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 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.
I’ve been 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, and to work for parkrun supporting technology as it grew – almost exponentially – from 2010-2016. 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. They’re still using a great deal of what I put in place during my time there.
Since finishing at parkrun, I chose to get more involved with local running 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.