(not) parkrun week 15 21-27 September

Week 15 of (not) parkrun saw 16,706 parkrunners taking part across 20 countries, with an average finish time of 34:09 ⏱️

38 participants registered to Portobello took part with an average finish time of 31:15. We welcomed 3 first timers to (not) parkrun: Robert Main, Tracy-Ann Aiton and Anna Kachkova.

The role call for personal best congratulations contains some familiar names again, suggesting there's some good training paying off. Well done to Elinor Evans, Douglas Forrester, Dorothy Grooby, Connor Ulferts Kilpatrick, Niami Miall, Catherine Patterson and Alex Boyack.

There is no new news in the parkrun HQ update this week. Mental as well as physical wellbeing was very much discussed in the parkrun Q&A session recently and this is acknowledged again in the update. I think it's safe to say we are all missing our parkrun for more than just the running and with the nights drawing in it's often harder to find the motivation to put on the trainers. You'll undoubtedly feel better if you do though and I'm definitely going to make more of an effort to free up time in my work diary at lunchtime to make the most of the daylight hours. Or why not make a "virtual" date with a running buddy if you're unable to meet up in person then you're more likely to go out and can swap notes on how your run went afterwards? For anyone dreading the winter months this article might be of interest, think like a Norwegian (their parkrun is currently cancelled too!).

Stay safe, keeping running and dig out the thermals, hi-viz and lights!



(not) parkrun week 13 7-13 September

Week 13 of (not) parkrun saw 18,548 parkrunners take part across 20 countries with an average finish time of 34:23.

40 Porty parkrunners took part this week and there were no first timers. We had 12 PBs, congratulations Naomi Miall, Blair Dinwoodie, Jennifer MacKenzie, Alison Elgin, Georgia Rogers, Elinor Evans, Elaine Wilson, Luca Basso, Chris Noden, Merry Ulferts Kilpatrick, Dorothy Grooby & Fiona MacKenzie.

The latest update from parkrun HQ can be found here https://blog.parkrun.com/uk/2020/09/15/covid-19-coronavirus-update-15-september/ there's still no news for Scotland and my last hope of a race this year has just been cancelled. There's still some virtual races and challenges taking place though, well done to anyone who did the virtual Great North run 40 runs challenge or half marathon distance over the weekends and there's been some really long runs popping up on my strava feed in preparation for (not) the London marathon in a few weeks time. Whatever your distance there's still medals to be had to reward your efforts this year.

Take care, stay safe and keep running! Let us know what you've been up to, we miss you!



(not) parkrun week 12 31 August – 6 September 2020

Despite what the parkrun email says about it being week 11, the results table says it's definitely week 12 of (not) parkrun! This week 18,308 parkrunners took part across 20 countries, with an average finish time of 34:07 ⏱️

47 of these were Porty parkrunners giving us a (not) parkrun record turnout but still some way off the top of the UK (not) parkrun table :(


We had 7 first timers to (not) parkrun, welcome to Dave Tucker, Douglas Forrester, Naomi Miall, Iain Hockenhull, Alex Boyack, Matt Gorrie and Blair Dinwoodie! From the returnees there were an impressive 14 PBs, congratulations Dorothy Groobie, Luca Basso, Heike Ulferts, Merryn Ulferts Kilpatrick, Annette Davison, Fiona Squires, Joanna McKenzie, Elinor Evans, Chris Noden, Georgia Rogers, Graeme Thom, Alison Elgin, Dave Stone and Gareth Warren!

This weekend would have been the deferred Edinburgh Marathon Festival weekend which is usually one of our largest parkrun attendances of the year with a deluge of visitors here for the races. It was lovely to see some people on Porty prom with "race" numbers on taking part in the virtual events on Sunday, although it was maybe a little warm for running a marathon by late morning. "Congratulations" if you took part!

The latest COVID update from parkrun can be found here. Before anyone looks, i've researched flights to the Falkland Islands and Northern Territories of Australia and it's impossible to get there before Saturday! ;)  There is also a glimmer of hope for the UK with the announcement of the intention for parkruns in England to return by the end of October. Note that this is only England at the moment and there is no guarantee it will happen by then.  Before you rush off to book a weekend south of the border, the parkrun COVID framework does ask that you attend your local events and avoid unneccessary travel to non-local parkruns. Now I love a bit of parkrun tourism as much as anyone (ok, possibly more than most people!) but let's all be sensible about this and respect the requests to keep events as safe as possible once they return.

In the mean time, get your trainers on, run where ever and when ever you like and log some (not) parkrun times. I'll get us in that top 5 one week!!






(not) parkrun week 10 17 – 23 August 2020

The results are in from week ten at (not) parkrun with 18,181 parkrunners taking part across 20 countries, with an average finish time of 34:10.

It was another record turnout week for Porty (not) parkrunners with an attendance of 44 runners, no doubt partly assisted by the ongoing Edinburgh Running Network challenge that awarded them a bonus point for a logging a time on Saturday, and also boosted by the return of the 4 members of the Ulferts-Kilpatrick family who resumed "mum's non parkrun" after a summer break......although there will be inquiries as to why they didn't run on their holidays ;)

This turnout of 44 gave us the 32nd highest turnout of 674 parkruns in the UK. The highest turnout was at Chelmsford Central (171 not parkrunners), followed by Witney (155) and Bushy Park (145).  Admittedly, Bushy Park is a much bigger event than Portobello and regularly tops 1000 runners, with an average attendance of 742.  Chelmsford Central has averaged 498 runners and Witney 243. Our average attendance at Portobello is 282 but in recent times has been much higher than this.....so basically what I'm saying is that I think we can do better than 44! Let's see some more Porty folk logging a 5k (not) parkrun time and see if we can move up that UK table next week.

We had 3 first timers this week, welcome to Gordon Turnbull, Caroline Rogers and Gary O'Neill.  There were an incredible 15 PBs this week and congratulations go to: Jody Lewis; Nicola Fielding; Fiona Squires; Claire Mathieson; Elinor Evans; Eric McPhail; Luca Basso; Chris Noden; Joanna McKenzie; Jenny Bush; Maddy Smith; Paul Barnaby; Stephane Maurage; and Gillian Renalson.

You can log your 5k (not) parkrun time on any day of the week and it can be run on any route or on a treadmill. If you're running further then you could take the time for the first or fastest 5k split time from your run. You can record any number of (not) parkruns throughout the week but only the fastest will show on the public results page. There's definitely no harm in logging one early in the week in case you forget to add one later (not that I'm still bitter about that PB I forgot to record!). If you're having problems accessing your parkrun account there's a password reset on the sign in page. https://www.parkrun.com/signin/

stay safe and keep running!



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 #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:


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.


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!






Event #238: 28 December 2019

And that's it, the last Porty parkrun of the decade! Many thanks to all who have made this decade such fun.

Please can Finlay Glass get in touch. Your barcode scanned but not your finish token.

We had some fun with finish tokens this week. It seems that tokens 50-59 were handed out in reverse order. The results have been re-processed to reflect this. Apologies if this affected you.

If you would like to volunteer in a future week, please get in touch at portobello@parkrun.com. Go on, make it your New Year resolution, it is great fun!

Please join us for an extra parkrun on New Year's Day at 9.30am. This is the only day of the year that you can run two pparkruns on the same day. Vogrie and Livingston are running at 11am so, if you're quick, you might be able to do both. See https://www.parkrun.org.uk/special-events/ for all events on New Year.

View of the runners from the start line on 28th December 2019

This week 356 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 56 were first timers and 38 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 37 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

Murdo MACLEOD • Andrew SIMPSON • Mary HOCKENHULL • Sorrel COSENS • Michael JAMES • Ann RAUTENBACH • Robert MAIN • Laura PLUMB • Etta WATTERS • Andrea BARLOW • Jennie SIMPSON • Dawn LAWSON • Kit LAWSON • Dave STONE • Naomi SIMPSON • Anne MOAR • Iain HOCKENHULL • Kuba SKRZYNIARZ • Luca BASSO • Richard UNGLESS • Quinn UNGLESS • Elaine KILPATRICK • David MILNE • Lynne TURNER

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 11,739 participants have completed 65,600 parkruns covering a total distance of 328,000 km, including 11,258 new Personal Bests. A total of 891 individuals have volunteered 4,836 times.

I hope you had a Merry Christmas and wish you a Happy New Year!



New Year’s Day parkrun 2020

As has become our tradition, we will be hosting a special New Year’s Day parkrun. Same time (09:30), same place (Figgate Park). As usual, we need volunteers! Let us know if you can help.

We would like to thank the City of Edinburgh Council for their ongoing support and permission to use the park for this extra event.


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.


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!

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