I’m Richard Leyton, an enthusiastic technologist, runner, and cyclist living in the south-side of Glasgow, Scotland. You can mostly find me on twitter @rleyton.
My career has encompassed companies and organisations of all sizes, with a technology focus. Infrastructure, databases, the back-end stuff. I’ve done this at banks, hedge funds, mobile phone gaming companies, travel companies, and startups.
Away from work
Away from work I’m an enthusiastic runner, cyclist, enjoy photography and interesting beer, and help with community groups and campaigning groups for issues I care about. I particularly enjoy helping support and apply technology to these groups and issues.
Combining the two
I’ve been mostly fortunate to combine my interests with work from time to time. I discovered parkrun in 2007 when there were just a couple of events, via friends in London, and was motivated to establish/found Scotland’s first parkrun in Pollok park, so I could enjoy a free 5k in my local park. That led on to helping other parkrun events get off the ground in Glasgow and Scotland, until 2012 or so. I started helping parkrun with technology matters as it grew – almost exponentially – from 2010-2016. That became a full time job in 2013. Helping this organisation grow from a very basic website/setup suitable for a few thousand runners, to a fully scalable infrastructure on AWS that copes with millions of registered runners.
I finished up in late 2015/early 2016. They’re still using a great deal of what I helped put in place during my time there, but what I find best to describe as differences of opinion around strategy, and some organisational/staffing decisions meant it wasn’t something I was enjoying any more. Whilst I’m sad it ended how it did, I’m still very pleased they’re using a lot of the foundations I helped put in place.
Doing what you love can be great, but when it stopped being that, it was time to move on, most recently with roles at the BBC, and Arm, both companies I’ve long admired.
Since 2016 I decided to get more involved with local matters, specifically my running club since I took up the sport, Bellahouston Road Runners. I’m currently Chair of the Board of Trustees, which I helped transition to its charitable status. Through that we’re active in local running organisations, and in 2020 I became chair of the Renfrewshire AAAA. I also helped to get Friends of Pollok Country park off the ground in 2017, and currently act as membership secretary.