(not) parkrun week 7 27 July – 2 August 2020

Week 7 of (not) parkrun saw 30 Porty parkrunners record their (not) parkrun 5k time.  3 first timers joined us this week so welcome to Loic Beaumatin, Luca Basso and Dorothy Grooby!

There must be some good training going on as 11 runners recorded a (not) parkrun PB! Congratulations to Ciara Webb, Valerie Chapman, Sally Johnson, Jim Sime, Siobhan Sellar, Eleanor MacKenzie, Adam Small, Joanna McKenzie, Nicola Fielding, Margaret Evans & Debbie Blackwood.

(not) parkruns can take place on any day of the week, although Saturday tends to be a popular day.  This week the most popular day was Thursday ( 6 runs), closely followed by Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday with 5 runs each. You can log a (not) parkrun time on any day of the week and may record more than one time per week but only your fastest of the week will show on the results table.

I've indulged in some (not) parkrun tourism this week with a trip to visit my parents for a change of scenery. It's been nice to run round some different streets and I even found a "home from home" narrow boat while on a walk along the canal. The owner told me it was named by the previous owners after the Portobello area of London where they'd lived and not after our favourite parkrun!


I also had a walk round the location of one of their nearby parkruns. Bonus point for anyone who came name the venue of this start line....... (clue, it's North West England).


We had a "postcard" in the mailbox from Stuart Donnelly this week who tells us "I'm running round and round in circles in Aberlady - nearly 3 loops of the village to get to 5k.  I started the year in pretty bad shape as my “real" parkrun times will attest, but after 8 weeks of running for 30 minutes every single day during lockdown, I’ve never been fitter or run faster - the key seems to be not going too fast to start, and not increasing the pace too quickly either; consistency Is the key and helps avoid injuries and niggles.  That and a bit of strength and conditioning along the way." 

Great training tip there from Stuart - so many people set off too fast and crash and burn, steady pacing is a real skill to master!

Keep up the training, enjoy the last week of the school holidays and stay safe!



(not) parkrun week 6 20 – 26 July 2020

Week 6 and the (not) parkrun run report writer has made a serious blunder and run a (not) parkrun PB and failed to log it!! The (not) parkrun equivalent of forgetting your barcode! It's a shame because I had a great run - this weekend my wonderful club Edinburgh Running Network held our annual "LP Run" virtually. Normally we'd all run round a track for 33min 20 seconds (if you're under the age of 30 get someone to explain this to you) to some carefully selected tunes and there are usually as many prizes for the post-run baking as there are for running (because we're that kind of club!).  Hence, this was how I found myself running 14 and a bit laps of a section of Inverleith Park on Saturday afternoon with a couple of fellow ERNies for company and to save me looking like a complete lunatic if I'd done it on my own. It was so nice to have other people to run with again and be able to have outdoor socially distanced coffee and cake afterwards, it really felt like a "normal" run session.

Elsewhere, amidst the traumas of Garmin connect being offline, 28 Porty parkrunners recorded their (not) parkrun time during the week and we welcomed (not) parkrun first timers Robin and Nicola Lockey (great to see this mum and daughter duo are still running together), Mike Tucker, Adam Small, Sheila Masson and Lynne Cowden.

7 runners recorded a (not) parkrun PB and congratulations go to Fiona Coutts, Stuart Donnelly, Chris Noden, Gillian Renilson, Jim Sime, Richard Parkin and Nicola Fielding!

For the first time since (not) parkrun began, Monday rather than Saturday, was the most popular day for recording a (not) parkrun time......perhaps I should take note of this and log it early in the week before I forget in future!!

An update from parkrun was issued this week and at this stage the core team only know as much as is being issued in the "public" briefings.

A full set of (not) parkrun results can be found here. We'd love to hear where you're running your 5k's so feel free to drop us an email or post on the facebook page.

Keep running and stay safe!



(not) parkrun week 5 13 – 19 July 2020

week 5 of (not) parkrun already! I genuinely don't know where the weeks are going at the moment, i'm sure last time I checked it was only May! Hopefully now that some of the restrictions have been lifted you're starting to get out and about a bit more and see more people. I had friends visiting this weekend which was lovely and we paid a visit to Portobello beach on Sunday morning, bumping into a few parkrunners along the way. Sadly we didn't manage a run over the weekend as a very long walk round town on Saturday left us all with rather tired legs!

This week 20,587 parkrunners took part in (not) parkrun across 20 countries, with an average finish time of 33:59.  35 of those represented Portobello parkrun and we welcomed first time (not) parkrunners Eilidh Still, Steven Starthearn and Simon Hayes.

The lockdown training continues to pay off with (not) parkrun PBs recorded by: Jackie Blyth, Eleanor MacKenzie, Debbie Blackwood, Natalie Gorrie, Claire Cakes Mathieson (oh how my waistline is missing her cakes!!), Chris Noden, Nye Ulferts Kilpatrick, Elinor Evans, Margaret Evans and Alison Elgin.

Saturday remains the most popular day for recording a (not) parkrun with 12 of the recorded 35 runs so it's great to see the tradition being kept alive!

The latest update from parkrun can be found here. It probably won't surprise you to know that there is no further news on a return date, so keep training and keep logging those (not) parkrun times! You can run your 5k where ever and whenever you like (I ran to the post office carrying a parcel last week!) and I've seen reports of runs in France and Germany this week, proving that even the parkrun tourism fans can still get their fix!

The full set of results history for (not) parkrun can be found here.


(not) parkrun week 4 6 – 12 July 2020

Week 4 of (not) parkrun already....did anyone spot the mistake in the parkrun email that said it's week 3? Glad it's not just me that's loosing track of days and months at the moment!

This week 21,542 parkrunners across 20 countries took part in (not) parkrun with an average time of 33:33. 32 of those represented Porty parkrun with 4 (not) parkrun first timers - welcome to Laura Meikle, Grant Bulloch, Alison Elgin & Andrew Bulloch.

Of the returnee (not) parkrunners 7 recorded a new personal best, including myself, which is something i've not managed at (real) parkrun for quite a few years! I only set out for a gentle run on Monday evening after work and headed out of a regular route that's gradually uphill and was into quite a strong headwind that evening. At a point I'd usually turn left to take a different road home I thought I'd take advantage of the gradient and tail wind to pick up a bit of speed on the way back and the result was a few seconds off my previous fastest time. If i'd set off the with the intention of a faster run it might have been even quicker but hindsight is a wonderful thing!

A big shout congratulations to our other PB achievers Elaine Wilson, Fiona Coutts, Stephane Maurage, Jennifer MacKenzie, Elinor Evans and our very own Event Director Ciara Webb!

Saturday remains the most popular day for (not) parkrun with 11 of the 32 Porty runs recorded.

On Friday I paid a visit to Figgate Park for the first time in weeks as lockdown rules meant it has been outside my recommended 5 miles travel for exercise. I walked one lap of the course and the park looked very green and lush. It was lovely to bump into Porty parkrunner Anne Steinberg and her girls while walking along the prom too :)


A full set of (not) parkrun results can be found here. Don't forget, you can do your run or walk anywhere, any time in the week and record any number of 5k times but only your fastest time will show on the public page (all runs show on your personal profile).

Keep running and stay safe!



(not) parkrun week 3 29 June – 5 July 2020

Week 3 of (not) parkrun saw the start of the school holidays for most and a return to typical Scottish summer weather to celebrate. At least the reservoirs will be breathing a sigh of relief along with all those parents who've been homeschooling.

There was also good news for our parkrunning pals in New Zealand who were back to parkrun for the first time on Saturday after lockdown.  It's great to see them all running again but a little bit sad to have a reminder of what we're missing. We'll get there in time though! As part of their return parkruns chose a "locked down" parkrun country to support and Anderson parkrun in Napier (on the East coast of the North Island) chose Scotland.  There's some great videos and photos on their facebook page with more tartan than a tourist shop on the Royal Mile!

This week 37 Porty parkrunners dodged the gale force winds and torrential rain to record their (not) parkrun 5k time.  9 of these were first timers to (not) parkrun so a special welcome to them. From the returnees, 15 recorded a new personal best for (not) parkrun.  Among them were 3 of the 4 members of the Ulferts-Kilpatrick family who sent us this lovely photo from week 16 of their "mum's (not) parkrun", apparently their food bill is shooting up at a proportional rate to the kids! Lockdown training camp also paid off for Elinor Evans and mum Margaret who smashed their sub-40 goal, both recording times well under 39 minutes.....well done ladies!


Saturday remains the most popular day for recording (not) parkrun times with 17 of the 37 runs recorded.  It's the first time i've done mine on a Saturday and I put it off all day due to the dreich weather (and maybe a little too much zoom chat wine on Friday night). Eventually I dragged myself out before dinner and returned to the "village hotel (not) parkrun" which I've not done for a few weeks. I couldn't even tell you how many laps it is as i lose count but using 2 adjacent empty car parks is the best way I've found to do a non-stop run close to home without having to worry about social distancing. Hopefully it's amusing whoever monitors their CCTV too!

The weather looks a bit more favourable for running this week so let's see if we can get a record turn out for (not) Porty parkrun. You can log your 5k time at any point in the week (submit by midnight Sunday) and can even submit more than one time but only your fastest will show in the results list.

A full set of results can be found here: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/portobello/results/notparkrunhistory/

We'd love to see and hear where you've been running so feel free to drop us a line on our facebook page or through the mailbox portobello@parkrun.com.  There were several reports of "porty parkrunner sightings" too this week so grab a social distanced selfie if you bump into each other while you're out n about, we miss your lovely faces, even the sweaty ones!

Stay safe!



(not) parkrun week 2 22-28 June 2020

Week 2 of (not) parkrun saw an increase in participation of over 4000 runners across the globe.  The average finish time from the 23,230 runners was 34:00.

40 Porty parkrunners registered their 5k time this week with 23 first timers taking part. It's probably fair to say that the weather wasn't in our favour for fast times week with extreme heat at one of the week and torrential rain and strong winds over the weekend. It appears that we're not fans of the heat with Saturday (9) and Sunday (10) being the most popular days for runs. Despite the conditions, 12 runners still managed to record a personal best for (not) parkrun......I won't lie, mine might have been somewhat wind assisted!!

Representatives on 5 different running clubs took part from Jog Scotland, Lothian Running Club, Edinburgh Tri, Run Things Run Club and Edinburgh Running Network.

Don't forget, you can log your 5k time at any point in the week (submit by midnight Sunday) and can even submit more than one time but only your fastest will show in the results list.

A full set of results can be found here: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/portobello/results/notparkrunhistory/


(not) parkrun week 1 15-21 June 2020

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, (not) parkrun was launched across the world on the 15th June.  This is an opportunity for parkrunners to record a 5k completed on a route or treadmill of your choice between Monday and Sunday and submit the time on your parkrun profile. www.parkrun.com/signin/

18,960 parkrunners took part in week 1 across 20 countries, with an average finish time of 33:42.

These runs won't count towards your milestone tops sadly but could be a great way to stay motivated until we can resume parkrunning again. You can record more than 1 run per week but only your fastest will show in the results table.

In week 1 of (not) parkrun, 25 Porty parkrunners registered their 5k run with an average time of 31:30, much speedier than the average globally! Representatives of 5 different clubs took part with Edinburgh Running Network being the most represented with 4 runners.

The most popular day for running remains Saturday with 6 of the 25 runs recorded, but it's good to see folk keeping active throughout the week.

A full set of results can be found here: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/portobello/results/notparkrunhistory/

It would be great to see more of you getting involved in this and we'd love to see where you've been running so send us your sweaty selfies via the facebook page or on an email and I'll try and keep another parkrun tradition alive in the form of a short (not) parkrun (not) run report.

Stay safe & keep running!





Where to look for updates on Covid 19

Please see the parkrun news page here for the most up to date information from parkrun regarding Covid-19.

We ask that you remember your core team are volunteers, and that decisions on cancellations relating to Covid-19 will be taken by HQ, not individual events.

Thank you


Event #249, 14 March 2020

This week Scotland was battered with heavy showers throughout the week (granted not as bad as February) but still enough to make the park soggy on the verges.  I met Ciara on Thursday evening to collect some parkrun equipment, we met half way and drove in heavy sleet and snow in places, it was awful weather! Proper freezing it was - fast forward 38 and a half hours, and we were treated to a dry, still, 8 degrees partially sunny morning, with a hint of heat, that will do us nicely! I would call it potential PB conditions and we would soon find out! Even the park looked a little more green!

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We met the first timers / visitors at 0915 as most of you know my favourite part of being run director, love to show you our park, it has something for everyone, speed, scenery, wildlife, art work.

Its always nice to hear feedback from our visitors and Dan from Thornaby On Tees was up visiting this morning, he said "Figgate park was a great place to run, there's not many parkruns boasting of a volcano in amongst the scenery. A 3 lapper around the pond, it was a very flat, although be mindful of those tree roots! Great Volunteer team and support".

13th halfWe set you off at 0930, you were off into the distance, so the rest of us decided to take some selfies, of course you want to see them so here they are lol

13th volunteersBefore we know it, you are already completing lap one! You all looked good out there, lots of smiles, lots of thank yous, which are very much appreciated by the volunteers! We do have a laugh when you lot run around the park, it’s really good fun to volunteer, none of the jobs are hard, we work as a team, and have a great chat at the same time.  If you would like to volunteer with us, check our the future roster, and email us with your barcode number to portobello@parkrun.com. The roster can be found here -  https://www.parkrun.org.uk/portobello/futureroster/

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Well that's time coming to a close for parkrun event 249, volunteers ready for the pack coming home, definitely the calm before the storm...

13th vol

13th graeme2And here we go, 313 of you crossing the finish line at Portobello, 313 people crossing the finish line once, not over taking in the funnel, 313 not ducking out the funnel, 313 tokens taken to be scanned, 313 RETURNED! Thank you so much for being top quality parkrunners! Guidance from all hi viz definitely helped at times, what a morning!!

I mentioned I felt like it was PB conditions, was it? yes! 51 new PBs today! A special mention to Andrew Simpson your volunteer coordinator,  who claimed his first PB at Porty, his first since 2017! Wow - top achievement Andrew.  Of course everyone knows Andrew, but in case you cant remember it this guy, it’s the guy who went missing in the Portobello pop up tent in 2017!


After every parkrun we go to the café after for coffee, cake and even bacon rolls. Post run chats are the best, though I tried chatting to our fellow RD man Robert but he was zoned out token sorting! Thanks Robert, (I knew he could hear me really) lol 13th robert

This leaves me my great pleasure in thanking our TOP volunteers for today, it ran so smoothly, and it was all down to you lot, your HI VIZ HEROS were:

Andrew SIMPSON • Sorrel COSENS • Robert MAIN • Graeme THOM • Christian SIMPSON • Ross J NICOL • Anne STEINBERG • Laura PLUMB • Christine CARLTON • Douglas FORRESTER • Joseph HILLIER • Katherine ARNOTT • Dorothy GROOBY • Kuba SKRZYNIARZ • Emma HINGANT • Luca BASSO • Brian HOLLINSWORTH • Fraser MAY • Dan PERREGAUX • Iain YULE • David MILNE • Stephen JONES • Skye HARRISON

Thanks for another special morning in Portobello.



Event #248, 07.03.2020: International Women’s Day!

Well done all our runners today and special thanks to our volunteers. Particular thanks today to the parkrun weather fairy...!

We had runners from Helping Hands doing their first parkrun today- well done to you.

We lost two finish tokens today - if you have number 126 or number 335 please arrange to return it. We are only ever glad to get finish tokens back!

This week 373 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 53 were first timers and 52 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 37 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 25 volunteers:

Siobhan SELLAR • Ciara WEBB • Ciaron FORREST • Christian SIMPSON • Grant SELLAR • Gary HALL • Geoff LYNN • Anne STEINBERG • Graeme NICHOLSON • Ella NICHOLSON • Chris NODEN • Jennie SIMPSON • Joseph HILLIER • Naomi SIMPSON • Victoria BRUCE • Calum BRUCE • Finlay BRUCE • Alex BRUCE • Helen RALSTON • Luca BASSO • Eily SINCLAIR • David MILNE • Patricia BROWN • Skye HARRISON • Tracy NODEN

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 male record is held by Unknown ATHLETE who recorded a time of 16:37 on 22nd July 2017 (event number 115).
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 12,488 participants have completed 69,867 parkruns covering a total distance of 349,335 km, including 11,704 new Personal Bests. A total of 918 individuals have volunteered 5,094 times.

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