14th January 2018 Run Report
This week we discuss a different first, we spend a little time looking at one of our junior parkrunners, we discuss token magpies and the need for a personal barcode.
But first and foremost we thanks our wonderful volunteers and they were:
Jim BLEE, Andy DEAL, Reid JACK, Laura MCALISTER, Alan MCCLUNEY, Martin SMITH, Jamie SMITH.
Our volunteers are very much appreciated and we need volunteers each and every week. If you think that you would like to give it a go, then please don't be shy, ask if you can help and we will gladly find you a job to do. A lot of the time it is not all about timing and scanning, but simply making sure the juniors have a great run and clap them all home.
The majority of the time we pride ourselves on achieving our 'firsts' ... however ... this was one occasion that we do not pride ourselves on. Every week we check to see who is getting their milestone wristbands. Every week we call out the names of those runners and not only give them their wristband but make everyone aware of their achievement.
Last week ... we forgot to mention one of our runners.
This junior wasn't getting their Half Marathon wristband, they weren't getting their Marathon wristband.
This junior was going to get her Ultra Marathon wristband.
Molly BROWN ... we are so very sorry that we didn't call out your name. This weeks run report is all about you.
Molly's first junior parkrun with us was on 10th July 2016 (our 52nd junior parkrun) and since then she has run a further 49 times ... all at Portrush junior parkrun. Her first run was in 21:12, the following week she got her first pb with an amazing 16:58. Not content with this then she came back the third week and ran an amazing 09:23. Molly is in the JW10 category so this time is very good and got her a 72.41% Age grading. As well as coming in 14th, her best finish position.
Since then she is content with running a very consistent time of around 14 minutes.
Molly ... please accept out humblest apologies. This is hopefully the first and last time this will happen. And well done on doing your 50th junior parkrun. You're amazing.
Our junior parkrun was back on the beach again and the estuary was just about small enough for us to put the bridge down. With the tide out it allowed the runners to put in some good times on the hard sand. There was only one runner that got a personal best and this was Phillipa PITT who ran a very good 12:39.
There were also a few first timers with us and they were:
Lucy MCKECHNIE, Eve BORLAND, Charlie MCKECHNIE, Merrick MORRISON, Calvin MORRISON, Ciara TWADDLE.
We hope you had a great time and that you'll be back with us very soon.
Just as a wee reminder ... the finish tokens belong to junior parkrun and we need them each and every week. So if you have accidentally taken one home then could we ask that you bring it back to us? The other finish tokens are missing them.
All runners should bring their personal barcodes with them ... this is the only thing we ask you to bring with you. This allows us to say well done to you when we scan your barcode, it allows us to process the results quicker but most importantly ... you get recognised for your run, could get a personal best and you're one run closer to your milestone wristband (as long as we remember).
Looking forward to seeing you all again at the next junior parkrun.