The Starting Line
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.
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|
|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|
|Post-event Close Down||Eamon MCGURRAN|
|Post-event Close Down||Marina MCGURRAN|
|Post-event Close Down||Jason MCGURRAN|
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.
43 PB runs this morning, with many others also coming close. More Saturdays like today and I'm sure more records will fall.
|Adam Emil BITTNER||21:44|
|Keara MC CLAFFERTY||34:53|
A sixth time as first finisher for Niall who also recorded a PB!
Emma finishes as fastest lady for an amazing 19th time.
Ken tops the age-graded standing once again.
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.