The Running Commentary #332 – 16th March 2019

A wet and miserable morning which along with the long weekend was reflected in our lower numbers, but still 150 faithful turned up, including this very enthusiastic lot from the latest Portadown C25K, led by Earl, well done to you all.

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It looks like many of you haven't registered at parkrun yet, please do that, you can register at: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/register/form/ and print off your barcode and some back and visit us again, we're here every week.

For those who have just graduated and are wondering what to do next. Please check out 'The Fitzone Foundation' on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheFitzoneFoundation, they run a C25K in Craigavon based out of St. Anthony's Primary School and have just started a new social running group for those who have graduated recently and want to take their running to the next level.

Parkrun is run entirely by volunteers and a massive round of applause for all those who stood out in that awful weather this morning to help us out. If you can help us out in the coming weeks please let us know through facebook or sign up on our lovely whiteboard at the end of your run. Thanks to this week's very wet superstars:

Run Director Karl DUNN
Timekeeper Wendy MCSHANE
Finish Tokens Sam FOSTER
Finish Tokens Jack BRANNIGAN
Barcode Scanning Emma MCMURRAY
Barcode Scanning Caroline MCGURRAN
Barcode Scanning Susan MCNICKLE
Marshal Joanne O'NEILL
Marshal Violet MCNEILL
Marshal Owen MCNEILL
Marshal Teresa ADAMS
Marshal Niall RANKIN
Marshal Martin O'NEILL
Tail Walker Heather BLAKE
Tail Walker Hazel SERGEANT
Volunteer Co-ordinator Ronald GEMMELL
Results Processor Sheelin MCKEAGNEY
Token Sorting Jason MCGURRAN
Pre-event Setup Dale MCCRORY
Pre-event Setup Philip DAVISON
Post-event Close Down Eamon MCGURRAN
Post-event Close Down Marina MCGURRAN
Funnel Manager Ken SIMPSON

You may have noticed a change in run director this morning. Thanks to Karl for stepping in this morning and doing a smashing job. Brendan is off to Galway on his hols this weekend, but he couldn't resist the call of the parkrun and popped into Portumna parkrun this morning:   54436917_392561631528737_2629452328062681088_n

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We had 9 first timers to City Park today including 6 doing their first ever run, but quite a few unknowns too which are probably are graduates who haven't registered yet, welcome to:

Patrick DUNNE 21:15
Mark STEVENSON 24:51
Michael KELLY 24:55
Aj PENIERO 28:35
Jennie MCADAM 29:42
Ellen MCCONVILLE 30:05
Lauren PROCTOR 38:02
Kerry STEWART 42:09
Martina HAUGHEY 44:18

 

We had 9 new PBs including a few very speedy ones, I don't know who you managed it with all those rivers that we have to run through round the course, well earned PB treats for:

Glenn PHAIR 18:01
James BRANNIGAN 18:25
Philip ROBINSON 26:09
Nick ORR 29:47
Abbi MCDOWELL 30:34
Tara O'NEILL 34:39
Ellie WARNOCK 38:03
Katrina BLACK 38:55
Joanne VINCE 39:30
Shannon NELSON 39:37
Sarah MACKLE 44:44
Ceara MCCANN 46:18

 

The top three males, females and age grades were:

1 Glenn PHAIR 18:01
2 Brian YOUNG 18:15
3 James BRANNIGAN 18:25

Our top 3 men in great form today and very close finish.

 

1 Judith NIXON 20:41
2 Denise HAMILL 23:49
3 Éireann O'CARROLL 23:59

Judith topping the ladies for the 13th time.

 

1 Judith NIXON 20:41 VW45-49 78.32%
2 James BRANNIGAN 18:25 SM25-29 71.60%
3 Danny GUY 21:06 VW35-39 63.19%

Judith also topping the age grades this week.

 

We had two milestones this week both Glenn PHAIR and Ean Paul SIMCOX completed their 50th parkrun, congratulations.

 

Don't forget our junior parkrun over in Lurgan tomorrow morning, if anyone is at a loose end and can spare half an hour to volunteer for the juniors we'd be very grateful as many of our regulars are away. Thanks.

Gil

 

 

 

Citipark Parkrun Report No. 331, 09 Mar 2019

Citipark Parkrun Report no. 331- 09 Mar 2019

This morning started off with poor conditions that gradually got better as the morning went on. Despite this from my perch at the entrance to the 2nd tunnel there were plenty of smiling faces. Despite the conditions, 258 people came to run at Citipark today. Of particular note we had another Couch to 5k graduation (Mid-Ulster District Council Scheme). Well done to all those who were part of this scheme and hopefully we see you down at another Parkrun in the not too distant future.

Once again, thanks to all the volunteers today. We had a really good turnout today which kept the course and all jobs well covered. Given the amount of visitors/first timers today (38 by my count) this was especially appreciated.

There were many PBs today. There were also milestone runs for Ben Scott (below)and Peter Kingham who both completed run no. 100. Well done to both Ben and Peter.

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Top 3 Women

1. Martsje Hell- 19.32
2. Judith Nixon- 20.44
3. Jillian Redpath- 21.02

Top 3 Men

1. Mark Cornett- something less than 16.30
2. Gerard Heaney- 16.30
3. Shane Coney- 17.05

 

The Running Commentary #330 – 2nd March 2019

A cold enough morning for our first graduation of 2019. Thanks so much to all our volunteers who stood out this morning to help us all enjoy the parkrun and parkwalk, whether it was your first run or your 200th I'm sure you will all agree our volunteers are priceless. This week's superstars were:

Run Director Brendan LENNON
Timekeeper Ronald GEMMELL
Timekeeper Amber MULHOLLAND
Finish Tokens Wendy MCSHANE
Finish Tokens Violet MCNEILL
Barcode Scanning Caroline MCGURRAN
Barcode Scanning Emma MCMURRAY
Barcode Scanning Briony VERNON
Barcode Scanning Jack BRANNIGAN
Marshal Jayne SEELEY
Marshal Ken SIMPSON
Marshal Arnold AGNEW
Tail Walker Fiona SCULLION
Tail Walker Susan MCNICKLE
Run Report Writer Jonathan DEWART
Token Sorting Jason MCGURRAN
Pre-event Setup Dale MCCRORY
Pre-event Setup Philip DAVISON
Post-event Close Down Eamon MCGURRAN
Post-event Close Down Marina MCGURRAN
Other Gillian MCCRORY
Other Zoe MCCRORY
Other Éireann O'CARROLL
Pacer (5k only) Jonathan DEWART
Pacer (5k only) Karl DUNN
Pacer (5k only) Kiera CRAIG
Pacer (5k only) Alan WILSON
Pacer (5k only) Siobhan FREEMAN
Pacer (5k only) Stephen MCMORRIS
Pacer (5k only) Hugh WATTERS
Pacer (5k only) John LESTER
Pacer (5k only) John MCCONNELL

 

We have a few additional volunteers over doing their duke of Edinburgh volunteering award so you'll see them week after week.
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Thanks also to all those who brought some treats for our graduation party, we are very grateful. We have graduations for the next two weeks also, next week is the turn of Banbridge C25K and the following week it's Portadown C25K, so we'll try to have a few treats each week for you all:   52902749_2088173411480211_6181535202641182720_n

This week the graduation was from the Fitzone Foundation:
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Congratulations to you all. We hope you enjoyed your running program and the parkrun this morning. Please try to keep it up, if you can get out at least once a week and come over to the parkrun every Saturday. We are on every week at 9.30 and you are very welcome to join us, you'll soon find new friends, runners are some of the loveliest people you can meet, promise. Also Sean is starting a new social running group for any graduates so you can keep progressing, keep a wee eye on the fitzone foundation page for the start date and we look forward to seeing you back at City Park soon.

 

We had 40 first timers to City Park today including 37 doing their first ever run, almost all from the Fitzone Foundation C25K welcome to:

Stuart DRAFFIN 19:03
Allen REID 21:47
Glenn MCKENNA 22:20
Stephen RICHER 24:13
Dermot MCCONAGHY 24:34
Gareth STEVENSON 25:21
Allan ARMSTRONG 27:16
James WINTON 27:17
Stewart IRWIN 27:18
Charlotte EVANS 28:01
Raymond COMISKEY 28:29
Colmn MCCANN 28:47
Marie CLENAGHAN 29:44
Patrick SCULLION 29:58
Joanne MCCLELLAND 30:07
Tara LIGGETT 30:08
Sophie MCCLOY 31:05
Sinead MALLON 31:07
Helen HOOKS 31:37
Matthew HERRON 31:39
Cadhan CASSIDY 34:08
Michael CASSIDY 34:09
Saoirse LYNCH 34:42
Lisa MCCORD 34:55
Micheal HEANEY 35:05
Maura HEANEY 35:05
Michael WILLIAMSON 35:07
Abbi MCDOWELL 35:20
Christopher MCCORRY 35:47
Lisa MCCULLOUGH 36:00
Iga SADOWSKA 36:11
Marcin SADOWSKI 36:12
Caoimhe COLLINS 36:48
Maria IGUEGNI 37:45
Ciara MARTIN 38:34
Cathie QUINN 38:42
Orla MCCONVILLE 38:43
Ann MC GEOWN 40:24
Heather LAWLESS 42:40
Isabelle MARTIN 56:50

 

And we had 32 new PBs. I'm sure many of these were due to our fantastic pacers this morning. Thanks to all those who helped out this morning. We have a pacing week the first Saturday of every month so if you want a special time please come along that week or equally if you'd like to help someone else achieve a PB please come over and pop on one of our green vests.

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Congratulations to:

Paul CAHOON 18:45
Jonathan MCGREGOR 19:34
Gail MARTIN 22:44
Connor MCKIVERIGAN 22:51
Trevor CARRUTHERS 24:49
Patrick CUSHNAHAN 25:05
Adrian CURRAN 25:41
Jonathan WEIR 25:57
Kevin MUNSTER 26:23
Sonia MCCUSKER 26:46
Louise MCNAMEE 28:50
Aine O'HAGAN 29:07
Joanne O'NEILL 30:05
Richard MCCRORY 30:51
Jonathan CRAIG 30:56
Orlaigh CAMPBELL 30:58
Christopher SCULLION 31:03
Joanne GRAHAM 31:23
Sarah LAY 31:37
Catherine BELL 32:21
Hannah JONES 32:23
Abigail SALT 32:25
Lewis HANNA 33:15
Sinead MCMANUS 33:44
Riley GILES 33:57
Lilita VASCENKO 35:07
Sarah RUDDELL 35:18
Sinead GALLAGHER 39:00
Dawn GIBSON 40:30
Joanne VINCE 41:12
Therese CURRAN 47:31
Bernie SCULLION 51:12

 

The top three males, females and age grades were:

1 Brian YOUNG 18:22
2 Paul CAHOON 18:45
3 Stuart DRAFFIN 19:03

Brian's second time claiming top spot.

1 Judith NIXON 20:45
2 Gail MARTIN 22:44
3 Zoe ALHADEFF 23:47

Judith fresh as a daisy after last week's cancelled Malta half marathon takes top spot for her 12th time.

1 Judith NIXON 20:45
2 Ross BINGHAM 21:00
3 Sue WRIGHT 24:40

Judith also tops the age grades.

 

We had one milestone this week as Jason MCGURRAN completes his 50th run. Jason also regularly volunteers with us, so he's getting two photos this week instead of the usual one :)   53229548_2303952363261200_7296259836507848704_n

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One little note to some of our faster finishers. If you finish and then run in the opposite direction towards our runners who are coming in to finish, can you please be mindful of them and make sure you give them plenty of room, don't block their path or take up their racing line. At that late stage in the run when someone is giving it all they have left in the tank it can be very off putting having someone in their road. Thanks for your consideration.

 

Finally lots of runs coming up. First tomorrow sees the wonderful Lurgan park fun run in aid of the Southern Area Hospice. If you haven't signed up you can still pay on the day registration is open from 10:00 to 10:45. It's £5 for children and £10 for adults and the choice of a 5k and 10k. Those who enter on the day will still get a goodie bag at the end:   45728328_1965220503513997_5145915495475576832_o
Then on 17th March there's a 5 mile run:

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And in May you have lots of options at the Portadown running festival hosted by KRC. There's a kids 3k run, 10k, half marathon and full marathon. There are also options for running clubs, if you enter 10 runners (any combinations of distances) you just pay for 8, just get in touch with KRC for more details.   52682031_623547678096919_2100232775746453504_n

Hopefully see lots of you in the morning for the junior parkrun followed by the Lurgan Park fun run.

Gil

 

The Running Commentary #329 – 23rd February 2019

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The Starting Line

A chilly and breezy morning welcomed 197 runners, joggers and walkers to City Park for our 329th event. We hope you all enjoyed your experiences, whatever the pace or purpose.

The Volunteers 

Parkrun could, of course, not happen without our wonderful volunteers particularly this morning when so many of our core team were occupied elsewhere.  Many thanks to all of those who stepped in and made sure that the event ran smoothly.  We do need helpers every week and there are a few gaps in the roster for next week and the weeks ahead.  Please get in touch via Facebook or by leaving your name on the board if you can help.

Todays hi vis heroes were: Colin Bruce, Norma Bruce, Debbie Cairns, Patrick Conwell, Philip Davison, Sharon Ewart, Karen Giles, Stephen Giles, Hannah Jones, Dale McCrory, Caroline McGurran, Eamon McGurran, Jason McGurran, Marina McGurran, Sheelin McKeagney, Emma McMurray, Owen McNeill, Joanne O'Neill, Nicky Williamson, Chloe Williamson.  Thanks also to John Lester for taking on cup-washing duties this week - much appreciated.  Hopefully I haven't missed anybody out.

First Timers 

We welcomed eighteen first time visitors to Citypark this morning, with nine of them completely new to the parkrun family.  We are delighted that you joined us this morning, hopefully you all enjoyed the experience and we hope to see you all again soon.

Richard BRADLEY

19:56

Peter BRADLEY

20:18

Geoff SMYTH

20:27

Garth NEWBERRY

21:39

Ian PALMER

25:25

David CARNAC

26:22

Anna BRADLEY

26:45

Kevin MUNSTER

26:46

Trudy ANDERSON

27:09

Richard KNIGHTS

27:23

Michael BURNS

28:00

Charlie MCQUILLAN

28:28

Richard YARR

30:32

Christine SCOTT

35:06

Sarah RUDDELL

41:20

Joanne VINCE

43:05

Megan LARKIN

49:13

Therese CURRAN

52:27

Personal Bests 

Twenty five of our runners managed very impressive PB performances – many congratulations to all of you!

Peter DONNELLY

19:10

Jack HANNA

22:15

Judith FOSTER

22:22

Graeme FERGUSON

22:52

Ryan MULLAN

23:00

Jonathan WALLACE

23:42

Connor MCKIVERIGAN

23:57

Ryan VENNARD

25:33

Sonia WALLACE

25:55

Nicholas BELL

27:02

Jason SALT

27:30

Thomas BURNS

27:59

Mark THOMPSON

28:22

Joanne CASSIDY

31:08

Michelle HUNTER

31:16

Helen ROBINSON

31:47

Julieann SALT

32:09

Catherine BELL

32:39

Tracy COWAN

37:45

Fiona SCULLION

39:40

The Podiums 

Males

1

Unknown

19:05

2

Peter DONNELLY

19:10

3

Doyle CONOR

19:34

4

Jonathan MCGREGOR

19:51

An unknown in first place means that Peter Donnelly tops the podium on only his second Parkrun! Well done Peter.

Female

17

Judith FOSTER

22:22

22

Joanne MCCLUSKEY

22:44

32

Julie BEATTIE

23:25

Amazing performances from the ladies, particular congratulations to Judith Foster on getting first place and a PB at the same time. Brilliant performance Judith and all of our podium finishers.

Age Graded

1

Julie BEATTIE

23:25

VW45-49

70.75 %

2

Garth NEWBERRY

21:39

VM50-54

69.82 %

3

David COLLINS

21:34

VM50-54

69.47 %

Congratulations Julie on topping the table.

Good luck to all of our Cityparkers running various distances in Malta tomorrow. Fingers crossed that the weather will be kind and the event will go smoothly. We missed you all this morning and look forward to hearing all about it when you return next week.

Speaking of next week, as it is the first Saturday of the month, that means that it is also pacer week.  If you fancy volunteering as a pacer, email us or leave a message on our faceook page.

We will also have our first Couch to 5k graduation which means a party! Feel free to bring along a few treats for the celebration.  Having completed the C25K program myself almost four years ago, I can remember being terrified doing my first run and being jealous of one of the Ewart boys who was able to bounce along beside me chatting away while I had a face the colour of a tomato and thought my lungs would give in at any moment.  It was to be the first of many and one of the best things we have ever done in our family.  We now have four runners and one extra special volunteer who some of you may be familiar with.  Our weekends would not be complete without a parkrun and I know many of you feel the same.

Thanks again to all of the volunteers and participants this morning.  We hope to see as many of you as possible next week but until then, happy running.

Marina

 

 

 

The Running Commentary #328 – 16th February

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The Starting Line 

Another very pleasant February morning greeted 246 runners, joggers and walkers to City Park for our 328th event. We hope you all enjoyed your experiences, whatever the pace or purpose. 

The Volunteers 

parkrun could, of course, not happen without our wonderful volunteers. We do need helpers every week and there’s still a few gaps in the roster for next week and the weeks ahead. Please get in touch via Facebook or by leaving your name on the board if you can help. 

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Patrick CONWELL, Philip DAVISON, Alexandra Darcy DE OLIVEIRA, Ana DE OLIVEIRA, Clare Costa DE OLIVEIRA, Jonathan DEWART, Sam FOSTER, Ronald GEMMELL, Karen LAVERY, Brendan LENNON, Andrew MCCANN, Caroline MCCANN, Cormac MCCRACKEN, Gwen MCCRACKEN, Dale MCCRORY, Caroline MCGURRAN, Eamon MCGURRAN, Marina MCGURRAN, Jason MCGURRAN, Emma MCMURRAY, Owen MCNEILL, Gordon MULHOLLAND 

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First Timers 

We welcomed eleven first time visitors to the Lakes, with only two of them completely new to the parkrun family. 

Jim SWIFFEN  23:41 
Jonathan MILLS  23:43 
Jonathan WALLACE  25:36 
Sonia WALLACE  27:10 
Oonagh MAC OSCAR  27:19 
Toni SWIFFEN  30:04 
Bernadette O'DONOGHUE  31:54 
Colette B CONEY  31:55 
Michelle HUNTER  33:10 
Sally LAVERY  34:00 
Helen GROSS  34:57 

Personal Bests 

35 brilliant PB performances – treats all round! 

Barry MC CARROLL  17:46 
David LOUGHRAN  19:01 
Shane GALLAGHER  19:20 
David MCCLEAN  21:18 
Colly MCKENNA  22:07 
Stuart PATTERSON  22:37 
Morgan O'NEILL  23:10 
Conor LITTER  23:27 
Pj NEILL  24:01 
Martin LARKIN  24:03 
Ellen MCGRATTAN  25:38 
Shannon LEEPER  26:37 
Stephen DEVINE  26:38 
Ryan MANN  27:07 
Jason SALT  27:58 
Nicholas BELL  28:14 
Chris LEATHEM  28:35 
Jim DINEEN  29:02 
Thomas BURNS  29:56 
Kathy MC MAHON  29:57 
Maggie FEARON  30:16 
Heather SHANKS  30:25 
Elizabeth SIMMONS  30:46 
Emma GRAHAM  30:57 
Bernadette MCGRILLEN  32:04 
Julieann SALT  32:15 
Catherine BELL  32:51 
Hannah JONES  32:53 
Natalie DUKE  34:06 
Timothy DUKE  34:06 
Sinead MCMANUS  35:56 
Jayne SEELEY  36:36 
Shannon NELSON  39:43 
Fiona SCULLION  39:59 
Bernie SCULLION  51:25 

The Podiums 

 

Males 

1  Barry MC CARROLL  17:46 
2  Unknown   
3  Gerard M HEANEY  18:33 
4  Unknown   
5  Niall RANKIN  18:46 

A PB performance from Barry gains him a third time as first finisher. A few missing barcodes allows Niall to take the third step! 

Female 

1  Joanna CALLAGHAN  23:29 
2  Denise HAMILL  24:36 
3  Ursula MCCONVILLE  24:46 

Joanna finishes first lady for a second time. 

Age Graded 

1  Nigel GRIER  19:22  VM55-59  80.72% 
2  Barry MC CARROLL  17:46  VM40-44  78.61% 
3  Margaret MCCLEAN  29:36  VW65-69  73.99% 

Nigel has topped the age rankings many, many times! 

Finishing Line
The 50 Club welcomed three new members yesterday: Gerard Heaney, Norma Bruce, Ruth Cousins and Stephen Hamilton.

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Well done to everyone running roundArmagh in blistering times on Valentine’s night (just saying!). 

Good luck to everyone who will be disappearing off to Malta next weekend. Numbers will be severely down on Saturday given the number of people due to go. 

Thanks to Sheelin for embracing cup duty. Cup washing is a vital volunteers role for our parched runners. 

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Happy running 

Jonny D 

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