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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.