14th January 2018 Run Report

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:

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:

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.



Results away for 14th January

What a stunning morning that was. Low tide, clear(ish) sky and hard sand. Some great running too. All 65 runners home safe and sound. The results have now been sent to our parkrun fairies for processing.


New Year’s Eve Run Report

New Year's Eve run report

It was the last day of the year and what proved to be one of the drier moments in the last 2 weeks of rain.

Storm Dylan had left it's mark in certain areas of the UK but for us it was just another windy couple of days. We're a hardy lot. But it did mean that we went for a promenade start as the tidal swell was a little too unpredictable.

Our amazing volunteers were all in place as usual and our massive thanks go to:
Davy BLAIR, Jim BLEE, Rachel BLEE, Kerry CROSBY, Andy DEAL, Lily GOODE, Ursula GOODE, Beth GOODE, Grace GOODE, Oliver GOODE, Ben GOODE, Reid JACK, Sharon KENNEDY, Carl KENNEDY, Samantha LINTON, Alan MCCLUNEY

It was great to see some of the older hands from our bigger sister parkrun coming in to lend a hand at the junior event. If you would like to volunteer then could we ask that you register with parkrun first so that your volunteer efforts can be recognised.

We had 45 runners and of those runners were 2 first timers, 1 personal best, and 3 half marathon wristbands.

Our first timers were:

Our personal best runner:

Our Half Marathon Wristband runners:

As we go from week to week it is sometimes worth remembering that the sheer scale of parkrun continues to grow worldwide. We are just a small piece of the bigger picture but an important one at that. Each and every parkrun happens because there are people who love parkrun, from both volunteers through to the parkrunners.... on New Years Day (one of our two additional parkrun days) there were more people running a parkrun than there were parkrunners in the first 6 and a half years of paerkrun.

What you all do by turning up is to support the parkrun and make it what it is. In doing that you then support the growth of parkrun. You then support parkrun's desire to create a healthier happier planet.

For me junior parkrun epitomises this each and every week. No matter what the weather there are families outdoors, together, exercising, enjoying the day and adding a little bit of health and happiness to their lives.

What will you be doing for 2018?



We Are Recruiting

A New Year ... and a new start ... for many of us.

Portrush junior parkrun is looking for people to join our core team.


We are looking for people who are regular junior parkrun attenders (parents / guardians) and would be interested in giving a bit more to it.

The core team make decisions for our junior parkrun, volunteer, write run reports, set up and close down the junior parkrun, clap, cheer and generally love what they do.

The more people that are brought onto the core team, the more we can share everything that we do.

If you are interested in being part of our core team then please feel free to email us: portrush-juniorsoffice@parkrun.com or reply to this message. Or, if you fancy the old fashion way, come and talk to one of the Run Directors.

Get thinking and don't be shy.



Portrush junior parkrun #126

10th December run report

What a great morning 45 kids dragged their parents to the beach for our weekly 2k run.

13 fab volunteers made the morning happen for the 45 runners. If any adults or indeed kids would like to volunteer please let us know during the week by messaging on facebook or emailing us. We would encourage as many parents as possible to get involved. A huge thanks once again to our amazing volunteers this week: Ben, Rachel, Ursula, Karen, Reid, Martin, Robert, Grace, Andy, Molly, Jamie and Oliver.

2 first timers joined us this morning and welcome to Leanne and Jonathan Balmer see you back tomorrow morning hopefully.

Just as a quick reminder to parents and junior runners, without your personal barcode then your name will not be registered on the website, the run will not be added to your total runs and you won't get a chance of getting a personal best. So please make sure you bring your printed barcode with you.

There were 3 outstanding PB's well done to Cora Doherty, Eve Anderson and Liam Wilson super speedy running!!

Those receiving their milestone wristbands this week were:
Half Marathon:
Rose Hudson
Jack McDonnell
Ethan Buchanan

A massive well done to all 11 junior parkruns making 22km on a Sunday morning fantastic!

That's it for another week hope everyone is looking forward to Christmas and remember we will be having a junior parkrun on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. See you all tomorrow and remember Don't Forget Your Barcode or your smiles.



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