Waterworks will be running on Christmas day at 9:30am as usual and New Years day at 11:00am in case you don't get to bed early on new years eve. If you are planning a new years double Stormont and Valley we believe are running at 9:30am check their websites.
Our 7th anniversary was an amazing day regards both weather and turnout. Lots of help from the community and parkrun sponsors alike. Big thanks to the local Co-op who provided refreshments and Vitality Insurance who supplied us with the cake. Thanks also to Tony McNulty who provided the PA system. We also welcomed local clubs Mallusk Harriers, North Belfast Harriers and Olympic Triathlon club all contributing to building the day.
We had 33 first timers this week including visitors Ben Begley from Limerick, Rune Olsen from Denmark, Ryan Carlin from Derry, Ronan Rush from Armagh and Mark McCormack and Sharon Daley from Galway. Hope you all enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again sometime.
Milestones reached this week included Joe Eager junior 10, Jack McCready senior 50, Marian Hayes and High Brennan senior 100. This resulted off course in more cake which was duly dispatched.
Being the first Saturday in the month we had our pacers out Jim Clinton, Greg McClure and Phil McIlwrath. I am sure a least a few of the 37 pb's this week was due to their pacing.
Seems like the competition was pretty relaxed to as first and third male were unknown Conal McClean being the only one amongst the first three to scan in second place. On the female side it was Geraldine Branagh from Geraldine McCotter from Fionnuala O'Hare.
Finally thanks to our amazing team of volunteers without whom there would be no event and a special shout out for Joe and Jim the park staff who, unseen by most, prepare the park for us ever week.
The Waterworks Team
We welcomed 226 runners and walkers to Waterworks this morning. The winds were brutal around the upper lake so the 14 superstars who managed PBs today really were fantastic.Just seven first timers today. Well done to you all - please come back and join us again soon.Today we had an unknown first finisher, followed by Connor McCann and Jack Bradshaw. The leading lady was Madison Bowyer, with Donna McLaughlin and Claireanne McAree just behind.Our milestone runners today were Martin Brennan and Frank Bannon on 100 runs, with Maureen Oliver joining the 50 club. Congratulations to you all!Good luck to many of our regular participants who are taking part in tomorrow's Dublin Marathon alongside about 20,000 brave other runners. Just think, it's roughly 8.5 parkruns!!!!Finally, just a wee reminder that next week is the big one! Seven years ago, Matt Shields brought parkrun to Ireland and our very own Waterworks is where it all began. So that seems like a good reason to have a party! Our friends at Co-op are kindly putting on a spread and supporting us with volunteers so it promises to be a great day. As usual, all donations are welcome and fancy dress is optional if you dare! Spread the word... bring yourself, your friends and family and your barcode!
This week 197 people put their trainers on to run, jog or walk the course, among these were 5 first timers and 33 new PBs.
First over the finish line was Conall MCCLEAN in 16:36 and a new PB, close behind in second place was Conor O'RAWE third Colin WILLETTS.
For the ladies it was Geraldine BRANAGH 21:26, Orla CASH secured second place and Marian O'Neill was third.
Congratulations to Gerry Robinson and Mathew Smith who joined the 100 club and to Joe Wilson who joined the 50 club well done.
Couple of finishing tokens went missing this morning, so if you brought yours home please bring it back next week.
Big thank you to all our volunteers, without them this event could not take place, if you haven't already done so please put your name on the rota you will enjoy the experience and get to wear one of our lovely yellow jackets.
Lastly see you all next week, don't forget your barcode, NO BARCODE-NO TIME
By Volunteer Michelle McLoughlin
The Waterworks was looking spectacular this morning with beautiful blue skies and typical back to school sunshine as we welcomed 265 runners, joggers and walkers, including visitors from Antrim and Ormeau to our parkrun.
We had 23 first timers today. Hope to see you all again next Saturday.
First home today was Conall McClean in 17:10 with Debbie Brown being the leading lady in 23:44.
Matt Shields had the highest age grade score of the day with a smashing 87.67%.
Thanks in no small part to our volunteer pacers Greg, Jim, Philip and Thomas 28 of you managed new PBs today. Well done to all!
Milestones today came from Conall McClean on 100 runs. A first place finish is a nice way to celebrate!
Aidan Hamill and Matt Rodgers also joined the 50 club today, with Matt marking his milestone in style with a new PB.
Junior Kevin Holbeach also made it to 10 runs. Great achievements all round folks.
A special well done goes to Antoin Mallon, Jacob Clements, Daniel O'Callaghan, Nathan McKeown, Adam Coggle and Niamh McAuley in the under-10 category. It's always wonderful to see kids enjoying this great event.
Finally congratulations to Anne Marie Clarken who was run director for the first time today. Thanks to Anne Marie and the superb team of volunteers, without whom there would be no parkrun!