Lots of Milestone Club entries today at Carrickfergus parkrun! As well as 19 first timers we had milestone celebrations for Ian Cleland and Gary Shields, both completing their 100th runs, Simon Trimble completing his 50th and Lochlan & Cullain McIntyre who completed their 10th parkruns. Both Gary and Ian topped their celebrations off with new Personal Bests.
Well done everyone and thanks to the families and friends for supply of refreshments afterwards.
Thanks to Geraldine Kane who stepped in to do Run Director today. This is immensely appreciated particularly by our runners requiring VI Guides. And on that note it looks certain that Carrickfergus parkrun will set a record for inclusion today with three VI Guides on the team - Vivien Davidson, Padraign Bingham and Susan Kane. I love this Volunteer role and would encourage everyone to give it a go. Well done to Pete & Sharon Lock and Tony Barclay.
As always the final word goes to today's wonderful Volunteers who had to quickly respond to deal with 160 finishers - our second highest every turnout at Carrickfergus. Marian says he is going to make the funnel longer next week so that we are not preventing those fantastic finishes across the line. Speaking of fantastic finishes David Crawford took on today's Tail Runner, Maggie Hunter, in a sprint to the line - great fun and great finishing!
We always welcome new Volunteers - and today's final final word goes to Robert Murray who stepped in to take on the results Processing role at the end of today's run - great job Robert!
If you or a member of your family / friends would like to get involved in any of the roles contact firstname.lastname@example.org - it's fun, rewarding and hugely appreciated.
Male placings: Gary DAVISON (VM55-59) of East Antrim Harriers AC, was first over the line in 17:41 - 56th time in 63 appearances. Andrew MILLIGAN (SM18-19) of North Belfast Harriers, was second over the line in 18:08 - has been first to finish on 4 previous occasions. Ian CLELAND (SM25-29) of Seapark AC, was third over the line in 18:21 - has been first to finish on 10 previous occasions.
Female placings: Maeve TAYLOR (VW45-49) (Unattached) was first (20th overall) over the line in 22:25 - 23rd time in 51 appearances. Natasha HENDERSON (SW25-29) of County Antrim Harriers, was second (23rd overall) over the line in 22:50 - was first to finish once before. Kelly HOBSON (SW30-34) (Unattached) was third (25th overall) over the line in 23:23 - has been first to finish on 8 previous occasions.
The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores: Gary DAVISON (VM55-59) was graded 86.90% for the time 17:41 (first overall). William JENKINS (VM55-59) was graded 79.04% for the time 20:07 (8th overall). Martin MCMILLAN (VM55-59) was graded 76.69% for the time 20:44 (10th overall).
This week there were 161 runners, of whom 19 were first timers and 32 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 11 different athletics clubs took part.
Carrickfergus parkrun started on 1st February 2014, and since then 2,162 different runners, including participants from 78 athletics clubs, have completed 14,384 runs covering a total distance of 71,920 km, and there have been 3,393 new Personal Bests.
The female record is held by Claire CONNOR who ran in a time of 00:18:55 on 14th June 2014 (event number 20). The male record is held by John BLACK who ran in a time of 00:16:42 on 14th May 2016 (event number 114). The Age Grade course record is held by Gary DAVISON who recorded a 90.58% run (16:49) on 16th April 2016 (event number 110).
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Carrickfergus parkrun Results Page.