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.
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.