The drizzle eased off as the 9:30 start approached for the 16th Edinburgh parkrun on Saturday, February 6. The event, which has managed so far to avoid heavy rain and the strong winds which the Cramond foreshore is famed for, once again provided near perfect running conditions, resulting in a fantastic 59 personal bests on the day.
Ward of Course
Although there would be no PB for Ray Ward (34), who has previously registered sub-15 minutes for 5ks on the track, his time of 16:12 was good enough for the Hunters Bog Trotter to win for the third time, in his fifth appearance. Having previously finished first and third, Moray man Ross Milne (32), representing Lothian RC, placed second this week in 16:16, exactly the same time which saw him win the event on 16 January. Completing his 13th Edinburgh parkrun was previous winner Iain Taylor (41) of Carnegie Harriers who placed third, for the third time, with 16:59.
Clean Sweep for Kirby
In her second appearance, Jo Kirby (30) of Corstorphine AAC followed up her New Year’s Day win at the Bushy parkrun by winning her first Cramond event in a time of 19:31. Having won the race twice before, Lothian RC’s starlet Lana Turnbull (16) settled this time for runners up spot and breaking the elusive sub-20 minute barrier, with a time of 19:56. Joining Lana in the sub-20 club was Kate Turner (SW20-24) who earned third with a PB of 19:58.
Carnegie’s super vet Isobel Burnett (53) won the Age Graded competition recording a performance of 87.33%.
In the points competition Carnegie’s Iain Taylor is way out in front with 1447 points, a lead of 553 over his club mate Robert Miller and MyRace editor John Owens who are tied in second place. The gap in the women’s league is only marginally less with Pitreavie’s Irene Miller’s 1329 being a lead of 305 over super vet Mary Gibson, with non-runner Lucy Marshall remaining in third place on 774.
First Time Frater
Numbers were slightly down from the highs of recent weeks as a number of club runners heading north to participate in the Scottish Masters Cross Country in Forres; however an impressive 167 runners still participated in the 16th staging of the event, including 40 first timers. One of which was race director Gary Frater, who completed the scenic course in a time of 27:27.
View From the Top
Iain Taylor told www.scottishrunningguide.com "The conditions were excellent for racing this week, with a slight tailwind over the last 2k. I managed to record my second fastest parkrun and was pleased to break 17 minutes again and place third overall. Huge thanks to the volunteers who make it such an enjoyable event". Jo Kirby added "This was my second attempt at the Edinburgh parkrun. I just love this course! It was a little bit rainy but not too windy, so good running conditions. I will try to do one of these a month to keep the speed going".