A huge increase in entries for last year’s event lead to changes for this year’s Portobello Promathon. The start/finish was moved from beside the Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home to start further along the Prom at the Portobello Indoor Bowling Club, providing access to changing facilities, and entry was changed from on-the-day to online to speed up registration. Another bright sunny day with a bit of a breeze to help blow the cobwebs and any Hogmanay aftereffects away.
Heather said : January the 1st and an ideal time for a New Year’s Resolution Run. Despite knowing of this race for several years this was the first time I’d actually been organised enough to get my entry in on time, lay out my running kit the night before, and turn up in time for the start.
The Portobello New Year’s Day Promathon is an annual tradition for many in Edinburgh and is a well organised race. Runners collected race numbers and milled about the indoor bowling centre at the east end of the Prom. It was fun to bump into and wish a “Happy New Year” to running friends from work, ERN and the parkrun gang before everyone assembled into the peleton.
With little ado, we were off, eastwards past the dog and cat home then turnaround and back the length of the Prom for a final turnaround and back to the start, where we finished. The bright clear day meant that the Prom was fairly busy with toddlers and youngsters trying out their new bikes / trikes / scooters and other family members trying out their new puppies, so it was a race with a difference, with a degree of ducking, diving, dodging and weaving the pedestrians, dogs and other Prom users who presented themselves as cheerful obstacles along the course.
This is a fast race, which had put me off entering in many a previous year. However my resolution was made, and knowing that I was nursing a tender gluteal muscle, I settled down to do no more or less than enjoy the run for what it was – a great way to start the day and an even better way to start the New Year. My slow-even-for-me pace meant I was able to plod on without aggravating the injury and with a bit of luck and a following wind behind me managed to avoid being dead last.
Big thanks to Murdo for being out to support and encourage the many ERNs who were running the race and whose splendid photographs tell their own tale of much enjoyment by many and a grand start to the ERN running calendar.