This weeks report covers the last two weeks and all the fantastic achievements that took place on the beach. But more of that later over the last two weeks we had almost 200 runners along with their parents enjoying very different days parkrun #115 was a beautiful morning with parkrun #116 perhaps not as nice but still the best place to be on a Sunday morning. The variety in conditions and course due to tides is what makes Portrush unique as an event so as we head into winter don't let the fact that it's not as warm, not as calm or not as dry as it has been put you off pull on another layer, grab your barcode and your parents and run, jog or walk but most importantly smile!!
Each of the last 2 weeks saw 14 volunteers make it all happen and as we say each week the run only goes ahead if we can deliver it safely. We need 12-14 volunteers each week to do this and it really is as easy as putting on a high vis, clapping, smiling, high fiving, pressing buttons or handing out tokens and most importantly having fun! Let us know if you want to help out and we will find you a role that you are comfortable with. Those that put their hands up these last two weeks and were responsible for delivering a fun filled run are Chris BAILEY, Jim BLEE, Rachel BLEE, Jack BLEE, Molly BLEE, Adam BLEE, Andy DEAL, Harry DEAL, Lily GOODE, Beth GOODE, Dave MCLAUGHLIN, Karen MCQUILKIN, Kelly MISCANDLON, Martin SMITH, David BLAIR, Eoghan FERRIE, Ursula GOODE, Grace GOODE, Oliver GOODE, Reid JACK, Jonno JOHNSON, Gavin WILLMOTT. Thanks again to all the volunteers.
Milestone wristbands at junior parkrun are presented for those runners that complete 11 runs (half marathon), 21 runs (marathon) and 50 runs (ultra marathon). Over the last two weeks I have had the pleasure of presenting numerous wristbands and well done to all the recipients fantastic achievements all around. The following runners received their half marathon wirstbands Oliver MILLAR, Amy MARTIN and Anna MARTIN. Marathon wristbands were presented to Cathal SWEENEY, Sophia DOUGLAS, Thomas CAMPBELL, Alana JACKSON, Ollie HANNA and Bradyn SHANNON-KING and the Ultra wristbands were awarded to Jamie SMITH, Beth GOODE and Mya MCALISTER. In addition to receiving wristbands runners can also print off personalised certificates of achievement for each wristband distance. These are available from your parkrun profile which you can access through your results email.
Junior parkrun #115 also saw a very special milestone being celebrated with the very first junior parkrunner not only in Portrush but also in Northern Ireland to reach 100 runs and a special well done to Molly BLEE. We are all very proud of you reaching 100 runs within 115 events it shows a lot of dedication even with breaking your toe during this time! Molly was also able to print off her personalised 100 run certificate to add to her collection!
Those joining us for the first time at junior parkrun included Elena OSTROPYTSKYY VILCHIS, Harry DEAL, Emily Rose KELLY, Alexander OSTROPYTSKYY VILCHIS, Eve ANDERSON, Luke ANDERSON, Zach RANKIN, Ollie HANNA, Patrick STEVENSON, MARIA HUGHES, Amy O'BOYLE, Jake LOGAN, Riley LOGAN, Mia LOGAN, Dara HUGHES and Max MURDOCK. You are all very welcome hope to see you all soon perhaps tomorrow with your barcode and a smile!
An amazing 19 personal bests were recorded over the last two weeks which is fantastic that's 19 runners who ran 2k quicker than ever before well done everyone!
That's it until tomorrow when we will do it all again remember sleep well tonight, rise and smile early, have a good breakfast, grab your barcode and see you all at the beach where this weekend we are celebrating the 13th birthday of parkrun!!