Event #198, 2 March 2019: A Trimendous morning!

Spring seems to have almost sprung and we might (keep everything crossed!) have made it through our first winter without a weather related cancellations. Given that this time last year we were snowed up with the beast fae the east it was positively balmy running conditions this Saturday.

Most of this week's volunteers were from Hartree Jets triathlon squad. Thankfully everyone stayed out of the pond and the bikes remained locked to the fence! If you'd like to find out more about them they have a website http://www.jetstri.co.uk

Congratulations to David Gibson and Margaret Malcolm who joined the 50 runs club and Graeme Maley who ran his 100th. Run Director Ross Nicol put in a pre-wedding run before marrying fellow Porty parkrunner Fiona Bennie who was walked down the aisle by nephew David Gibson fresh from his 50th run. Congratulations to Ross and Fiona, it was a great day to be a part of!

This week we welcomed 57 first timers to Porty parkrun of which 15 were completely new to parkrun and others were visiting from parkruns including Brighton, Bangor, Dublin, Perth, Livingston and even as far afield as Edinburgh!

The observant among you will have noticed that we have moved the position of our barcode scanners so they are now on the right as you exit the finish funnel. This is because the area on the other side of the path has bulbs coming up and signs asking park users to keep off it.  Please avoid walking across the area, especially if you're locking your bike to the fence. On Saturday I noticed there was a tendency for the scanning queue to follow on from the finish funnel queue during "peak times". It doesn't matter what order we scan you in so please make 4 lines and ensure the end of the finish funnel can flow freely.

Next Saturday, 9th March, will be Liz Lynas' memorial parkrun. This was planned by Liz and whilst I'm sure the tissues may be required, it will ultimately be a celebration of her love of parkrun and in her words her "happy place".  If you have a milestone top please wear it as Liz worked so hard to get to her 100th run, or if you aren't there yet the parkrun apricot tops or something nice and bright would be great.  A number of people have asked about a collection for Liz and as we are not allowed to collect or handle cash at parkrun, a justgiving site has been set up to raise funds for Marie Curie who cared for Liz in her final few weeks https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/liz-lynas

This week 402 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 57 were first timers and 74 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 41 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:

Joel ENOCH • Simon BARBER • Andrew SIMPSON • Siobhan SELLAR • Duncan BIRSE • Scott FINDLAY • Emma LOUGHEED • David TWEEDIE • Craig GOLDIE • Jennifer MCKENNA • Jennie SIMPSON • Rachel FAGAN • Sarah LAUCKNER • Shona BATHGATE • Isaac SIMPSON • Catherine DAVIDSON • Craig DALE • Rachel WARREN • Alice LOUDON • Ruben VILLALAIN • Jo PHILLIPS

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

The male record is held by Andrew DOUGLAS who recorded a time of 15:21 on 7th November 2015 (event number 29).
The female record is held by Jo WILLIAMS who recorded a time of 17:13 on 26th May 2018 (event number 157).
The Age Grade course record is held by Susan BURNS who recorded 92.66% (20:39) on 28th July 2018 (event number 166).

Portobello parkrun, Edinburgh started on 18th April 2015. Since then 9,728 participants have completed 52,764 parkruns covering a total distance of 263,820 km, including 9,496 new Personal Bests. A total of 778 individuals have volunteered 3,865 times.