Happy New Year! So our first junior parkrun of 2019 took place under pretty good conditions - the weather stayed dry with little wind and the tide stayed out as 91 runners started the year in great parkrunning style!
As always we started by thanking our volunteers, without whom there would be no junior parkrun at all. This week they were Jim BLEE, Rachel BLEE, Andy DEAL, Ursula GOODE, Grace GOODE, Oliver GOODE, Sarah GROCOTT, Reid JACK, Ryan SMITH, Martin SMITH, Jamie SMITH, Mark SMYTH, Conor WRIGHT. Please don't be shy if you fancy helping out some Sunday - it's all very straightforward and good fun.
Although we had no visitors from other junior parkruns this week we did have 3 first timers recording results, so welcome to Matthew CASSELLS, Henry PATTON and Charlotte CAMPBELL.
We awarded Half Marathon wristbands to Theo CAMPBELL, Max Kerr and Celia KERR, plus Marathon wristbands to Katie PROCTOR and Zara PROCTOR (actually Zara ran her 22nd event but proudly collected her award one week late!). Well done to you all, and I'm sure it won't be long until you reach your next milestone.
This week also saw Ryan SMITH's last run at junior parkrun before his 15th birthday. Ryan has been a regular since our very first event, was our first finisher this week to celebrate and has been first finisher 46 times out of his 102 junior parkruns at Portrush. To add to a great parkrunning weekend he was also the first finisher in our big sister 5km Saturday parkrun event this week! Well done Ryan and we look forward to seeing you back as a volunteer from time to time.
Although Ryan didn't record a new PB this week, 10 of you did. Congratulations to Conor WILSON, Tilly DUGGAN, Theo CAMPBELL, Patrick BINGHAM, Frederick STEWART, Libby LASINI, Isla MILLICAN, Felix SMYTH, Eva LASINI and Jessie CLELAND.
I wonder how many new PBs and milestones will be achieved in 2019? If you're looking for a late New Year's resolution, how about getting out and about in the fresh air for some fun and exercise on a Sunday morning. We only ask one thing - please Don't Forget Your Barcode! Hope to see you next week.