STRAIN (SM30-34) – 84.99% for the time 15:26 (first overall).
Roger S WILSON (VM55-59) – 83.78% for the time 18:30 (9th overall).
Jeff FARQUHAR (VM55-59) – 83.27% for the time 18:56 (12th overall).

The female record is held by Shona MCINTOSH who recorded a time of 00:17:47 on 11th March 2017 (event number 96).
The male record is held by Andrew DOUGLAS who recorded a time of 00:15:21 on 7th November 2015 (event number 29).
The Age Grade course record is held by Elizabeth GILCHRIST who recorded 90.65% (24:58) on 31st October 2015 (event number 28).

Portobello parkrun, Edinburgh started on 18th April 2015. Since then 5,037 participants have completed 22,622 parkruns covering a total distance of 113,110 km, including 4,795 new Personal Bests.