Run Report #186, 20 January 2019

At one stage this week, we were starting to wonder if we were going to have any runners at all. The wind was very strong, and the kite surfers were certainly enjoying the conditions, adding some colour to the grey skies as they whizzed along the shoreline. Jamie briefly brought the big pop-up parkrun banner out of the Watersports Centre before deciding that there was a strong chance it would soon take off on its own flight towards Scotland, and swiftly returned it back inside.

But we had a late rush and 34 of you took to the start line. As usual, we gave a big thank you to our wonderful volunteers who gave up their own time to make sure we could have a junior parkrun. They were Jim BLEE, Andy DEAL, Sarah GROCOTT, Reid JACK, Alan MCCLUNEY, Katie PROCTOR, Martin SMITH, Jamie SMITH and Ryan SMITH.

No-one received a milestone wristband this week but we did have a big cheer for Aoibhe WILSON who ran her 100th junior parkrun today, and all 100 were on home sand here at Portrush. Its very easy to not appreciate what an achievement it is when you reach a milestone. A total running distance the same as a half marathon, marathon or ultra marathon is an amazing achievement. Reaching 100, or 200km of running is fantastic. Think how long it would take to travel that far in a car!

Also worthy of a special mention this week were Isla MILLICAN, Kate O'NEILL and Jackson NELLINS. Given how windy it was, the three of you picked a great week to run a Personal Best, faster than you've ever gone before at junior parkrun. Wow - and we all look forward to you going even faster when the weather is not so tough!

One point to note for parents this week - there were a couple of items left behind when we closed up the Watersports Centre this week, so if you've lost anything, it may be safe and sound in our lost property collection. Even if you lost anything a while ago, let us know and we'll check if it's there.

See you next time,


13th January 2019

13th January Run Report 2019

On a junior parkrun day that looked to be a great morning, weather wise, ended up being a slightly overcast, mild morning. Having said that it didn't stop 62 of you dragging your parents / guardians / grandparents down to the beach to experience the delights of Portrush junior parkrun.

And where would we be without our wonderful junior parkrunners? On a beach with hi-vest tabbards on. And where would we be without volunteers? Running on the East Strand beach, wondering what time we did and where we came.

So isn't it great that we had both 62 runners and 11 volunteers? Please say yes!

Our volunteers this week were:
Oliver GOODE, Andy DEAL, Grace GOODE, Ryan SMITH, Mark SMYTH, Jim BLEE, Martin SMITH, Mike GROCOTT, Reid JACK, Ben GOODE & Rachel BLEE.

As with all parkruns there is a slow and steady turn around of volunteer core teams. We are super pleased to announce that Martin SMITH is now Portrush junior parkrun's Event Director. Mark SMYTH is a new run director and we are in the process of inducting Mike & Sarah GROCOTT into our Run Director roles. We wish them all every success and encouragement. If you would like to be part of our core team then please let us know. We are always looking for new people.

This week there were first timers, personal bests and milestone wristbands. Plus also an important reminder about dogs.

There were 8 first timers who ran the beach for the very first time. Can you remember your first time doing junior parkrun?
Francesca BOYD
Henry ROSS
Lucianna DALLAT

We seriously hope you had a great time at our junior parkrun and that you'll come back again, ideally with friends.

There were only three personal bests, only three people that ran the beach faster than they have ever run it before. It was tough conditions out there last junior parkrun day and all three were noted for their efforts. First ...
Conor WILSON 08:44

Conor has only been 2nd finisher once before and he really went for it, getting an amazing at the same time. Watch this space, he will be getting better as the weeks go on.

Philip CAMPBELL on his fourth junior parkrun took 1:48 off his previous personal best.
Philip CAMPBELL 14:29

Our last personal best runner was
Sophie FOSTER 17:25

Taking a massive 3:44 of her previous first run.

A huge effort by all and please remember, this is the fastest you have gone at Portrush junior parkrun ... ever!!!

With only the one milestone wristband, it is with great pleasure that we announce Charlotte KASPARIAN has now run her 50th junior parkrun. Just a refresh on this, that's almost a year of running, 100km on the beach, 62miles on the beach. From Portrush to Ballymena & back. Chafrlotte, welcome to the Ultra milestone club, you deserve it.

Just as a side note to the above, Charlotte is massively scared by dogs. This is why parkrun have taken and upheld the decision that dogs are not to be associated with junior parkrun. Some kids don not like them, some kids are petrified. So pretty please, with a cherry on top. Leave your dog at home, or walk tham away from our junior parkurn, please.

As ever, you don't have to come each week, we won;t judge you. But at least you know where we are if you want to join us. And you know we'll make you feel welcome.

We love what we do.



Run Report #184, 06 January 2019

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.



Run Report #183, 30 December 2018

This Sunday we had our final Portrush junior parkrun of 2018. 94 of you came out to run 2km on the beach which was a great turnout - the highest number of runners we've had since the start of November, so thank you for joining us.

Some of our regular volunteers and runners were suffering from a bit of a sickness bug (hope you feel better soon), so there was a bit of a scramble to make sure we had enough helpers to start the event this week. So an extra special thank you to Jim BLEE, Rachel BLEE, Andy DEAL, Mike GROCOTT, Martin SMITH, Jamie SMITH, Ryan SMITH, Zack THOMPSON and Lisa MITCHELL. Lisa - I'm afraid I didn't know which of the Lisa Mitchells registered with parkrun you are, so I couldn't include you in the results. If you would let me know your barcode number I can sort that out.

We welcomed visitors from Hertford and some first timers - I hope you enjoyed your time in Portrush and we'd love to see you back again in future. Then we celebrated quite a few milestones this week. There were three half marathon awards for Emily HENRY, Alfie BOYD and Sam BARNETT. Then there were marathon awards for Zara PROCTOR, Jamie McCREERY and Beth McKENNA. We also had a big 100 for Max KIRK - congratulations to you all.

It wasn't too cold and the sand wasn't too soft, and 10 of you took advantage of the good conditions to run a PB. Well done to Tara KENNEDY, Zoe KENNEDY, Max MEDLICOTT, Daniel McLEAN, Sam NOLAN, Zara PROCTOR, Matthew GALBRAITH, Ava McKENNA, Ella PINDER and Sam GALBRAITH.

So, to end the last report of 2018, thank you to all the volunteers who make each event possible and thank you to you all for coming and participating. 1,869 different runners have participated in at least one of our 183 events and the total distance run by everyone at Portrush junior parkrun to date has been an amazing 35,452km! Happy parkrunning, and have a Happy New Year.



Run Report #182, 25 December 2018

A fab well done to our 21 runners who chose the East Strand this Christmas morning over FIFA, Fortnite or other Santa gift.

There was also 10 volunteers this morning which was fantastic as you know junior parkrun only happens because of these volunteers and everyone is welcome to participate it is great fun and all you need is a smile! A festive thank you to Jamie, Mark, Roy, Molly, Ryan, Sarah, Rachel,Adam and Martin.

From our 21 runners we had 21 barcodes meaning no unknowns, 6 PB runners running faster than they have ever run before, 2 half marathon milestones well done Patrick and Isabella, 1 birthday Happy Birthday Ellie, 0 first timers and 0 visitors all Portrush junior parkrun veterans.

Thanks to everyone for today it was a beautiful way to start Christmas Day now enjoy the Turkey, desserts and try not to eat too many sweets - that goes for the kids as well!!

See you all next Sunday for another 2km on the beach and remember #DFYB. Wishing everyone a Portmagical Christmas!! HO HO HO!


Run Report #181, 23 December 2018

I have to get this week's report out extra quickly this week as we have a short gap before our next junior parkrun - our special extra event on Christmas Day - but more of that later.

With just two days to go before Christmas Day, 58 runners gathered at the East Strand for our Santa Run junior parkrun! There were lots of Santa hats, festive costumes and smiles on display which was great to see.

As always we started by thanking our volunteers who, this week, were: Jim BLEE, Rachel BLEE, Andy DEAL, Lily GOODE, Ursula GOODE, Sarah GROCOTT, Reid JACK, Sally MCCLEAN, Jennifer MCCLUNEY, Martin SMITH, Jamie SMITH, Mark SMYTH, Zoe WILSON.

As we come into the holidays, it was good to say hello to some visitors this week from Lancaster, Sheffield, Wimbledon and the Scottish Borders.

We had an Ultra Marathon milestone award to give out to Jessica MCDERMOTT. Jessica ran her 50th junior parkrun this week making a total distance of 100km of running! Also, we congratulated Ryan SMITH on his 100th junior parkrun which he managed to squeeze in only a few weeks before his 15th birthday.

The weather was quite kind to us for mid December and the tide was well out. Three runners took the opportunity to run a new PB, so congratulations to Sam NOLAN, Cormac HYNES and Max MCALISTER.

Don't forget, we are having an extra special Portrush junior parkrun on Christmas Day at 9.30am in the usual place. If you would like to come along, maybe once again dressed up in festive costumes, it would be great to see you. As always, the only thing you need to remember to bring is your barcode.

Until then, have a very Merry Christmas.


Run Report #180, 16 December 2018

Well it was cold, it was dry but it was also sunny when 40 hardcore runners and their parents arrived for 2K on the beach.

Immense thanks to our volunteers - we cannot do it without you:
Sarah GROCOTT, Andy DEAL, Reid JACK, Martin SMITH, Ryan SMITH, Jamie SMITH, Jennifer MCCLUNEY, Oliver GOODE, Grace GOODE, Ben GOODE, Ursula GOODE.

Remember we have volunteer roles for all ages, everyone can contribute and all help is very much appreciated. Full training given ;) Just PM us or speak to one of our core team (ideally the week before to get your chosen role).

We awarded 2 wristbands today:
HALF marathon wristband - thats 11 x 2k

ULTRA marathon wristband - thats 50 x 2k

And we celebrated 100 parkruns with Grace GOODE who baked her own chocolate brownies and flapjacks as a treat for us all. She has also completed 44 adult parkruns and volunteered on no less that 40 occasions. Thank you Grace!

Despite the cold conditions 3 runners made PBs: Allis SWEENEY, Jessica ALCOCK, Lucy BAYNE. Well done guys :)

Little Max MCALISTER ran his 1st ever JPR - great to have you join the movement and I bet it won't be long till Max collects wristbands.

Regular Kate MCCLUNEY kicked off her 13th birthday celebrations with us, having recently completed 100 jprs.

All in all a great day. Remember that next Sunday is a festive run, so bring your Christmas jumpers, santa hats and reindeer antlers…..

And i notice that a few runners are on 99 (Ryan Smith and Max Kirk) so i reckon there could be a few special treats following the run.




Run Report #179, 09 December 2018

This week's run report could be titled 'From One Extreme to the Other'. Last week we had so much to report it felt like it would go on forever. This week, as we all gathered outside the Watersports Centre, it felt like one of the shortest pre-run briefings we've ever had. Any visiting parkrunners... no. Any first timers... no - although we later discovered that Adam O'NEIL and Cameron MCCONACHIE recorded their first results - maybe you were too shy to say hello at the start or maybe you've been before but didn't have your barcode. Anyway, welcome, and we hope you enjoyed your run.

Any milestones? Half Marathon... no. Marathon... no. Maybe an Ultra Marathon... no. Oh well, time for a warm up then, and off we went.

So, it's time for a few facts that we don't often get chance to talk about. Five of you achieved new PBs this week so well done to Riley ALCOCK, Patrick BINGHAM, Anna MARTIN, Aoibhe WILSON, and Isaac SMYTH.

Highest Age Grade was Ryan SMITH with 72.28%. Age gradings are a way of comparing your times by taking into account your age.

This week we had 11 girls and 26 boys recording results. 28 out of 37 runners recording results have already achieved at least one of the wristband awards and 4 have completed over 100 junior parkruns!

As we start to look forward to Christmas and the holidays, don't forget on Sunday 23rd December we will be having our fancy dress Santa junior parkrun, so feel free to come along wearing Santa hats and special Christmas outfits. Also, there will be an extra junior parkrun on Christmas Day at 9.30am.

Looking forward to our run this Sunday, there will be a low tide - so lots of beach and nice firm sand to run on. Oh, and there's the possibility of some more milestone celebrations. Hope to see you there!



Run Report #178, 02 December 2018

This week we had 39 wonderful runners on the beach to see in December in great junior parkrun style! It looked misty and gloomy when I woke up on Sunday but the clouds had parted over the beach and we actually had pretty good conditions for this week's event. OK, it was a bit chilly, but it is December after all!

There's lots to talk about this week so I'd better get on with it. Firstly, as always we must thank our wonderful volunteers who were Rachel BLEE, Andy DEAL, Ursula GOODE, Reid JACK, Jennifer MCCLUNEY, Martin SMITH, and Jamie SMITH.

We had no visiting parkrun tourists this week with everyone being Portrush locals, but we did have 2 first timers. A big junior parkrun welcome to Connie MCBRIDE and Charlie DICKENSON. I hope you enjoyed your first junior parkrun and we hope to see you back with us again.

For our first timers as well as a reminder to everyone else, your barcode works at any junior parkrun or parkrun event anywhere in the world so if you are visiting family and friends somewhere else over Christmas, why not take your barcode with you and visit a nearby junior parkrun. They are all on the parkrun website.

This week was a special event as we had some big milestone occasions to celebrate! Aodhan ATCHESON, Anna MARTIN (who also ran a PB!) and Alfie GROCOTT received their Marathon wristbands this week by running their 21st junior parkrun. Put together that's the same distance as running a whole marathon, 26 miles. Congratulations, and we look forward to you progressing towards the Ultra Marathon milestone.

That Ultra Marathon milestone was achieved this week by Ellie BUCHANAN, an overall total of 100km of running. Well done Ellie.

Although Ultra Marathon is the highest award which receives a wristband, a further milestone is reached at 100 junior parkruns and you can print a certificate from the parkrun website to recognise that achievement. Kate MCCLUNEY ran her 100th junior parkrun on Sunday with all 100 runs having been completed on our home beach at Portrush, achieving 6 PBs in the process. Kate, a member of the McCluney family who are all key supporters of our event, has also completed four 5k parkruns. It looks like we will have more people reaching 100 over the next few weeks so we look forward to more celebrations!

And, then we must give a special mention to Molly BLEE. Molly and the rest of the Blee family are parkrun regulars and all play a big part in making sure both our junior parkruns on Sundays, and our big sister 5k parkrun events on Saturdays, happen at Portrush every week. This week Molly ran her 150th junior parkrun, all of which have been at Portrush. She has also run 102 5k parkruns. I make that 810km of running. On Sunday Molly became the joint first in Northern Ireland to run 150 junior parkruns, and only 53 people anywhere in the world have run more junior parkruns than Molly has. We will have to see how many more records Molly can set as she still has time before she turns 15 to set more records. Fantastic running!

As well as Anna, Oscar LEITCH, Cormac COYLE and Luke MINIHAN ran new PBs this week. You must like running in cool December conditions!

After all that excitement, we can start to look forward to another junior parkrun on Sunday. Hope to see you there!



28th January 2018 Run Report

28th January 2018 Run Report

The last run of January and we saw some impressive running, even thought the conditions on the way back were, at the least, very windy.

This week was all about the girls, sorry boys you do get a bit of a mention but not much.

This week we also take a look at the benefits of registering as a parent, we see who is coming up to their milestone wristband, we discuss personal bests and we ask for your opinion.

But first we thank our wonderful volunteers, this week were:
Davy BLAIR, Molly BLEE, Jim BLEE, Andy DEAL, Ben GOODE, Ursula GOODE, Fergal HASSON, Laura McALISTER, Mark SMYTH and Colm WATTERS.

If you are like Fergal then you may have noticed that he only gets thanked in the the run report and not on the website. This is because Fergal isn't registered with parkrun. It's a very simple process and if you are registered then parkrun can send you an email to thank you for your efforts. You also get your name listed as one of the volunteers for that week. You also add one volunteering task to your name and when you reach 25 you can get a free '25 Volunteer' parkrun t-shirt. I know FREEBIES after Christmas!

With 41 runners this week then it gives me an opportunity to take a look at who is coming up to their milestone wristband.
Michael CUNNINGHAM is on 10 runs so far so he should be getting his Half Marathon Wristband this week. Ruby TAGGART is on 9 so she'll be getting hers in a couple of weeks. Ellie BUCHANAN will be getting her Marathon Wristband in a couple of weeks, followed by Reece TAGGART the week after and Ethan BUCHANAN the week after that. Finally we have Eva KELLY on 48 junior parkruns and will be receiving her Ultra Wristband in a couple of weeks too, so busy times ahead.

It's not often that we have one of our junior girls coming in as first finisher, in fact it has only happened 8 times before in our 134 runs. Sophie McCLUNEY has done this 6 times with Cara McLAUGHLIN and Sophia COYLE both doing it for the girls.

Well this week the first four finishers were girls, an amazing sight and proving that training hard, no matter who you are, pays off. So a huge well done to:
Sophia COYLE

Not content to stop there with the junior girls appreciation, we had four personal bests this week, you guessed it, all girls.
Lucy HEMPHILL 13:41
Scarlett HEMPHILL 13:55
Ciara TWADDLE 17:16
Abigail ARCHER 17:22

Brilliant running girls.

Not to make this run report purely about the girls, we also had some first timers who will hopefully be back with us again and again. A big welcome to:

Ironically all boys.

Finally just remember that a personal best means that you have run faster than you have EVER run at junior parkrun. Sometimes you may just want to come down and go for a gentle jog, sometimes you might feel up for a personal best but just don't manage it. Personal bests are special because they don't come along too often, a lot of things need to be in place for it all to happen. The most important thing is that you enjoy junior parkrun, and, if you get a personal best then this means that you have just got a little bit faster and fitter.

Have a great parkrun weekend.


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