The Running Commentary #289 – 12th May 2018

The Starting Line

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As I drove home from work in yesterday afternoon's downpour my negative thoughts turned to parkrun, and a potential wash-out! But, I needn't have worried as the sun shone and the trees stood fairly still and glorious running weather was in place to greet our 285 runners, joggers and walkers. This is the ninth biggest field, bolstered by graduates from the Banbridge Couch-to-5K and visitors from Wallace which didn't run today.

The Volunteers

We were a bit light on volunteers this morning and are incredibly thankful for those who stood in at short notice. Please don't leave us in the situation where we have to pull runners from the start-line just to allow parkrun to happen. If everyone could volunteer 3-4 times per year we should avoid these panics. Leave your name on the board at the scanning table, drop us an email or get in touch via Facebook.

Run Director Brendan LENNON
Timekeeper Sheelin MCKEAGNEY
Marshal Nuala MCKEAGNEY
Marshal Karl DUNN
Marshal Kerry GEDDIS
Marshal Valerie WHITESMITH
Timekeeper Stephen MCMORRIS
Finish Tokens Stephen DUNN
Finish Tokens Eilish CASEY
Barcode Scanning Emma MCMURRAY
Barcode Scanning Caroline MCGURRAN
Barcode Scanning Tina CLARKE
Tail Walker Kate PEEL
Run Report Writer Jonathan DEWART
Pre-event Setup Dale MCCRORY
Pre-event Setup Philip DAVISON
Other Gillian MCCRORY
Post-event Close Down Eamon MCGURRAN
Post-event Close Down Marina MCGURRAN
Post-event Close Down Jason MCGURRAN

First Timers

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36 first time runners to the lakes, the majority who are completely new to the parkrun family. Whether you came to parkrun from another event, through the Banbridge C25K or through your own dedication, please come again next Saturday and make parkrun a weekly habit.

Charles SHANKS 23:34
Martin CAMPBELL 25:06
Adeel AKHTAR 26:54
Justin HOPKINS 29:05
Mark WOODS 29:17
Andrew BEATTY 29:19
Angela SAVAGE 30:57
Damian MCILHATTON 31:12
Paul MARTIN 32:06
Samantha RICE 32:59
Donna EDGAR 33:23
Lynne COCHRANE 33:31
Joanne RIX 35:15
Roseanne MCCARTAN 35:35
Emma SANDS 35:48
Agata RUDNIK 36:12
Jennifer MAYBURY 36:50
James ADAMS 37:21
Ruth EDGAR 41:08
Lewis HANNA 41:42
Grace HANNA 41:43
Jolene MCPOLAND 43:10
Layla SANDS 43:20
Felicity DONAGHY 45:00
Bill GRIMASON 49:33

 

Personal Bests

43 PB runs this morning, with many others also coming close. More Saturdays like today and I'm sure more records will fall.

Niall RANKIN 18:33
Sam WELLS 20:27
Thomas NIXON 20:40
Gordon ANDERSON 21:15
David MCCLEAN 21:42
Adam Emil BITTNER 21:44
Daniel MARTIN 22:09
Oswald ELLIS 22:31
Michael FLYNN 22:52
Breige RUSSELL 23:44
Stuart PATTERSON 23:50
Helen MCCARTAN 24:11
Joan LOGAN 24:46
Geoff BLEAKLEY 25:02
Jan BROWN 25:04
Mark GALLIMORE 25:08
Alanna MEEKE 25:18
Jack NEDZA 25:55
Samuel HARPER 25:58
Vincent MCCLOREY 26:04
Tom BAILEY 26:33
Leah BALFOUR 27:38
Sarah MURRAY 29:00
Colin HAMILTON 29:11
Lynsey JENKS 29:19
Julie HAMILTON 30:45
Katie PATTERSON 31:02
Michelle KEMP 32:00
Dave MARTIN 32:03
Yvonne MCQUAID 32:11
Carolyn WHITESIDE 33:20
Keara MC CLAFFERTY 34:53
Michael BOYLE 34:59
Clare LITTLE 35:49
Daniel KING 36:05
Karen GILES 36:29
Frederick LYNASS 36:40
Joanne O'NEILL 36:49
Cecilia HANNON 38:06
Joan WILSON 38:50
Monica MCCARTAN 42:31
Debbie MIDGLEY 42:38
Lydia GILES 56:37

 

The Podiums

Male

1 Niall RANKIN 18:33
2 Mark CORNETT 18:50
3 Macauley MAXWELL 19:12

A sixth time as first finisher for Niall who also recorded a PB!

Female

1 Emma MULHOLLAND 19:54
2 Roslyn DOBSON 20:40
3 Jillian REDPATH 20:47

Emma finishes as fastest lady for an amazing 19th time.

Age Graded

1 Ken SIMPSON 19:35 VM55-59 79.15%
2 Orla FRENCH 20:54 VW45-49 78.31%
3 Roslyn DOBSON 20:40 VW45-49 77.58%

Ken tops the age-graded standing once again.

Finishing Line

Across the finish line to be greeted by a graduation party, once again brilliantly organised by party-planner Gillian. We hope you all enjoyed your treats and thanks to those who brought along treats and drinks. I can't wait for the next one so I can get some more banana bread!

We're slap bang in the middle of the racing season. Tomorrow sees Lurgan Park host a colour run and/or the Clarke's 5k in Dungannon. Next Saturday Kernan Run Club are organising the Scarvagh House 5k/10k in aid of Guide Dogs (I'm hoping there's time to get it done after parkrun!). On the 26th May there's the Gosford Forest Run. Sunday 27th May at 11AM there's a Superhero run in Lurgan Park (bring your cape) and finally, on 6th June the Craigavon Lakes 5k/10k takes place. Keep an eye out on Athletics NI for more events, and don't be afraid to give something different a try.

Happy running,

Jonny D

 

The Running Commentary # 263 – 14th October 2017

The Starting Line

Rain? It never rains on parkrun and sure enough our 188 runners, joggers and walkers remained dry as they lapped City Park. 15 minutes either way and we'd all have been drenched no doubt! Still, plenty of autumnal leaves about, so that's something to be wary of slipping on in the weeks ahead.22472350_10159484704995707_180033395_n

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

The Volunteers

Today we had "club support" with ten members of Kernan Run Club providing the bulk of our volunteers. It really was great to have a full complement of marshals available on the course, making sure we were all kept safe and didn't get lost - thanks KRC!

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We do need a similar number of volunteers every week. If you can help out as an individual or by persuading a group of friends/colleagues/club mates please get in touch through Facebook, email or by leaving your name at the scanning table.

Run Director Brendan LENNON
Timekeeper Ronald GEMMELL
Marshal Patricia THOMPSON
Marshal Sharon WILLIAMSON
Marshal Andrew WILLIAMSON
Marshal Connie WILLIAMSON
Marshal Ken SIMPSON
Timekeeper Dean SILCOCK
Barcode Scanning Alison FOSTER
Barcode Scanning Caroline MCGURRAN
Barcode Scanning Lucie REHOVA
Tail Walker Leona COULTER
Tail Walker Maureen GRAHAM
Tail Walker Joy TOTTEN
Run Report Writer Jonathan DEWART
Results Processor Sheelin MCKEAGNEY
Pre-event Setup Dale MCCRORY
Pre-event Setup Philip DAVISON
Post-event Close Down Eamon MCGURRAN
Post-event Close Down Marina MCGURRAN
Funnel Manager Barry ANDERSON

First Timers

The Farm welcomed eighteen first timers this morning, though nine of them were veterans of other events. We hope you all enjoyed your morning at City Park parkrun.

Colleen MCCONVILLE 19:52
Lochlainn HILL 20:01
Jamie GREGG 20:03
Dan MCCARTHY 20:22
Ruairi BEATTIE 22:11
David BEATTIE 23:40
Alan MOOREHEAD 23:50
Wayne HAFFEY 24:28
John CAWLEY 24:58
Christopher CAMPBELL 25:20
Katie GREGG 28:09
Martin GREGG 28:09
Leah NORTON 30:10
Ann WILSON 31:28
Katrina GODFREY 31:30
Trevor JOHNSTON 31:38
Sarah BRADLEY 36:06
Becky ALHADEFF 43:41

Personal Bests

Another good running morning aided 34 to a PB.  I'll pick out of these two runners for special attention. Darren Little celebrates his 150th run with his recent steady improvements. Amy McNickle recorded a fourth consecutive PB and a sixth in her last seven runs. Well done to each and every one of you, you are permitted to have a bun!

Simon MEAKIN 21:18
Darren LITTLE 22:15
Bronagh BEATTIE 22:17
Agnieszka STEPIEN 22:44
Zoe ALHADEFF 22:55
Richard ALHADEFF 22:57
Robert MCSHANE 23:46
David SPEED 24:09
Catherine PEPPER 24:28
Colin MASSON 24:35
Andrew STEVENSON 24:40
Stephen RUTHERFORD 25:03
Tina HARPER 25:10
Emer BEATTIE 25:24
Jonathan ROBINSON 26:01
Robin SIM 26:04
Steven WILLIAMSON 26:09
John SIM 26:13
Alanna MEEKE 26:21
Amy MCNICKLE 27:13
Louise WATSON 28:51
Paula KEARNEY 28:55
Enoch HENNING 29:27
Claire CALDERWOOD 29:28
Eimear DOWNEY 29:57
Bridget O'HAGAN 31:13
Zoe BLEVINS 32:15
Claire ALLISON 32:23
Roisin DOLAN 32:41
Chloe WILLIAMSON 32:56
Nicky WILLIAMSON 33:28
Philip MOLLOY 41:27
Isabel MOLLOY 41:29
Caiden GREENE 45:27

The Podiums

Male placings:
Colin MCDOWELL (VM45-49) (Unattached) was first over the line in 19:19 - third time in 72 appearances.
Niall RANKIN (VM40-44) of Roxy Runners, was second (third overall) over the line in 19:35 - has been first to finish on 4 previous occasions.
Sam FOSTER (JM15-17) (Unattached) was third (4th overall) over the line in 19:49.

Well done all three of you, particularly to Sam who out-sprinted me to the line!

Female placings:
Eimear NICHOLL (SW30-34) of St Peters GAC, was first (second overall) over the line in 19:26 - 5th time in 14 appearances.
Colleen MCCONVILLE (SW30-34) (Unattached) was second (6th overall) over the line in 19:52.
Gillian MCCRORY (VW35-39) (Unattached) was third (19th overall) over the line in 21:29 - has been first to finish on 14 previous occasions.

Eimear continues her recent run of fantastic form and no doubt will soon crack the 19 minute barrier and/or take an overall first place. Colleen, visiting us from Tooting, challenged towards the front for the whole run and Gillian relaxed to another podium place.

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Eimear NICHOLL (SW30-34) – 76.16% for the time 19:26 (second overall).
Colin MCDOWELL (VM45-49) – 75.15% for the time 19:19 (first overall).
Clinton DRAKE (JM10) – 75.00% for the time 23:44 (45th overall).

All time stats:
The male record is held by Connor MAGILL who recorded a time of 15:48 on 17th November 2012 (event number 15).
The female record is held by Rebecca HENDERSON who recorded a time of 18:23 on 23rd May 2015 (event number 144).
The Age Grade course record is held by Terry EAKIN who recorded 87.71% (19:07) on 4th April 2015 (event number 137).

Citypark parkrun, Craigavon started on 11th August 2012. Since then 5,108 participants have completed 35,799 parkruns covering a total distance of 178,995 km, including 7,289 new Personal Bests.

Finishing Line

The autumn race season is in full flow, with two local events happening tomorrow. At 10am at Havelock Park in Banbridge is Joe's PC 5k Run and at 11am Sarsfield GFC are hosting their annual 5k and 10k. I wouldn't recommend the driving that would enable you to do both so choose carefully. Thanks also to everyone who bought a raffle ticket in aid of Prostate Cancer, over £100 was raised this morning alone.

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There are landmark t-shirts available to order, but in limited sizes, so if you are due one please check for the link on your results email. The Tribe Sports sponsorship is now winding down and a new way of ordering shirts will be available in the coming months that will hopefully leave you all looking as lovely as our models below. The black, red and purple shirts have to be earned, but the apricot top can be purchased in vest, t-shirt, long-sleeve or jacket form, with profits going towards keeping parkrun going and free to all.

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Finally, lost property (sort of). We had a fluorescent yellow rain jacket left behind with someone lifting a similar jacket instead. Nuala has one and will bring it along next week, who has the other?

Happy running,

Jonny D

 

The Running Commentary #244 – 3rd June 2017

 The Starting Line

What a morning we all had at Tannaghmore Farm yesterday, all 340 of us (plus volunteers). For the most part it was a lovely summer morning, with just a slight shower early on to cool off those on their hot laps. In any case, the bright smiles of our Waringstown C25K graduates and members of the new parkwalk scheme meant there wasn't much to dampen the overall enthusiasm! However you came to join us at City Park parkrun we hope you enjoyed the experience and join us every Saturday from now on.

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The Volunteers

We had a great showing of helpers yesterday who helped the whole event go off without any (major) hitches. Remember, we do need volunteers every week and it would be great if every runner could look to do so at least three times a year.

Also, if you happen to see someone with a hi-viz vest on out on the course, give them a smile, a wave and a gasped "thanks"!

  • Neil BLACK
  • Joanne BONESS
  • Debbie CAIRNS
  • Elizabeth DEACON
  • Jonathan DEWART
  • Ronald GEMMELL
  • Angela GEMMELL
  • Claire JOHNSTON-THOMPSON
  • Brendan LENNON
  • Joe MCANEARNEY
  • Joanne MCCAULEY
  • Dale MCCRORY
  • Gillian MCCRORY
  • Sheelin MCKEAGNEY
  • Nuala MCKEAGNEY
  • Ruth MOORE
  • Stephen MORRISON
  • Carol NEWMAN
  • Lynn PHUN
  • Paul SILCOCK
  • Ken SIMPSON
  • Valerie WHITESMITH
  • Andrew WILLIAMSON
  • Lottie WILLIAMSON

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First Timers

An amazing 86 first timers this morning (that we know of). I hope you all enjoyed the experience!

Clive GRAHAM 19:48
Adrian WHITTLE 20:16
Robin SMYRL 21:47
Colin DAVENPORT 25:13
Ciara MCCOURT 26:45
Janice CANTLEY 27:59
Gillian SPENCE 28:18
Jane COUSINS 28:22
Ollie SMALL 28:57
Chloe BARBOUR 28:59
Sue SMALL 29:11
Sandra KILPATRICK 29:33
Caroline MCCANN 29:39
Wilson ARCHER 29:41
Jackie MALLON 29:58
Mary BOYCE 30:15
Simon KINNEN 30:17
Glynis IRVINE 30:20
Jayne HARRISON 30:20
Katie GEDDIS 30:22
Andrea FITZSIMMONS 30:22
Elaine WRIGHT 30:46
Nick SEGGER 31:05
Bryony WRIGHT 31:06
Dean SILCOCK 31:11
Michael HENRY 31:13
Amanda KEYS 31:14
Diane MCCLELLAND 31:31
Lynne ALLEN 31:32
Julie MCGRATH 31:33
Sarah UPRICHARD 31:54
Cathryn LYTTLE 31:55
Katherine BOYES 32:08
Leanne GRAY 32:25
Gerard HOLLOWAY 32:26
Claire ORR 32:39
Rhonda BARBOUR 32:45
Lynne ALEXANDER 32:48
Jayne ATKINSON 32:55
Amy ALLEN 33:01
Katie HUNTER 33:01
Amanda MOLLOY 33:18
Denise ORR 33:29
Ryan BATES 33:30
Geoffrey BATES 33:40
Derek KINNEN 33:52
Karen LYONS 33:52
Joe LYONS 33:52
Hollie BARBOUR 33:56
Bethany ALLEN 33:57
Bronach BRADY 34:10
Noreen HYLANDS 34:15
Valerie CURRIE 34:39
Roberta LYTTLE 34:41
Catherine HUNTER 34:41
Jill HUTCHINSON 34:49
Nicola BROWN 34:49
Barbara MAIRS 34:55
Shirley DUNN 34:58
Amanda GREGSON 35:01
Heather WILSON 35:02
Scott WILSON 35:58
Paul WILSON 35:59
Sharon MCKINSTRY 38:29
Catheirne DENVER 38:54
Martina HARDAKER 38:55
Jayne MORROW 38:56
Jenna TURNER 39:16
Elizabeth PEDLOW 40:05
Judith DENVER 40:10
Karen MCCLUSKEY 40:30
Christine HAMILL 40:34
Suzanne HARRISON 40:46
Jacqueline CARSON 41:01
Hannah MCKINSTRY 41:11
Zoe MC KINSTRY 41:26
Lucy JOHNS 41:46
Alyson JOHNS 41:47
Karen PATTERSON 43:05
Jackie STEWART 43:06
Estelle ALLEN 43:34
Judith HENRY 43:35
Clare STEVENSON 43:38
Michael WALKER 56:35
Sharon WALKER 56:37
Fiona SCULLION 59:59

Personal Bests

A bit of a head wind out on the course, so fair play to our 69 PBers.

Roman LICHNOVSKY 19:03
Susan SMYTH 19:22
Sam MCKINSTRY 20:18
Thomas NIXON 20:43
Adam SMYTH 20:51
Odhran MCCANN 21:35
Martin MCCAULEY 21:44
Mark ROULSTON 22:04
Graham LEE 22:09
Judith NIXON 22:28
Luke HUNTER 22:43
Patsy HIGGINS 23:40
Charlie WILLIAMSON 24:08
Graham JENNINGS 24:20
Éireann O'CARROLL 24:21
Adam SILCOCK 24:32
Laura BURNS 24:33
Clinton DRAKE 24:36
Ursula MCCONVILLE 24:36
Helen GILPIN 24:38
Jonathan YOUNG 25:10
Connie WILLIAMSON 25:15
Dennis DEVINE 25:43
Gillian BURNETT 25:55
Beverly MITCHELL 26:04
Wendy DAVISON 26:31
Robin SERPLUS 26:32
Rachel COLLINS 26:33
Danielle MCCONVILLE 26:53
Jonathan WEIR 27:13
Caroline DUNN 27:19
Diane ROBB 27:25
Lisa MILLAR 27:26
Susie HAMILTON STUBBER 27:27
Olga LAURINAVICIENE 27:28
Neville DOAKE 27:32
Malachy MCKERNAN 27:39
Rosemary MILLAR 27:47
Ruth GREGG 28:06
Carrie-Leah MCCANN 28:30
David MILLAR 28:34
Lisa MCANULTY 28:49
Charlotte COLLINS 28:50
Kytrina BLAIR 29:01
Jim GRAHAM 29:17
Amy JORDAN 29:20
Luke SMITH 29:29
Heather BAXTER 29:55
Paula STEWART 30:08
Laura JORDAN 30:23
Alison WATT 30:35
Deirdre MCSHANE 31:07
Nyree STRONGE 31:16
Aideen MCKAVANAGH 31:18
Ben EMERSON 31:22
Elaine ALDERDICE 31:41
Janet ROWLAND 32:14
Alison BLAIR 32:23
Karen CAVANAGH 33:29
Andrea DEVINE 34:07
Rita MCCONAGHY 34:08
Emma-Joy THOMPSON 34:25
Charlie MCKEAGNEY 36:11
Roisin DOLAN 38:06
Caroline LEATHEM 38:07
Laura GRACEY 38:55
Madeleine IRWIN 40:31
Sarah TREANOR 40:55
Tracey MCCONVEY 41:01

The Podiums

Male

1 Ed KELLY 17:40
2 Daniel MOORCROFT 18:12
3 Dale MATHERS 18:43

Ed leads home the field for a seventh time.
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Female

1 Susan SMYTH 19:22
2 Kathleen DIVER 20:45
3 Judith NIXON 22:28

Susan brings her recent good race form to parkrun.

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Age Graded

1 Dale MATHERS 18:43 VM50-54 80.77%
2 Ed KELLY 17:40 VM40-44 78.40%
3 Susan SMYTH 19:22 VW35-39 78.14%

A bit of shuffling of the podiums in the age standings.

The Points

Male Female
parkrunner   Volunteered Points Pos   parkrunner   Volunteered Points
Sam MCCONNELL 3 2921 1 Patricia MCCANN 3 3087
David COLLINS 1 2373 2 Roisin PEDEN 2 2573
Francis REYNOLDS 3 2293 3 Julie BEATTIE 12 2551
Jonathan DEWART 22 2234 4 Wendy MCSHANE 3 2507
Ronnie HANNA 3 2215 5 Marina MCGURRAN 9 2255
Mervyn MOLYNEAUX 0 1968 6 Karen GROVES 1 2381
Colin FERRIS 0 1953 7 Linda FARQUHAR 2 2244
Rory MORROW 1 1952 8 Judith NIXON 4 2188
Sam FOSTER 0 1932 9 Lesley LIVINGSTONE 3 2014
Emmanuel FOULER 0 1866 10 Katie MOORE 0 1836

Sam and Patricia will be hard to catch at the top of the points standings, but it's all tightening up in the race for the other podium spots!

Finishing Line

So many reasons to celebrate yesterday morning, so when we were all scanned in there was cake available to those unable to resist such temptations. Once again well done to all our runners, walkers and volunteers, no matter how you got to where you are. You should all be incredibly proud!

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We had some parkrunning landmarks too. Sharon Williamson ran her 150th parkrun, though there's no t-shirt for that. Kieran Robinson gets a black t-shirt after his 100th run, David Quinn a red t-shirt after his 50th run and young Dale Mulligan a white t-shirt after his tenth run. Welcome to the "Clubs"

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We are now well into race season and we've had athletes off recording amazing times all over the place in the last week or so. Today was the Walled City Marathon (and also the Grand Fondo for the bikers) so I hope everyone had a great day taking part in those.

Two upcoming 10ks I'd like to point you towards. Next Wednesday (7th June) will see our "home" race as the Lakes 1k/5k/10k starts off at the Watersports Centre. On 15th June is the Keep Er Lit 10k in Coalisland which I'm assured will be very flat. Please consider giving something different a go over the next while, there's a wealth of choice on the NI Athletics website.

Finally, if you have any issues with missing/incorrect times from yesterday, please get in touch with approximate finish position, times and your barcode number and we'll try to fix as soon as possible.

Happy running,

Jonny D

 

The Running Commentary #218 – 5th November 2016

*** City Park parkrun will be relocating to Tannaghmore Farm from 3rd December ***

*** Please keep an eye out here or on Facebook for the latest updates ***

The Starting Line

Our 187 runners and ten additional volunteers were greeted with chilly conditions at the Lakes this morning [the more people talk about Christmas the quicker it starts to get cold is my theory, so don't mention it for another month]. Still, the conditions were still and ideal for a bit of a push should your body have been willing.

As you hopefully notice above there is an update on our impending move to Tannaghmore Farm, the 3rd December is the expected date. If this changes it will be well publicised and it is my intention that a message such as the one above will remain prominent on the City Park news page and Facebook until a few weeks after the move has happened. The run route will essentially be the same as our current one with just a few tweaks to ensure it remains 5 km long. If you're at a loose end in the weeks ahead you may want to familiarise yourself with where the farm is and a map is linked above.

The Volunteers

As always we thank our volunteers, some of who regretted not bringing along their gloves this morning! We do need helpers every week, but with particular reference to our forthcoming move we'll need a few extra marshals on the course to make sure nobody gets lost. If you can help please leave your name at the scanning table or get in touch by email or Facebook.

Run Director Brendan LENNON
Timekeeper Francis REYNOLDS
Timekeeper Ronald GEMMELL
Finish Tokens Matt KELLY
Finish Tokens Ken SIMPSON
Barcode Scanning Fionnuala LENNON
Barcode Scanning Kieran ROBINSON
Barcode Scanning Caroline MCGURRAN
Tail Runner Debbie CAIRNS
Run Report Writer Jonathan DEWART
Marshal Michele MOWLDS
Marshal Clare Costa DE OLIVEIRA

First Timers

We welcomed 14 first time visitors to City Park parkrun this morning, six of which were completed their first effort event. Particular kudos to Brendy, our fastest newbie, who can go into work on Monday with his head held high!

Brendan CARTY 22:09
Nigel PROCTOR 23:47
Geoffrey COLLINS 23:56
Cary WILSON 25:48
Rachel ANNAN 27:05
Martin WILES 28:09
Debbie KNOX 29:59
Tara BLACK 30:38
Merissa BELL 30:38
Aidan MCGINLEY 31:02
Geraldine KANE 32:39
Heather HEYBURN 34:32
Carol DOWNEY 39:29
Amelia MALLON 39:54

Personal Bests

The cool still conditions (though the wind did pick up a bit later) no doubt aided out 28 PBers this morning. Well done all, go get yourselves a well deserved treat!

Gerry MCGIVERN 24:55
Maciej LUCZAK 25:01
Andrew STEVENSON 25:12
Jack DEE 25:13
Elizabeth DEACON 25:23
Anne THOMPSON 26:04
Wendy MCSHANE 26:47
Thomas MC GUIGAN 26:50
Agnes DEE 27:30
Ger FOLEY 27:54
John HUNTER 27:54
Dawn COLLINS 29:40
Kelly HADDEN 31:08
Wendy HENNING 31:15
Glenda MURRAY 31:53
Elaine ALDERDICE 32:07
Sarah LAY 32:12
Kieran GORMLEY 32:27
Margaret NUGENT 32:48
Fionnuala MURPHY 32:52
Lisa SHERMAN 32:54
Louise YOUNG 33:08
Janet ROWLAND 33:13
Linda DOUGAN 35:53
Sharon BURNSIDE 36:11
Giles IRWIN 36:11
Sara HARRISON 37:39
Carol HUNTER 37:45

The Podiums

Male

1 Evan EVANS 18:48
2 David GRAHAM 19:00
3 Niall RANKIN 19:27

A first ever first place finish for Evan, who missed out on a PB by just two seconds. David and Niall are no strangers to the upper echelons.

Female

1 Roslyn DOBSON 21:25
2 Sharon WILLIAMSON 23:43
3 Julie BEATTIE 24:17

Three familiar faces among the top girls with Roslyn finishing as top lady for an amazing 19th time.

Age-Graded

1 David GRAHAM 19:00 VM45-49 75.18%
2 Roslyn DOBSON 21:25 VW45-49 74.16%
3 Colin MCDOWELL 19:48 VM45-49 72.73%

The top finishing girls and boys are shuffled a bit in the age graded standings.

The Points Standings

Male

Pos parkrunner Number of Runs Number volunteered Run Points Volunteer Points Total Points
1 Sam FOSTER  (-) 13 0 1047 0 1047
2 Sam MCCONNELL (-) 12 1 885 100 985
3 Jonathan DEWART (-) 12 7 852 300 873
4 Colin FERRIS (+5) 10 0 843 0 843
5 Ken SIMPSON (-1) 5 7 496 300 796
6 David GRAHAM (-) 8 0 786 0 786
7 James COMISKEY (-2) 11 0 769 0 769
8 Francis REYNOLDS (+2) 11 1 653 100 753
9 David COLLINS (-1) 9 1 647 100 747
10 Ed KELLY (-3) 7 0 683 0 683

"Young Sam" has extended his lead slightly over "Old Sam" at the top [apologies to either of you two for any offence!].

Female

Pos parkrunner Number of Runs Number volunteered Run Points Volunteer Points Total Points
1 Julie BEATTIE (-) 10 4 858 300 1143
2 Patricia MCCANN (-) 13 0 1067 0 1067
3 Karen GROVES (+1) 11 1 895 100 995
4 Judith NIXON (-1) 10 0 955 0 955
5 Sharon WILLIAMSON (+2) 11 0 895 0 895
6 Wendy MCSHANE (-) 10 2 682 200 881
7 Marina MCGURRAN (+1) 9 3 539 300 839
8 Lesley LIVINGSTONE (+1) 13 0 837 0 837
9 Roisin PEDEN (+1) 12 0 818 0 818
10 Fiona TOMAN (-5) 9 0 808 0 808

"Young Julie" also extends her lead as the top lady.

Finishing Line

I hope you all got a flyer for our forthcoming evening get together which will take place at Brownlow Community Hub on Saturday 19th November from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm. Please come along and share a bit of fun with your fellow parkrunners. If you're reading this and you are involved with a running/fitness club or group and would like to come along to recruit new members let us know and we'll save you some space.

Flyer

Congratulations to our newest club members, Colin Ferris completed his 50th run this morning and young Marc Comiskey his 10th. You are now both entitled to new t-shirts so keep an eye out for the e-mail.

Last weekend there was a huge contingent of City Parkers down in Dublin for the marathon, truly you could barely turn around in the city without bumping into someone you knew! It was great to see so many friendly familiar faces, and thanks once again to those who came to my aid at the end when I'd taken a bit too much out of myself [if at any point in the near future you see me curled up with a blue blanket, there is a related story].

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There are many races on this weekend, though I'll admit to having lost track completely as I've been knackered by my own efforts. Needless to say, good luck and/or well done to anyone who has/will run in Lurgan, Belfast, Ballyclare or wherever else!

Finally, you may notice that the Water Sports Centre is looking a bit sparse. The old place is in its final days and I believe we are the only remaining group of regular users. As such, thanks again to the council staff for coming along to open up so we can get a bit of shelter and to use the facilities. It would help the council no end if we could clear up and clear out as quickly as possible in the weeks ahead so the staff can get away and on to their other roles promptly.

Happy running,

Jonny D

 

The Running Commentary #212 – 24th September 2016

The Starting Line

Even grey days at City Park parkrun can be glorious! Today we saw the latest Couch-to-5k graduation with new runners from Banbridge, Lurgan and Portadown swelling our numbers to 329 this morning. Congratulations all of you, and I really hope to see you back at the Lakes in the weeks, months and years ahead - we're there every Saturday at 9:30.

Before we got started there was a belated award to Ron Gemmell who was "Volunteer of the Year" but missed the anniversary parkrun (and the last month) due to living the life of Riley! Well done Ron, parkrun would not be the same without you!

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The Volunteers

There was a great showing of volunteers this morning to help us deal with the extra numbers. We are incredibly grateful to each of you. Remember, we need people to time, scan and marshal on a weekly basis, so if you haven't volunteered lately please get in touch via Facebook or the volunteers page.

Run Director Brendan LENNON
Timekeeper Ronald GEMMELL
Timekeeper Julie BEATTIE
Finish Tokens Sharon EWART
Finish Tokens Dawn COLLINS
Barcode Scanning Fionnuala LENNON
Barcode Scanning Emma MCMURRAY
Barcode Scanning Ursula MCCONVILLE
Tail Runner Patrick GALLAGHER
Tail Runner Joanne BONESS
Tail Runner Wendy MCSHANE
Run Report Writer Jonathan DEWART
Results Processor Sheelin MCKEAGNEY
Photographer Michele MOWLDS
Marshal Cait LENNON
Marshal Naomi MCMURRAY
Marshal Claire THOMPSON
Marshal Alison LOWHAM
Marshal Caroline MCGURRAN
Marshal Michael MORROW
Marshal Ken SIMPSON
Marshal Paul CASEY
Marshal Alex COLLINS
Other Diane CLARKE
Other Graeme CLARKE

The First Timers

128 first timers this morning, mostly made up of C25K graduates, though eight are veterans of other parkrun events.

Keith JOHNSTON 19:35
Graham MURPHY 20:22
Redmond FRENCH 21:11
William DOOGAN 23:06
Dessie CURRAN 23:08
Henry DOOGAN 23:09
Nigel MANNION 23:33
Cameron PEEL 25:16
Hilary FAITH 25:19
James HUTCHINSON 25:58
Danielle SLOAN 26:00
Andrew MACFARLANE 26:33
Johnny BYRNE 26:38
Gavin MILNE 26:39
Nigel METCALFE 28:12
Adam SILCOCK 28:29
Lauren MEGAHEY 28:40
Timothy BYRNE 28:41
Anne KENNEDY 29:27
Ita BYRNE 29:52
Blanche DEVLIN 30:01
Lindsay ROPER 30:03
Stuart WILSON 30:06
Jenna BURTON 30:06
Fionnuala MCDONALD 30:12
Emily KENNEDY 30:27
Lisa MCMULLAN 30:28
Clive KELLS 30:50
Poppy CUMMING 30:56
Patricia MCKEOWN 31:10
Geraldine MCSHERRY 31:22
Michelle BERRY 31:25
Barbara HUGHES 31:29
Susan MCILWAINE 31:34
Michelle MULLINS 31:34
Will STEVENSON 31:36
Reynolds PAUL 31:44
Nicky KERTON 31:47
Caroline SILCOCK 31:50
Julie HAYES 32:06
Calvin COREY 32:08
Louise CONNOLLY 32:25
John HUNTER 32:51
Ciara O'CONNOR 32:52
Caroline MEENAN 32:52
Christine LOWE 32:53
Maisy ELLISON 32:55
Roisin MATTHEWS 33:00
Carmel MURPHY 33:04
Marina KENNEDY 33:07
Grainne MACKLE 33:08
Pierce REYNOLDS 33:08
Elaine MURPHY 33:15
Briege OLIVEIRA 33:18
Bridget O'HAGAN 33:37
Christine MANNION 33:42
Christine SCOTT 33:46
Connie ROGAN 34:01
Angela MATTHEWS 34:03
Angelina STOYANOVA 34:06
Aisling MCDONALD 34:10
Patricia HEANEY 34:10
Katie-Ann MORTON 34:14
Pet MCCORMACK 34:19
Martin MCCORMACK 34:20
Monica TURKINGTON 34:22
Aoife MCKEOWN 34:23
Joanne ROLESTON 34:32
Theresa MCKAY 34:32
Alison MCDONALD 34:35
Toby JONES 34:42
Niamh O'HAGAN 34:47
Cara O'HAGAN 34:48
Linda E MCNALLY 35:00
Maureen GRAHAM 35:00
Siobhan MADDEN 35:12
Leanne TURKINGTON 35:21
Yvonne MCQUAID 35:24
Ruth HARTE 35:25
Fionnuala MURPHY 35:26
Maria BUNTING-MCGEOWN 35:29
Tracey ROLESTON 35:30
Sheila GALLAGHER 35:31
Juliana HAYES 35:32
Hannah HAYES 35:35
Cathy WALSH 35:52
Sandra JUDT 35:57
Pauline STERRITT 36:05
Dean STERRITT 36:06
Stacey ODONNELL 36:07
Brooke YOUNG 36:07
Tom YOUNG 36:08
Linda COCHRANE 36:09
Susan CURRIE 36:12
Barbara CUMMING 36:12
Debbie ANDERSON 36:22
Grace ROGAN 36:33
Edel ROGAN 36:33
Tanya SCULLION 36:45
Debbie HUGHES 36:49
Erin CAIRNS 36:58
Catherine BRADLEY 37:00
Garvan BRADLEY 37:00
Jo MORTON 37:03
Roberta MORRISON 37:16
Nicola REDPATH 37:17
Roisin TOMAN 37:20
Dorothy TOMAN 37:20
Brinley WALL 37:24
Gary DONALDSON 37:31
Debbie ADAIR 37:55
Noeleen MCCREANOR 37:55
Joy SMYTH 38:10
Michael LAVERY 38:19
Lily REYNOLDS 38:47
Deborah COOKE 39:00
Una MACKLE 39:03
Michelle STAPLES 39:29
Shauna MCCONAGHY 40:22
Janet DICKSON 40:25
Margaret MCCLEAN 41:25
Gillian ELLISON 41:28
Joy POLLARD 42:17
Abigail MCILWAINE 42:18
Bernadette MCALEENAN 43:35
Natasha OGLE 44:08
Peter GUY 44:09
Gail LOCKHART 47:01

Personal Bests

45 PBers this morning, not slowed a bit by the nasty headwind in the last km. Well done all, hopefully you took advantage of the handy on-hand treats.

Jonathan BROWN 19:47
Daniel HARTE 19:56
Gareth DEMPSEY 21:55
Darragh CORVAN 23:18
Alastair USHER 24:39
James VENNARD 24:40
Gary BEATTIE 24:51
Jack LENNON 26:03
Karen LENNON 26:44
Sonya CURRAN 26:49
Conor GALLAGHER 27:09
Aaron PEYTON 27:11
Wendy RADCLIFFE 27:20
Fiona NUGENT 27:54
Mary STRAIN 28:06
Caolan MCGINLEY 28:51
Helen HILL 29:00
Anna BENNETT 29:45
Jarlath MCGINLEY 30:27
June COOPER 31:15
Dakota ANDERSON 31:29
Frances ADAIR 32:10
Sharon MCCORD 32:15
Ciara FANTHORPE 32:55
Bernie CAMPBELL 33:07
Isobel WILSON 33:09
Sarah HOLNESS 33:48
Susan SMYTH GALLACHER 33:55
Bernie MCKEEVER 34:13
Joann DOHERTY 34:14
Karen QUINN 36:13
Nyree STRONGE 36:17
Michelle CONLON 36:19
Giles IRWIN 36:55
Mabel REID 37:10
Kate PEEL 37:49
Dana PATIENCE 37:57
Elizabeth BRANAGH 39:04
Carol HUNTER 40:04
Colleen BREEN 40:50
Simon SMITH 41:12
Mark MAGOWAN 41:59
Jenna WILSON 42:27
Mary MCANEARNEY 47:15
Maura TAGGART 48:34

The Podiums

Male

1 David GRAHAM 18:58
2 Colin MCDOWELL 19:17
3 Barry SHANKS 19:19

A third time as first finisher for David, with Colin on the podium for an eighth time and Barry taking it easy to finish third.

Female

1 Fiona TOMAN 21:57
2 Nadia RADCLIFFE 22:46
3 Louise CLARKE 23:37

A fourth time as top lady for Fiona. Nadia returns after a year to make the podium for the second time and Louise is a regular podiumer too.

Age Graded

1 David GRAHAM 18:58 VM45-49 75.31%
2 Colin MCDOWELL 19:17 VM45-49 74.68%
3 Barry SHANKS 19:19 VM40-44 72.82%

The age graded standings are exactly the same as the overall top three!

Points Tables

Male

Pos parkrunner Number of Runs Number volunteered Run Points Volunteer Points Total Points
1 Ken SIMPSON (-) 5 2 496 200 696
2 Sam FOSTER (-) 7 0 608 0 608
3 Samuel MCCONNELL (-) 6 1 481 100 581
4 Jonathan DEWART (+1) 6 4 544 300 565
5 James COMISKEY (+1) 7 0 519 0 519
6 Matt KELLY (-2) 6 0 493 0 493
7 David GRAHAM (+2) 5 0 488 0 488
8 Colin FERRIS (-) 6 0 479 0 479
9 Ronnie HANNA (new) 6 1 326 100 426
10 David COLLINS (new) 4 1 322 100 422

Ken holds a healthy lead at the top as he volunteered today while injured.

Female

Pos parkrunner Number of Runs Number volunteered Run Points Volunteer Points Total Points
1 Fiona TOMAN (-) 7 0 680 0 680
2 Judith NIXON (-) 7 0 668 0 668
3 Patricia MCCANN (+1) 7 0 603 0 603
4 Julie BEATTIE (+1) 4 2 365 200 565
5 Karen GROVES (+2) 5 1 440 100 540
6 Lauren GELLATELY (-3) 6 0 524 0 524
7 Marina MCGURRAN (+1) 5 2 290 200 490
8 Megan GELLATELY (-2) 6 0 464 0 464
9 Ursula MCCONVILLE (new) 4 1 363 100 463
10 Lesley LIVINGSTONE (-) 7 0 446 0 446

Fiona edges slightly further ahead of Judith at the top.

Finishing Line

The C25K graduation party was relocated to the gazebo behind the Water Sports Centre due to the inclement weather. I hope you all made it in for a wee treat. Thanks to everyone who brought along buns, biscuits, sweets and drinks and to those who helped out in any way.

There are plenty of photos courtesy of Michelle (again) on the Facebook page. Have a look.

Well done to any of our many regulars who were off running elsewhere this morning at the Bangor 10k or the Causeway 10k/half-marathon/marathon. Haven't heard any direct reports yet, but hopefully the weather wasn't too bad!

Tomorrow sees St Peter's AC host a 5k & 10k at Lurgan Park. Many of our runners were saving themselves for this and going easy today, so I expect some stunning times! Registration from 9:00 am at the cricket pavilion and costs £10, with the race to start at 11:00 am. Goodie bags and medals for all runners.

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(If you are organising a running event in the near future drop us a line via Facebook and we'll give it a plug)

Finally, thank you to everyone who parked at the Civic Centre this morning. Could I ask that you all continue to do so for the next month(ish) before we relocate to Tannaghmore Gardens. It makes City Park safer for everyone, both parkrunners and "normal" people and keeps us on good terms with the council who we will be particularly relying on to support us during the building of the new leisure centre.

Happy running,

Jonny D

 

The Running Commentary # 204 – 30th July 2016

The Starting Line

Perfect running conditions today at City Park and it was fantastic to such a great turn-out of runners and volunteers once again. Although it was such an ideal day for running fast, and many did just that, there were a number taking a more relaxed approach as they prepared for races in the days ahead or just decided that they would celebrate the landmark achievements of their running cohorts - it was indeed a day for landmarks

The Volunteers

Today we had a full quota of volunteers who fulfilled their roles and dealt with any mishaps with style and grace. Brendan remains on an active recruitment drive for the weeks ahead as holidays will be taking their toll on some of the regulars. Please look to fill in the sheet at the scanning table or get in touch via the volunteer page or Facebook. If we all pull our weight our event will continue to run smoothly.

Run Director Brendan LENNON
Timekeeper Ronald GEMMELL
Finish Tokens Patsy HIGGINS
Finish Tokens Paul HIGGINS
Finish Tokens Jonathan PEDEN
Finish Tokens Roisin PEDEN
Barcode Scanning Fionnuala LENNON
Barcode Scanning Emma MCMURRAY
Tail Runner Claire MOORE
Tail Runner Bill GARDINER
Tail Runner Nigel MCMORRIS
Run Report Writer Jonathan DEWART
Results Processor Sheelin MCKEAGNEY
Marshal Tim FOLEY
Marshal Caroline MCGURRAN

First Timers

Nineteen first time visitors to the lakes today, though four are veterans of other parkrun events. I hope you all had a great experience at City Park.

Brett RUSHMAN 19:06
Pauline COUNSELL 23:39
Elizabeth DEACON 27:40
Tiernan DONAGHY 26:50
Gary BEATTIE 26:01
Rebecca MCALINDEN 26:45
Deborah RUSHMAN 30:59
Michael James WELSH 26:00
Martin NIXON 26:22
Emily WELTON 30:30
Esther BATES 32:48
Fynn RUSHMAN 31:00
Jon RUSHMAN 31:08
Claire ALLISON 33:33
Michael WHITTAKER 32:22
Claire HUNTER 40:24
Joe GARDINER 47:03
Mark WRIGHT 41:08
Andrew MCVEIGH 44:49

Personal Bests

47 PBs today, great running all. I'm sure you'll all be back to push your limits even further in the weeks ahead.

Scott KENNEDY 17:37
Emmanuel FOULER 19:25
Sean MCCARTHY 19:36
Sean MC ALLISTER 19:38
James BRANNIGAN 20:07
Sam FOSTER 20:49
Michael WELSH 21:28
Louis MURRAY 22:17
William PINKERTON 22:37
Louise CLARKE 22:41
Ben ALLISON 22:52
Brian WILSON 23:05
Justin BURNS 23:15
Lorraine BURNS 24:04
Kevin HAUGHIAN 24:35
Stephen RUTHERFORD 25:29
Sharon EWART 25:30
Joanna FREEBURN 26:26
Aaron MCCRUMLISH 26:27
Teresa MARTIN 26:36
Gillian COLVIN 26:41
Karen DOHERTY 26:44
John MITCHELL 26:46
Kevin SAVAGE 27:11
Patrick DONAGHY 27:20
Wendy MCSHANE 27:29
David COX 28:01
Robert FREEBURN 28:12
Shannon MCGLEENAN 28:21
Gemma FIELDS 28:57
Julie JORDAN 29:01
Andrea MCCARTHY 29:04
Jill MCKEOWN 30:14
Eilish CASEY 30:19
Ben MCCRORY 31:17
Colin N CHAN 31:17
Cormac MCCRACKEN 31:26
Lynn COLVIN 31:48
Linda MCADAM 32:07
Keith MCKEEMAN 32:47
Alison LOWHAM 33:21
Sylvie PINDER 34:16
Emma HOPKINS 34:41
Hazel NICHOLL 34:55
Grace PARR 37:46
Victoria PARR 37:52
Olivia PARR 40:26

The Podiums

Male

1 Scott KENNEDY 17:37
2 Ken SIMPSON 18:13
3 David GRAHAM 18:50

Second time visitor Scott Kennedy romped home in first place, with a PB to boot.

Female

1 Jillian REDPATH 22:01
2 Louise CLARKE 22:41
3 Catriona SHATWELL 23:08

Jillian finishes as top lady for an eighth time.

Age-Graded

1 Ken SIMPSON 18:13 VM50-54 83.62%
2 Scott KENNEDY 17:37 VM45-49 80.51%
3 David GRAHAM 18:50 VM45-49 75.84%

The top two are reversed as Ken equals his PB and improves his age-grade ranking.

Points Tables

Very little happening in the top tens and all is pretty much sorted for the medal positions.

Male

Pos parkrunner Number of Runs Number volunteered Run Points Volunteer Points Total Points
1 Ken SIMPSON (-) 46 3 4399 300 4699
2 Jonathan PEDEN (-) 44 6 3762 300 4062
3 Samuel MCCONNELL (-) 42 2 3493 200 3693
4 Matthew HAMILTON (-) 33 2 2917 200 3117
5 Matt KELLY (-) 37 6 2807 300 3102
6 Francis REYNOLDS (-) 42 3 2592 300 2892
7 Jonathan DEWART (-) 36 27 2798 300 2884
8 David COLLINS (-) 31 5 2539 300 2839
9 Barry MC CARROLL (-) 35 0 2566 0 2566
10 David GRAHAM (-) 26 0 2526 0 2526

Female

Pos parkrunner Number of Runs Number volunteered Run Points Volunteer Points Total Points
1 Julie BEATTIE (-) 44 4 3949 300 4172
2 Roisin PEDEN (-) 44 4 3483 300 3783
3 Jan BROWN (-) 37 3 2914 300 3214
4 Linda FARQUHAR (-) 34 1 2974 100 3074
5 Sharon WILLIAMSON (-) 34 0 3041 0 3041
6 Fiona TOMAN (-) 29 3 2756 300 2991
7 Marina MCGURRAN (-) 35 11 2569 300 2869
8 Gillian MCCRORY (-) 31 28 2484 300 2735
9 Karen GROVES (-) 32 0 2703 0 2703
10 Patricia MCCANN (new) 30 1 2507 100 2607

The Finishing Line

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As I mentioned earlier, this was indeed a day for landmarks. Young Rory Burns joined the 10-Club; Brenda Brown and Dale McCrory both completed their 50th runs and have earned their red shirts. Julie Doran (aka the Black Panther) completed her 100th run and her fellow run-chatters made the occasion more special as they all dressed in black for the day and completed the course as a group and followed it up with picnic and cake. I was honoured that the girls included me in the celebrations as I completed my 150th parkrun today and presented me with three 50 badges and invited me for cake which was a nice gesture as I still have another hundred runs to claim my next shirt. Also, given the number of people who asked if it was my fiftieth birthday, it seems I should start a new moisturising regime! parkrun30-07-16

Good luck to our regulars who will off racing in Cookstown or Mullaghbawn tomorrow. Many were taking it easy round the Lakes today, though that is of course a relative term! I hope the weather is kind and you all reach your goals. If you're interested in completing a different running challenge, please check out Athletics NI or if you fancy something a bit hillier, NIMRA. It was pointed out to me that people are looking forward to cross country season already, but to me that would involve considering that winter is coming!

For our younger runners (aged 4-17), please consider looking into the parkrun youth panel, which will help shape parkrun for the years ahead. It could be a worthwhile project for the school holidays.

On 13th August we'll be celebrating City Park parkrun's 4th birthday with another party. To help this go smoothly we'll need donations of food, drinks and money to pay for prizes and presents. If you could drop a few pounds into the box at the scanning table it would be greatly appreciated.

In addition to the photos above kindly supplied by Ron, there is an excellent slideshow on the Facebook page which was created by Michelle Mowlds.

Finally, another reminder about parking. The access road was once again partially blocked by cars. It is vital for all park users that there is easy access for the emergency services. There are plenty of additional parking spots available at the Civic Centre which is just a short walk away. We don't have enough volunteers available to redirect traffic on a weekly basis, so please use the other car park as a default.

Happy running,

Jonny D

 

The Running Commentary #184 – 12th March 2016

The Starting Line

It was a quiet enough morning at the Lakes this morning, aside from the record breaking 478 parkrunners, smashing our previous best of 309. Numbers were swelled by the latest C25K graduates from Banbridge, Lurgan and Portadown and frankly I was awe-struck by the sight of the mass of blue t-shirts! Well done to all, I hope you can use parkrun to build on the work you've carried out over the past few months. Anyone with family or friends interested in taking to running should keep an eye out for the next C25K intake which should be starting soon.

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The Volunteers

A great turn-out of helpers this morning and they all played a vital role in helping the event pass off smoothly despite the additional numbers. Particular kudos to Gillian for sorting the party (and indeed thanks to all who brought along treats) and to John for his handy-crafts in getting additional finish tokens made in double-quick time. It was also great to see so many marshals dotted around the course cheering everyone on.

We do need volunteers every week, so please let us if/when you can help out by the usual means.

Run Director Brendan LENNON
Timekeeper Samuel H UPRICHARD
Finish Tokens Brenda BROWN
Finish Tokens Marina MCGURRAN
Barcode Scanning Fionnuala LENNON
Barcode Scanning Ronald GEMMELL
Barcode Scanning Paul HIGGINS
Tail Runner Joan FITZPATRICK
Tail Runner Anne MULLAN
Run Report Writer Jonathan DEWART
Results Processor John LESTER
Photographer Declan MCALLISTER
Marshal Eamon MCGURRAN
Marshal Ronnie HANNA
Marshal Sheelin MCKEAGNEY
Other Gillian MCCRORY
Other Niall RANKIN
Other Angela GEMMELL
Other Naomi MCMURRAY
Other Nuala MCKEAGNEY
Other Éireann O'CARROLL
Other Zoe MCCRORY
Funnel Manager Michele MOWLDS

 

First Timers

An amazing 243 first timers today, 236 running their first ever parkrun! C25Ker or not, I hope you all felt welcome and will come back and join us again soon.

Marcus GREENFIELD 19:07
David GRAHAM 20:27
Mary MCARDLE 28:52
Sonya GREENFIELD 27:19
Geraldine EAKINS 26:35
Emmet NIXON 24:55
Katie MCVEIGH 27:35
Marie DONNELLY 31:31
Damien Peter HAUGHEY 27:35
Lauren BEATTIE 30:32
Laura GRAHAM 27:14
Melissa MCCULLOUGH 27:36
Mary MALLON 30:51
Jennifer O'HANLON 28:10
Lewis MALLON 23:52
Pauline POWER 31:01
Norma CAMPBELL 28:00
Wendy GARDINER 34:19
Gary CRAIG 27:07
Alice MCPARLAND 39:07
Sinead MCCARTAN 28:28
Megan MC CONAGHY 28:40
Arlene MAGOWAN 31:34
Kirsty DONNELLY 28:55
Geraldine MCIVOR 41:23
Kathleen HAGAN 29:33
Maria MCPARLAND 30:41
Caroline MCNICHOLL 35:40
Catherine MEGAHEY 29:30
Bernadette FINNEGAN 35:58
Orlaith CULLEN 30:54
Grace WALSH 29:32
Emer MCVEIGH 29:33
Fodla HAGAN-FONTES 31:05
Pamela SPIERS 29:47
Averil WYLIE 30:34
Karen GORMAN 30:39
John KING 27:31
Paula KEARNEY 31:59
Catherine MACDONALD 30:47
Wendy TROTTER 34:59
Keith EBBITT 27:12
Heather BECK 31:04
Alan GIBSON 30:28
Alison CRAIG 32:08
Jacqueline CAMPBELL 36:33
Dervla POWER 31:02
Joan O'HARE 39:41
Majella CULBERT 31:07
Mandy OHARE 34:32
Ivan CORDNER 32:03
Iris HOLLAND 37:30
Beverley MAGOWAN 37:32
Amanda WHITESMITH 31:40
Sharon RUTHERFORD 31:09
Una FARRELL 34:52
Danielle MCCONVILLE 31:22
Hannah COLBERT 31:18
Maggie LAVERY 37:16
Lyndsay RICHARDSON 31:19
Ann FITZPATRICK 37:19
Diane MARTIN 31:24
Ciara CULLEN 31:32
Emma PARTRIDGE 31:33
Ruth MOORE 32:43
Veronica MCIVOR 44:30
Mairead LEONARD 32:15
Sharon MCNALLY 32:06
Lorraine LIGGETT 32:26
Agnieszka TRACZYKOWSKA 31:37
Lyn TOPLEY 31:36
Sheilen GARVEY 34:44
Helen MCSTRAVICK 36:56
Cathy MCCREA 32:44
Tracey ONEILL 33:59
Lisa TUMILTY 32:15
Maria WALSH 32:32
Andrea MCNEICE 34:11
Catherine DOYLE 38:21
Emma HENRY 32:20
Aoife MCCONVILLE 34:20
Aoine MAGEE 34:20
Mary WATSON 32:30
Jill DONALDSON 35:49
Minetta HOWARD 41:54
Jane HOBSON 32:31
Alana MCELROY 32:41
Sheila HENDERSON 41:23
Jacqueline COBURN 36:47
Bridin DUGGAN 32:30
Laura O NEILL 32:31
Amy BROWN 32:57
Fiona DORRIAN 33:32
Maureen MILLAR 40:31
May MCKNIGHT 33:16
Cathy MCBURNEY 37:31
Dawn RUSSELL 37:09
Smith CAITLIN 36:53
Susan HAUGHIAN 33:04
Jon HORBALY 28:41
Diane MORGAN 33:20
Stephanie MCCANN 33:16
Jodie STANFIELD 33:45
Nicola GIBSON 34:11
Colette CARVILL 33:37
Janine STANFIELD 33:38
Danielle QUINN 33:27
Trisha Ann ONEILL 33:59
Chloe PHUN 37:31
Haley HAWES 33:28
Fiona LINDSAY 33:33
Chris MCALISTER 30:22
Samantha MCPOLIN 33:28
James KINKEAD 35:58
Megan MCCLELLAND 33:29
Charlene LIGGETT 33:45
Martina SMITH 36:24
Bernie CAMPBELL 36:27
Sharon ANDERSON 36:28
Joanne MURRAY 34:54
Tracey MCCAVIGAN 34:21
Vikki WILLIAMS 33:58
Maria IGUEGNI 35:27
Faithleen OREILLY 33:53
Wendy HENNING 36:46
Alison HANNA 34:00
Noleen CAMPBELL 34:21
Lee MC CARTAN 34:47
Sarah MCCAHON 34:05
Sarah LAVERTY 34:08
Fiona THOMPSON 34:08
Fionnuala FEARON 37:45
Jessica KEEGAN 34:10
John BELL 29:47
Aileen SMITH 41:16
Denise CAMPBELL 34:46
Emily MCPARLAN 38:29
Tara MULHOLLAND 34:43
Frances MCNALLY 36:46
Clare TENNYSON 34:44
Karen GREER 36:48
Valerie LARGE 37:09
Sarah OGILBY 34:28
Hannah RODGERS 34:31
Stephen RUTHERFORD 30:07
Gail HIGGINSON 36:20
John DOWNEY 36:05
Karen BRAHAM 34:50
Denise GRAHAM 42:33
Laura RATCLIFFE 35:11
Sarah-Jane BOWBANKS 34:58
Karen WEBB 40:39
Annette DOYLE 37:14
Jill LATIMER 35:14
Jill GRANT 35:46
Anne-Marie LITTER 35:53
Cathy MITCHELL 35:44
Sam NEILL 37:41
Olivia MCNALLY 37:05
Julie STEWART 38:09
Keith MCKEEMAN 34:55
Dawn MCLOUGHLIN 36:13
Gillian MILLER 38:18
Deirdre MAIRS 42:02
Jennifer NEILL 35:46
Elaine FRASER 35:57
Kara-Lee DAVIES 36:57
Clare CLARKE 36:33
Helena BROWN 44:59
Andrea AWADA 37:10
Sandra NEWPORT 37:11
Marie Therese MC CARTAN 38:37
Ciara JUDGE 36:45
Victor DONALDSON 36:35
Lisa GALLAGHER 38:10
Gretchen CARROLL 40:52
Siobhan HAMILTON 38:16
Sara HARRISON 38:01
Sarah MCFADDEN 36:47
Leanne POLAND 38:16
Fiona MAGUIRE 37:49
Diane WATT 37:34
Barbara HUGHES 37:06
Diane JOHNSTON 37:06
Amelia WHITE 37:08
Debbie HEATRICK 37:10
Joanne WATSON 37:52
Jill MCGARRY 39:06
Paula GRAHAM 37:41
Jennifer DUNBAR 37:52
Joanna BREEN 46:29
Charmaine MCNALLY 38:14
Ursula MCALINDEN 38:29
Carol BREEN 39:32
Olivia LAVERY 45:12
Noeleen MCKIVERIGAN 38:03
Neil BUCKLEY 35:56
Amanda DOYLE 38:11
Gillian WEIR 38:11
Nicole MCKIVERIGAN 38:12
Monica MCCARTAN 43:57
Pauline SMYTH 43:57
Ciara O'ROURKE 38:33
Michelle KELLY 42:29
Laura DOWNEY 38:36
Laura DUNWOODIE 38:27
Liam THOMPSON 34:07
Gillian MONTGOMERY 40:55
Janice BLAIR 40:57
Sam HIGGINSON 36:14
Laura KANIS-DICKSON 38:36
Matthew MCFADDEN 33:52
Richard DUNBAR 34:06
Sinéad MCMAHON 38:58
Gemma MCBRIDE 38:52
Heather MCBRIDE 38:52
Deborah BENNETT 42:03
Laura JONES 39:14
Aimee ADAIR 44:06
Kelly DICKSON 39:17
Andrea MCDONALD 42:46
Julie BEATTIE 41:27
Ashley MORROW 45:50
Roisin HENDRON 42:27
Frances ADAIR 44:17
Patricia MCINTYRE 41:35
Lynn MCKEAG 40:36
Joanne STEWART 41:02
Hazel DOUGLAS 41:31
Laura BEATTIE 41:42
Catherine BEATTIE 41:43
Carole BELL 41:44
Zara WRIGHT 41:51
Anuska SPEERS 42:16
Diane MURRAY 44:18
Marcellus KEARNEY 43:09
Sinead MOORE 45:11
Caroline LEONARD 45:13
Marie MC BRIDE 45:41
Roseanne MCAULEY 43:42
Susan SMYTH 43:56
Lindsay BUCKLEY 44:29
Courtney MCOWING 47:16

 

Personal Bests

Great weather for running saw 55 PB performances this morning. Well done all.

Ken SIMPSON 18:39
Mario DONNELLY 20:30
Samuel MCCONNELL 20:39
Albert MULLIGAN 20:38
Damien CAMPBELL 19:43
Timothy DAVIDSON 22:24
Tracy MCGIBBON 23:31
M GRAY 24:39
Caroline ANDERSON 23:54
Bridget ROSS 28:05
Stephen MCMORRIS 23:37
Joe MCANEARNEY 24:33
Daniel HARTE 22:03
Joanne GILLESPIE 25:46
Ben ALLISON 22:59
Teresa ADAMS 27:36
Lydia BEATTIE 30:26
Andrew FIELDS 21:43
Emma MCDONALD 25:11
Paul MCDONALD 22:35
Wendy MCSHANE 29:42
John HEWITT 28:06
Lynette DRAINEY 29:22
Victoria BURDEN 27:53
Christine FORKER 27:03
Linzi PEARSON 28:14
Rachel HALL 27:21
Derval REA 28:28
Roberta NELSON 29:52
Joanna COWAN 29:35
Clare SMITH 30:05
Lesley LIVINGSTONE 29:46
Mark FITZPATRICK 25:54
Sue-Ellen MCALISTER 30:27
Lorraine HANVEY 31:08
Carmel MCSORLEY 35:07
Joe COLVIN 29:14
Daphne GRAY 35:38
Ann HESLIP 33:49
Kelly MAGINN 31:42
Emma HENRY 32:00
Laura WILLIA 33:10
Beverley GRAY 36:13
Jalna CARR-LITTLESON 35:23
Alana MCDONNELL 35:26
Bernie KEARNS 38:00
Denise SAVAGE 35:17
Joshua BOYD 30:40
Tina MALLON 39:28
Bronagh CONNOLLY 39:28
Mary MCCARTAN 41:16
Kate PEEL 42:36
Lyle ENGLISH 48:01
Helen LENNON 42:37
Marian MCCREA 45:12

 

Podiums

Male

1 Paul O'CALLAGHAN 17:13
2 Mark CORNETT 17:42
3 Unknown 00:00

A sixth time as first finisher for Paul, a fifth time on the podium for Mark and an "unknown" in third [aka Barry Shanks].

Female

1 Natalie HALL 20:05
2 Jillian REDPATH 21:48
3 Tracy MCGIBBON 23:31

Third time as top lady for Natalie. Jillian with her usual podium performance and PBer Tracy taking third spot.

Age Graded

1 Ken SIMPSON 18:39 VM50-54 81.68%
2 Mario DONNELLY 20:30 VM60-64 78.21%
3 Paul O'CALLAGHAN 17:13 VM35-39 77.06%

Another PB sees Ken top the age graded standings once again, followed closely by training buddy, Mario also with a PB.

Points Tables

Male

Pos parkrunner Number of Runs Number volunteered Run Points Volunteer Points Total Points
1 Ken SIMPSON (-) 27 3 2562 300 2862
2 Jonathan PEDEN (-) 27 3 2207 300 2507
3 Samuel MCCONNELL (-) 28 0 2341 0 2341
4 Matt KELLY (-) 24 4 1979 300 2274
5 Matthew HAMILTON (-) 24 0 2114 0 2114
6 Francis REYNOLDS (-) 25 3 1617 300 1917
7 David COLLINS (-) 21 1 1756 100 1856
8 Jonathan DEWART (-) 21 17 1698 300 1784
9 Ryan MACDONALD (-) 19 0 1489 0 1489
10 Stuart SINNAMON (new) 16 0 1477 0 1477

Not much happening in the males points standings again apart from Stuart re-entering the top ten.

Female

Pos parkrunner Number of Runs Number volunteered Run Points Volunteer Points Total Points
1 Julie BEATTIE (-) 26 3 2377 300 2600
2 Roisin MCCONVILLE (-) 28 2 2245 200 2445
3 Sharon WILLIAMSON (+1) 22 0 1957 0 1957
4 Jan BROWN (+2) 22 1 1832 100 1932
5 Gillian MCCRORY (-2) 18 18 1643 300 1894
6 Cait LENNON (-1) 24 3 1556 300 1856
7 Linda FARQUHAR (-) 21 0 1796 0 1796
8 Debbie CAIRNS (-) 22 2 1557 200 1757
9 Fiona MC COURT (-) 16 3 1519 300 1754
10 Catherine PEPPER (-) 23 0 1751 0 1751

Gil drops a few spots after today as she was volunteering and has already maxed-out her volunteering points. This has allowed Sharon to jump into the top three.

Finishing Line

Back to the Water Sport Centre for buns and chat. Thanks once again to everyone who brought stuff along, it looked fantastic, though I actually resisted indulging! 12498478_10208941660647330_1160495117_n

Congratulations to Stephen Furphy who completed his 100th run this morning, to Jimmy McFadden who ran for the 50th time and to junior Thomas Girvan who has earned his 10 Club shirt.
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Good luck to anyone who will be running in the Clan na Gael 10k/5k tomorrow at the Lakes. Starts at noon and entries on the day. There were also fliers for the upcoming Kernan RC Portadown 5k/10k at the People's Park on 24th April so keep that date free too if you can.

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Loads of photos of today's event can be found on the Facebook page courtesy of Declan, Michelle, Ron and Gil (a selection are also featured above) - thanks guys.

We're still looking for donations for the new speaker system, so if you could spare a few pounds, please leave them in the box at the scanning table.

If you have any issues with any of the results today let us know by email to cityparkoffice@parkrun.com. Give as much information as you can (position, approximate time, names of those who finished just in front of or behind you etc.)

Hectic day all round, so if I've missed out anything important, leave a message on the Facebook page and I'll get it added.

Happy running,

Jonny D

 

The Running Commentary #182 – 27th February 2016

Starting Line

As I dandered towards the Water Sports Centre from the Civic Centre carpark (still plenty of spaces there by the way!) this morning I could sense something was wrong. Why had nobody put out the cones for the finish tunnel for a start? As I came round the corner I was quickly asked, "is it going ahead this morning?" by reflex I said "yes [long pause] I think so." I noticed the locked Centre gates and doors and lots of people with pained 'I need to pee' faces. Brendan, Sheelin and John were focussed and confident that we could get started, just a wee bit edgy whether there'd be tokens available come the finishing line!

Brendan relayed the tricky situation with aplomb from his new speaker system (he doesn't know any Madonna songs though). The new speaker has become necessary as the old one became ever more temperamental and Brendan's pre-run briefings were only being heard by a handful of people. It is important to listen to the briefings. First timers need to know the way and experienced runners need to be made aware of any potential obstructions on the course. The speaker however will need to be paid for, so if you could drop an extra few pounds into the donations box at the  scanning table it would be greatly appreciated and will ensure that none of our volunteers are personally out of pocket.

With the brief completed we made our way to starting line with only a slight nervousness that this parkrun would 'count'. My other worry was that by this point my hands were freezing, and I'm sure there were plenty of others who had missed the pre-run warmth and facilities of the Water Sports Centre!

The Volunteers

Thanks as always to our wonderful volunteers who operated seamlessly despite the extra pressure this morning. Remember, your parkrun needs you! Please volunteer at least three times through 2016 to help keep the whole shebang going. Drop us a line through Facebook, email or by popping your name on the wee sheet at the scanning table. Panics are rare!

Run Director Brendan LENNON
Timekeeper Patrick GALLAGHER
Timekeeper Sheelin MCKEAGNEY
Timekeeper Kevin MCILDUFF
Finish Tokens Caroline MCGURRAN
Finish Tokens Cait LENNON
Barcode Scanning Fionnuala LENNON
Barcode Scanning Fiona MCGURRAN
Tail Runner John LESTER
Run Report Writer Jonathan DEWART
Results Processor John LESTER

This is also a good place to wish a speedy recovery to one of our stalwart volunteers, Ron following an operation on his knee this week.

First Timers

Thirteen lucky first time finishers at the Lakes this morning, eight of whom are completely new to the parkrun experience. I hope you all enjoyed yourselves and will come back and join us again soon!

Nigel MCKIBBIN 16:57
Patrick HIGGINS 18:12
Mari TROENG 20:18
Megan MCGREEVY 21:26
Michael MCKIERNAN 21:28
Jake COLVIN 23:26
Michelle MCCANN 24:20
Coral TRAINOR 24:41
Matthew JENKINS 27:59
Caroline MCCAVANAGH 31:38
Carol ALEXANDER 33:31
Carrie GREENE 37:05
Elaine CONNOLLY 47:47

Personal Bests

Twenty-three runners took advantage of this morning's great running conditions (was there any wind?) or maybe they were just desperate to get back and use the facilities!

Ken SIMPSON 18:40
Marty CAMPBELL 19:41
Mario DONNELLY 20:56
Patrick MC EVOY 21:06
Gary TEDFORD 21:35
Paul MCDONALD 23:06
Ronnie HANNA 23:18
Louise CLARKE 23:37
Mervyn HAMILTON 23:46
Stephen MCMORRIS 23:49
Jason CAMPBELL 24:42
Paul CASEY 24:53
Stephen HAMILTON 25:22
Sharon MCKIBBIN 26:11
Aoibhinn MCCARTHY 26:23
Mary-Ellen O'HARE 27:07
Mark MORROW 28:13
Andrea MCCARTHY 29:56
Lesley LIVINGSTONE 30:26
Clare SMITH 30:52
Shirley WILSON 33:32
Victoria MILLAR 34:12
Lyle ENGLISH 55:45

Podiums

Male

1 Nigel MCKIBBIN 16:57
2 Conor GRIMES 18:03
3 Patrick HIGGINS 18:12

Well done to Nigel on coming home first on his first official parkrun (no need to ask how he knew the way!). Conor's a familiar face on the podium in second and Patrick in third was undertaking a bit of parkrun tourism and visiting the Lakes for the first time.

Female

1 Mari TROENG 20:18
2 Kathleen DIVER 20:28
3 Megan MCGREEVY 21:26

Not much between our top two ladies, with first time visitor Mari pipping regular podiumer Kathleen. In third we have yet another first timer, Megan. Well done all!

Age-Graded

1 Nigel MCKIBBIN 16:57 VM45-49 84.27%
2 Ken SIMPSON 18:40 VM50-54 81.61%
3 Mario DONNELLY 20:56 VM60-64 76.59%

Nigel also tops the age-graded standings (with the course's third best percentage ever) while Ken once again takes his traditional place on the "old man's" podium with yet another PB. Recent parkrun recruit Mario also recorded a PB to come in third.

Points Tables

Male

Pos parkrunner   Number of Runs Number volunteered Run Points Volunteer Points Total Points
1 Ken SIMPSON (-) 25 3 2371 300 2671
2 Jonathan PEDEN (-) 25 3 2083 300 2383
3 Samuel MCCONNELL (-) 26 0 2173 0 2173
4 Matt KELLY (-) 22 4 1810 300 2105
5 Matthew HAMILTON (-) 22 0 1933 0 1933
6 Francis REYNOLDS (-) 23 3 1501 300 1801
7 David COLLINS (-) 20 1 1678 100 1778
8 Jonathan DEWART (-) 20 16 1610 300 1696
9 Ryan MACDONALD (-) 18 0 1412 0 1412
10 David GRAHAM (-) 14 0 1361 0 1361

Not a single bit of movement in the men's points standing, with Ken just slightly increasing his lead over Jonny.

Female

Pos parkrunner   Number of Runs Number volunteered Run Points Volunteer Points Total Points
1 Julie BEATTIE (-) 24 3 2198 300 2421
2 Roisin MCCONVILLE (-) 26 2 2082 200 2282
3 Linda FARQUHAR (-) 21 0 1796 0 1796
4 Gillian MCCRORY (-) 17 16 1544 300 1795
5 Cait LENNON (-) 22 3 1489 300 1789
6 Sharon WILLIAMSON (-) 20 0 1771 0 1771
7 Jan BROWN (-) 20 1 1653 100 1753
8 Debbie CAIRNS (+1) 20 2 1425 200 1625
9 Catherine PEPPER (+1) 21 0 1579 0 1579
10 Fiona MC COURT (-2) 14 3 1333 300 1568

Julie (who formally introduced herself to me this morning!) still leads the ladies. The only movement was lower down were Fiona drops a few spots as she was away running elsewhere.

Finishing Line

So, back to the now thankfully opened Water Sports Centre for blessed relief and scan in!

I hope anyone who was off running round Castlewellan or Stormont this morning had good races. Good luck to anyone competing in the Lurgan Park or Resolution Runs tomorrow. There are plenty of running events coming up in the weeks ahead (for instance, I've just remembered I'll be in Carlingford next Saturday for the half marathon!) Check out the Athletics NI website for more info.

In two weeks the latest C25K graduation run will be descending on City Park. As such, we could use some extra volunteers plus a few buns for the after-party. Gil will be putting up a more detailed request next week.

Particularly with the added C25K crowd in mind, please make use of the parking at the Civic Centre as it will be even more vital not to block the access road to the Lakes should the emergency services be required. It's just a short extra warm-up walk.

Happy running,

Jonny D

 

The Running Commentary #180 – 13th February 2016

Started well, but ran out of puff... now am I talking about running or rugby?

The Starting Line

These days we've no idea what sort of weather will face us on a parkrun-day morning - rain, ice, snow and tropical storms are all a possibility! Today we had overcast and relatively mild, so reasonable enough I suppose.

This is Valentine's weekend, so Gil fulfilled her usual duties of sorting the heart-shaped sweet treats. She also awarded me with some chocolate snowmen following our recent competition which have been (nearly all) greatly appreciated this afternoon.

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Valentine's Day is about love, and what we all have in common is loving parkrun. This was nicely illustrated by a Facebook post during the week asking people what they love most about their City Park Saturdays. Adele loves the social side, making friends and the "runchats" (or grunts). Paul loves getting advice from experienced runners and the joy of our C25K graduation events. Mark loves getting his free Saturday's off to a great start and Jonny loves that he can turn up at any parkrun in Northern Ireland and be welcomed warmly. We'd like to hear your reasons to love parkrun on Facebook too.

This morning saw a momentous landmark for parkrun in Northern Ireland as "parkrun Jim" Clinton became the first Irish person to enter parkrun's 250 Club. Jim's is an inspiring and impressive story and he's taken in a total of thirteen parkrun venues over the past five-odd years (but he's yet to sample the Lakes!). Well done Jim from all at City Park.

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The Volunteers

Many thanks to this morning's volunteers who all did a great job. There are many familiar names on the list below, so a bit of fresh blood would be appreciated. Please look to volunteer at least three times through 2016. It isn't that taxing, but it is vital. Leave your name at the scanning table (look for the groovy new pen & holder) or get in touch via Facebook or email. Even better, if you could volunteer as early as possible, it would take the pressure off Brendan before Saturday mornings.

Run Director Brendan LENNON
Timekeeper Richard ONEILL
Timekeeper John LESTER
Finish Tokens Lynn PHUN
Finish Tokens Caroline MCGURRAN
Finish Tokens Paul SILCOCK
Barcode Scanning Tim FOLEY
Barcode Scanning Marina MCGURRAN
Tail Runner Ronald GEMMELL
Run Report Writer Jonathan DEWART
Results Processor Gareth IRVINE

 

First Timers

We had 19 first time visitors to the Lakes this morning - how come that many never put their hands up when Brendan asks at the start? Anyway, I hope you all felt welcome and will come back and join us soon, whether you were one of the ten veterans of other events or a complete newbie.

Ronald SIMMS 19:04
Evan EVANS 19:37
Alan LADD 19:46
Michael MCAULEY 20:06
Jonathan GRAHAM 20:43
Andrew FIELDS 22:10
Judith WORTHINGTON 22:28
Brendan MCGEOWN 23:22
Ross MCDONALD 24:20
Miriam GRAHAM 24:37
Chrisi DOUGAL 24:54
Mary MCDAID 25:08
Mark HALL 25:12
Mario DONNELLY 25:20
Aoibhin DONOHUE 29:12
Joe COLVIN 30:55
Lynn DOBBS 32:19
Debbie GIRVAN 37:48
Faith CAPPER 42:01

 

Personal Bests

25 PBers today, on what was a nice running morning, well done all!

Mark CORNETT 17:39
Michael MCLERNON 17:54
Wesley MCDOWELL 17:57
Adam MURPHY 19:52
Jimmy MC FADDEN 20:29
Samuel MCCONNELL 20:41
Oliver MULHOLLAND 20:56
Fiona MC COURT 21:26
Marty CAMPBELL 22:55
David VENNARD 23:36
Will HILL 23:41
Dessie BULLOCK 23:48
Robert MCSHANE 25:06
Patricia MCCANN 26:29
Emma MCDONALD 26:46
Rachel HALL 27:30
Billy DRAKE 28:36
Mark MORROW 28:37
Victoria BURDEN 29:09
Clare SMITH 30:57
Lesley LIVINGSTONE 31:13
Lorraine HANVEY 32:04
Una BULLOCK 32:35
Elizabeth MCKINLEY 34:18
Barbara MULLIN 35:55

 

The Podiums

Male

1 Mark CORNETT 17:39
2 Michael MCLERNON 17:54
3 Wesley MCDOWELL 17:57

PBs from each of our top three men who look to have been well bunched together at the front.

Female

1 Fiona MC COURT 21:26
2 Gillian MCCRORY 21:37
3 Judith WORTHINGTON 22:28

I believe we had a lady finish sixth overall, but as she hasn't scanned in, this is our official top three with two familiar faces and a first timer.

Age-Graded

1 Ken SIMPSON 19:00 VM50-54 80.18%
2 Wesley MCDOWELL 17:57 VM35-39 74.93%
3 Mark CORNETT 17:39 SM20-24 73.09%

Ken once again tops the age-graded standings and is joined by Wes and Mark, our top two overall finishers.

Points Tables

Male

Pos parkrunner   Number of Runs Number volunteered Run Points Volunteer Points Total Points
1 Ken SIMPSON (-) 23 3 2177 300 2477
2 Jonathan PEDEN (-) 23 3 1932 300 2232
3 Samuel MCCONNELL (-) 24 0 2006 0 2006
4 Matt KELLY (-) 20 4 1660 300 1955
5 Matthew HAMILTON  (-) 20 0 1765 0 1765
6 Francis REYNOLDS (-) 21 3 1384 300 1684
7 David COLLINS (-) 18 1 1513 100 1613
8 Jonathan DEWART (-) 18 15 1437 300 1523
9 Ryan MACDONALD (-) 17 0 1340 0 1340
10 David GRAHAM (-) 13 0 1262 0 1262

No movement at all in the men's points standings, Ken well out in front.

Female

Pos parkrunner   Number of Runs Number volunteered Run Points Volunteer Points Total Points
1 Julie BEATTIE (-) 22 3 2011 300 2234
2 Roisin MCCONVILLE (-) 24 2 1919 200 2119
3 Cait LENNON (-) 21 2 1421 200 1621
4 Linda FARQUHAR (-) 19 0 1612 0 1612
5 Gillian MCCRORY (-) 15 15 1358 300 1609
6 Jan BROWN (-) 18 1 1486 100 1586
7 Sharon WILLIAMSON (-) 18 0 1578 0 1578
8 Debbie CAIRNS (+1) 18 2 1279 200 1479
9 Fiona MC COURT (new) 14 2 1334 200 1469
10 Gwen MCCRACKEN (-) 15 2 1267 200 1467

Not much movement in the ladies' standings either, but Fiona is back in the big leagues again.

Finishing Line

Back to the Water Sports Centre for some heart-shaped short cake and sweets - yummy - and a chance to acknowledge one of our own landmark makers on Ron Gemmell's "50/50 Day". That's fifty runs and fifty volunteerings, today as tail-runner, for Ron who has been a stalwart member of the parkrun team over recent years despite his injury problems. His enthusiasm is obvious, no matter what role he has fulfilled. Next week should see us welcome our latest 100-Clubber, with Jonny Peden completing his 99th run this morning.

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Happy birthday to Alan Wilson for the week ahead. He turned the usual gift giving idea on its head by presenting parkrun with a set of running head phones to be awarded to today's 57th finisher. While I was close (62nd), the award went to Francis Reynolds who allowed (ahem) Joanne McCauley past him at the final corner to claim his prize.

There are many many races coming up in the next few weeks, three of which were well plugged in last week's run report. Briefly, these runs are the Resolution Run at Queen's Sports in Belfast (the Dub), the Lurgan Park 5k/10k (both on Sunday 28th February) and Kernan Run Club's 5k/10k at Portadown People's Park on 24th April (which is also the day of the London Marathon). Also coming up is the Heart & Sole Colour Dash in Lurgan Park on Sunday 17th April which is being organised by the Council.

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Finally, back to our old favourite topic - parking. The carpark will be under further pressure from next week on with the Trail Demons taking over. As always, we have access to the carpark at the Civic Centre and the gateman assured me that someone will be there, and won't be locking anyone in if they get back to their car at 11:07 as I did this morning.  So, please make use of the carpark, it will help keep all park users safe and the council staff happy.

Happy running (and St Valentine's Day)

Jonny D

 

The Running Commentary #171 – 28th November 2015

Starting Line

There were about five of us standing around during the pre-run briefing, eyeing each other up, to see who would lose the jacket first. Not sure who it was, but when one went to dump a layer, we all went - peer pressure alive and well among the men of parkrun! At least the rain eased off and the puddles were mostly avoidable, but the wind was harsh at all the usual places.

Results appear to be a bit off again, I think the placings are ok, but the times are faster than they should be - is there anybody too upset at that?   I'll not add too many times in below for the minute in case the glitch gets fixed .

This morning we had a number of runners remembering the husband of a member of Jog Moira, Don Heaney, who sadly passed away a number of weeks ago. It was great to see so many remember a man who was clearly loved by wearing a tribute to him on their tops. I'd also like to take this opportunity to pass on my sympathies to Don's family and friends.
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Volunteers

On what wasn't such a pleasant morning weather-wise, I reckon those of us keeping ourselves warm by running were in a better place than those standing around the finish line. I believe there were a few numb thumbs!

We can always use more willing volunteers so please get in touch via Facebook, the volunteers page or by leaving your name at the scanning table.

Run Director Brendan LENNON
Timekeeper Ronald GEMMELL
Timekeeper Adele RICHMOND
Finish Tokens Richard ONEILL
Barcode Scanning Fionnuala LENNON
Barcode Scanning James BEST
Tail Runner Eimear NICHOLL
Run Report Writer Jonathan DEWART
Results Processor Gareth IRVINE
Funnel Manager Lynn PHUN

First Timers

A healthy 16 City Park newbies, split equally between experienced parkrun visitors and those joining the global family for the first time. Well done all.

Camron BURNS
David MAYERS
Richard TREACY
Paula KELLY
Dale MULLIGAN
Darragh MCGEOWN
Sean O'CONNOR
Gillian DEWART
Sean MCKEGNEY
Angela HAMILTON
Peter HAMILTON
Glynis HOBSON
Lorraine ORR
Linda MARTIN
Shea O'HAGAN
Dorothy MCGARRITY

Personal Bests

Not sure what to say here. Officially there were 30 PBs, but I know at least a few of them are inaccurate. Still, if you know you PB'd, get your treat, be honest though!

Podiums

Male

1 Camron BURNS
2 David MAYERS
3 David GRAHAM

First timers in places one and two, well done both, but who directed who?

Female

1 Gillian MCCRORY
2 Fiona MC COURT
3 Paula KELLY

Gil continues her stunning run of form, finishing as top lady for the ninth time, and fourth time in a row.

Age Graded

1 Ken SIMPSON
2 Camron BURNS
3 David GRAHAM

Fairly sure this is the actual top three for the age-graded standings, though the order may mixed up. A couple of regular faces and new-boy Camron.

Points Standings

Male

Pos parkrunner Runs Volunteered Run Points Volunteer Points Total Points
1 Ken SIMPSON (-) 14 3 1303 300 1603
2 Matt KELLY (-) 14 3 1239 300 1534
3 Jonathan PEDEN (-) 14 3 1116 300 1416
4 Samuel MCCONNELL (+1) 15 0 1228 0 1228
5 Francis REYNOLDS (-1) 13 3 913 300 1213
6 Matthew HAMILTON  (-) 12 0 1066 0 1066
7 David GRAHAM (-) 11 0 1065 0 1065
8 Jonathan DEWART (-) 12 10 964 300 1050
9 David COLLINS (-) 11 1 939 100 1039
10 Kieran ROBINSON (-) 12 3 682 300 982

Fairly static in the men's standings, with Sam sneaking ahead of Francis thanks to another strong finishing place.

Female

Pos parkrunner Runs Volunteered Run Points Volunteer Points Total Points
1 Julie BEATTIE (-) 14 2 1286 200 1409
2 Roisin MCCONVILLE (-) 15 2 1188 200 1388
3 Gillian MCCRORY (+2) 10 10 894 300 1145
4 Linda FARQUHAR (+5) 13 0 1084 0 1084
5 Cait LENNON (+3) 13 2 881 200 1081
6 Marina MCGURRAN (-3) 12 2 874 200 1074
7 Gwen MCCRACKEN (-3) 10 2 856 200 1056
8 Joan FITZPATRICK (+2) 13 2 838 200 1038
9 Caitlin MCCOURT  (-3) 13 0 1037 0 1037
10 Catherine PEPPER (-3) 14 0 1031 0 1031

Static at the top of the ladies' table, but a few absences see lots of shuffling lower down - the margins are tiny!

Finishing Line

I hope any of our regulars who were off competing at the Seeley Cup 10k had a great race. It is one of the biggest events on the Northern Ireland Athletics calendar and was over-subscribed this year so just getting a place was an achievement. Next Saturday we'll losing a few more runners to the Loughgall 10k, which should be another great race. Next Sunday is the Aghagallon Santa Run which always gets a great turn-out from City Parkers. A practice run through went ahead this morning, featuring Team Kerr and the never-tiring Gillian. I'd always recommend that any runner, young or old, give something new a go, be it a new venue, distance or terrain!
Aghagallon
A wee reminder to use the Civic Centre carpark in the coming weeks. If nothing else it gets you slightly closer to Rushmere for post-run Christmas shopping.

In the run up to teh festive season we'd welcome donations towards a present fund for our core volunteer team. Please throw whatever you can into the box at the scanning table.

With Christmas in mind, we'll be holding a few parties throughout December (details to follow), so hoke out your Santa hats and elf jumpers while you're getting the decorations out of the roof space. There will be additional parkruns on Christmas and New Year mornings, which will get you out of the house for a relaxing hour.

Happy running,

Jonny D

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