Event #228, 5th October 2019 Happy 15th Birthday parkrun

15 birthday

 

It was a beautiful autumn morning for a parkrun, as I ran round doing my course check I had a feeling it was going to be a good event today and I wasn't disappointed. The temperature was perfect, the rain stayed away and there was a lovely buzz in the air. Not only did I get the batteries in the megaphone on my first attempt (it’s only taken me a year and a half!); I also got the pop up tent folded back into the bag on my first ever go as well! It’s the little things!

It was lovely to welcome 264 people who ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 34 were first timers and 56 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 30 different clubs took part.

parkrun day is always special but today was extra special as we celebrated 15 years of parkrun. 15 years ago today 13 runners and 5 volunteers turned up to take part in the Bushy Park Time Trial. More than four million different people around the world have now completed a parkrun.

It is incredible how much parkrun has grown in this time and I love hearing everyone’s stories and especially what parkrun means to each person. For me parkrun has been life changing, genuinely one of the best decisions I have ever made turning up to my first event three years ago. parkrun is so much more than a run in the park, its friendships, laughter, therapy, socialisation, cakes, confidence building and most importantly being part of a parkrun family.

I would love to hear what parkrun means to you. Or what you love about Portobello parkrun.

Volunteering

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers: Ciara WEBB • John CURREN • Gary HALL • Anne STEINBERG • Nico FERIA-YATES • Christine CARLTON • Dawn LAWSON • Elaine BERRI • Mya MCNAUGHTON • Claire Cakes MATHIESON • Peter EUNSON • Helen RALSTON • Nadine THOMAS • Luca BASSO • Margaret MALCOLM • Quinn UNGLESS • Gregor CARLTON • Alma MCNAUGHTON • David WEDDERBURN • Stephane MAURAGE • Emily THORBURN • Jim MCDOWALL • Adam HART • David MILNE • Matthew WELDON

We have a first time volunteer’s takeover next Saturday 12th October. We still have these roles to fill: 1 barcode scanner, 1 Finish tokens and 4 Funnel managers. So if you haven’t volunteered before and would like to come along and give it a go please email in. All the roles are super easy and you will receive a full briefing before the start.

Saturday 26th October is a takeover week by the Edinburgh Running Network running club. The ERNie takeover has become an annual tradition and I can guarantee cakes aplenty! There is also a Halloween fancy dress theme but this isn’t compulsory.

We will happily take volunteer offers for any dates so if you can help please email in with your barcode number to Portobello@parkrun.com

 

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 11,225 participants have completed 62,365 parkruns covering a total distance of 311,825 km, including 10,867 new Personal Bests. A total of 859 individuals have volunteered 4,586 times.

 

 

Event #227, 28th September 2019 The A-Team!

Portobello parkrun, Edinburgh
Event number 227
28th September 2019

I love it when a plan comes together! This week we were unsure whether we’d be able to run our normal route as the near bridge was out of action for repairs. Luckily the chaps fixing it were able to get finished early, on Thursday, meaning we could avoid the dreaded contraflow on the B-course. We also had beautiful weather and no incidents!

Portobello Parkrun start sign and vista to Arthur's Seat

Beautiful day at Porty Parkrun

We got back all our tokens today so many thanks everybody. Remember, if you enter the funnel, please continue to the end and collect a token. If you don’t have your barcode, just place the token you are given into the blue bucket at the end of the funnel or give it to a volunteer. If you have a token you accidentally took home another week, please bring it back and place into one of the blue buckets.

Our tokens went out of sync a couple of times today but we know exactly at which position both times so your results should be accurate.

We need volunteers for next week as the roster is looking quite barren. We also need first time volunteers for 12th October; there are plenty of spots still available; so if you’ve not volunteered before, please email portobello@parkrun.com and give it a try. When emailing in, please include your barcode number so we can find you on the system.

This week 318 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 59 were first timers and 32 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 32 different clubs took part.

Volunteers and runners waiting for the start

Getting ready for the start

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

Jim SKELT • Robert MAIN • Ciaron FORREST • Stuart FLETCHER • Emma LOUGHEED • Eleanor SINGER • Ian DAVIDSON • Joyce SALVONA • Oliver FERIA-YATES • Aj GOODSIR • Nico FERIA-YATES • Douglas FORRESTER • Jody LEWIS • Dorothy GROOBY • Siobhan GORRIE • Kuba SKRZYNIARZ • Quinn UNGLESS • Gemma WHITSON • Fraser MAY • Dan PERREGAUX • David MILNE • Katie NEVANS • Matthew WELDON

Some of your volunteers

Some of your volunteers

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 11,191 participants have completed 62,101 parkruns covering a total distance of 310,505 km, including 10,810 new Personal Bests. A total of 855 individuals have volunteered 4,561 times.

 

 

 

Event #226, 21 September 2019

wow, what a glorious morning for a parkrun, we are definitely back in the parkrun weather fairy's good books! I'd be happy if every Saturday morning was like that.

The promise of an Indian summer lured 47 first timers to Porty parkrun with a number of first time parkrunners and visitors from across the UK. We hope you enjoyed your run and will be back soon. 280 people ran and walked the course and undoubtedly helped by the weather, 38 recorded a new Personal Best.

Congratulations to junior Anya Keppie who joined the 50 parkruns milestone club.

Important info for next week
The bridge is being repaired this week and it is hoped that the works should be completed to enable us to run as normal next Saturday. However, if the works over run and the bridge is closed we will our B course that we used a few weeks ago. If we have to use course B then unfortunately it will be no dogs or buggies. We will try and get news of the situation before Saturday morning so keep an eye on our facebook page.

We have a few "special events" coming up in October.
*12th October - is our "first time volunteers takeover". We've done this before to encourage people who've not volunteered before to give it a go and fill the roster roles. We'll have a number of the core team on hand as well as our DofE volunteers who are becoming pros at this too. As one of this week's marshals said at the end "it's really quite uplifting seeing everyone run!" :)
*26th October - Edinburgh Running Network (ERN) are celebrating their birthday by taking over the volunteer roster. They are also planning a Halloween spooktacular so start thinking about your fancy dress outfit! Hopefully there won't be any tricks but knowing ERN there will be plenty of treats!
*30th November - St Andrew's Day falls on a Saturday this year so let's see how many Andrews we can get on the roster and you will all be parkrun Saints! Andrew, Andy, Andrea, Andre, any variation of in first name or surname....we can take roster bookings even though it's not showing on the website yet. The rest of you, get your best tartan ready!
Contact us at portobello@parkrun.com if you can help on any week.

Massive voluncheers to the people who made your run happen this week:

Murdo MACLEOD • Andrew SIMPSON • Dougie GOWAN • Ann RAUTENBACH • Martin ASHWORTH • Susan TWISSELL • Emma LOUGHEED • Niall MCCLUSKEY • Leah BARTLETT • Oliver FERIA-YATES • John CURREN • Carole PARK • Claire Cakes MATHIESON • Anne MOAR • David WOOD • Quinn UNGLESS • Gemma WHITSON • Helen TAYLOR • Brian HOLLINSWORTH • Fraser MAY • Niamh MURPHY • David MILNE

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 11,132 participants have completed 61,783 parkruns covering a total distance of 308,915 km, including 10,778 new Personal Bests. A total of 855 individuals have volunteered 4,538 times.

 

Event #225, 14 September 2019

It was great to see so many visitors and first timers at Porty on Saturday. A special mention must go to Brian and Susan who had travelled all of the way from Newcastle in Australia. Brian ran the course, whilst Susan undertook honorary funnel managing duties!

Congratulations to this week’s milestones, with David Webster completing his 250th parkrun and Helen Taylor her 50th.

This week 305 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 49 were first timers and 60 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 39 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Lorraine SYME-SMITH • Ian A SMITH • David LIMMER • Robert MAIN • David WEBSTER • Ciara WEBB • Ciaron FORREST • Stuart FLETCHER • Susan TWISSELL • Robbie YATES • Richard MUDIE • Oliver FERIA-YATES • John CURREN • Gary HALL • Chris NODEN • Nico FERIA-YATES • Graham ROBERTSON • Xijia LIAO • Thomaas MALCOLM • Ross MCKEAN • Quinn UNGLESS • Fraser MAY • Dan PERREGAUX • David MILNE • Matthew WELDON

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 11,085 participants have completed 61,503 parkruns covering a total distance of 307,515 km, including 10,740 new Personal Bests. A total of 852 individuals have volunteered 4,516 times.

 

Event #224, 7 September 2019

What a cracking morning for a parkrun! Welcome to all our visitors and first timers. We were delighted to be able to revert to our regular course this morning. The bridge will be closed again in the future for permanent repairs, but hopefully we can plan for that!

A few folk presented barcodes on phones and barcodes that had disintegrated. I said I'd post the link to the official parkrun barcode products, so here it is: https://parkrun-barcode.com/

Finish tokens - we are missing tokens 234 and 235. If you accidentally took these home, please email us portobello@parkrun.com to arrange their return. We are only ever happy to get tokens returned to us!

This week 261 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 33 were first timers and 43 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Peter MCKILLOP • Janis PHILP • Chris RUSSELL • Ciara WEBB • Lyn PHILLIPS • Robbie YATES • Claire TOCHEL • Oliver FERIA-YATES • Gary HALL • Nico FERIA-YATES • Jennie SIMPSON • Janice THOMPSON • Dorothy GROOBY • Matthew WELDON • Naomi SIMPSON • Isaac SIMPSON • Louise ANDERSON • Calum BRUCE • Claire Cakes MATHIESON • Alastair Buggy DAVIDSON • David WOOD • Quinn UNGLESS • Rebecca JACK • Anya KEPPIE • Edite GAILITE • David MILNE

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 11,036 participants have completed 61,198 parkruns covering a total distance of 305,990 km, including 10,680 new Personal Bests. A total of 851 individuals have volunteered 4,491 times.

 

Event #223, 31st August 2019

Thankfully the weather decided to play nice this morning and not only did it stay dry, the sun actually made an appearance!

The festival may well be over for another year but that didn't deter the 48 first timers we welcomed to Porty this morning. 267 people ran, jogged and walked the course and 17 of you recorded personal bests. Representatives of 29 clubs took part.

Thank you for the alternative course feedback again this morning. It does seem to be working well. A few reminders though...

-No buggies or dogs will be able to participate during the alternative route course.

-Single file, slow down and keep left along the narrow section where we are running in both directions.

-No overtaking to take place in the tunnel

These rules are in place for the safety of yourself, other runners and also members of the public.

We had a few milestones and mentions this morning, congratulations to you all:

150th parkrun for Sandy MacDonald

100th parkrun and 25th volunteer for Julia Loecherbach

Happy 50th Birthday for Neil Main

parkrun only happens thanks to volunteers. We had a great response to our appeal earlier in the week but we still have plenty of gaps in September. If you can help please email in with your barcode number to portobello@parkrun.com

On Saturday 12th October we are having a First time volunteers "takeover". We are looking for people who've never volunteered before to come along and give it a go. All the roles are super easy and you will be fully briefed on the day.

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

Ann RAUTENBACH • Robert MAIN • Ciaron FORREST • Lynne COWDEN • Emma LOUGHEED • Julia LOECHERBACH • Robbie YATES • Oliver FERIA-YATES • Lisa DRYBURGH • Alison ROWE • Sophie ROWE • Gary HALL • Rachael SINCLAIR • Louise TURNER • Claire Cakes MATHIESON • Nicholas MENY • Catherine CUMMING • Helen RALSTON • Quinn UNGLESS • Fraser MAY • David MILNE • Katie NEVANS • Peter GERRARD

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 11,003 participants have completed 60,937 parkruns covering a total distance of 304,685 km, including 10,637 new Personal Bests. A total of 849 individuals have volunteered 4,465 times.

 

Event #222, 24th August 2019

An alternative course for us this morning and the overwhelming feedback was that this worked well for participants, so we’ll continue to use this until the bridge is repaired. Please note that no dogs or buggies will be able to participate during the time the alternative course is in operation.

Well done to everyone who took part this morning and congratulations to the following milestones:

50th parkrun - Alan Banks and Emily Thorburn

150th parkrun (and 100th at Portobello) - Fi Mackenzie

200th parkrun - Eleanor Singer

This week 309 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 72 were first timers and 19 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 44 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Murdo MACLEOD • Chris RUSSELL • Ann RAUTENBACH • Robert MAIN • Ciara WEBB • Mary RITCHIE • Stuart FLETCHER • Emma LOUGHEED • John CURREN • Gary HALL • Gordon TURNBULL • Aj GOODSIR • Anne PAWSEY • Christine CARLTON • Dave STONE • Dorothy GROOBY • Siobhan GORRIE • Kuba SKRZYNIARZ • Chris SMEATON • Stuart BARCLAY • Luca BASSO • Quinn UNGLESS • Katie NEVANS • Peter GERRARD

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 10,955 participants have completed 60,670 parkruns covering a total distance of 303,350 km, including 10,620 new Personal Bests. A total of 848 individuals have volunteered 4,442 times.

 

Alternative Course: from 24 August 2019

Following the closure of one of the bridges that is a fundamental part of our route, leading to a cancellation on 17 August, we are pleased to advise that we have access to an alternative route which we will use from 24 August. There are a few things to note:

* No dogs or buggies are permitted to participate in Portobello parkrun whilst we use the alternative course. This is for safety reasons.
* The start will be in line with the bird feeder.
* There will be a marshal to direct you over the alternative bridge. It is a hard right turn onto the bridge and a hard left to get off it. The surface of the bridge is rough. Please slow down and cross with care.
* There is a short contraflow section, which will be marshalled. You must keep left and in single file. Other park users have priority over all parkrunners and you must give way to them, even if you have to slow down or stop.
* No overtaking in the tunnel.

We will have some ‘roving marshals’ this Saturday, people who are running and will marshal as we go. This will ensure runners understand the course and take heed of the fact that we must give way to other park users, especially at the contraflow.

See you on Saturday!

 

Event #221, 10th August 2019

Portobello parkrun, Edinburgh
Event number 221
10th August 2019

“Some parkruns just have that vibe, and this one has it...The most friendly parkrun, ever! The best course profile, I’ll definitely be back...” Just some of the nice comments made to me this morning. So there you have it folks, this one is the best so no need to go anywhere else ;P

After a lot of rain this week, we had a water feature to negotiate just after the underpass. Luckily this just added to the fun. The rain stayed away and meant that we ended up with a lot of hot and sweaty parkrunners at the end. Please remember to take it a bit easier if it is hot as it takes more out of you!

We lost token 163 today. If you have it, please return next week. You can just place it in a blue bucket or hand it to a volunteer.

We struggled to fill the volunteer slots this week, which was surprising considering we had such a high turnout. If you’d like to volunteer, please mail us at portobello@parkrun.com, stating the date you can volunteer, your barcode number and the role you’d like to do (check on the website for available roles). If you’ve never volunteered or done a particular role before, don’t worry; you’ll be given training and we’ll check you’re ok during the run. Being a funnel manager is a great way to get into volunteering; you just need to herd runners along the funnel to collect their tokens. We’re a friendly bunch (did I mention that?!), we’ll not bite. If you'd like to shadow someone in a role new to you, just let us know and we'll set something up for you.

This week 380 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 71 were first timers and 33 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 48 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

Sandy MACDONALD • Lynne CARTER • Robert MAIN • Ciaron FORREST • Gavin WILLSHAW • Richard MUDIE • Patrick NELIS • Mellony BERTRAM • Gary HALL • Gordon TURNBULL • Aj GOODSIR • Jennie SIMPSON • James HOULDING • Naomi SIMPSON • Isaac SIMPSON • Claire HOULDING • Kuba SKRZYNIARZ • Justine STANSFIELD • Caroline DESMULLIEZ • Elinor EVANS • Tom KERR • David MILNE • Peter GERRARD

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 10,883 participants have completed 60,361 parkruns covering a total distance of 301,805 km, including 10,601 new Personal Bests. A total of 847 individuals have volunteered 4,418 times.

 

Event #220, 03 August 2019: First Saturday of the Fringe!

A big welcome to everyone who has come to Edinburgh for Festival month! It was lovely to see you all this morning. A massive thank you to our volunteers too:

Andrew SIMPSON • Eleanor MACKENZIE • Vicky CRICHTON • Janis PHILP • Habeeb ATANDA • David LIMMER • David SORENSEN • Robert MAIN • Ciara WEBB • Stuart FLETCHER • Ross DOUGLAS • Anne STEINBERG • Lynne-Marie THOM • Dawn LAWSON • Kit LAWSON • Jody LEWIS • Jenni BRODIE • Mya MCNAUGHTON • Anne MOAR • Tom LEEMAN • Sarah ROBSON • Eric MCPHAIL • Alma MCNAUGHTON • David MILNE • Katie NEVANS • Peter GERRARD

If you can help in any future week please let us know. You can see the future roster here, and all you have to do is email us with your barcode number and chosen date to volunteer.

We had a few milestones today:
Jenni Brodie v25
Kit Lawson 50 Club
John Underhill 100 Club
and whilst unofficial, it really is a huge milestone for Bert Logan who did his 350th parkrun today. Well done!

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

This week 366 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 52 were first timers and 46 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 39 different clubs took part.

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 10,812 participants have completed 59,981 parkruns covering a total distance of 299,905 km, including 10,568 new Personal Bests. A total of 844 individuals have volunteered 4,395 times.

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