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.

#dfyb
#hitthebeach
#milesofsmiles

Jim

 

Portrush junior parkrun #123

19th November Run Report

Another cool morning on the beach however that did not deter 76 amazing fantastic junior parkrunners from pulling on their trainers and dragging their adults to the parkrun beach on Sunday morning. Well done everyone!

This week donning the desirable yellow hi viz we had the help of 10 hands up i'll do it volunteers. It was a close call this week though as we need to fill certain roles to allow Portrush junior parkrun to start. If any adults or indeed kids would like to volunteer please let us know during the week by messaging on facebook or emailing us or even on the day we will find you a role and promise that you will enjoy it. We would encourage as many parents as possible to get involved. A huge Sunday morning making it happen thanks once again to our amazing volunteers this week: Ben, Grace, Helen, Jim, Pam, Karen, Reid, Fergal, Molly and Oliver.

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.

12 PBs were recorded last Sunday well done everyone an amazing achievement to run faster than you've ever ever run before!! A big round of applause for Rachel, Luke, Ethan, Samuel, Max, Reece, Cormac, Cameron, Halle, Ruby, Ryan and Elvinas.

Those receiving their milestone wristbands this week were:
Ultra Marathon:
Amelia McCaughern

Congratulations Amelia 50 junior parkruns making 100km on a Sunday morning an amazing achievement!

Finally before the 3,2,1 GO we had an extra special milestone to recognise Alfie McFaul became the second boy and fourth person in NI to complete 100!!! junior parkruns. Alfie has been with us since the very first junior parkrun and been a regular since then recording 4 PBs in his 100 runs. Well done Alfie see you tomorrow for run 101!!

See you all in the morning and don't forget to wrap up warm you may have noticed it's getting a bit colder!!! also remember your smiles you need them for the half way flag to high five Reid and the finish line!!

Don't Forget Your Barcode.

Jim

 

Portrush junior parkrun #121

5th November Run Report

It was noticeably a little less warm than previous weeks and the wind on the return leg provided an extra challenge coupled with a prom start due to the width of the estuary meant today's junior parkrun was a bit more difficult than others but 80 runners took on the challenge and will reap the benefit of a tough day when the conditions are better unfortunately I'm not sure when that will be!!

Ensuring that our run can go ahead safely we had the help of 12 amazing volunteers. In saying that we had about 5 volunteers at 0930 and it was a close call as we need to fill certain roles to allow Portrush junior parkrun to start. 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 as it would be a shame if we had to cancel an event due to insufficent volunteers. A huge thanks once again to our amazing volunteers this week: Ben, Clare, Deirdre, Bill, Ursula, Karen, Reid, Shileen, Gavin, Grace and Oliver.

3 first timers joined us this morning and welcome to Kalela Curran, Ruby Taggart and Elvinal Palubinskas hopefully see you back again next week.

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.

Even with the tough course and conditions this week we witnessed 7 outstanding PB's well done to Poppylilly Penn, Emma Heatherington, Evie Willmott, Emily Young, Tom Huston, Hamish Johnston and Ben Heatherington.

Those receiving their milestone wristbands this week were:
Ultra Marathon:
Saul Brown

A massive well done to Saul that is 50 junior parkruns making 100km on a Sunday morning fantastic!

That's it for another week hope everyone enjoyed their mid term break see you all next week and remember Don't Forget Your Barcode.

Jim

 

Portrush junior parkrun 2 for 1 run report!

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!!

#parkrun13
#DFYB
#DFYSmiles

Jim

 

Milestone runners

Our superstar runners this week, running their milestone runs were:

Marathon (42km):
Millie Brown
Matthew Herron

Ultra Marathon (100km):
Kate McCluney
Max Kirk

Well done all four of you and welcome to the new club.

Andy

 

Run Report 28 May 2017

Run report 28 May 2017

A warm welcome to all of you who joined us to run, hop, skip and cartwheel along east strand last Sunday morning.
We had sunshine, a bank holiday and 175 juniors from all over the UK visiting our beautiful beach. Moira, Antrim, Belfast and Glasgow amongst others were represented.

Behind the scenes making were our fantastic volunteers (young and not so young!) who quietly make it happen every week:

David BLAIR
Molly BLEE
Andy DEAL
Lily GOODE
Oliver GOODE
Beth GOODE
Grace GOODE
Ursula GOODE
Reid JACK
Arsen KASPARIAN
Niamh MCCONNELL
Claire MCCONNELL
Victoria SMYTH
Abi SMYTH
Hannah SMYTH
James HISLOP
Helen DIVITO
Gary NEWBERRY

We were delighted to award wristbands to those children who just keep on running:

Half Marathon (11 JPR)
Caitlin GRAY
Ben POLLOCK
Eva CAMPBELL.

Marathon (21 JPR)
Caitlin KELLY
Liam WILSON.

First timers included:
Will JONES
Peter BOYD
Cade CHRISTIE
Khalyn CHRISTIE
Lola-Rose DUNLOP
Ryan POGUE
Katherine ARMSTRONG
Ollie JONES
Tom COULTER

Many of you didn't have barcodes. Please, please bring them along so that you are registered and get an official time. Also your runs add up to a milestone wristband and a certificate (which you can print off the website.)

New PBs came in the shape of:
Joshua MCDOWELL
Daniel MILNE
Matthew IRWIN
Ben JACKSON
Josh MOORE
Thomas MISCAMPBELL
Eva-Grace PATTERSON.

We would like to thank all the parents who support junior parkrun so well by encouraging your children to give it a go. In a world with an obesity crisis and associated health problems you are doing your bit to set a fantastic example for your kids.
Until next Sunday (when more sunshine is predicted ☀️)

Ursula x
#dontforgetyourbarcode
#keeponrunning
#hitthebeach

 

Portrush junior parkrun run report for 23rd April 2017

23 April Run Report
What’s not to like about Portrush……hard sand, sunshine, sea, super speedy runners and enthusiastic volunteers.
The volunteers were:
Rachel Blee, Molly Blee, Andy Deal, Ursula Goode, Lily Goode, Clare Carruthers, Norma Snelling, Ben Goode, Sharon Tea, Molly Kettle, Kirsten Tea, Karen Mcquilken, Reid Jack, Davy Blair, James Hislop.
Inspired by the fact that last Sunday an incredible 13137 athletes ran a junior parkrun somewhere in the UK I wondered what were the numbers for Sunday’s Portrush junior parkrun…?
16 First timers. We are delighted to welcome new faces (and fresh legs!!) because with them junior parkrun will continue to grow. Also without runners Sunday mornings would be very dull indeed.
17 athletes had no barcode. Everyone is welcome to run, but without your barcode you can’t earn your coveted wristbands and don't get your time emailed to you so #dontforgetyourbarcode pass it on!
31 personal bests. Congratulations to all athletes who ran faster than they had ever done previously, pat yourselves on the back and get ready to try again next week.
15 Volunteers. Every volunteer works behind the scenes to set up, cheer, time, some more cheering, scan and pack up. Without them no-one would be able to run but without runners no-one would be able to have fun volunteering. Anyone who wants to join in the fun please get in touch either via Facebook, twitter, email or even speak to us!
Finally there can be only 1 Portrush junior parkrun and we look forward to welcoming you back next week.
Ben

 

23 April 2017 results

Results are now with the parkrun fairies. Well done everyone, great running on a beautiful sunny morning.

 

Portrush junior parkrun #69 Junior takeover day!

Today at junior parkrun it was junior takeover day. We wanted to do this because all of the adults usually do everything and take charge but today the kids took over and we were the bosses, not to brag but we all absolutely rocked at it.

We would like to thank the team of volunteers, who were Adam BLEE, Aidan KASPARIAN, Alfie MCFAULL, Beth GOODE, Clara MCCAUGHERN, Faye DEMPSEY, Graham KENNEDY, Jack DEMPSEY, Jay BAILEY, Jim BLEE, Kate MCCLUNEY, Kirsten TEA, Kitty GRAY, Lily GOODE, Molly ATCHISON, Molly BLEE, Natalie STERPAIO, Anna MCLAUGHLIN and Niamh MCCONNELL. Make sure to volunteer whenever you can because without our trusty volunteers we couldnt achieve parkrun as it is today. We really appreciate your help thank you.

We hope all the runners have recovered from the horrendous conditions at the beach. There was soft sand because of the high tide and the slight wind didnt help much either.

Here are this weeks results

Male placings:
Noah MCCAUGHAN (JM11-14) (Unattached) was first (second overall) over the line in 09:42 - third time in 7 appearances.
Oliver KNOX (JM10) (Unattached) was second (third overall) over the line in 09:49 - was first to finish once before.
Zach PARKHILL (JM10) (Unattached) was third (4th overall) over the line in 10:28.

Female placings:
Sophia COYLE (JW10) (Unattached) was first (first overall) over the line in 09:28 - third time in 21 appearances.
Caitlin KELLY (JW11-14) (Unattached) was second (5th overall) over the line in 10:57.
Eva KELLY (JW11-14) (Unattached) was third (6th overall) over the line in 11:00.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Zach PARKHILL (JM10) was graded 65.36% for the time 10:28 (4th overall).
Sophia COYLE (JW10) was graded 65.25% for the time 09:28 (first overall).
Oliver KNOX (JM10) was graded 58.84% for the time 09:49 (third overall).

This week there were 61 runners, of whom 1 were first timers and 0 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 3 different athletics clubs took part.

Portrush junior parkrun started on 19th July 2015, and since then 1,006 different runners, including participants from 31 athletics clubs, have completed 7,071 runs covering a total distance of 14,142 km, and there have been 1,455 new Personal Bests.

The female record is held by Sophie MCCLUNEY who ran in a time of 00:08:12 on 9th October 2016 (event number 65).
The male record is held by Adam VAN DER PLAS who ran in a time of 00:07:23 on 3rd April 2016 (event number 38).
The Age Grade course record is held by Zach PARKHILL who recorded a 76.67% run (09:26) on 28th August 2016 (event number 59).

Thank you to everyone who took part or volunteered even though it wasn't the best parkrun to be running in, thank you again for running and supporting our parkrun.

See you all at the beach next weekend and remember #DFYB!

Molly Blee and Beth Goode.

 

2nd October Portrush Junior parkrun report

It's October but you would have been forgiven if you thought different on Sunday morning past. The sun was shining brightly and the wind was unusually absent mixed with a low tide the conditions were pretty favourable but more of that later!

Firstly and most importantly we must acknowledge the efforts of our volunteers they clapped, cheered, pressed buttons, handed out tokens and smiled whilst doing it without them.... well let's not go there shall we.

This weeks Sunday Superheroes were Aaron BALLANTYNE, Clare CARRUTHERS, Lily GOODE, Reid JACK, Gareth KNOX, Ellen KNOX, Samantha LINTON, Alan MCCLUNEY, Norma SNELLING. Encouraging to see a few new names on the list and as always if you're interested in helping out please let us know. The extra safety procedures put in place for a junior parkrun such as requiring a tail runner mean that the demand for volunteers is high probably 10-12 each week so we will welcome all offers of help and I promise you will enjoy it!

I had the pleasure this week of welcoming a number of junior parkrunners into the milestone clubs. Half Marathon (11 runs) wristbands were handed out to Molly HASSON, Maximilien NEUMANN-FLYNN, Mya MCALISTER, Molly MCGRILLEN and Rory ELLIOTT. Also Amy WILSON and Bonnie CONNOR-BOYD received their Marathon wristbands (21 runs). Finally Alfie MCFAULL was presented with his Ultra Marathon wristband that's 50 parkruns folks well done Alfie and all milestone recipients onwards and upwards.

This week results are as follows:

Male placings:
Ryan SMITH was first over the line in 08:00
Martin FIALA was second over the line in 08:08
Lewis FLEMING was third over the line in 08:15

Female placings:
Sophie MCCLUNEY was first over the line in 08:16
Eimear JOHNSTON was second over the line in 08:45
Toni DONNELLY was third over the line in 08:52

At the start of this report I was talking about the conditions being favourable and that they were as we witnessed 28 new PB's from our 124 runners and also some close calls as well such as Ryan SMITH being 1 second of equalling his PB and Lewis FLEMING just 2 seconds off! These two boys must have lost some time looking over their shoulders for the 4th finisher Sophie MCCLUNEY who yet again broke the girls record with a fantastic time of 8:16 for 2K that is 6:39 mile pace in old money!! Sophie is just back from injury having missed almost three months during the summer however during this time she was still at the beach on a Sunday morning when she could to volunteer and stayed patient. You could say she is definetly back with the girls record being broken by Sophie 3 of the last 4 weeks! Well done Sophie and boys you better keep looking over your shoulders!!

See you all that the beach on junior parkrun day, remember your barcode, your parents and of course your smiles you will need them for the finish line!!

Jim

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