2nd Birthday for Carrickfergus parkrun!

On Saturday 6th February Carrickfergus Parkrun will be two years old. We will be having a party to mark this occasion which is also our 100th parkrun!  Billy Ashe, the Mayor of Mid & East Antrim Council will attend to make presentations for this year's Annual Points Prizewinners in Male, Female and Junior categories as well as for Number of Firsts at Carrickfergus, Male/Female. Please come along for some tea and cake, and there will be some prizes for runners who embody our fancy dress theme - which is twins or partners.

Please see our website for current standings in the Carrickfergus Points Competition.  http://www.parkrun.org.uk/carrickfergus/results/malepointstable/

ANNUAL POINTS COMPETITION

Points Competition Philosophy

The parkrun points system is primarily for runners. It was designed to reward running.

The results of the points competition are used to decide who the folks are who should receive recognition for their running at the end of the event's year.  Each event has its own yearly cycle which is based on the week number of the month in which they started (i.e. the first running of the Event).  As Carrickfergus started on the first Saturday in February, the Anniversary will always be celebrated on the 1st week of February.  The anniversary then becomes the first week of the new season's point competition.
Points for volunteering were added to make it possible for folk who want to run every week of the year to not be disadvantaged when they volunteered and to encourage folks to volunteer at least 3 times a year. This points system was not adapted to reward volunteers.

How the points system works

The runners are separated into their sexes and allocated points based on the position that they finish. Each Event sets a limit on the number of points to be allocated per sex. For Carrickfergus this is 100 at the moment – it may change if we regularly got more than 250 runners.

The first woman to cross the line will receive 100 points. The second will receive 99 and this tally will reduce until each runner only gets a point. This is repeated for the men.
Volunteers are allocated maximum points on the day that they volunteer up to three times per year.

Where a parkrunner both volunteers and runs on the same day, they will receive either volunteer points or run points but not both;

• If it is the parkrunner's first, second or third volunteer occasion in the year then they will receive full volunteer points (and not the run points).

• If it is their fourth or later volunteering occasion they will receive just the run points.

Finally, Unknown Athletes are registered as male. This means that the male points are affected by the number of unknown athletes ahead of them in the event.

Rationale
Volunteering points were introduced to encourage runners to take time out of their parkrun running schedule to volunteer three times a year: since most volunteer roles are not compatible with running as well, we considered it unfair and counter-productive to provide extra incentive to do both in the same week.

 

23rd Jan 2016 – Event #98

Carrickfergus parkrun - Event number 98 - 23rd January 2016

A nice warm January morning after last week's ice and snow!

The Carrickfergus Parkrun is nearly two years old, and we will be having a party on Saturday 6th of February. Please come along for some tea and cake, and there will be some prizes for runners who embody our fancy dress theme - which is twins or partners.

Male placings:
Richard CRAIG (SM30-34) (Unattached) was first over the line in 18:56 - second time in 8 appearances.
Charlie MCCORMICK (VM45-49) of Seapark AC, was second over the line in 19:12.
Robert DEVENNEY (VM35-39) (Unattached) was third over the line in 19:13.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Kenneth TOPPING (Unattached) 3882 pts.
Timothy HOLLAND (Unattached) 3764 pts.
Gary SHIELDS (Unattached) 3316 pts.

Female placings:
Anne HEEKS (VW55-59) of Loughton AC, was first (14th overall) over the line in 23:22 - second time in 4 appearances.
Maeve TAYLOR (VW45-49) (Unattached) was second (15th overall) over the line in 23:34 - has been first to finish on 4 previous occasions.
Gillian STRUDWICK (VW35-39) of Seapark AC, was third (17th overall) over the line in 23:41 - was first to finish once before.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Joanne MURDY (Unattached) 3893 pts.
Kathryn HEGARTY (Unattached) 3807 pts.
Wendy SCOTT (Unattached) 3355 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Anne HEEKS (VW55-59) was graded 77.46% for the time 23:22 (14th overall).
Charlie MCCORMICK (VM45-49) was graded 74.39% for the time 19:12 (second overall).
Robert DEVENNEY (VM35-39) was graded 69.47% for the time 19:13 (third overall).

This week there were 86 runners, of whom 6 were first timers and 21 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 5 different athletics clubs took part.

Carrickfergus parkrun started on 1st February 2014, and since then 1,475 different runners, including participants from 53 athletics clubs, have completed 8,668 runs covering a total distance of 43,340 km, and there have been 2,235 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Claire CONNOR who ran in a time of 00:18:55 on 2014-06-14 (event number 20).
The male record is held by James HAMILTON who ran in a time of 00:16:43 on 2015-10-17 (event number 85).
The Age Grade course record is held by Gary DAVISON who recorded a 89.10% run (16:58) on 28th February 2015 (event number 52).

 

9th Jan 2016 – Event #97

Carrickfergus parkrun - Event number 97 - 9th January 2016

Evie Gardner was amongst the 86 runners who braved the soggy conditions at Carrickfergus parkrun today however no amount of rain could have dampened the many congratulations which Evie received on completing her 50th parkrun!  Today we had 12 first timers with Kathryn MCALISTER(Belfast Running Club) taking first Female place in a time of 23:14 on her first appearance at Carrickfergus. Glen McCabe (38min:48s) was among the 5 parkrunners who recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 8 different athletics clubs took part with local Seapark and East Antrim Harriers Club Runners taking top 3 male places. In the Men's Points table Timothy Holland and Kenneth Topping look set to be in position for first place whilst Joanne Murdy further strengthened her lead  in the Female Table.

Male placings:

Gary DAVISON (VM50-54) of East Antrim Harriers AC, was first over the line in 17:15 - 38th time in 43 appearances.

David TURTLE (VM35-39) of East Antrim Harriers AC, was second over the line in 18:24 - has been first to finish on 5 previous occasions.
Ian CLELAND (SM25-29) of Seapark AC, was third over the line in 19:18 - has been first to finish on 6 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Kenneth TOPPING (Unattached) 3795 pts.
Timothy HOLLAND (Unattached) 3764 pts.
Gary SHIELDS (Unattached) 3223 pts.

Female placings:
Kathryn MCALISTER (SW30-34) of Belfast Running Club, was first (13th overall) over the line in 23:14 - first appearance.
Susan LAMBE (VW35-39) of Lagan Valley Orienteers, was second (22nd overall) over the line in 25:15.
Kelly MISCANDLON (VW35-39) (Unattached) was third (25th overall) over the line in 26:26.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Joanne MURDY (Unattached) 3802 pts.
Kathryn HEGARTY (Unattached) 3718 pts.
Wendy SCOTT (Unattached) 3280 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Gary DAVISON (VM50-54) was graded 88.31% for the time 17:15 (first overall).
David TURTLE (VM35-39) was graded 73.64% for the time 18:24 (second overall).
Ashleigh KYLE (JW10) was graded 72.30% for the time 27:01 (29th overall).

Carrickfergus parkrun started on 1st February 2014, and since then 1,469 different runners, including participants from 53 athletics clubs, have completed 8,582 runs covering a total distance of 42,910 km, and there have been 2,214 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Claire CONNOR who ran in a time of 00:18:55 on 2014-06-14 (event number 20).
The male record is held by James HAMILTON who ran in a time of 00:16:43 on 2015-10-17 (event number 85).
The Age Grade course record is held by Gary DAVISON who recorded a 89.10% run (16:58) on 28th February 2015 (event number 52).

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Carrickfergus parkrun Results Page.

 

26th Dec 2015 – Event #95

Carrickfergus parkrun - Event number 95 - 26th December 2015

There were 61 runners who turned out for the Carrickfergus Boxing Day parkrun. Christmas Day festivities didn't deter Jennifer Moore, Chris McCambridge, Richard Carig, Karen Waring and Karen McMaster from achieving new Personal Bests!  First Male home was Ian Cleland in 19:07 - the third time this year first place for Ian at Carrickfergus this year. Rosin Reeves, regular Hillsborough, Sheffield, parkrunner was first lady home in 24:51. Representatives of 5 different athletics clubs took part.

Male placings:
Ian CLELAND (SM25-29) of Seapark AC, was first over the line in 19:07 - 6th time in 41 appearances.
Richard CRAIG (SM30-34) (Unattached) was second over the line in 19:18.
Charlie MCCORMICK (VM45-49) of Seapark AC, was third over the line in 19:32.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Timothy HOLLAND (Unattached) 3671 pts.
Kenneth TOPPING (Unattached) 3623 pts.
Gary SHIELDS (Unattached) 3042 pts.

Female placings:
Roisin REEVES (SW30-34) (Unattached) was first (20th overall) over the line in 24:51 - first time in 3 appearances.
Karen POAG (VW35-39) of Seapark AC, was second (29th overall) over the line in 26:18 - was first to finish once before.
Caroline TESTER (VW35-39) (Unattached) was third (30th overall) over the line in 26:23.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Joanne MURDY (Unattached) 3621 pts.
Kathryn HEGARTY (Unattached) 3531 pts.
Wendy SCOTT (Unattached) 3191 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
William JENKINS (VM55-59) was graded 77.52% for the time 20:10 (5th overall).
Charlie MCCORMICK (VM45-49) was graded 73.12% for the time 19:32 (third overall).
Timothy HOLLAND (VM40-44) was graded 68.96% for the time 20:05 (4th overall).

Carrickfergus parkrun started on 1st February 2014, and since then 1,449 different runners, including participants from 52 athletics clubs, have completed 8,439 runs covering a total distance of 42,195 km, and there have been 2,207 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Claire CONNOR who ran in a time of 00:18:55 on 2014-06-14 (event number 20).
The male record is held by James HAMILTON who ran in a time of 00:16:43 on 2015-10-17 (event number 85).
The Age Grade course record is held by Gary DAVISON who recorded a 89.10% run (16:58) on 28th February 2015 (event number 52).

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Carrickfergus parkrun Results Page.

 

19th Dec ’15 – Event #94

Carrickfergus parkrun - Event number 94 - 19th December 2015

This week there were 64 runners, of whom 2 were first timers and 8 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 5 different athletics clubs took part.

Congratulations to Roger Irwin for completing his 50th parkrun!

This week's parkrun had a summer theme with appropriately warm weather. Prizes of pineapples were awarded to the most summery costumes worn by a man, woman and junior runner.

Have a happy Christmas and hope to see you on Boxing Day!

Male placings:
Josh COLLIGAN (SM20-24) (Unattached) was first over the line in 19:04 - 4th time in 6 appearances.
Robert DEVENNEY (VM35-39) (Unattached) was second over the line in 19:19.
Cameron MCCARTNEY (JM15-17) (Unattached) was third over the line in 19:45 - has been first to finish on 6 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Timothy HOLLAND (Unattached) 3574 pts.
Kenneth TOPPING (Unattached) 3541 pts.
Gary SHIELDS (Unattached) 2953 pts.

Female placings:
Charlotte ENGLISH (JW15-17) (Unattached) was first (12th overall) over the line in 23:00 - first time in 3 appearances.
Maeve TAYLOR (VW45-49) (Unattached) was second (19th overall) over the line in 24:31 - has been first to finish on 4 previous occasions.
Kelly MISCANDLON (VW35-39) (Unattached) was third (23rd overall) over the line in 25:35.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Joanne MURDY (Unattached) 3531 pts.
Kathryn HEGARTY (Unattached) 3446 pts.
Wendy SCOTT (Unattached) 3191 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
William JENKINS (VM55-59) was graded 77.20% for the time 20:15 (5th overall).
Timothy HOLLAND (VM40-44) was graded 69.83% for the time 19:50 (4th overall).
Robert DEVENNEY (VM35-39) was graded 69.11% for the time 19:19 (second overall).

Carrickfergus parkrun started on 1st February 2014, and since then 1,447 different runners, including participants from 52 athletics clubs, have completed 8,378 runs covering a total distance of 41,890 km, and there have been 2,202 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Claire CONNOR who ran in a time of 00:18:55 on 2014-06-14 (event number 20).
The male record is held by James HAMILTON who ran in a time of 00:16:43 on 2015-10-17 (event number 85).
The Age Grade course record is held by Gary DAVISON who recorded a 89.10% run (16:58) on 28th February 2015 (event number 52).

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Carrickfergus parkrun Results Page.

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