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.



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.



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?



26th November Run Report

26th November Run Report

In this weeks run report we discuss Christmas and New Year, we discuss cancellations, we thank our volunteers, celebrate new comers and commend milestone runners.

It's that time of year again where half the family are beside themselves with excitement for the big day, some are already finished buying presents, some haven't even started and others discuss when to put up the decorations.

Yes it's Christmas.

It is a time of year to be with family and friends and for some to earn a well deserved break from work. But more importantly ... it's the one time of year that parkrun allows its' parkruns to have two additional events ... Yes ... two. Not only do we provide a junior parkrun every week but we also get the chance to have a junior parkrun on Christmas Day or New Years Day.

This year we, again, have chosen to have an extra junior parkrun on Christmas Day. Last year we had 32 runners and 12 volunteers. The Blee family (et al) very kindly hosted it last year and have very kindly again, chosen to host it this year. So a huge thank you to the Blee's and our other volunteers for making this happen. It will start at the same time as it normally does ... 09:30. Well, I mean really, you'll have been awake for a good four hours at least ... but probably only had about 2 hours sleep.

That said, it also means that Portrush parkrun, our bigger sister event, are doing an extra run on New Years Day.

In case you are still confused:
Portrush junior parkrun are doing Christmas Day
Portrush parkrun are doing New Years Day.

It is also a time of year where the weather turns a little colder and the rain comes down and it starts to get windier. A lot of events have to cancel due to ice and snow, flooding or debris. We at Portrush are very blessed in the fact that we have not yet had to cancel one event. The salty air and the abrasive sand prevent any ice from forming and making us cancel an event. Floods to us are just a high tide. But, rest assured that we have a plan B course and a plan C course. For the eventuality of there being no beach. We will inform you all, as best we can, through our social media pages and through our news section of our website if there is a need to cancel.

But we don't want to cancel and our volunteers will do their utmost to make sure the junior parkrun goes ahead ... ahem ... nice link there to our volunteers...

Our lovely volunteers this week were:
James McCAUGHAN, Ben GOODE, Ursula GOODE, Fergal HASSON, Beth GOODE, Martin SMITH, Reid JACK, Jamie SMITH, Alan McCLUNEY , Sophie McCLUNEY and Andy DEAL.

Without our volunteers then we wouldn't be able to provide a safe environment for our parkrunners. Without our runners though we would be just a random group of people stood on the beach on a Sunday morning.

It was a promenade start this week as the estuary was a little too choppy and our bridge, whilst amazing, probably couldn't have coped. We had 41 runners turn up on a morning that wasn't quite as bad as we thought it was going to be.

We only had the one milestone runner and that was Reece TAGGART, who was running his 11th junior parkrun and has now clocked up 22km of running. Well done Reece.

We had one first timer in the shape of Aodhan ATCHESON and two amazing personal bests from Oliver GOODE and Ruby TAGGART (not a bad old week for the TAGGART's then).

A huge well done to Reece.
A warm welcome to Aodhan.
And an amazing high five to Oliver and Ruby.

See you all next week.



12th November 2017

12th November 2017

Run Report

It was windy windy windy at our junior parkrun this week. But that said we still had 50 juniors who braved the elements. Our 50 juniors also needed volunteers and they came in the shape of: Aileen WATTER, Clodagh WATTERS, Colm WATTERS, Helen DIVITO, Danny BLEE, Bronagh SWEENEY, Martin Smith, Ryan SMITH, Reid JACK and Matt POTHICARY. Thank you volunteers.

This week was all about one runner ... Molly ATCHISON.

She ran her 100th junior parkrun. She is the third junior in Northern Ireland to have reached the 100 mark. She is the second girl to reach 100 and bizarrely the second Molly to reach 100 in Northern Ireland too.

She has been with us from the start (19th July 2015) and in this time she has run with us 95 times. She has got 10 personal bests, with her best time being 11:39. She has also run at Belfast Victoria, Larne, Moira, Ormeau and Bangor juniors. She has also completed 1 Portrush parkrun.

Amazing stuff Molly.

This is the reason why you need to register with parkrun, this is the reason why you need to bring your personal barcode with you each week. Each run is then recorded and you too can reach amazing milestones ... Half Marathon (11 runs), Marathon (21 runs), Ultra Marathon (50 runs) and 100 runs.

Even our volunteers need to register too. You only have to register the once but registering means that you efforts are always recorded. Our volunteers efforts are recorded too. If you volunteer 25 times then you get an amazing 25 Volunteer t-shirt from Tribesports. Plus we can recognise your efforts on the website too.

As always we are looking for people to volunteer, this is not a long term commitment but merely one when you can volunteer when you choose to. It really is very simple, we just make it look hard.

So ... until tomorrow ... if your not registered ... register. remember to print off your barcode and remember to bring it with you. ou only need to register the once and this small piece of paper (other types are available https://www.parkrun-barcode.org.uk/) but it can offer you so much more.

Stay safe, sleep well and see you all tomorrow.



29th October 2017

29th October Run Report

With a low tide and a degree of sunshine shining through, it made for an extremely pleasant junior parkrun. And with 148 juniors adding a sea (pardon the pun) of colour to the beach.

There were an amazing 12 first timers, who were given a gentle introduction to our junior parkrun. Some introductions are a lot more harsh than that and in some cases I'm surprised people even come back.
Our first timers were:
Billy YOUNG, Kelsey McWILLIAMS, Harry SCULLION, Eve SURGENOR, Amelia WYLIE, Cameraon SIZER, Xsara McDONALD, Noah WYLIE, Maisie ELLIOTT, Ronan ELLIOTT, Molly McGRATH & Lorcan McGONIGLE.

We also had 10 volunteers, making sure that all the junior runners got safely back to base and had an amazing time. A huge thanks once again to our amazing volunteers:
Aileen, Clodagh, Martin, Bronagh, Alan, Ethan, Karen, Aidan, Reid & Molly.

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 barcode with you.

Personal barcodes need to be printed off and not on mobile phones. Whilst barcodes can be scanned from mobile phones, we don't have the technology to do so. Even if we did the parkrun wouldn't be free.

And that's the beauty of parkrun ... it's free.

There was an amazing 24 juniors who ran faster than they have ever ran before and got an amazing personal best. Forgive me for not listing all 24 but well done to all.

In a couple of weeks we will be giving out our second 100th certificate to Molly ATCHISON, the third one in Northern Ireland. Then a week after that Alfie McFAUL will hopefully be our 3rd 100th and 4th in Northern Ireland.

Those receiving their milestone wristbands this week were:

Half Marathon:
Madeline MILLAR

A massive well done to all our milestone wristband receivers ... they have had their personal barcodes with them and they have had their runs registered.

Don't Forget Your Barcode.


22nd October 2017 Run Report

22nd October 2017 Run Report

Brian ... a bit like Ophelia ... didn't really come to much. Yes it was windy and yes it was wet but us Northern Irish folk have had it worse.

That said we still had 45 junior parkrunners ... 45 tough nuts that weren't swayed by the weather.

Even at that early hour in the morning there were those competing in the kayak competition. Whilst they thought they were a little hard core and had zipped up their respective man / woman suit to take on the rough seas. They were also massively respectful of our junior parkrunners.

At 09:20 Jim and I looked at each other with that realisation that our regular volunteer Reid JACK probably wasn't going to be there (Reid is well known for doing the half way flag). Also the realisation that there were only two volunteers and a handful of runners.

So imagine my surprise when 45 runners come past me and that we had 12 volunteers. I know Jim's good but he must also be a great magician. Our volunteers this week were:

Surprisingly there were no personal bests this week but we did have three first timers (surely it can only get easier after this), our first timers were:
Rachel DRAIN

There weren't any milestone wristbands to give out either and no bridge made it quite an easy morning. For those who were first timers or for those that have just started then our milestone wristbands are things that every junior parkrun give out. They recognise the achievements of our juniors as they reach specific distances. There is a blue 'Half Marathon' wristband - this is given to a runner when they are about to do their 11th junior parkrun (22km). The green 'Marathon' wristband is given to those about to do their 21st junior parkrun (42km). The 'Ultra Marathon' wristband is orange and is given to those who are about to do their 50th junior parkrun (100km). Finally there is the '100 Club', at the minute there is only 1 junior parkrunner in this club but soon to be 2 and three in a few weeks. They have run 100 junior parkruns (200km) and they receive their own certificate of achievement.

Please, please, please make sure you bring your barcode with you.
Please, please, please make sure you take your stuff with you.

Until our next junior parkrun.

Stay Safe



15th October 2017

15th October 2017 Run Report

In this week's run report we discuss all things windy, how to get your name on the website, scanning from phones, dogs and just a few pb's.

But before we delve into the world of our run report (which looks more like the agenda from The One Show), we would be foolish not to thank our volunteers. Our volunteers this week were:
Molly BLEE, Jim BLEE, Clare CARRUTHERS, Andy DEAL, Beth GOODE, Ursula GOODE, Grace GOODE, Oliver GOODE, Ben GOODE, Reid JACK, Karen MCQUILKIN, Robert MILLAR, Jim MURDOCK, Martin SMITH, Jamie SMITH.

Without our volunteers then there would be no parkrun ... but ... without our parkrunners there would be no parkrun too. An amazing 120 of you showed up and it was great to see considering the earlier morning weather. It was by no means sunny, cloudy yes, mild yes, a tad on the windy side ... maybe. But either way you all made it down to parkrun, around the parkrun flag and back home again all in one piece.

So ... hurricane Ophelia ... hurricane 4 day weekend more like. Have they not seen the photos of our junior parkrunners on the beach in February. That wasn't a hurricane ... that was someone who had both the front and back door open at the same time. Either way some of us had a four day weekend, some had enforced leave, some rang grandparents and others may have just fended for themselves. It was windy, we're used to wind, we live in Portrush (and surrounding areas). if ever there was a moment to explain what 'Meh!' was to grown ups the this was it. "What did you feel about the hurricane Dad?" ...'Meh!'

120 runners but not all 120 runners had their names on the results page of our website. To make sure this happens each and every week then you need to remember one thing ... your barcode. If you have a barcode that scans properly then you'll get your name on the website and the run will be recorded and added to your runs so far. If your barcode doesn't scan then replace it with one of the other 6 that are on the sheet that you've printed off. Or print off the sheet again ... 'But how do I do that?' When you get your results email through from parkrun, you then have the chance to view your profile. In your profile you can then reprint off your barcodes. There's one simple mantra to parkrun 'No barcode ... No time ... No exception'

On the conversation of barcodes and scanning, we cannot scan from a smart phone. In actual fact you can scan from a smart phone, it just costs a lot of money to get a scanner that can do this. Which would mean that we would then have to charge for each parkrun to pay for the scanners, which would then not make it a parkrun any more. Print off your barcodes and bring them with you please.

Finally dogs, if you own a delightful little pooch then we ask you not to bring it down to junior parkrun. We can' stop you from walking your dog on the beach at the same time as we have our junior parkrun but we would ask that you be thoughtful to other junior parkrunners who may be frightened of your dog.

OK, enough of that chit chat. Who got a personal best this week?
There were 20 of you ... were you one of them?

Amazing running boys and girls.

We also had a few doing their milestone wristband runs too and they were:
Rachel STEWART (Half Marathon)
Patrick DUFFIELD (Marathon)
Ellie SMYTH (Half Marathon)
Ethan O'NEILL (Marathon)

This junior parkrun day looks like another windy one but we're tough at Portrush junior parkrun ... we do wind, we do cold, we do wet, we do soft sand ...why? ... because we're Portrush junior parkrunners.



3rd September 2017

3rd September 2017 Run Report

There are some, probably only a few, mornings when you wake up and you can here the wind and the rain bouncing off the window. You know you have a couple of hours to wish the rain and wind away. Whilst sitting there with a cup of tea in your hand, the realisation kicks in that the weather isn't going to change and you just have to get on with it.

Of course, this weekend was the Airwaves Airshow so we didn't have use of the Watersports Centre, we didn't have use of the first part of the beach and we didn't have use of the East Strand car park. I think I mentioned that is was banging it down outside.

With the parkrun gear firmly in both hands I got out of the car somewhere near the Maxol garage and headed to the beach. I had a vague hope that maybe no-one would turn up, still look on the bright side - we don't have to build the bridge. I started to take the skeleton amount of equipment down to the temporary start line and as I turned to head back up the promenade I was faced with the Goode family, very sensibly dressed in Coucon's (great for this kind of weather). So we now had two more volunteers in the form of Ursula GOODE and Lily GOODE and three runners in the shape of Beth, Grace & Oliver GOODE.

So we all walked back to the Watersports centre, commenting on how bad the weather was and wasn't yesterday such a complete opposite. By the time we got back there were a couple more runners and parents, and then a few more and a few more. Reality had definitely set in, we were doing this. And it's at this point that you just get on with it as a kind of challenge. Yes we're going to get wet. Yes we will get cold. Yes it will take us longer to get home. But bring it on weather ... THIS IS PORTRUSH junior parkrun!!!

So our wet and windy volunteers were ... and I have to say highly commended ones too:
Jim BLEE, Andy DEAL, Ursula GOODE, Ben GOODE, Lily GOODE, Reid JACK, Karen McQUILKIN & Bronagh SWEENEY.

Even though there weren't very many, there was still 31 runners. Seriously 31 juniors, plus parents decided to come out and run in this weather. Even though there was only 31 runners we still had a milestone wristband to give out.

Harry POLLOCK 09:25 ran his 11th junior parkrun (one he'll not forget in a hurry ... or in a Harry) and sealed his place in the Half Marathon Wristband Club. A massive wet and windy well done to you Harry.

There'll not be any personal bests this week, the weather's far to bad. Well think again!!!

Grace GOODE 10:32

She was the only runner to get a pb! She obviously had plans to run as fast she has ever done to get out of the weather and back home for hot chocolate and toast. Now I can neither confirm or deny this ... but there was talk of them (the GOODE's, the BLEE's, the WATTER's & the SWEENEY) going down to do the ABC (Arcadia Bathing Club). On ... another ... level!

So as we approach this weekend's fun of parkrunning and junior parkrunning and also ABC-ing, we hope for the weather to improve. But with hurricane's destroying the Caribbean and no doubt heading this way, then we are in for some windy weather.

Keep all fingers and toes crossed, wish for all things good and maybe, just maybe, we might just be pleasantly surprised by the weather.



27th August Run Report

27th August 2017 Run Report

There are a few weekends in the year where we get a spike in our numbers. Mainly Bank Holidays and mainly in the Summer. This for the past two years has been tied in with our Saturday parkrun and Mervyn Thompson (ED of Portrush parkrun) 5 mile road race.

The five mile road race saw 304 runners taking on a challenging, hilly course, the Saturday parkrun saw 339 runners take on the beach in all it's glory and what better way to complete the weekend with 247 runners. 890 runners in Portrush ... all doing what we love doing ... taking part.

It was not only our biggest attendance but it also saw the course record being broken too.

But ... and I think you know where I'm going with this ... where would we be without runners or without volunteers. Our happy, smiley volunteers this week were:
Davy BLAIR, Dave McLAUGHLIN, MArtin \SMYTH, Jamie SMYTH, Jennifer McLUNEY, Ruth GREGG, Reid JACK, Kenny TEA, Sharon TEA, Kirsten TEA, Arsen KASPARIAN, James HISLOP.

As we all know, volunteers give the oomph!!! behind each and every parkrun. They support, drive, enthuse and cheer on the runners. They also set up, pack away, sort, stow, rearrange and perform countless tasks behind the scenes.

Of the 247 runners there were a staggering 35 first timers and an even more staggering 72 personal bests. Forgive for not mentioning everyone by name but if you were like Tom WILKINSON or Sophie & Holly COLLINS, then you were doing your first run at Portrush. Let's hope it's not your last
Alternatively if you were like Sam GALBRAITH (pb of 18:51), Lucy MANEELY (pb of 16:55) or Harvey HUGHES (pb of 16:37); then you will have run the fastest you have run at Portrush ... EVER.

If it wasn't for another runner then Cameron McCAUGHEY would have broken the course record with an amazing 6:59 ... but ... Matthew BEVERIDGE had other ideas and strode in for a super impressive 6:45. Taking 15 seconds off the previous time. A superb run by both boys.

We also had milestone wristband runners, starting with our Half Marathon runners:
Patrick FERRIE (new pb)
Matthew CURRY
Niamh FERRIE (new pb)

Then our Marathon runners:
Niall McLAUGHLIN (new pb)

And finally our elusive Ultra Marathon runner:

With the Airshow on this weekend then remember ...


So please park in any other sensible place and allow more time to get down to the beach. So far the weather forecast looks a little cloudy with a small chance of rain ... but hey ... it's Northern Ireland ... it could be 20 deg C and sunny.

Until then, enjoy parkrun day, enjoy the airshow and see you on junior parkrun day.


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