Antrim parkrun is cancelled on 31 October 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Event 300 – 15th February 2020

Antrim parkrun - 15th February 2020 #300thEvent

Happy 300th to Antrim parkrun. It is lovely to see how much the event has grown during those 300 events . When Antrim parkrun started 70 - 120 would have been the normal participants and now most weeks there are 200-300. The weather didn't deter 183 who ran, walked and jogged our course. Not the nicest of mornings to enjoy and appreciate our course but we hope the 5 taking part in their first ever parkrun (Ryan Keating, Jenny Patterson, Alan McCall, Nick Ryles and Lindsay Bolton) will come back again next week. We welcomed 7 visitors to Antrim and special shout out to Alastair Dunlop from Glasgow who landed at Belfast International airport at 8.50am and managed to get to our event on time and also to Alice Doherty visiting us from Manchester but who is originally from Bellaghy.

Whilst we had no official parkrun milestones yesterday Sean McKenna did run his 150th parkrun and Storm Denis didn't slow everyone down as 14 achieved new PB's. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.

Amazing, Amazing, Amazing, that is all I can say about yesterday's volunteers. You all stood in the pouring rain and wind and made my last Run Director occasion at Antrim go smoothly. Keep up the good work. Thanks Paul MALLON • Norman MAWHINNEY • Mairead MCCANN • Glenn ADAIR • Nuala MCKAY • Anna McKEE • Martin SMALL • Katie WILLIAMS • Nathan DAVIDSON • Nigel MCFARLAND • Aimee LOWRY • Natalie ROBERTS

See you all soon
Anne

 

Antrim parkrun Event number 294 1st January 2020

“Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more” – H.Jackson Brown Jr.

I felt this was an appropriate quote this week because we all often under estimate the joy of volunteering and I would on behalf of Antrim parkrun like to thank those of you that sacrifice their run to ensure we have an event every week.

Anyway to the stats for this week. We were joined by a record 391 runners, joggers and walkers this week many of whom were completing the now traditional NYD double. 36 were first timers and 45 recorded new Personal Best and representatives of 35 different clubs took part. Also amazingly considering the numbers all finish tokens were returned so thank you.

On the milestone front John Moore, Toni McCaig, Maread O’Neill and Mark Stevenson reached the 50 mark. Ronan Lavery, Gemma Malone and Heather Chestnutt reached the big 100. Very well done to you all and look out for the email telling you how to claim your t-shirt.

Back to volunteering. You may have noticed that the legend that is Norman our volunteer coordinator is away at the moment so I’m on a mission in his absence to fill the volunteer roster for January. This will take the pressure off him when he returns so if you can help out please take a look at the future roster on our web page and send us an email or comment below. We have a couple of slots on the 18th and 4 roles available on the 25th. Also very happy to take names for February and beyond.

See you all soon,
Ricky.

The event was made possible by 16 volunteers:

Richard MASON • Sarah BARROW • Fionnuala JOYCE • Eamonn JOYCE • Adam FEENEY • Diane LYNN • Tanya SMITH • Lisa KITSON • Lewis KITSON • Zara KITSON • Brian CUNNINGHAM • Stuart GOWANS • Jonathan KITSON • David GILLILAND • Nathan DAVIDSON • Michael FORTH

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Antrim parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Richard JOHNSTON who recorded a time of 16:00 on 24th May 2014 (event number 34).

The female record is held by Hannah OLDROYD who recorded a time of 18:03 on 3rd October 2015 (event number 100).
The Age Grade course record is held by Tommy HUGHES who recorded 95.02% (16:44) on 23rd November 2019 (event number 291).

Antrim parkrun started on 28th September 2013. Since then 6,745 participants have completed 50,591 parkruns covering a total distance of 252,955 km, including 8,647 new Personal Bests. A total of 509 individuals have volunteered 3,698 times.

 

New Year

New Years Day event 11.00

 

Christmas

No event on Christmas Day

 

Antrim parkrun Event number 283 28th September 2019

I was trying to think of a decent quote for our 6th anniversary event report and I was drawn to the one word I use when someone asks ‘what is parkrun?’ which is ‘community’ so with that in mind here it is;

“One of the marvellous things about community is that it enables us to welcome and help people in a way we couldn’t as individuals” – attributed to Jean Vanier a Canadian philosopher, theologian and humanitarian apparently!

Anyway I think it’s fair to say we’ve built a mighty fine community at Antrim parkrun and that was very apparent on Saturday as the atmosphere was buzzing. I consider myself very lucky to be part of an excellent Core Team but we have only achieved what we have with the support of you our runners, walkers and volunteers so it is great to be able to recognise some of you with our annual awards as a way of a thank you.

This year’s awards kindly donated by Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council and presented by Alderman John Smyth the Mayor, went to the following people;

Junior parkrunner – Simon Kennedy
Male parkrunner – Wesley Bonar
Female parkrunner (joint) – Martina Javorska
Female parkrunner (joint) – Tricia Donnell
Vincent Barnes Volunteer of the Year – Jonathan Kitson

We must also not forget this week’s milestone runners and reaching 50 runs we had Shea Redmond and David Ford and reaching the big 250 was Antrim parkrun stalwart Malachy Doyle. Well done to you all and we look forward to seeing you in your snazzy new t-shirts soon.

Anyway, I guess I had better close the report off but not before I’ve passed on some thanks. Firstly thank you to Antrim Newtownabbey Borough Council for supporting us throughout the year and allowing us access to our beautiful course. Secondly the Mayor, Aldreman John Smyth, who joined us for the second year on the trot and kindly presented our awards. Thirdly Lough Neigh Rescue who allowed us to use the station for our cake and bun fest after the run. Obviously, a big thanks to all those who donated varies cakes, buns, juice, fruit etc, I actually dropped 4 bags of buns and biscuits at the foodbank in Tesco’s so nothing goes to waste. Thanks also to Linda and her team of Duke of Ed volunteers for organising the spread along with many others. And finally a big thanks to all of you for making the day such a great success.

May we have many more anniversaries ahead.

Ricky.

This week 316 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 19 were first timers and 44 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Richard MASON • Drew TAGGART • Cathy HAMILTON • Kerri THROWER • Karl THROWER • Linda O'LOAN • Fionnuala JOYCE • Eamonn JOYCE • Maria LUPARI • Trevor FLEMING • Kathy FLEMING • Tanya SMITH • Adam MCNEILLY • Grainne MCCLEAN • Kieran MCGARRY • Ann Marie MCGARRY • Katie WILLIAMS • Nathan DAVIDSON • Aimee LOWRY • Rachael MCCLEAN • Charlie MCALEER • Fiona MCCLEAN

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Antrim parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Richard JOHNSTON who recorded a time of 16:00 on 24th May 2014 (event number 34).
The female record is held by Hannah OLDROYD who recorded a time of 18:03 on 3rd October 2015 (event number 100).
The Age Grade course record is held by Tommy HUGHES who recorded 92.44% (17:12) on 19th January 2019 (event number 249).

Antrim parkrun started on 28th September 2013. Since then 6,476 participants have completed 47,866 parkruns covering a total distance of 239,330 km, including 8,336 new Personal Bests. A total of 497 individuals have volunteered 3,534 times.

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