Run organisers in Edinburgh were in 'landmark' heaven last weekend (Saturday, 17 August) when 515 participants recorded the highest attendance at a Scottish parkrun event. It was also the first time that the elusive 500 mark was reached for a run at one of parkrun's 10 Scottish locations. Across the UK only a handful of parkruns have achieved a 500 turnout.
Glasgow, the original Scottish parkrun, held the previous attendance record of 471 at their more testing Pollok Park course however Edinburgh's scenic, fast and flat Cramond course appears to have given the capital's run a narrow advantage. Podium regular Andrew Douglas (Inverclyde AC) brought the record field home at Edinburgh parkrun 197 on 15:29 while debutant Nicola Duncan (Portobello RC) ran round in a quick 16:51 to finish first woman and 8th overall.
Laura McKay was the midpoint runner on 25 minutes dead and the field closed on 42:54 with Pitreavie AC's Irene Miller shepherding the pack home on her 165th parkrun appearance.
The record-breaking occasion drew the biggest male turnout and the most ever juniors to complete an event - 52. One negative note - 27 parkrunners had to be content with the description 'unknown' having failed to record an official time by forgetting their barcodes.
To get involved in the weekly Saturday morning 5k event which is free, inclusive and great fun, visit the parkrun website to find out where your nearest event takes place.