Event #221, 10th August 2019

Portobello parkrun, Edinburgh
Event number 221
10th August 2019

“Some parkruns just have that vibe, and this one has it...The most friendly parkrun, ever! The best course profile, I’ll definitely be back...” Just some of the nice comments made to me this morning. So there you have it folks, this one is the best so no need to go anywhere else ;P

After a lot of rain this week, we had a water feature to negotiate just after the underpass. Luckily this just added to the fun. The rain stayed away and meant that we ended up with a lot of hot and sweaty parkrunners at the end. Please remember to take it a bit easier if it is hot as it takes more out of you!

We lost token 163 today. If you have it, please return next week. You can just place it in a blue bucket or hand it to a volunteer.

We struggled to fill the volunteer slots this week, which was surprising considering we had such a high turnout. If you’d like to volunteer, please mail us at portobello@parkrun.com, stating the date you can volunteer, your barcode number and the role you’d like to do (check on the website for available roles). If you’ve never volunteered or done a particular role before, don’t worry; you’ll be given training and we’ll check you’re ok during the run. Being a funnel manager is a great way to get into volunteering; you just need to herd runners along the funnel to collect their tokens. We’re a friendly bunch (did I mention that?!), we’ll not bite. If you'd like to shadow someone in a role new to you, just let us know and we'll set something up for you.

This week 380 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 71 were first timers and 33 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 48 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:

Sandy MACDONALD • Lynne CARTER • Robert MAIN • Ciaron FORREST • Gavin WILLSHAW • Richard MUDIE • Patrick NELIS • Mellony BERTRAM • Gary HALL • Gordon TURNBULL • Aj GOODSIR • Jennie SIMPSON • James HOULDING • Naomi SIMPSON • Isaac SIMPSON • Claire HOULDING • Kuba SKRZYNIARZ • Justine STANSFIELD • Caroline DESMULLIEZ • Elinor EVANS • Tom KERR • David MILNE • Peter GERRARD

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 10,883 participants have completed 60,361 parkruns covering a total distance of 301,805 km, including 10,601 new Personal Bests. A total of 847 individuals have volunteered 4,418 times.

 

Event #220, 03 August 2019: First Saturday of the Fringe!

A big welcome to everyone who has come to Edinburgh for Festival month! It was lovely to see you all this morning. A massive thank you to our volunteers too:

Andrew SIMPSON • Eleanor MACKENZIE • Vicky CRICHTON • Janis PHILP • Habeeb ATANDA • David LIMMER • David SORENSEN • Robert MAIN • Ciara WEBB • Stuart FLETCHER • Ross DOUGLAS • Anne STEINBERG • Lynne-Marie THOM • Dawn LAWSON • Kit LAWSON • Jody LEWIS • Jenni BRODIE • Mya MCNAUGHTON • Anne MOAR • Tom LEEMAN • Sarah ROBSON • Eric MCPHAIL • Alma MCNAUGHTON • David MILNE • Katie NEVANS • Peter GERRARD

If you can help in any future week please let us know. You can see the future roster here, and all you have to do is email us with your barcode number and chosen date to volunteer.

We had a few milestones today:
Jenni Brodie v25
Kit Lawson 50 Club
John Underhill 100 Club
and whilst unofficial, it really is a huge milestone for Bert Logan who did his 350th parkrun today. Well done!

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

This week 366 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 52 were first timers and 46 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 39 different clubs took part.

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 10,812 participants have completed 59,981 parkruns covering a total distance of 299,905 km, including 10,568 new Personal Bests. A total of 844 individuals have volunteered 4,395 times.

 

Event #219 27th July 2019 Porty parkrun, slippery when wet!

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After a week of melting in the heat, the great Scottish summer returned this morning with a dreich forecast and another torrential downpour mid-run. I'm not sure what we've done to upset the parkrun weather fairy but 2 weeks in a row is no laughing matter!

The weather didn't deter 261 of you pulling on your trainers for 3 laps of the park and despite the rather slippery paths and bridges 26 runners recorded a personal best.  We welcomed 45 first timers to Porty parkrun including a number of visitors from across the UK including Manchester, Andover, Yorkshire and Carlisle, as well as a slightly late running, long distance visitor from Australia.

The good news is that towards the end of the run some guys from the council came down and have boarded over the gap in the bridge so it is safer to run on.  Hopefully it will be fixed properly soon but thank you all for taking care on it this morning, and to the marshals for some great cone work!

Milestone congratulations this week go to:

  • Blair Woodward - junior 10 runs
  • Eric McPhail, Hannah Waugh and Richard Arnott - 50 runs
  • Mark Davidson - 100 runs
  • Lorraine Syme-Smith - 150 volunteers

The event was made possible by 22 slighty soggy but awesome volunteers:

Lorraine SYME-SMITH • Ian A SMITH • Mary HOCKENHULL • Robert MAIN • Emma LOUGHEED • John CURREN • Kenny HASTON • Gary HALL • Aidan GRISEWOOD • Gordon TURNBULL • Nicola FIELDING • Neil DUGUID • Helen ROBINSON • Thomaas MALCOLM • Mike TUCKER • Carole PARK • Nicholas MENY • David WEDDERBURN • Pete MACLEOD • Fraser MAY • Steve CONWAY • 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 10,759 participants have completed 59,615 parkruns covering a total distance of 298,075 km, including 10,522 new Personal Bests. A total of 841 individuals have volunteered 4,369 times.

 

Event #218 20th July 2019

This week 278 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 37 were first timers and 37 recorded new Personal Bests.

We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen: Mellony BERTRAMHelen BRIDLEIan BROATCHLynne COWDENDouglas FORRESTERGosia KARCZEWSKAElaine KILPATRICKEmma LOUGHEEDRobert MAINFraser MAYDavid MILNERachel MURRAYKatie NEVANSRoss J NICOLFiona NICOLStewart POTTINGERHelen RALSTONIan A SMITHDave STONEGraeme SYMELorraine SYME-SMITHHaydn THOMAS

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

Congratulations to father & daughter dream team Graeme and Ella Nicholson on their 100th runs.

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 10,759 participants have completed 59,615 parkruns covering a total distance of 298,075 km, including 10,522 new Personal Bests. A total of 841 individuals have volunteered 4,369 times.

 

Event #217, 13 July 2019

This week 297 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 40 were first timers and 47 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 32 different clubs took part.

Congratulations to our all of those who achieved milestones at this event:

150 runs - Wendy McFarlane

100 Club - Kenny Haston, Graeme Thom and Ryan Dignan

50 Club - Mat Smith and Maddy Smith

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Ann RAUTENBACH • Anja EKELOF • Andrew JOHNSTON • Ciara WEBB • Stuart FLETCHER • Mellony BERTRAM • Anne STEINBERG • Christine CARLTON • Nicola FIELDING • Gosia KARCZEWSKA • Jan MAXWELL • Sarah LAUCKNER • Gemma BELL • Helen ROBINSON • Thomaas MALCOLM • Mike TUCKER • Claire Cakes MATHIESON • David WOOD • Stuart BARCLAY • Pete MACLEOD • Edite GAILITE • David MILNE

Please help keep your parkrun going by volunteering. It’s easy and it’s fun and it’s a great way to get to know your fellow parkrunners. If you can help please send your barcode number to portobello@parkrun.com. parkrun only happens because of 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 10,677 participants have completed 59,076 parkruns covering a total distance of 295,380 km, including 10,459 new Personal Bests. A total of 835 individuals have volunteered 4,325 times.

 

Event #216, 6 July 2019: Anyone for te..parkrun!

So the fine weather continued and while some thoughts this week have turned to action at Wimbledon this week, others turned to their usual Saturday morning action here at parkrun.  And I tell you what, judging by some of what I saw today just as much greenery at Figgate park as at SW19 currently!  Hopefully you all enjoyed your morning as much as I did myself.

We've had a good number of "aces" today also, firstly all tokens returned with none missing so thanks to everybody for that today.  Also any event be it Wimbledon or a parkrun event needs its team of volunteers behind the scenes to ensure all runs well...after the appeals on facebook this week and my own during the pre-run brief this morning - a huge thank you to all those who came found me afterwards and stepped up for volunteering, as a result i'm happy to say we now have a full rota for next week.  Lets keep that momentum going - (like Federer/Nadal through the mens draw) this period is always tricky with people away - please check out the volunteer rota found here and email in with your barcode number, date and preferred role (if any) portobello@parkrun.com

We had a few milestone achievements today as well:

Rebekah Knipe 10th junior run (part of a group of 9 Knipe family on course today - 5 visiting from Newcastle Australia!) Rebekah celebrated a pb today also so congratulations!

Keith Adamson 50th run also landing a pb today so congratulations to you too!

Fiona McKenzie 25th volunteer today - thank you for all your help!

Worth also just mentioning an excellent run today from our 1st finisher Peter Avent coming in with a pb and finishing 20 secs shy of the mens course record (which has stood since November 2015!  Certainly had us volunteers excited!)

This week 313 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 41 were first timers and 56 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 32 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:

Fiona M MACKENZIE • Sarah DAVIS • Sheila MASSON • Iain PEARCE • Lynne CARTER • Wendy MCFARLANE • Ann RAUTENBACH • Robert MAIN • Ciaron FORREST • Gavin WILLSHAW • Christian BARLOW • Kate MURRAY • Richard MUDIE • Aj GOODSIR • Rachel SLASKI • Elaine BERRI • Catherine CUMMING • Luca BASSO • Caroline DESMULLIEZ • 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 10,637 participants have completed 58,779 parkruns covering a total distance of 293,895 km, including 10,412 new Personal Bests. A total of 833 individuals have volunteered 4,303 times.

 

Event #215, 29 June 2019

Well done everyone who participated on a humid morning! Special thanks to our volunteers. We really need people to step up over the summer period, if you can help please email portobello@parkrun.com and include your barcode number.

Thanks for being respectful of the plot of land near the entrance of the park that the Friends of Figgate Park have plans for. If you want to find out more about the Friends you can do so here.

Milestones
Ollie Pound joined the v25. Thank you Ollie!

Ciaron Forrest, Robert Mylne and Mellony Bertram all joined the 100 club. Well done-a great achievement!

This week 285 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 38 were first timers and 46 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 38 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Oliver POUND • Louise IRVINE • Stuart FLETCHER • Robbie YATES • Eleanor SINGER • Ian DAVIDSON • Richard MUDIE • Jessica HUSBANDS • Gary HALL • Elaine DALE • Nico FERIA-YATES • Nicola FIELDING • Gosia KARCZEWSKA • Elaine BERRI • Will WALTER • Nicole LEBLANC • Anne MOAR • Olivia WALESBY • Luca BASSO • Justine STANSFIELD • Gemma WHITSON • Helen TAYLOR • 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 10,595 participants have completed 58,466 parkruns covering a total distance of 292,330 km, including 10,356 new Personal Bests. A total of 830 individuals have volunteered 4,282 times.

 

Event #214, 22 June 2019: Your parkrun Needs You!

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 portobello@parkrun.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.

 

Event #213, 15 June 2019: 7 Hills of Edinburgh Weekend

Another lovely morning for parkrun. It is always nice to be able to wear shorts and t-shirt when we volunteer; it doesn’t happen often so we’ll take the nice weather when we can get it. Even the swans behaved themselves eventually. Thanks Ciara for keeping them under control.

We had visitors from as far afield as Perth, WA, as well as various places around the UK such as Tring and Gateshead.

We got a full set of finish tokens back this morning. Thank you everybody!

Congratulations to Romelei Adrian Laurezo on joining the 100 club.

Congratulations to Leah Bartlett on joining the 50 club. Happy 16th birthday Leah! Congratulations also to Holly Watson and Rebecca Jack on also joining the 50 club.

Three people each on 49 and 99 runs this week so look out for more milestones next week.

Well done to David Limmer, coming in first comfortably under 17 minutes. Well done also to Catherine Cowie, first lady, in a new PB of 20:18. The legend that is Lorenzo Pacitti had another storming run to set yet another PB. He used the additional time to clear up after messy seagulls, and still managed to get into work before I’d processed the results. All in all, this week 306 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 50 were first timers and 42 recorded fantastic new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part. Very well done all of you!

Very best of luck for anyone competing this weekend. It is the 7 hills of Edinburgh race tomorrow. Enjoy your weekend everyone!

The event was made possible by 22 super special volunteers and was the 50th outing as tail walker for Lorraine, well done! This event was brought to you by:

Lorraine SYME-SMITH • Ian A SMITH • Claire FOX • Eleanor MACKENZIE • Robert MAIN • Ciara WEBB • Stuart LIVINGSTONE • Elizabeth LEASON • Alison ROWE • Rachael SINCLAIR • Gordon TURNBULL • Matthew GORRIE • Jennie SIMPSON • Dawn LAWSON • Dorothy GROOBY • Luca BASSO • Louisa GROTRIAN • Olivia KERINS • Dan PERREGAUX • Steve CONWAY • David MILNE • Samuel KERINS

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 10,510 participants have completed 57,834 parkruns covering a total distance of 289,170 km, including 10,266 new Personal Bests. A total of 821 individuals have volunteered 4,229 times.

 

Event #212, 08 June 2019

For the second week running we were really fortunate with the weather as, despite the forecast, it remained dry for the entire event! As ever, it was great to see so many first timers and visitors.

This week 283 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 37 were first timers and 40 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Sandy MACDONALD • Vicky CRICHTON • Ann RAUTENBACH • Mark UPWARD • Stuart FLETCHER • Emma LOUGHEED • Ali CARTER • Julia LOECHERBACH • Amanda ROBERTSON • Jennie SIMPSON • Douglas FORRESTER • Jody LEWIS • Norman BROWN • Naomi SIMPSON • Victoria BRUCE • Calum BRUCE • Finlay BRUCE • Alex BRUCE • Helen RALSTON • Emily THORBURN • 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 10,460 participants have completed 57,528 parkruns covering a total distance of 287,640 km, including 10,224 new Personal Bests. A total of 819 individuals have volunteered 4,207 times.

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