Week 15 of (not) parkrun saw 16,706 parkrunners taking part across 20 countries, with an average finish time of 34:09 ⏱️
38 participants registered to Portobello took part with an average finish time of 31:15. We welcomed 3 first timers to (not) parkrun: Robert Main, Tracy-Ann Aiton and Anna Kachkova.
The role call for personal best congratulations contains some familiar names again, suggesting there's some good training paying off. Well done to Elinor Evans, Douglas Forrester, Dorothy Grooby, Connor Ulferts Kilpatrick, Niami Miall, Catherine Patterson and Alex Boyack.
There is no new news in the parkrun HQ update this week. Mental as well as physical wellbeing was very much discussed in the parkrun Q&A session recently and this is acknowledged again in the update. I think it's safe to say we are all missing our parkrun for more than just the running and with the nights drawing in it's often harder to find the motivation to put on the trainers. You'll undoubtedly feel better if you do though and I'm definitely going to make more of an effort to free up time in my work diary at lunchtime to make the most of the daylight hours. Or why not make a "virtual" date with a running buddy if you're unable to meet up in person then you're more likely to go out and can swap notes on how your run went afterwards? For anyone dreading the winter months this article might be of interest, think like a Norwegian (their parkrun is currently cancelled too!).
Stay safe, keeping running and dig out the thermals, hi-viz and lights!