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,