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.

 

 

Alternative Course: from 24 August 2019

Following the closure of one of the bridges that is a fundamental part of our route, leading to a cancellation on 17 August, we are pleased to advise that we have access to an alternative route which we will use from 24 August. There are a few things to note:

* No dogs or buggies are permitted to participate in Portobello parkrun whilst we use the alternative course. This is for safety reasons.
* The start will be in line with the bird feeder.
* There will be a marshal to direct you over the alternative bridge. It is a hard right turn onto the bridge and a hard left to get off it. The surface of the bridge is rough. Please slow down and cross with care.
* There is a short contraflow section, which will be marshalled. You must keep left and in single file. Other park users have priority over all parkrunners and you must give way to them, even if you have to slow down or stop.
* No overtaking in the tunnel.

We will have some ‘roving marshals’ this Saturday, people who are running and will marshal as we go. This will ensure runners understand the course and take heed of the fact that we must give way to other park users, especially at the contraflow.

See you on Saturday!

 

Event #210, 25 May 2019 No barcode no time!

When I first arrived at Figgate Park this morning I thought we might have an issue with the swans and cygnets blocking the course just down from the start line but luckily they moved by 9:30 and didn't feel the urge to join in parkrun!

This week 402 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 135 were first timers and 49 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 70 different clubs took part from all corners of the UK including Yorkshire, Cambridge, Bedfordshire, Londonshire, Newcastle, Durham, Northumberland, Wales and Manchester......something to do a race or two tomorrow. Good luck to all those racing and spectating!

We had a number of people tell us they'd forgotten their barcode this morning and ask if we could add them in. The simple answer is that we can't - the parkrun rules are simply "no barcode, no time". Barcodes are only added manually if they won't scan, and can be only accepted on paper or one of the parkrun products.  They don't scan off mobile phones. You wouldn't turn up to a race without your race number and expect a time so same applies to parkrun barcodes!

So with that in mind, here are Auntie Emma's top tips to ensure you never forget your barcode again. We're going to adopt a technique i've called "print and plant".....there's 6 barcodes on a sheet of paper so cut them up and plant them in places so you'll never be without one again.....

In your mobile phone case......

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In your purse or wallet......

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On your keys.....

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In the car......

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Under the insole of your trainers....

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Or maybe on your laces.....

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For those who like to travel, put one in your suitcase....

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Or even inside your passport....

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Print and plant folks, print and plant!!

The event was made possible by 27 awesome volunteers:

Lorraine SYME-SMITH • Ian A SMITH • Lucy MARSHALL • Siobhan SELLAR • Mary HOCKENHULL • Habeeb ATANDA • Ann RAUTENBACH • Robert MAIN • Ciara WEBB • Ciaron FORREST • Emma LOUGHEED • Elizabeth LEASON • Kathy MCKEAN • Patrick NELIS • Anne STEINBERG • Christine CARLTON • Jennie SIMPSON • Gosia KARCZEWSKA • Dorothy GROOBY • Naomi SIMPSON • Claire Cakes MATHIESON • Eric MCPHAIL • Brenda MCDONNELL • Alma MCNAUGHTON • Emily THORBURN • Dan PERREGAUX • Katie NEVANS

Congratulations to Mya McNaughton and Isla Paterson on their 10th Junior parkrun and to David Sorenson, Stuart Scougill, Caroline Desmulliez and Kelsi Wale on their 50th parkruns.

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 10,345 participants have completed 56,801 parkruns covering a total distance of 284,005 km, including 10,129 new Personal Bests. A total of 815 individuals have volunteered 4,163 times.

 

Event #186, 15 December 2018 Christmas Party Day

Portobello parkrun, Edinburgh
Event number 186
15th December 2018

Today you’d have been forgiven for thinking we were somewhere in the Arctic circle. We were lucky though that it didn't rain (and freeze) yesterday and that the snow never materialised. My fingers were burning with the cold by the time we went over to process the results in the cafe. It’s amazing what a nice warm coffee can do though. If you've never joined us, we go over the road to Planet Cafe afterwards to have a coffee and a natter. We'd love for you to join us next week.

We had visitors today from far flung places like Melbourne, Australia, where I’m told it was 20 degrees C at night the other day; if only!, and York, England, where I grew up.

Thanks all for taking it easy on the icy patches this morning and making light work for your run director! Many thanks to all the volunteers today for braving the cold! Thanks especially to the two funnel managers who doubled up as marshals around the lake for lap 1.

Well done to Lisa Dryburgh, Chris Noden and Dorothy Grooby, who all joined the 100 club this morning! It was also my 50th volunteer slot today. Thanks for the treats afterwards.

If you drop your barcode, please come and discuss with the run director after your run. Today we had 3 handed in and only one reunited.

Remember that next week, we’re doing fancy dress / Christmas jumpers. I’m looking forward to seeing some festive outfits.

I’ll hopefully see some of you later on for our annual Christmas meal and afternoon out. There was just enough time to nip for a run round Arthur’s Seat, grab a shower, and write a quick run report first.

This week 233 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 29 were first timers and 23 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:

Sheila MASSON • Ian HALL • David LIMMER • Jonathan MASON • Robert MAIN • Stuart FLETCHER • Emma LOUGHEED • Kate MURRAY • Penny GARDINER • Sean WATTERS • Laura PLUMB • Douglas FORRESTER • Dave STONE • Angus CHANDLER • Claire Cakes MATHIESON • Helen TAYLOR • Victor SETLHARE • Corey CAMPBELL • Peter ASHE • Joanne CAMPBELL

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 8,974 participants have completed 48,063 parkruns covering a total distance of 240,315 km, including 8,905 new Personal Bests. A total of 733 individuals have volunteered 3,595 times.

 

Event #182 17/11/18 My Favourite Day!

The parkrun weather fairy is definitely in my good books after another dry and relatively mild run this morning. With winter upon us we will course check each morning and post on our facebook page and also the parkrun website if we have to cancel due to dangerous ground conditions. http://www.parkrun.org.uk/cancellations/
No news means we are on!
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The news that makes Emma happy :)

Congratulations to Tom Malcolm on his 50th parkrun and thanks for the cakes, great shortbread :)
Scott Ryan also joined the junior 10 milestone club with a new PB, well done Scott!
An "unofficial but impressive enough to worthy a mention milestone" - congratulations to Adam Small (and buggy co-pilot Lewis) on his 200th parkrun.

We welcomed 47 first timers to Porty parkun, 18 first time parkrunners and visitors from all over the UK including Cambridgeshire, Nottinghamshire, Aberdeen, Glasgow, London, St Albans and the mighty Stockport. Welcome too to our South African visitors who'd traveled to Edinburgh for the rugby this afternoon.

It was also nice to welcome back the local parkrun legend that is Davie Black, who despite having run 453 parkruns tells me he hasn't run at Porty since our inaugural run in April 2015!
Welcome back also to Porty regulars David Moir and Connie Gibbs who were both back on the park after recent illnesses. Great to see you both again and hope you're back to full form soon.

The news that makes Emma grumpy :(

Every week we mention in the first timers and pre-run brief that under-11's must be within arm's reach of their designated adult at all times. This is a child safe-guarding policy that is put in place by parkrun HQ and repeat offenders will be removed from the results. For the safety of all involved please keep your children close to you. We appreciate that some are faster than their parents / guardians but if they want some speed training they can run unaccompanied at junior parkrun on Sunday mornings.

We've had a couple of occassions recently when someone has parked obstructing the double gates into the park on Baileyfield Road. This is our only point of access should we need to call an ambulance so please ensure it is kept clear. Generally, the volunteers who arrive early will have parked closest to the gate so if you're running late there's unlikely to be space to park there!

The "is it too early to mention Christmas?" bit

Christmas Day and New Year's Day are the only days in the year when parkrun can be run not on a Saturday. It is at the discretion of the local core team to decide if they put on an additional run and teams across the country are currently putting their plans in place and these will be published here http://www.parkrun.org.uk/special-events/

At Portobello we will be running as normal on Saturday 22nd and 29th December. There will be no run on Christmas Day and we are running at our usual time of 9:30 on New Year's Day. New Year's Day is the only day you can record runs at two parkruns so if you fancy starting the year off with a double parkrun Vogrie and Livingston are both running at 11am.

The Geeky Stats bit ;)
This week 320 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 47 were first timers and 61 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 18 awesome volunteers:

Lorraine SYME-SMITH • Sandy MACDONALD • Ann RAUTENBACH • David SORENSEN • Robert MAIN • Ciara WEBB • Emma LOUGHEED • Alaric PETHER • Etta WATTERS • Ian THOMAS • Dorothy GROOBY • Angus CHANDLER • Shirley LAWSON • Justine STANSFIELD • Tom GODDARD • Corey CAMPBELL • Charlotte PARKER-SMITH • Joanne CAMPBELL

If you'd like to be a hi-viz hero please drop us an email with your barcode number to portobellohelpers@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 8,815 participants have completed 46,950 parkruns covering a total distance of 234,750 km, including 8,766 new Personal Bests.

 

New Year’s Day parkrun 2019

We are delighted to announce that we have received permission to stage an additional parkrun on New Year’s Day 2019! Many thanks to the Parks Officer and the City of Edinburgh Council for their support once again.

Usual time (0930), usual place (Figgate Park), usual things apply (no toilets, don’t forget your barcode, have fun!)

We need volunteers to make this event happen so if you would like to start your New Year in the best possible way, let us know and we can add you to the roster.

 

Event #175, 29 September 2018

What a morning for a run! Well done to everyone that participated today.

Dogs
Please ensure if you are running with a dog that it is on a short leash and under control (keep your dog to heel). Thank you for your assistance. parkrun policy here.

Toilets
Please do not pee in the park. The nearest toilets are at Morrison’s on Portobello Road or Aldi on the high street. Thank you.

Volunteering
Volunteering is easy and fun! It’s a great way to see the other side of your parkrun. Please have a look at our roster online and let us know when you can help, just email in with your barcode number. We only need the roles in yellow filled.

Results
This week 288 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 36 were first timers and 58 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 29 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:

Andrew George SIMPSON • Mike LIEBERMAN • Eleanor MACKENZIE • Dougie GOWAN • Lorna THOMSON • Brian REID • Robert MAIN • Ciara WEBB • Ciaron FORREST • Andrew STOTHERS • Eleanor SINGER • Ian DAVIDSON • Lisa DRYBURGH • Patrick NELIS • Paul SLIFER • Matthew GORRIE • Charles NAPLES • Claire MATHIESON • Ruth DREVER • Leah WILSON

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 8,493 participants have completed 44,742 parkruns covering a total distance of 223,710 km, including 8,461 new Personal Bests.

 

Parking

If you must drive to parkrun, please park your car considerately. There is lots of on street parking on Duddingston Road, Duddingston Park, Baileyfield Road, and Mountcastle Drive North and South that doesn’t impact negatively on local residents. Please avoid parking in the Hamiltons. Even better, car share, cycle, run or use public transport if you can!

 

Event #169 18 August 2018 : Porty on tour

Today, most of the Porty core team went on tour to Ormeau parkrun (whilst one of their RDs joined us) so I got the opportunity to do my first Run Director stint on what turned out to be a pretty normal damp August day during the festival.

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Sorry for forgetting the milestone announcements before the run. Congratulations to Megan Balfour and Kerr McKenzie on joining the Junior 10 club. Congratulations to Andrew Bullock and Derek Greenan on joining the 50 club. And congratulations to Connor Ulferts Kilpatrick on joining the 100 club. Thanks for all the cakes!

Thanks to all the volunteers and well done to all the runners.

If you’d like to volunteer in a future week, please check the roster and email in. We have a takeover on 22nd September though so all the roles that day will be filled by Eastern Amateur Costal Rowing Club.

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This week 349 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 70 were first timers and 54 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 39 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:

Andrew George SIMPSON • Michael NEWTON • Sheila MASSON • Sheena TURNER • Robert MAIN • Stuart FLETCHER • Craig TAYLOR • Gary HALL • Etta WATTERS • Ian THOMAS • Douglas FORRESTER • Gosia KARCZEWSKA • Dawn LAWSON • Helen ROBINSON • Eric MCPHAIL • Justine STANSFIELD • Leah WILSON • David WEDDERBURN • Stephane MAURAGE • Emily THORBURN

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 8,205 participants have completed 42,848 parkruns covering a total distance of 214,240 km, including 8,120 new Personal Bests.

 

Event #165, 21 July 2018

It's always brilliant to be able to celebrate milestones (well done Lewis Shaw on your 50th today!) but it feels extra special when one of the Core Team gets there, so this Run Report is dedicated to Ross Nicol. You may remember Ross from a few months back when he actioned the first Porty parkrun Proposal in the finish funnel, or you may know him from run directing or running or volunteering. Either way, massive congrats to Ross on the milestone, it's a great achievement.

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Do let us know if you have any milestones coming up (junior 10, 50, 100, 250, 500 or V25) and we'll do our best to remember to give you a shout.

Children u11
Please ensure you keep your children within arm's reach at all times. Not only is this for the safety of your child but it's also an insurance requirement for us. There have been a number of adults spoken to over the past few weeks about this rule, and persistent flouters of this rule will find their child's time removed from the results. You can find out more about it here.

Volunteering
Volunteering is easy and fun! you can view the future roster here. We only need the lines in yellow filled in (sometimes there's a white box, that's because the roles are doubled up for a specific reason in a future week). Email us on portobellohelpers@parkrun.com with your barcode number and the date you're able to help.

Today's event was made possible by 18 volunteers:

Michael NEWTON • Ciara WEBB • Ciaron FORREST • Richard MUDIE • Fiona BENNIE • Sophie ROWE • Douglas FORRESTER • Anne DUNCAN • Loic BEAUMATIN • Jane GARDNER • Anne MOAR • Helen RALSTON • Rachel WARREN • David WOOD • Luca BASSO • Margaret MALCOLM • Leah WILSON • Margaret EVANS

Results
This week 235 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 29 were first timers and 35 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 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 Elizabeth GILCHRIST who recorded 90.65% (24:58) on 31st October 2015 (event number 28).

Portobello parkrun, Edinburgh started on 18th April 2015. Since then 7,946 participants have completed 41,514 parkruns covering a total distance of 207,570 km, including 7,947 new Personal Bests.

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