Event #233, 16 November 2019

Well done everyone today and an extra well done to Harris Taylor who joined the 50 club today. A great achievement!

Massive thanks to our volunteers. This week's parkrun only happened because of:
Siobhan SELLAR • David SORENSEN • Ciara WEBB • Malcolm FRASER • Stuart FLETCHER • Oliver FERIA-YATES • Ross J NICOL • Kathy MCKEAN • Nico FERIA-YATES • Richard BUCKLAND • Dave STONE • Matthew MCKEAN • Helen ROBINSON • Kuba SKRZYNIARZ • David WEDDERBURN • Tom BALLANTINE • Niamh MURPHY • Edite GAILITE • David MILNE • Muriel MORRISON • Jackie HUTT • Patricia BROWN • Matthew WELDON

If you want to volunteer let us know via portobello@parkrun.com.

Results:
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 11,483 participants have completed 63,955 parkruns covering a total distance of 319,775 km, including 11,087 new Personal Bests. A total of 881 individuals have volunteered 4,717 times.

 

Event #232, 9 November 2019

Great to see so many new faces this week. One in six of the finishers this week were new to Portobello parkrun or new to parkrun altogether, so which ever you are, welcome to the friendliest parkrun in the world!

We had a visit from Kate Wills, one of the RDs from Bressay, for her first run with us. We had a visit from a regular parkrunner from Ireland who had managed to recruit various friends and family to do their first parkrun, one of whom had never run a 5k before; well done to you! We had a teacher from Leith do her first parkrun. Great to see you all. I hope you all had fun and we see you again soon; it’s not always this cold.

A crisp morning meant people having to take it a bit easier, however the course was checked and deemed safe to run. There were still a couple of falls. If you have an accident on the course, please speak to a marshal or request help from those around you. We have a first aid kit and defibrillator at the finish. Marshals all carry the phone number of that day’s RD.

If you’ve not heard yet (where have you been?), we’ve announced that we’ll be holding a special extra parkrun on New Year’s day at 9.30am. This is the only day of the year when you can do two parkruns on the same day. Our friends at Vogrie parkrun have a late start that day so you can visit both to work off the excess of the season.

We’ve a full roster for the coming weekend but plenty of opportunities for runners to volunteer in future weeks. Please take a look at our volunteer roster for vacancies. IMHO, volunteering is even more fun that running.

This week 323 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 57 were first timers and 34 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 32 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Andrew SIMPSON • Chris RUSSELL • Robert MAIN • Ciara WEBB • Lynne COWDEN • Richard MUDIE • Oliver FERIA-YATES • Ross J NICOL • Gary HALL • Nico FERIA-YATES • Ian THOMAS • Richard BUCKLAND • Dawn LAWSON • Dorothy GROOBY • Andrew MYLNE • Kuba SKRZYNIARZ • Rhona MYLNE • Luca BASSO • Quinn UNGLESS • Gemma WHITSON • Brian HOLLINSWORTH • 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 11,443 participants have completed 63,630 parkruns covering a total distance of 318,150 km, including 11,038 new Personal Bests. A total of 878 individuals have volunteered 4,694 times.

Have a lovely week.

Robert

 

Event #231, 2 November 2019

And it’s November, the autumnal colours of the park made a stunning backdrop for stunning parkrunners. You all looked fabulous running into the distance.  The course this week was a bit "damp" but that didn't dampen 236 of you! Conditions weren't anywhere near their best, but somehow 26 of you managed to bag yourself a Porty PB, well done to you!

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We had 48 first timers, only 4 brand new parkrunners (welcome aboard) the rest were visiting parkrunners, we have to say you were a great bunch to have as our guests and you are welcome back anytime! A special hello to the Dublin family who came over, it was nice to meet you and hear about your parkrun.

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Of course, all of our memories from today would not have happened if it wasn't for our hiviz heroes, the volunteers:

Your parkrun was made possible thanks to Lorraine SYME-SMITH • Andrew SIMPSON • Alison Margaret WARD • Robbie YATES • Oliver FERIA-YATES • Lisa DRYBURGH • John CURREN • Ross J NICOL • Fiona NICOL • Gary HALL • Nico FERIA-YATES • Kit LAWSON • Elaine BERRI • Thomaas MALCOLM • Dorothy GROOBY • Anne MOAR • Gemma WHITSON • Fraser MAY • Niamh MURPHY • David MILNE • Patricia BROWN • Matthew WELDON

This week’s Milestones

Rachael Warren joined the 50 club, well done Rachael!

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Fiona Nicol 25 Volunteering stints, well done to you too Fiona!

 

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On some sad news, this was the last picture we have of Andrew Simpson. He was last seen attempting to fold the Porty pop up into the bag...there is a chance he was folded up with the springy sign, the search continues...

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Portobello parkrun, Edinburgh started on 18th April 2015.

Since then 11,386 participants have completed 63,307 parkruns covering a total distance of 316,535 km, including 11,004 new Personal Bests. A total of 878 individuals have volunteered 4,670 times.

Thanks so much for a great morning everyone, thanks for the memories, and I’ll see you next week.

Ross

 

 

New Year’s Day parkrun 2020

As has become our tradition, we will be hosting a special New Year’s Day parkrun. Same time (09:30), same place (Figgate Park). As usual, we need volunteers! Let us know if you can help.

We would like to thank the City of Edinburgh Council for their ongoing support and permission to use the park for this extra event.

 

Event #230 Happy Halloween!

OK, it’s not Halloween for a few days but today is Edinburgh Running Network’s birthday and we like to celebrate in style. Most of today’s volunteers and pacers are members of ERN, we’re a friendly local running club open to anyone over the age of 18 who can run at least 5km. New members are always welcome and you’re more than welcome to try a couple of sessions before you commit to joining. We meet on Monday and Thursday evenings from Portobello baths, Tuesday evening from the Commonwealth Pool and Sunday runs start at a different location each week. Monday and Thursday evenings tend to be a training session e.g. pacing, sprints, hill reps etc, Tuesday is known as “Chooseday” because members take it in turn to choose the route (usually about 10km) and Sunday we always have a 5-6 mile option as well as longer distances to build up to target races. Coming up in the next few weeks we will be kicking off training plans for the John Muir Way 50k race and London marathon, and Edinburgh half & marathon plans will start early in 2020. Full details are on our website, just drop us an email or message through our facebook page if you’d like to come out with us.

http://www.edinburghrunningnetwork.org.uk/training/

Sales pitch over ;)

This week Porty parkrun looked glorious in the chilly autumn sunshine and 346 walked, jogged or ran the course. 68 of these were first timers and we welcomed visitors from Glasgow, Thurso, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle and the Isle of Wight. 54 recorded new Personal Bests (thanks for the help pacing team!) and representatives of 38 different clubs took part.

Thanks to all the bakers too but who ate all that rocky road?? I was looking to a piece of that when I got home and all that was left was crumbs ☹

The event was made possible by 36 awesome volunteers:

Lorraine SYME-SMITH • Ian A SMITH • Murdo MACLEOD • Val BEATTIE • Krista BLACK • Sheila MASSON • Tracy-Ann AITON • Wendy MCFARLANE • Ann RAUTENBACH • Robert MAIN • Ciara WEBB • Mary RITCHIE • Emma LOUGHEED • Aristides KIPRAKIS • Oliver FERIA-YATES • Peter CHAMBERS • Wilma DOG • Ross J NICOL • Miguel MUDARRA • Rachael SINCLAIR • Annette DAVISON • Nico FERIA-YATES • Matthew GORRIE • Loic BEAUMATIN • Norman BROWN • Maisy DOG • Siobhan GORRIE • Helen WHITELEY-MCPHEE • Chris SMEATON • Stuart BARCLAY & baby Grace• Justine STANSFIELD • Quinn UNGLESS • Gemma WHITSON • Dariusz WEDGE • Brian HOLLINSWORTH • Emily ACKERMAN • Dan PERREGAUX • 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 11,338 participants have completed 63,071 parkruns covering a total distance of 315,355 km, including 10,978 new Personal Bests. A total of 876 individuals have volunteered 4,648 times.

 

 

Event #229, 12 October 2019

This week 360 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 44 were first timers and 57 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 34 different clubs took part.

Congratulations to those of you who reached milestones this week, with Shery Johnson and Lia Di Biase completing their 50th parkrun and Lucia Quilietti-Bird who ran her 10th parkrun at the grand old age of 8!

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Lorraine SYME-SMITH • Ian A SMITH • Paul EUNSON • Robert MAIN • Ciara WEBB • Katy DUNCAN • Stuart FLETCHER • Emma LOUGHEED • Laura BLAZEY • Anandan TANABALAN • Martin MCKENZIE • Gemma WHITSON • Keith ADAMSON • Alanna BAILEY • Megan HALL • Mathew SMITH • Eleanor WALKER • Jim MCDOWALL • Amy CURRIE • Edite GAILITE • Rachael POLLEY • Elaine WILSON • Douglas HUTT • Jackie HUTT • Michael CRAIG • Debbie MORGAN

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 11,270 participants have completed 62,725 parkruns covering a total distance of 313,625 km, including 10,924 new Personal Bests. A total of 874 individuals have volunteered 4,612 times.

 

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!

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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.