(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 :)

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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!

Emma

 

(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!

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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!

Emma

 

(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!

Emma

 

 

 

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...

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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!

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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.

Ross.

 

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!

Results
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.

 

Event #247 29th Feb Leaping into spring

Well the parkrun weather fairy definitely worked her magic and my freshly laundered hi-viz stayed dry. It definitely felt like spring might finally be in the air!

Today was the first ever leap day parkrun, and the next one won't be for another 28 years.......here's hoping some of us are still running or doddering round on our zimmer frames then!

It was a mega busy morning, possibly the novelty of a 29th Feb parkrun or the glimmer of blue sky. 447 runners and walkers took part and we welcomed visitors from around the UK including Shrewsbury, Anglesey, Millom, Falkirk, Cumbernauld and Elgin.  We were also joined today by some of Mrs Leggatt's PE pupils from Duddingston Primary School. Some took part in the run and others volunteered as marshals and cheer squads. They did a great job and I wish we could bottle some of that enthusiasm!

71 runners were first timers at Porty parkrun and 48 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 37 different clubs took part.

Congratulations go to:

  • Zoe MacDonald - 100th parkrun
  • David Wilson - 50th parkrun
  • Emma Thomas - 50th parkrun
  • Jo Robinson - junior 10th parkrun

The event was made possible by 33 awesome volunteers:

Lorraine SYME-SMITH • Ian A SMITH • Shery JOHNSTON • Lyn PHILLIPS • Emma LOUGHEED • Joyce SALVONA • John CURREN • Christian SIMPSON • Kerry LEGGATT • Anne STEINBERG • Chris NODEN • Christine CARLTON • Joseph HILLIER • Dave STONE • Esther WILSON • Ryan JOHNSTON • Louise ANDERSON • Eric MCPHAIL • Gregor CARLTON • Kim WALLACE • Tom BALLANTINE • Rowan KRAMERS • Dan PERREGAUX • David MILNE • Muriel MORRISON • Peter GERRARD • Skye HARRISON • Elsa BIGHAM • Cara SIMKIN • Ava SIMKIN • Innes WALLACE • Sarah NISBET • Chloe NISBET

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

A quick moan as I don't want to spoil a fun morning but please:

* stay on the paths not the grass, it is very slippy at the moment.

* dogs on a short lead to heel, especially when it's as busy as today.

* kids under 11 within arms reach of their responsible adult.

* please park considerately and safely. Parking under the railway bridge is going to cause an accident or generate complaints aimed at parkrun.

Next Saturday, 7th March is International Women's Day and parkrun UK have teamed up with the #ThisGirlCan campaign to encourage more women to parkrun.  Now the stats geek in me brought me back to our annual report which for the last 2 years has shown that 45% of our runners are female compared to 55% males. But......the registration profile on our wiki page shows a far greater proportion of females than males register to Porty parkrun.

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So ladies, girls, lassies, get your barcodes out and let's see some girl power next Saturday! Bring your friend, colleague, the neighbour who always expresses an interest in what you do on Saturday morning but hasn't plucked up the courage to come along yet.  These girls can and so can you!

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Event #246, 22 February 2020

Thanks to everyone who came to parkrun this morning! Massive thanks to our volunteers as well - we can't do it without you. I heard a wonderful parkrun story this morning, Max Bloor was a Duke of Edinburgh volunteer with us about four years ago when his mum started running with us. She told me this morning that Max started running at parkrun too, and today he's running at the Scottish National Cross Country Championships. All because of parkrun! This story made my morning.

Couple of things
- please don't take your finish token home. If you have token 296 in your possession please return it, we need to reuse them every week and we've lost this one before!
- if your barcode regularly doesn't scan then please re-print it. It saves volunteer time doing the results.

Volunteers
Thanks so much to the people that made parkrun happen this morning: Lorraine SYME-SMITH • David SORENSEN • Ciara WEBB • Emma LOUGHEED • Eleanor SINGER • Ian DAVIDSON • John CURREN • Christian SIMPSON • Ross J NICOL • Kerry LEGGATT • Anne STEINBERG • Jennifer MACKENZIE • Dawn LAWSON • Joseph HILLIER • Helen ROBINSON • Dorothy GROOBY • Claire Cakes MATHIESON • Helen RALSTON • Helen TAYLOR • David WEDDERBURN • Niamh MURPHY • Eoin O SULLIVAN • David MILNE • Skye HARRISON

Email us at portobello@parkrun.com withyour barcode number if you can help in future weeks. The future roster is here.

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 12,364 participants have completed 69,047 parkruns covering a total distance of 345,235 km, including 11,604 new Personal Bests. A total of 907 individuals have volunteered 5,035 times.

 

Event #245, 15 February 2020

We were incredibly lucky with the weather given previous forecasts, and conditions elsewhere in the country. 412 people made the most of the break in the wind and rain to run, jog or walk our course, of whom 48 were first timers and 49 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 39 different clubs took part.

We were very pleased to welcome lots of first time runners, and visitors from Dundee, the north of England, Ireland, and Brisbane, Australia. Whether it's your first run, your 423rd, and however far you've travelled, thank you for coming to Portobello parkrun! We hope to see you again.

A special mention today for father and daughter, Erin and Rob Malcolm. Erin has now completed 50 parkruns, while Rob hit the 100 parkrun milestone. Well done both of you.

We posted a notice on Facebook earlier, but I think it's worth repeating here - please help us to maintain good relations in the community and keep everyone safe by ensuring you park considerately. We had reports that parkrunners parked dangerously close to the junction with Harry Lauder Road. It's really not worth taking risks for what is after all a free, weekly event and a run, not a race...

Finally, a huge thank-you as always to our fantastic volunteers. This event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Jim BUICK • Andrew SIMPSON • Sandy MACDONALD • Chris RUSSELL • David LIMMER • Ann RAUTENBACH • Robert MAIN • Emma LOUGHEED • Graeme THOM • John CURREN • Christian SIMPSON • Gary HALL • Anne STEINBERG • Chris NODEN • Douglas FORRESTER • Luca BASSO • Walter CARLTON • Elinor EVANS • Fraser MAY • David MILNE • Michael CRAIG • Skye HARRISON

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 12,301 participants have completed 68,728 parkruns covering a total distance of 343,640 km, including 11,586 new Personal Bests. A total of 905 individuals have volunteered 5,011 times.