Christmas Day Run

Sneak in an extra run with your parkrun friends Christmas morning at Ecos.


IMPORTANT News about Ecos parkrun 26 January 2013

The Braid has broken its banks spectacularly so we will not be able to run either the normal or the high water parkrun route tomorrow morning – however read on for an alternative…

Ballymena Runners will provide a 5 km timed run assuming it is not icy underfoot. The two lap route will start at the Visitor Centre, go over the Millenium footbridge, through the showgrounds and back along the road through the park.

For insurance reasons this is not a parkrun therefore the run will not be recorded by parkrun and you will not get an official parkrun result. The club will however have a timer at the finish so that you can find out how long you took. Refreshments will be available afterwards in the Centre.

In the unlikely event that it will be too icy for a safe run there will be a post on Facebook by 8.30 in the morning.



We have decided to cancel Ecos parkrun tomorrow Saturday 19 on grounds of safety. The forecast is for a combination of snow with freezing temperatures overnight. This means that the course is likely to be slippy and the long untreated road into the park will present a hazard to drivers. Sorry to disappoint but we'd rather do that than have someone get injured on their way to or at parkrun. Please spread the word and follow our Facebook or website for news of next week's parkrun.



Well done to our Sweatshop Monthly Prize Winner for August who is Peter Hamilton.  When he was younger Peter ran as part of his conditioning for his main sport of rowing but he admits that fell by the wayside while his family were growing up.  Now that they are in their teens he has enjoyed getting back to running. 

Peter now regularly travels to Ecos from his home in Doagh, often with one or two sons.  They are not so much in tow as leading him around the course and one week the three of them featured in the first ten finishers.

It is just as hard to achieve PBs when you are already running under 22 minutes but Peter’s progress has been steady with three PBs at Ecos in August.  He even headed to Victoria parkrun the week Ecos parkrun was cancelled where he matched his Ecos PB.  Peter tells me that he looks forward to Ecos each week but resists looking at his watch at the end of the run and instead looks out keenly for the results to see how he has done. 

We'd like to thank Sweatshop for their generosity and to congratulate Peter on his achievement.  Hopefully your new shoes will help you dip under 20 minutes.

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