There was nearly a touch of Spring about parkrun on Saturday morning this week. The sun broke through the clouds, gentle (ahem) breeze, firm sand and a few more than usual white legs on show. It felt like we were all rejoicing at the thought that we may possibly (you can never speak to soon in NI) be coming to the end of a very long winter.
We’ve been making a concerted effort to start parkrun on time over the last couple of weeks and, indeed, some of you may have noticed that Mervyn took to the microphone at 09.25 this week. So be warned.. if you swing in to the car park at 09.35 you’re likely to find yourself chasing the rest of the parkrun crew down the beach!
As we say every week parkrun couldn’t happen without our volunteers and this week we are indebted to Kenneth BACON, Davy BLAIR, Clive BRADBERRY, Patricia CRAIG, David DOEY, Pamela HOWE, Samantha LINTON, Sheila MCBROOM, Faye MCLERNON, Pete SCOLLS, Mervyn THOMPSON, Joan TRENGOVE, Christopher WATTERS, Christine WILMOT and Andrew WILSON. The weather seems to be becoming a bit more outdoor-volunteer-friendly and if you fancy joining the ranks of volunteers we would be very glad to have you join us. We also have a new volunteer position of ‘running marshall’ along the route - which is a bit like a running tail walker in case anyone gets in to difficulty along the course. No previous experience is necessary for any volunteer role!
This week we had a lovely group from East London join us on our sandy shores along with others from across the UK. Thank you one and all for choosing Portrush this week. We also had another notable visitor with us this week who is renown for having time travelled in real life! In February this year Annicea Madine became the first female to run two parkruns on the same day at the same time. How did she do that I hear you cry! She ran a parkrun in Australia and then caught a flight to Vancouver, Canada and did parkrun there on the same morning! Lovely to have you with us this morning Annicea.. we hope you enjoyed our parkrun just as much!
As well as having visitors come to our parkrun, of course, there are our regular parkrunners who also like to do a bit of tourism. This week Anne Jack took part in the Krakow parkrun and won her age category and Debbie Baillie ran her 50th parkrun at Donnabate. Well done ladies!
We celebrated two milestones this week. Grainne Moore and Colin Acheson both chalked up 50 runs this week and both provided us with delicious cake to enjoy afterwards. parkrunning is very much part of Grainne’s family and it’s obvious how well the wider Garvagh family of runners support one another as they all endeavour to be at parkrun to mark a milestone when one of them is celebrating the achievement. Congratulations to you both and thanks for the tasty treats!
At Portrush parkrun we are having a celebration of our own on Saturday 28th April when we record our 300th parkrun. Please do join us on that occasion if you are able .. we’d love to have 300 runners with us! There will most definitely be cake!
Finally, Mervyn put a post on our Facebook page but just to reiterate it here. As you may be aware, we had a parkrun adjudication last week and the report came through this week. There were a couple of points on it that we feel are important to pass on. Children under 11 years old running accompanied and runners with only one dog are parkrun UK rules that we are obliged to observe without exception. Our insurance may be in jeopardy if we don’t adhere to them and the core team really don’t want to be put in the awkward position of having to have ‘a quiet word’. Please, please, please can we ask you to ensure that you abide by these rules. This is said, of course, with parkrun love … thank you.
Finally thank you to all 198 of you who ran today, 21 of whom were first timers at Portrush, 6 of whom were running their first ever parkrun and 26 of whom that had PBs (the rest of us aren’t jealous at all!)
We look forward to seeing you all again same time, same place next week.
Don’t forget your barcode!
Don’t forget your cup!