A dull morning but thankfully no rain for our 305th run around the lakes which was enjoyed by 195 runners and walkers this morning.
Thanks to a last minute rally on Facebook and some additional helpers this morning we had enough volunteers, please try to help out once every few months to ensure we always have a good supply of volunteers, you can sign up on our white board at the end of your run or drop us a message on Facebook thanks. Here is a selection of this morning's high vis heroes:
These 3 boys are there at the crack of dawn setting everything up for us week in and week out. Thanks boys.
Some more of this morning's brilliant volunteers. Full list of helpers;
|Run Director||Brendan LENNON|
|Finish Tokens||Lynn PHUN|
|Finish Tokens||Eimear NICHOLL|
|Barcode Scanning||Caroline MCGURRAN|
|Barcode Scanning||Michael MORROW|
|Tail Walker||Jonathan DEWART|
|Tail Walker||Philip DAVISON|
|Run Report Writer||Gillian MCCRORY|
|Volunteer Co-ordinator||Ronald GEMMELL|
|Results Processor||Brendan LENNON|
|Token Sorting||Jason MCGURRAN|
|Token Sorting||Marina MCGURRAN|
|Pre-event Setup||Dale MCCRORY|
|Post-event Close Down||Eamon MCGURRAN|
We had 21 first timers this morning 6 doing their first every parkrun, well done to:
|Sean MC KEOWN||21:51|
|Clodagh Jo O'NEILL||49:16|
And a smashing 33 new PBs:
|Marina MCGURRAN||25:26||Amazing Marina, well done|
|Gordon MULHOLLAND||27:21||Gordon claiming to just taking it easy this morning!|
The top 3 males, females and age-grades were:
Niall celebrating his 100th run in style by coming home first and just a second off his PB. Great to see Ken hitting the sub-19s again, while 3rd placed Michael got a new PB.
For the ladies Jillian led the field closely followed by in form Judith and Natalie completed the podium.
Ken flying at the minute tops the age grades followed by PBer Ian and top lady Jillian.
We had some landmark celebrations on their 100th run Niall RANKIN who celebrated by coming first and Frances MACDONALD who celebrated with cake (I like your style) and on his 50th run Mansell BLEAKLEY.
Next week we will be having another celebration, one of our parkrunners, Martin McCauley is getting married that afternoon but he will spend the morning doing the parkrun first, so please come along and wish him good luck as he says goodbye to his single life.
Hopefully everyone is embracing our environmentally friendly stance on having no more plastic throw away cups, so all our cups are reusable, please make sure you return them to the box at the end of the run to be washed for the following week. Don't bin them or take them home. And if anyone would like to help out with the washing please let us know.
If you know any wannabe runners out there, lots of couch to 5Ks are starting this coming week. Options of Craigavon, Portadown, Banbridge and Armagh are available. Please see full details at: https://getactiveabc.com/hw_programs/couch-to-5k/
Good luck to all our parkrunners who are off to do the Great North Run tomorrow, a fantastic run, if you ever get the chance I'd encourage you to do it, definitely my favourite half marathon.
Finally both JD and I are AWOL next week as we head off to the Berlin marathon, so we need a report writer. If anyone would like to give it a go please see Brendan or Ron next Saturday.
Hopefully see some of you over at Lurgan junior parkrun in the morning.