First Birthday Event Report

Bangor parkrun celebrated its First Birthday on Saturday 28 March 2015 with Paralympic Gold Medal Winner Kelly Gallagher MBE awarding prizes, celebratory cake cut and record number of 322 people running, jogging or just walking the 5k course.

After Andrew Muir secured Council support in 2013 & launch at end of March 2014 Bangor parkrun has been made possible by 200 volunteers who have freely gave up their time on 877 occasions enduring wind, rain, sun or showers to organise the event which is entirely free and takes place every Saturday at 9.30am in Ward Park, Bangor. Since foundation Bangor parkrun has facilitated 1,902 different runners completing a total of 9,844 runs covering a total distance of 49,220 km. Anyone wishing to take part just needs to register for free at www.parkrun.org.uk/bangor Bangor parkrun is co-ordinated by a Core Volunteer Team of Andrew Muir (Event Director) Ivan Prue (Regular Run Director), Debbie Mingout, Fiona Prue, Johnny McGrath and Simon Cummings.

The event is not a race but rather a timed run attracting people of all abilities with points awarded for running and also volunteering. Winners of the points league received prizes from Kelly Gallagher MBE on Saturday recognising both athletic ability and volunteering with Lesley Semple first Female and Eamonn O’Reilly first Male. Brenda Cairns who helps co-ordinate provision of the free tea, coffee and buns afterwards also received recognition for volunteering undertaken alongside regular Run Director Ivan Prue and Results Processor Fiona Prue.

Bangor parkrun doubles up as both an opportunity to get fit and also socialise with many people enjoying the event whilst overcoming serious adversities in their life with numerous friendships formed and a number of people now progressing to run full Marathons or just happy to walk around the course and enjoy a chat and cuppa afterwards.

Bangor parkrun remains extremely grateful to North Down Borough Council for the support provided on an ongoing basis with Ward Park Bowling Pavilion a fantastic base for the popular event.

As part of our desire to ensure people of all abilities are enabled to take part a dozen volunteers have been trained in conjunction with Guides Dogs for the Blind to act as Guided Runners for Blind or Visually Impaired people. Anyone interested in using the facility should just email bangoroffice@parkrun.com

We look forward to the months ahead with better weather on the horizon and yet more opportunities for different initiatives to ensure Bangor parkrun goes from strength to strength.

Male Junior First Place Nathan Semple, Second Place Oliver Playfair, Third Place Adam Bell
Female Junior First Place Hollie Massey, Second Place Joy Ebbinghaus, Third Place Zara Hanna
Female Senior First Place Lesley Semple, Second Place June McMinn, Third Place Fiona Prue
Male Senior First Place Eamonn O’Reilly, Second Place Simon Sexton, Third Place Brian Crilly