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.
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.