This Saturday (19 October) marks Edinburgh parkrun's four year anniversary and to celebrate, the 5k run at Cramond will include a range of special activities. There will be pacers provided by Carnegie Harriers, a free sports massage from the Scottish Massage School, entertainment from Absolutely Legless, free post-run soft drinks and snacks, and an optional fancy dress competition.
Edinburgh parkrun has grown considerably since its inception in 2009 when 206 runners took part in the first event, to now regularly getting over 400 runners. Organiser, David Black, told us about the event's history and how they celebrated the closing run of their year season on 12 October.
"On Saturday 12 October, event 205 brought season number four to a close for Edinburgh parkrun and what a season it had turned out to be! Edinburgh's top 21 best attended events all occurred in 2013, partly due to an influx of Falkirk parkmates whose event was postponed for three months. An all-time Scottish parkrun attendance record of 515 was realised on 17 August - one of only 11 events from 320 worldwide and the first in Scotland to pass the magic 500.
"Saturday's race saw Inverclyde's Andrew Douglas leading from the gun and he brought the field home in a 15:49 in his 23rd Edinburgh parkrun. For the second time in two appearances, local girl Nicola Duncan, representing Portobello RC, finished seventh overall on 17:40."
For more information visit the Edinburgh parkrun website.