(not) parkrun week 9 10 – 16 August 2020

Week 9 of (not) parkrun and globally 18,121 parkrunners took part across 20 countries, with an average finish time of 34:33.

We had 43 Porty parkrunners take part, a record attendance level for us......although I'll admit that some of them might have been bribed because we've been doing an activity challenge with Edinburgh Running Network and I offered a bonus point if they logged a 5k run and a (not) parkrun on Saturday! Hence, we also had a lot of newcomers - 14 in total who logged their first (not) parkrun this week.

11 (not) parkrunners ran a PB this week so congratulations to Chris Noden, Stephane Maurage, Damian Harney, Elinor Evans, Margaret Evans, Paul Barnaby, Eleanor MacKenzie, Jackie Blyth, Grant Bulloch, Mike Tucker and me!

Talking of PBs did anyone watch the Diamond League athletics on Friday evening? As a massive armchair athletics fan it was so nice to see some "normal" competition back and the highlight of the evening was the 5k world record being broken by Uganda's Joshua Cheptagai in a time of 12 minutes, 35.36 seconds!! If you fancy setting yourself a challenge to compete with that, or just want to improve your parkrun PB there's some workout suggestions on here.

Make sure you're following parkrun UK on facebook for the latest news re. COVID and other activities you can get involved with. The great parkrun quiz is still taking place every Saturday morning at 9am, no need to pre-register you just login on youtube and there will be a link to a google answer sheet. Keep logging those (not) parkrun times and stay safe!