We will be having a New Year's Day parkrun at the Valley parkrun this year at our normal early slot to coordinate with other local parkruns such as the Waterworks parkrun who are running at the later time. Why not double up this New Year's Day and get the new year off to the best possible start.
We will be running at the Valley parkrun this Christmas Day at our normal time of 09:30.
Good news - you can double up again on New Years Day as we are going at normal time (9.30am) and the Waterworks parkrun is planning to start at 11am.
Please don't take any risks whilst travelling between parkruns on New Years morning.
See you then - Stephen B
Please note that we have managed to find enough volunteers who are willing to give up a bit of their time of Christmas Day to organise the Valley parkrun on Christmas morning. Usual start time 9.30am.
81 parkrunners turned out yesterday at the Valley. Lots of the front runners broke their PB's again this week (for the second week in a row). The roll of honour is below:
#1 Stephen Nicholson ...
#3 Paul Gaskell
#4 Danny Donaldson
#5 Rick Gray
#6 John Watson
#10 Anthony McKinley
#13 Simon Totten
#17 OWEN FULTON ***
#21 Peter McReynolds
#23 Susan Nutt
#25 Aaron Reddick
#26 Michael Reddick
#34 Clare Teer
#35 Neil McCready
#40 Joanne Milne
#44 Heather Watson
#64 Kieran McGarvey
#68 Jennifer Moore
#74 Angela Ward
There were also 11 first timers who are all very welcome.
The event was made possible by 18 volunteers.
Stephen NICHOLSON (VM35-39) of Pace Running Club, was first over the line in 18:02 - first time in 2 appearances.
Ciaran MCKENDRY (VM35-39) of Annadale Striders, was second over the line in 18:13 - has been first to finish on 13 previous occasions.
Paul GASKELL (VM45-49) of Larne AC, was third over the line in 19:44 - was first to finish once before.
Susan NUTT (VW35-39) (Unattached) was first (23rd overall) over the line in 24:17 - first time in 5 appearances.
Laura ROSE (SW25-29) of Mallusk Harriers, was second (28th overall) over the line in 24:45 - was first to finish once before.
Carol OLIVER (SW30-34) (Unattached) was third (31st overall) over the line in 25:33.
The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Jim NEWBERRY (VM60-64) – 77.95% for the time 21:19 (11th overall).
Tom FLEMING (JM10) – 73.70% for the time 22:11 (14th overall).
Stephen NICHOLSON (VM35-39) – 73.11% for the time 18:02 (first overall).
The story of the day was however the 100th parkrun milestone reached by one of our most regular regulars 'Owen Fulton' who in the best parkrun tradition brought along a cake to celebrate with his parkrun friends.