Carrickfergus parkrun – Event #153 – 18th Feb 2017

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 carrickfergushelpers@parkrun.com - 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.

 

 

Carrickfergus parkrun – Event #152 – 11th Feb 2017 – Karen Week

 

This week there were 115 runners, of whom 7 were first timers and 26 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 7 different athletics clubs took part. Thanks to all the volunteers today - this was a day of Karens with most of the volunteers being called Karen plus a few honorary Karens who stepped in to help! Congratulations to Colin Murdy who completed his 100th parkrun today and to Gary Shields who picked up his... award for 3rd male in the annual points competition.

Male placings:
Robert MURRAY (VM45-49) of Seapark AC, was first over the line in 19:44 - first time in 55 appearances.
William JENKINS (VM55-59) of Seapark AC, was second over the line in 19:57- has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions.
Graeme O'HARA (VM40-44) of County Antrim Harriers, was third over the line in 20:49

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
William JENKINS (Seapark AC) 196 pts.
Bryan HERRON (Unattached) 185 pts.
Alan ADAIR (Barn Runners) 184 pts.

Female placings:
Kelly HOBSON (SW30-34) (Unattached) was first (16th overall) over the line in 23:21 - 8th time in 52 appearances.
Janet MCCULLOUGH (VW45-49) of Seapark AC, was second (17th overall) over the line in 23:22.
Lynda SHANNON (VW45-49) of Seapark AC, was third (22nd overall) over the line in 24:18 - has been first to finish on 30 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Vivien DAVIDSON (Unattached) 200 pts.
Karen MAGILL (Unattached) 200 pts.
Nicola IRVINE (Seapark AC) 196 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
William JENKINS (VM55-59) was graded 76.38% for the time 19:57 (second overall).
Robert MURRAY (VM45-49) was graded 71.60% for the time 19:44 (first overall).
Janet MCCULLOUGH (VW45-49) was graded 67.70% for the time 23:22 (17th overall).

Carrickfergus parkrun started on 1st February 2014, and since then 2,143 different runners, including participants from 78 athletics clubs, have completed 14,222 runs covering a total distance of 71,110 km, and there have been 3,356 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.

 

Event #151 – 4th February 2017 – 3rd Anniversary

143 runners took part on this sunny 3rd anniversary morning at Carrickfergus parkrun. We had 20 first timers, including a visit from our parkrun Ambassador, Maria Glenn from Larne. 18 runners recorded new Personal Bests and representatives of 12 different athletics clubs took part. Today's event welcomed back special guest, Deputy Mayor of Mid & East Antrim, Alderman William McNeilly to present the winners of the Carrickfergus Annual Awards.

Male Awards: 1st - Jim Jenkins,  2nd – Chris McCambridge, 3rd - Gary Shields

Female Awards - 1st – Wendy Scott, 2nd – Kathryn Hegarty, 3rd – Catherine Steele

Junior: Male - Ben McCaughran,  Junior Female - Beth Mullan

Age Graded:     Gary Davison

Congratulations also to all the runners celebrating their 50th parkrun - Catherine Steele, Lynda Shannon and David Turtle and to our Junior runners Sophie Adair and Leo Zhang. Well done everyone!

Last but certainly not least a big thank you to the magnificent volunteers today 'you always make it happen'. I normally wouldn't single out any individual however I feel that the brilliant 'balloon blowing up' by Andy Smyth and Chris McCambridge is worthy of comment as was the 'super setup' of refreshments in the Hall by Nicola Irvine (who thought she was going to do Funnel Manager today! - Thanks Nicola) and thanks to Gary Davison, Eye in the Sky for 'droning' (is that a word???)  today's action - get spotting everyone! Finally, Paul Mawhinney and Niall Curneen thank you for providing  a nice warm hall and to the Council for their on-going support of parkrun.

Male placings: David TURTLE (VM40-44) of East Antrim Harriers AC, was first over the line in 17:33 - 8th time in 19 appearances. Jonathan BEATTIE (VM35-39) of Seapark AC, was second over the line in 19:54. Simon STEELE (SM25-29) (Unattached) was third over the line in 20:15.

Female placings: Stephanie MARTIN (SW20-24) (Unattached) was first (21st overall) over the line in 23:21 - first time in 11 appearances. Beth MULLAN (JW11-14) (Unattached) was second (23rd overall) over the line in 23:49 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions. Jacs RANKIN (VW45-49) (Unattached) was third (27th overall) over the line in 24:22 - has been first to finish on 5 previous occasions.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores: David TURTLE (VM40-44) was graded 77.78% for the time 17:33 (first overall). William JENKINS (VM55-59) was graded 77.50% for the time 20:31 (4th overall). Heather HAGGAN (VW50-54) was graded 72.17% for the time 24:26 (29th overall).

Carrickfergus parkrun started on 1st February 2014, and since then 2,136 different runners, including participants from 77 athletics clubs, have completed 14,107 runs covering a total distance of 70,535 km, and there have been 3,330 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.

 

Points League Announcement

Over the last 12 years parkrun has grown from a small time-trial in Bushy Park, with just 13 participants, to the world’s largest running movement, spanning 1,000+ events across 14 countries. Next month we will register our three-millionth unique parkrunner.

Ever since the beginning we’ve prided ourselves in breaking down barriers to participation and welcoming people no matter what their background or ability. Once we opened our second event location, in early 2007, we became an organisation that embraced change and much of our success has been thanks to making the right decisions around what to keep the same, what to change, and what to remove. Over the last couple of years we’ve increasingly felt that our website, despite being loved by those who love it, has become a barrier to people who are perhaps less confident and more in need of getting involved. So, I’m pleased to let you know that behind the scenes we’ve been developing, from scratch, an entirely new website that we feel will more appropriately support participants all the way from pre-registration right through to joining one, many, or all of our milestone clubs. At this stage we aren’t committing to a date for that to go live, but we expect it to be in the first half of 2017.

Perhaps the biggest change we’ve been through over the years has been from being a running event focused on finish times, to a community-led social event that uses running as a hook to bring people together and positively impact their lives. It’s been an unexpected and humbling journey, and one that hasn’t seen the parkrun ethos change, rather we’ve come to understand what it really is. And as part of that process we’ve been looking at every aspect of our current website and making decisions around what to keep, what to change, and what to remove.

I’d like to take this opportunity, therefore, to let you know that the points league will be coming to an end, across the world, on the final weekend of February 2017. Although I realise this will be disappointing to some of you, it has remained as the one big thing that compromises our participation-focused ethos and rewards a type of engagement that is no longer what we are primarily about. Ultimately it recognises a very small percentage of people, at the faster end of the field. We have looked at a number of options for re-configuring the points league to make it more accessible, engaging, and in-line with our ethos. But every option simply increased complexity and moved us further away from one of our key operating principles; keep it simple.

We recently launched parkrun Canada and parkrun Sweden without the points league, which has gone well, Australia have already announced they will be stopping theirs, and recently Bushy parkrun, the home of parkrun and with 1,000+ weekly participants, stopped using their points league for the same reasons we present above. None of those changes have resulted in any significant level of negative feedback.

For all events that wish to continue using the points league until February, the final scoring Saturday will be the 25th of February 2017 and the leagues will be available to view until Friday the 3rd of March 2017. After that they will be removed from the current website and not replaced on the new website later in the year.

Thanks as always for everything you do to make parkrun the most wonderful global family.

Tom Williams
Chief Operating Officer
parkrun Global

 

Carrickfergus parkrun – Event #150 – 28th Jan 2017

Light rain at the start of today's parkrun didn't deter 7 new parkrunners completing their first ever parkrun! Well done the new folks and we look forward to having you back soon. Gary Craig from Seapark completed his 50th parkrun - joining the 50 Club. Well done Gary!

Other announcements today were a reminder that next week is our 3rd Anniversary. We will be meeting in the Badminton Halls inside the Amphitheatre at 9:10 am for awards and pre-run briefing. Please join us! Dress code is any of our 3 Primary Colours - or all 3!!!

On a reflective note runners at Carrickfergus this morning paused to remember the sad passing of fellow parkrunner Neal Killen at last week's Bangor parkrun.

As always the final word goes to today's 12 Volunteers. Without you there would be no parkrun.

This Fab 4, Michael, Tony, Marian and Jim, looked after order in the Finish Funnel and recorded finish times for 111 runners.

Thanks to Gary Davison and John McIntyre out in the field - great pics Gary. Thank you.

And well done Roger Irwin for taking on the role of Tail Runner this morning.

We always welcome new Volunteers - and current/ past Volunteers who want to return or try something different! Please leave a message to offer your help with our roster or email carrickfergushelpers@parkrun.com

Male placings: Richard CRAIG (SM30-34) (Unattached) was first over the line in 17:51 - 18th time in 40 appearances. Ian CLELAND (SM25-29) of Seapark AC, was second over the line in 18:31 - has been first to finish on 10 previous occasions. Andy GUY (VM40-44) of East Coast Athletic Club, was third over the line in 18:51.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition: William JENKINS (Seapark AC) 3854 pts. Chris MCCAMBRIDGE (Unattached) 3727 pts. Gary SHIELDS (Unattached) 3611 pts.

Female placings: Hannah TURTLE (JW10) (Unattached) was first (8th overall) over the line in 22:09 - first time in 2 appearances. Ellen MONTGOMERY (JW10) of Larne AC, was second (14th overall) over the line in 23:43. Beth MULLAN (JW11-14) (Unattached) was third (18th overall) over the line in 24:11 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition: Wendy SCOTT (Unattached) 3989 pts. Kathryn HEGARTY (Unattached) 3545 pts. Catherine STEELE (Seapark AC) 3468 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores: Hannah TURTLE (JW10) was graded 81.79% for the time 22:09 (8th overall). Andy GREGG (VM50-54) was graded 77.90% for the time 18:56 (4th overall). Andy GUY (VM40-44) was graded 74.09% for the time 18:51 (third overall).

This Carrickfergus parkrun started on 1st February 2014, and since then 2,116 different runners, including participants from 77 athletics clubs, have completed 13,964 runs covering a total distance of 69,820 km, and there have been 3,312 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

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