Well it felt like summer might have actually arrived but writing this on Monday evening with the heating and lights on I'm going to retract that comment! It was a glorious morning for a parkrun and we welcomed a number of first timers and visitors from across the UK including Cambridge, Norwich and Aberdeen.
In the pre-run brief I mentioned that we have a lot of gaps in our roster over the coming weeks. Please take time to look at your diary and see if you have free Saturday to help out. Whilst we are very lucky to have a great group of regulars, it would be lovely to see some new names on the roster! All roles are very straightforward and you'll be fully briefed on what you need to do. It's also a great way to get to meet other parkrunners. All we ask is that you arrive for around 9am and are able to stay until the tail walker finishes the run which can be around 10:30am. Under 18s are welcome to volunteer although if they marshal or tail walk they must be accompanied by an adult, and any unaccompanied on the finish area need to be responsible for doing a role. We aren't a free baby sitting service while parents run!
If you can help we'd love to hear from you, just drop us an email with your date and barcode number and if you have a preferred role email@example.com
The key roles we need to fill each week are:
▪ Timekeeper - requires a bit of concentration but not as daunting as people think! You just click one button to start the run and the lap button every time a runner finishes.
▪ Marshals - the people who are stationed around the course to make sure everyone goes the right way, stays safe, and provide encouragement to the runners.
▪ Funnel managers - positioned along the finish funnel to make sure runners stay in the funnel, stay in finish order and that the line keeps moving. This helps ensure that everyone gets the correct time and finish position in the results. Experience of herding cats helpful but not essential!
▪ Finish tokens - the people who hand out the finish tokens at the end of the funnel. The tokens are all strung up in order so you work as a pair with one person taking them off the string in small blocks and other handing them out to runners.
▪ Barcode scanners - the folk who scan your barcode and token to make sure you get a result.
▪ Number checker - will become the timekeeper's best friend by the end of the run! This is an essential role to provide checks between the timekeeper and finish tokens to ensure the numbers are in sync (if they aren'twe can adjust the results accordingly). Sounds complicated but all you need to do is write down numbers!
▪ Tail walker - their main job is to finish in last position while making sure that everyone is safe around the course. The tail walker gets a run credit as well as a volunteer credit (so long as they scan their barcode!)
This week 347 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 47 were first timers and 44 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 33 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 29 awesome volunteers:
Sarah DHANDA • Gregor BOYD • Sorrel COSENS • David LIMMER • Ciara WEBB • Brian PENDREIGH • Stuart FLETCHER • Emma LOUGHEED • Lisa DRYBURGH • John CURREN • Sean WATTERS • Anne STEINBERG • Gordon TURNBULL • Douglas FORRESTER • Gosia KARCZEWSKA • Dave STONE • Elaine BERRI • Malcolm TAYLOR • Navid HEMMATI • Mya MCNAUGHTON • Calum BRUCE • Luca BASSO • Susan GARVEN • Alice BIRKETT • Alma MCNAUGHTON • Jacky FIGURES • Fraser MAY • David MILNE • Katie NEVANS
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 10,557 participants have completed 58,181 parkruns covering a total distance of 290,905 km, including 10,310 new Personal Bests. A total of 825 individuals have volunteered 4,258 times.