New Year 2018 parkrun at the Valley.

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

 

Christmas 2017 parkrun at the Valley

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.

 

Valley parkrun run report for event number 132 – 11th March 2017.

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.

 

Male placings:
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.

 

Female placings:
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.

 

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Valley parkrun run report for event number 131

This week 61 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 3 were first timers and 16 recorded new Personal Bests. The roll of honour is below:

 

#1 Tom Magee
#2 Conor Hogarth
#3 Paul Gorman
#4 Patrick McGuckin
#7 Marcel Kock
#8 Ramunas Stanevicius
#10 Jon Wang
#11 Simon Totten
#13 David Gibson
#20 Robert Millar
#26 Aaron Reddick
#30 Reg Sanlon
#33 Clare Teer
#40 Judy McIlrath
#42 Sarah McIlrath
#45 Anne Marie Ryan

 

Male placings:
Tom MAGEE (SM20-24) (Unattached) was first over the line in 18:07 - second time in 7 appearances.
Conor HOGARTH (SM20-24) (Unattached) was second over the line in 18:55 - was first to finish once before.
Paul GORMAN (VM40-44) of Albertville Harriers, was third over the line in 19:25 - was first to finish once before.

 

Female placings:
Carol ANNESLEY (VW50-54) of County Antrim Harriers, was first (27th overall) over the line in 25:25 - second time in 29 appearances.
Clare TEER (SW30-34) of Mallusk Harriers, was second (33rd overall) over the line in 26:43.
Margaret FLEMING (VW35-39) (Unattached) was third (35th overall) over the line in 26:58 - has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions.

 

The three highest age grades were recorded by:
Tom FLEMING (JM10) – 74.26% for the time 22:01 (9th overall).
Paul GORMAN (VM40-44) – 71.93% for the time 19:25 (third overall).
Tom MAGEE (SM20-24) – 71.48% for the time 18:07 (first overall).

 

Sorry the run report is a bit late this week .... I honestly do not know where the week goes. The only good thing about it is that tomorrow is parkrun day already.

 

Something a little different this week inspired by two parkrun facebook friends (David Ferris & Martyne Girvan) who started a conversation last week about songs that make them happy. Using that theme I have attached a link below loosely related to parkrun...........Enjoy! See you all tomorrow morning bright and early.

 

SB

 

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Valley parkrun – run report No. 130.

Valley parkrun, Newtownabbey - Event number 130 - 25th February 2017.

 

A big thank you to the volunteers who came out again on a winter’s morning to make sure the parkrun happens. We know that most people like to run but if you would like to volunteer and still run there are roles that you could help out with.......

 

Turn up early and help with the pre-run setup, check the course for example

 

Carry out the new runner briefing, be a pacer, be a tail runner

 

Stay behind to tidy up after the run or...

 

volunteer from the comfort of your own sofa by writing the run report (just send an email to valleyoffice@parkrun.com and we will send you most of what goes into the report, you just need to put your own views and thoughts about the run and email it back to us

 

This run marks the end of points system so Rick, Grzegorz, Neal, Frances, Nuala and Tracey can relax and be immortalised in parkrun history..

 

Onto the run itself and it was a close run throughout with Conor Hogarth edging out Jim Brown

 

Male placings:
Conor HOGARTH (SM20-24) (Unattached) was first over the line in 19:40 - first time in 2 appearances.
James William BROWN (VM55-59) of B.A.R.F, was second over the line in 19:46 - has been first to finish on 8 previous occasions.
Rory KANE (VM40-44) of North Belfast Harriers, was third over the line in 19:54.
Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Rick GRAY (Unattached) 2627 pts.
Grzegorz GRAJEK (Unattached) 2429 pts.
Neal REILLY (Unattached) 2093 pts.

 

Female placings:
Eimear MCBRIEN (JW11-14) of Lagan Valley AC, was first (10th overall) over the line in 22:15 - 11th time in 16 appearances.
Patricia CURISTAN (VW35-39) of Mallusk Harriers, was second (15th overall) over the line in 23:11 - has been first to finish on 4 previous occasions.
Emma MCBRIEN (JW11-14) of Lagan Valley AC, was third (25th overall) over the line in 24:41.
Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
Frances KANE (Unattached) 1924 pts.
Nuala MULDOON (Mallusk Harriers) 1857 pts.
Tracey GRAHAM (Unattached) 1842 pts.

 

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
James William BROWN (VM55-59) was graded 79.09% for the time 19:46 (second overall).
Tom FLEMING (JM10) was graded 72.40% for the time 22:35 (13th overall).
Eimear MCBRIEN (JW11-14) was graded 71.76% for the time 22:15 (10th overall).

 

This week there were 69 runners, of whom 7 were first timers, you are very welcome and we hope you return, and 13 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different athletics clubs took part.

 

The 13 who defied the conditions and recorded pbs were:

Conor Hogarth
Rory Kane
John Watson
Andrew McCrea
Mark Welsh
Simon Totten
Patricia Curistan
Daniel Kennedy
Emma McBrien
Alison Welsh
Samuel Miskelly
Cameron Stewart
Angela Ward

 

A J McAlister finished in 17th place and came back with his barcode but somehow it didn’t scan and as there are too many J McAlisters on the system I have now left this position blank. But if the J McAlister who ran at the valley sends a message to us then I will update the records. Sorry for all this messing about

 

Valley parkrun, Newtownabbey started on 9th August 2014, and since then 1,920 different runners, including participants from 86 athletics clubs, have completed 10,131 runs covering a total distance of 50,655 km, and there have been 2,184 new Personal Bests.
The female record is held by Catherine DIVER who ran in a time of 00:20:52 on 6th February 2016 (event number 74).
The male record is held by Brian CAMPBELL who ran in a time of 00:16:04 on 8th August 2015 (event number 49).
The Age Grade course record is held by Brian CAMPBELL who recorded a 84.34% run (16:04) on 8th August 2015 (event number 49).

 

Saturday's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Valley parkrun, Newtownabbey Results Page.

 

See you Saturday

 

Denis

 

Junior parkrun at Jordanstown???

There are proposals to start a Junior parkrun at Jordanstown within the grounds of Ulster University.

 

The organiser is looking for local people who might be interested in volunteering at this Junior parkrun. To that end he has asked if we would publicise his appeal.

 

Junior parkrun is a shorter distance and takes place on Sunday mornings. They operate on the same principles as parkrun.

 

They are especially interested in hearing from parents of children who might participate and those with parkrun volunteering experience. Let me know if it's of interest to you and I'll pass on your details to the organising committee.

 

Cheers - Stephen B

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Run Report for Event No. 129

Valley parkrun, Newtownabbey Event number 129 - 18th February 2017

 

It’s always good to have parkrun tourists join us at the Valley. Yesterday we welcomed the Chadwell family from Cardiff. Ewen, Steve and Karen were sharing their half term break by parkrunning and then watching their beloved Cardiff Devils put the Belfast Giants to the sword - twice !!!!! We forgive you guys and hope you had a great time in Northern Ireland. We also welcomed 10 other new faces to the Valley a...nd you are all equally welcome. We look forward to seeing you again.

 

Thank you to all our Volunteers this week including 8 year old Sophie Davidson who took the photos. Dont forget without the Volunteers parkrun can not happen. If you want to run there are lots of roles that allow you to run and volunteer. Special thanks to Eadaoin Donaldson who normally helps at the Waterworks who processed the results yesterday.

 

Talking of the volunteers. A number of them attended first aid and AED (Defib) training during the week. We would like to thank Pam Bell for the brilliant training of the core team. Stephen will be organising further training so if you are interested in attending please let Stephen or one of the volunteers know. A reminder an AED is attached to the front door of the Pavillion adjacent to the start line.

 

So to the run itself

 

Ciaran MCKENDRY from Annadale was first over the line in 18:02 James KITCHIN of East Antrim Harriers AC, was second over the line in 18:27 with Patrick MCGUCKIN of Mallusk Harriers, was third over the line in 19:48.

 

Female placings:
Laura ROSE of Mallusk Harriers, was first over the line in 24:30 - first time in 31 appearances. Well done Laura , Carol ANNESLEY of County Antrim Harriers, was second over the line in 25:33 and Honorata SIERADZAN BANASIK was third over the line in 25:40.

 

This week we had 87 runners, of whom 13 were first timers and 16 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 15 different athletics clubs took part.

 

PB Roll of honour:

Ramunas STANEVICIUS
Christopher BOYD
Julie STEVENSON
Joel STEVENSON
Laura ROSE
Ken MCAULEY
Mark BONAR
Alastair HOULDSWORTH
Julie TIERNEY
Ciaran MCKENDRY
Maeve MCGINLEY
Sharon DUNN
James KITCHIN
Erin TEER
David GIBSON
Patrick MCGUCKIN

 

Have a great week of running see you next Saturday.

 

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Run Report for Valley parkrun event #128

Valley parkrun run report for event number 128 - 11th February 2017.

 

Two runners achieved milestones this week - Both Anthony McKinley & Alister Morrison recorded their 50th parkrun.

 

A cold morning at the V36 Park especially for the volunteers who were standing around whilst the rest of you were working up a sweat! Speaking of working up a sweat ...... I had a few beads on my forehead whenever I had 5 pages of red screen at the start of the results processing. As ever it didn't defeat us and there must have been a few runners relieved that their PB's were recorded for prosperity!

 

Male placings:
Ciaran MCKENDRY was first over the line in 18:29.
Alex DAVIDSON was second over the line in a well deserved PB - 19:48.
James William BROWN on the recovery trail was third over the line in 20:03.

 

Female placings:
Nuala MULDOON was first (28th overall) over the line in 23:42.
Emma MULHOLLAND was second (37th overall) over the line in 25:42.
Oonagh O'FLAHERTY was third (43rd overall) over the line in 26:28.

 

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Jim NEWBERRY (VM60-64) was graded 79.89% for the time 20:48 (7th overall).
James William BROWN (VM55-59) was graded 77.97% for the time 20:03 (third overall).
Tom FLEMING (JM10) was graded 76.94% for the time 21:15 (10th overall).

 

This week there were 93 runners, of whom 9 were first timers and 26 recorded new Personal Bests - PB roll of honour is listed below:

#2 Alex Davidson
#11 David Cushley
#12 Grzegorz Grajek
#13 Adam O'Neill
#14 Jon Wang
#17 Kevin Moseley
#19 Simon Totten
#20 Kevin McCann
#24 David Brown
#26 Robin Wilson
#30 Chris McAtee
#31 Robert McCormack
#37 Emma Mulholland
#39 Peter McGrath
#45 Sarah McCafferty
#47 Clare Teer
#48 Pamela McCafferty
#52 Christopher Campbell
#54 Suzanne McDonald
#56 Peter Lacey
#58 Claire Maxwell
#63 Emma Fegan
#75 Tracey Whittley
#80 Sarah Keechee Wang
#90 Angela Ward
#91 Malachy Ward

 

See you next week - an important week for the Valley parkrun as we have our annual parkrun adjudication to ensure that we are operating correctly. If you haven't already done so and can volunteer .... please let us know.

 

Monthly 100% Club for January

100% ers for January @ the Valley parkrun:

 

Michael McLaughlin (11s off his PB this month); Grzegorz Grajek; Mervyn Smith; Ciaran McKendry & Rick Gray.

 

We also had people who participated in 75% of the runs and volunteered:

 

Martyne Girvan (volunteered 3 times); Frances Kane (1 volunteer) & Paul McCabe (4 volunteers).

 

Thanks to everyone for their support.

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Valley parkrun – Run Report No. 127

Valley parkrun, Newtownabbey, Event number 127, 4th February 2017

 

It was a chilly start to the morning but thankfully the sun made an appearance for the 127th Valley Parkrun.

 

96 runners took to the startline of whom 7 were first timers (hopefully they will come back and join us again). Big pat on the back to the following 12 runners who recorded new personal bests:

 

Nick HAWTHORNE, Rosalind STITT, Deirdre MCCANN, Paul CRAWFORD, Fiona WYLIE, Angela WARD, Tanya WRAY, Chris MCATEE, Ryan MCCABE, David GIBSON, Adam LIVINGSTON and Sharon DUNN. Fantastic achievements, keep up the great efforts!

 

It was great to have representatives from the following athletics clubs taking part:

Seapark, Run Newtownabbey, Mallusk Harriers, Orangegrove, Jog Belfast, Invictus Triathlon Club, East Antrim Harriers, County Antrim Harriers, B.A.R.F, Annadale Striders, Albertville Harriers, and of course Julie Rooney from the less widely known '100% Me' athletic club ;-)

 

For the men, Ciaran MCKENDRY (VM35-39) of Annadale Striders, kept it consistent, coming in first over the line in 18:25 for the 11th time in 12 appearances. James KITCHIN (VM45-49) of East Antrim Harriers AC, was second over the line in 19:18. James has been first to finish on 2 previous occasions. James William BROWN (VM55-59) of B.A.R.F, was third over the line in 19:49. Jim has been first to finish on 8 previous occasions.

 

Great running lads.

 

For the women, Nuala MULDOON (VW35-39) of Mallusk Harriers, was first (23rd overall) over the line in 24:42 - 36th time in 62 appearances. *Nuala is obviously quite capable of running a sub 17 min parkrun when she is in the mood but often takes it easy in order to socialise with friends while running*. Honorata SIERADZAN BANASIK (VW35-39) (Unattached) was second (35th overall) over the line in 25:38. Joanne MILNE (SW30-34) of Mallusk Harriers, was third (44th overall) over the line in 27:26.

 

Well done ladies!  *Might not be true*

 

Annual points competition:

Men:

Rick GRAY (Unattached) 2339 pts.
Grzegorz GRAJEK (Unattached) 2174 pts.
Neal REILLY (Unattached) 1931 pts.

Women:

Frances KANE (Unattached) 1833 pts.
Nuala MULDOON (Mallusk Harriers) 1757 pts.
Tracey GRAHAM (Unattached) 1674 pts.

 

Another big well done to Rosalind Stitt and wee Ben Davidson celebrated their 50th Parkruns with us this morning. A fantastic achievement! Check out the fab pics from Ben's younger sister Chloe on our Facebook page.

 

As always, a huge thankyou to the volunteers who give up their Saturday mornings to make our parkrun happen. Nuala MULDOON, Charlotte CAHILL, Jennifer CLEMENTS, Colin CRAWFORD, Sophie DAVIDSON, Peter FLEMING, Amelia FLEMING, Margaret FLEMING, Sammy GALLAGHER, Donna HUNTER, Patricia KANE, Ross MCFAUL, James MURPHY, Lauraine MURPHY, Denis O'DONNELL, Jules ROONEY and Rachel SIMPSON.

 

See you next week!

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