Event #207, 04 May 2019

Congratulations to Martin Kelso, Hugh McMichael and Jenny Bush who all completed their 50th parkrun on Saturday.

Portobello Beach Race will take place on Sunday 23rd June 2019 at 12.30pm. Further information and entry details can be found at www.entrycentral.com/PortobellobeachRace

This week 372 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 44 were first timers and 65 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 34 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Lorna THOMSON • Ann RAUTENBACH • Jonathan MASON • Lyn PHILLIPS • Jennifer O'NEILL • Stuart FLETCHER • Lisa DRYBURGH • Chris NODEN • Etta WATTERS • Andy MCKAY • Richard BUCKLAND • Gosia KARCZEWSKA • Gemma BELL • Navid HEMMATI • Louise ANDERSON • Louise GRAY • Claire Cakes MATHIESON • Luca BASSO • Justine STANSFIELD • Suzanne SANDLAND • David WEDDERBURN • Alex BROWN

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 10,130 participants have completed 55,789 parkruns covering a total distance of 278,945 km, including 9,963 new Personal Bests. A total of 804 individuals have volunteered 4,091 times.

 

Event 206 27 April 2019, the future’s bright!

This week it was our annual junior takeover where all of our volunteers were under 18. We all had a great time volunteering and got lots of high fives.

If anyone has tokens 87, 227, or 296 could you please return them as soon as possible, thanks.

This week 314 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 42 were first timers and 41 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 38 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 32 volunteers:

Lorraine SYME-SMITH • Andrew SIMPSON • Heike ULFERTS • Emma LOUGHEED • Nye ULFERTS KILPATRICK • Connor ULFERTS KILPATRICK • Christian SIMPSON • Merryn ULFERTS KILPATRICK • Anne STEINBERG • Graeme NICHOLSON • Ella NICHOLSON • Jacqueline SLIMON • Andrea BARLOW • Sinead FIELDING • Jennie SIMPSON • Jake SLIMON • Naomi SIMPSON • Isaac SIMPSON • Mya MCNAUGHTON • Adam BALLARD • Robert Arthur MYLNE • Chris SMEATON • Charlie COPP • Alice BIRKETT • Louisa GROTRIAN • Olivia KERINS • Alma MCNAUGHTON • Robin LOCKEY • Eily SINCLAIR • Rebecca JACK • Andrew STEWART PALENZUELA • Anya KEPPIE

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 10,086 participants have completed 55,417 parkruns covering a total distance of 277,085 km, including 9,898 new Personal Bests. A total of 802 individuals have volunteered 4,069 times.

 

Event #205, 20 April 2019: We turned FOUR!

What a perfect morning. The sun was shining, the park looked beautiful, we had delicious cake from Claire and acknowledged the achievements of lots of runners and volunteers. Thanks so much to the following people who made parkrun happen this week: Lorraine SYME-SMITH • Ian A SMITH • Peter MCKILLOP • Andrew SIMPSON • Baljit DHANDA • Susan MORRISON • Habeeb ATANDA • Robert MAIN • David WEBSTER • Ciara WEBB • Mark UPWARD • Lynne COWDEN • Gavin WILLSHAW • Emma LOUGHEED • Richard MUDIE • Gary HALL • Lynne LEWIS • Philip MCDOWELL • Gosia KARCZEWSKA • Dave STONE • Elaine BERRI • Dorothy GROOBY • Will WALTER • Claire Cakes MATHIESON • Rachel MURRAY • Chris SMEATON • Helen RALSTON • Stuart BARCLAY • Luca BASSO • Mary CAMPBELL • Dan PERREGAUX • Niamh MURPHY • David MILNE

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Toilets
To the two people seen peeing in the bushes, you know who you are, and I choose not to let you ruin my morning! We reiterate every week that there aren’t any toilets available in the park and that peeing in public is not acceptable. Please use the loos at Morrison’s or Aldi. Don’t ruin parkrun for everyone else. Thank you.

Volunteering
Next week (27th) is a junior takeover. We still need 2 x u18 volunteers accompanied by an adult to fill Marshal roles. There are also lots of gaps in future weeks, please email portobello@parkru.com with your barcode number if you can help.

Results
We had a massive 77 PBs this week. Incredible! 431 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 75 were first timers. Representatives of 40 different clubs took part. Portobello parkrun, Edinburgh started on 18th April 2015. Since then 10,045 participants have completed 55,103 parkruns covering a total distance of 275,515 km, including 9,857 new Personal Bests. A total of 793 individuals have volunteered 4,037 times.

 

Event #204, 13 April 2019

It's the end of another parkrun year for us - our 4th birthday is next week! We have come a long way from the day the idea of a new parkrun for Edinburgh was born, and we couldn't do it without you, our parkrun community. Whether you run, jog, walk or volunteer, you contribute to a very special community event each and every week. Thank you.

Volunteering
Thanks to everyone who responded to the volunteer appeal email this week. Our roster is looking a lot healthier! April 27 is a Junior Takeover,so if you are u18 please get in touch and we will get you on the roster. Our email is portobello@parkrun.com and you can view the future roster here.

Our volunteers this week were: Lorraine SYME-SMITH • Ian A SMITH • Scott BALFOUR • Andrew SIMPSON • Mary HOCKENHULL • Oliver POUND • Ann RAUTENBACH • Ciara WEBB • Shona CLARKE • Ciaron FORREST • Stuart FLETCHER • Clare LEGGE • Peter CHAMBERS • Gary HALL • Anne STEINBERG • Chris NODEN • Scott STABLES • Frankie WALTER • Sheila GREGSON • Will WALTER • Iain HOCKENHULL • Luca BASSO

Milestones
We had three milestones today, all joining the 50 club. Well done to Louise Stephen, Mauro Pacitti and Arthur Watson.

Results
This week 303 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 39 were first timers and 55 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 31 different clubs took part. 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 9,969 participants have completed 54,672 parkruns covering a total distance of 273,360 km, including 9,780 new Personal Bests. A total of 792 individuals have volunteered 4,004 times.

 

Event #203 – 6 April 2019

Portobello parkrun, Edinburgh
Event number 203
6th April 2019

At Porty parkrun we can run in zestful joy, or in somber meditation. parkrun can be about freedom of movement in contact with Nature; or it can be about the discipline and willpower of competitive effort against yourself around the paths of Figgate Park. It can give the rich companionship of running with friends, or the equally rich solitude of running alone. It is a significant part of the lives of us porty parkrunners. This is something we can see so clearly as volunteers, watching the stampede of colourful parkrunners run around the park.

This week was a dreich parkrun, but that didn't stop 279 people completing the 5k course of Figgate park. We welcomed 36 were first timers, from brand new parkrunners, to parkrunners visiting from all over the UK. Although the weather was rather damp, it didn't stop 48 people recording new Personal Bests! That’s an impressive 17% of the field! Congratulations to your achievements!

This event wouldn't be possible without our amazing volunteers, they really were amazing yesterday standing in the cold rain for you all. Big Cheers go out too Lorraine SYME-SMITH, Ian A SMITH, Claire FOX, Fiona M MACKENZIE, Peter MCKILLOP, Sarah DAVIS, Eleanor MACKENZIE, Ann RAUTENBACH, Robert MAIN, Ciara WEBB, Clare LEGGE, Eleanor SINGER, Ian DAVIDSON, Ross J NICOL, Gary HALL, Gosia KARCZEWSKA, Jody LEWIS, Dorothy GROOBY, Anne MOAR, David WOOD, Leah GIBSON, Emily THORBURN, Dan PERREGAUX and David MILNE.

The finish area was definitely the place to hang around if you have a sweet tooth! 4 milestones completed and LOADS of cakes being shared! A great tradition at porty, we love a bit of cake! Congratulations to Morag Mylne, Lisa Egan, Matthew Naumann and Mark Ballard who all completed 50 parkruns, top effort! And congratulations to Ian A Smith who also completed a milestone landmark of 100 parkruns!

NOTES
Out 4th Birthday will be April 20th 2019
27th April is a Junior takeover.

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

Portobello parkrun, Edinburgh started on 18th April 2015. Since then 9,930 participants have completed 54,369 parkruns covering a total distance of 271,845 km, including 9,724 new Personal Bests. A total of 787 individuals have volunteered 3,982 times.

 

Event #202, 30 March 2019

It was great to see so many visitors and first timers at Porty this week.

A special mention to Dorothy Grooby who took part in her 100th Portobello parkrun; achieving a PB at the same time! And congratulations to Angela Goodsir who reached her 100 milestone.

It was nice to meet the staff from Portobello Surgery taking part in their first parkrun and also to get a chance to speak to Vince Ashton from Bolton who was taking part in his 69th different parkrun and who volunteers as an ambassador for invisible conditions.

This week 360 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 47 were first timers and 62 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 36 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Clare HALPENNY • Mike LIEBERMAN • Sheila MASSON • Katie DUNLOP • Brian REID • David WEBSTER • Ciara WEBB • Julie MCNAUGHTON • Stuart FLETCHER • Emma LOUGHEED • Laura PRENTICE • Elaine CARSE • Neil BERRY • Anne STEINBERG • Marianne JAMES • Andrea BARLOW • Charles NAPLES • Janice THOMPSON • Naomi SIMPSON • Fraser MAY • Stephen STUART • 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 9,894 participants have completed 54,090 parkruns covering a total distance of 270,450 km, including 9,676 new Personal Bests. A total of 786 individuals have volunteered 3,958 times.

 

Event #201, 23 March 2019

Well what a difference a week makes! It was a beautiful spring morning at Figgate park a complete contrast to last weekend! Here's hoping we have seen the last of the wintery weather and its blue skies and sunshine from here on in!

This week 329 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 28 were first timers and 60 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 34 different clubs took part.

Volunteering at parkrun is a great way to give something back, meet new people and of course have fun. Each role is super easy and you will receive a full briefing before the start.

Our roster is looking a little on the empty side in the coming weeks, if you are able to help please email in with your barcode number to portobello@parkrun.com

Please note that Saturday 27th April is a junior takeover week, where the volunteer roles will be filled by our amazing under 18's.

Today's event was made possible by 21 volunteers:

Scott BALFOUR • Michael Stewart FULLERTON • Tracy-Ann AITON • Robert MAIN • Ciaron FORREST • Clare LEGGE • Laura PRENTICE • Wendy MALKIN • Lisa DRYBURGH • Ross J NICOL • Fiona NICOL • Laura PLUMB • Douglas FORRESTER • Dawn LAWSON • Claire Cakes MATHIESON • Margaret MALCOLM • Walter CARLTON • Dawn-Marie MERCER • Andrew STEWART PALENZUELA • Fraser MAY • David MILNE

The news that made me happy today was getting all our finish tokens back! Thank you!

The things that made me grumpy today were people entering the funnel after only completing two laps and then trying to funnel duck.
Please only enter the funnel if you have completed the full three laps and if you have entered the funnel by mistake please stay in until you have reached the end as both these things create issues for the Run Director when doing the results.

We also had an incident of someone urinating in the park again today. This is completely unacceptable and wont be tolerated at Portobello parkrun. If you are caught your time will be removed from the results.
Toilets are available at Aldi and Morrisons. Details of which can be found on our website.

Congratulations to Grant Bulloch who completed his 50th run today. Well done!

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 9,847 participants have completed 53,730 parkruns covering a total distance of 268,650 km, including 9,614 new Personal Bests. A total of 785 individuals have volunteered 3,936 times.

 

Event #200, 16 March 2019

200 events-WOW! Portoello parkrun, Edinburgh started on 18th April 2015. Since then 9,819 participants have completed 53,401 parkruns covering a total distance of 267,005 km, including 9,554 new Personal Bests. A total of 783 individuals have volunteered 3,915 times. Did you know that 267,000 km is the orbiting distance of the Chandrayaan-1, an Indian satellite? Fact!

Volunteering
Massive thanks to all our volunteers today:
Lorraine SYME-SMITH • Scott BALFOUR • Fiona M MACKENZIE • Ian HALL • Chris RUSSELL • Michael James HANNAM • Robert MAIN • Stuart FLETCHER • Clare LEGGE • Emma LOUGHEED • Richard MUDIE • John CURREN • Kathy MCKEAN • Gary HALL • Rachael SINCLAIR • Matthew GORRIE • Jennie SIMPSON • Elaine BERRI • Nicola DUNN • Thomaas MALCOLM • Angus CHANDLER • Isaac SIMPSON • Andrew MYLNE • Rhona MYLNE • Hollie BANNATYNE • Helen MERRY

Volunteering is easy and it’s fun. If you can help in future weeks please email portobello@parkrun.com

Spring Planting
Please don’t trample on the spring bulbs near the finish area or leave jackets etc near the saplings at the concrete tubs.

Finally, we said a fond goodbye to Rubena at the cafe this morning and a hello to the new owner. Don’t worry though, Rubena said she will come and run at Porty now!

 

Event #199, 09 March 2019: In Memory of Liz Lynas

parkrun was always more than just a run in the park to Liz. She finished her first parkrun at Portobello on 30 April 2016 and her 100th at Porty on 1 December 2018. She touristed at Edinburgh, Livingston, Hay Lodge, Haga (Sweden), Ormeau, Vogrie, Strathclyde, Lochore Meadows, Dunfermline, Southwark (informally twinned with Porty and affectionately known as 'Southobello'!), St Andrews, Hasenheide (Germany) and Falkirk, rating each on their welcome to walkers and whether the toast was any good in the cafe. Liz loved toast! She also received a prize at Porty's second birthday for taking a massive chunk of time off her PB and last year for volunteering - she volunteered at parkrun or junior parkrun on 58 separate occasions.

Liz was also an excellent parkrun recruiter. She recruited lots of people who are now regulars at Porty, and I know on Saturday there were lots more first timers there only because they knew Liz - 64 of you had never done Porty before and we hope to see you again.

Volunteering
parkrun is only possible because of volunteers. This week's high-vis heroes were: Angela NICHOLSON • Angus CHANDLER • Christine CARLTON • Ciara WEBB • Clare LEGGE • Dan PERREGAUX • David LIMMER • David MILNE • Dawn-Marie MERCER • Elaine BERRI • Emma LOUGHEED • Fiona EADES • Fiona MCLAREN • Helen RALSTON • Ian A SMITH • Ian HALL • John CURREN • Katy SMILLIE • Lorraine SYME-SMITH • Michael GRANT • Rachel BISSET • Robert MAIN • Ross DOUGLAS • Samantha PATERSON

If you can help on a future week, please email portobello@parkrun.com with your barcode number. All the roles are straightforward and we will explain everything on the day.

Spring Planting
Please avoid trampling the bulbs that are beginning to shoot leaves near the finish area. There are signs asking you to avoid that area. We noted that folk are locking bikes to the fence which is fine, just walk along the fence line and the bulbs will be fine.

We've also had a request from the Friends of Figgate Park to avoid leaving jackets near the saplings in the 'Fruity Corner' (where the concrete planters are). There's a picture on our social media of this today.

Finally, use your parkrun to make connections with people. That's what Liz did. We have quite an incredible community of runners, joggers, walkers, and volunteers at Porty and we all have one thing in common - getting out and moving around for the benefit of each other on a Saturday morning. #loveparkrun, Liz did. We hope you are now at peace our wonderful friend.

 

Event #198, 2 March 2019: A Trimendous morning!

Spring seems to have almost sprung and we might (keep everything crossed!) have made it through our first winter without a weather related cancellations. Given that this time last year we were snowed up with the beast fae the east it was positively balmy running conditions this Saturday.

Most of this week's volunteers were from Hartree Jets triathlon squad. Thankfully everyone stayed out of the pond and the bikes remained locked to the fence! If you'd like to find out more about them they have a website http://www.jetstri.co.uk

Congratulations to David Gibson and Margaret Malcolm who joined the 50 runs club and Graeme Maley who ran his 100th. Run Director Ross Nicol put in a pre-wedding run before marrying fellow Porty parkrunner Fiona Bennie who was walked down the aisle by nephew David Gibson fresh from his 50th run. Congratulations to Ross and Fiona, it was a great day to be a part of!

This week we welcomed 57 first timers to Porty parkrun of which 15 were completely new to parkrun and others were visiting from parkruns including Brighton, Bangor, Dublin, Perth, Livingston and even as far afield as Edinburgh!

The observant among you will have noticed that we have moved the position of our barcode scanners so they are now on the right as you exit the finish funnel. This is because the area on the other side of the path has bulbs coming up and signs asking park users to keep off it.  Please avoid walking across the area, especially if you're locking your bike to the fence. On Saturday I noticed there was a tendency for the scanning queue to follow on from the finish funnel queue during "peak times". It doesn't matter what order we scan you in so please make 4 lines and ensure the end of the finish funnel can flow freely.

Next Saturday, 9th March, will be Liz Lynas' memorial parkrun. This was planned by Liz and whilst I'm sure the tissues may be required, it will ultimately be a celebration of her love of parkrun and in her words her "happy place".  If you have a milestone top please wear it as Liz worked so hard to get to her 100th run, or if you aren't there yet the parkrun apricot tops or something nice and bright would be great.  A number of people have asked about a collection for Liz and as we are not allowed to collect or handle cash at parkrun, a justgiving site has been set up to raise funds for Marie Curie who cared for Liz in her final few weeks https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/liz-lynas

This week 402 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 57 were first timers and 74 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 41 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:

Joel ENOCH • Simon BARBER • Andrew SIMPSON • Siobhan SELLAR • Duncan BIRSE • Scott FINDLAY • Emma LOUGHEED • David TWEEDIE • Craig GOLDIE • Jennifer MCKENNA • Jennie SIMPSON • Rachel FAGAN • Sarah LAUCKNER • Shona BATHGATE • Isaac SIMPSON • Catherine DAVIDSON • Craig DALE • Rachel WARREN • Alice LOUDON • Ruben VILLALAIN • Jo PHILLIPS

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 9,728 participants have completed 52,764 parkruns covering a total distance of 263,820 km, including 9,496 new Personal Bests. A total of 778 individuals have volunteered 3,865 times.