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