Sharing Ward Park with other users

Ward Park is a great venue for parkrun, shared with other users including dog walkers, people with prams and those just going for a stroll. Please remember to politely give way to other park users, dogs and their owners, even if this means you have to walk or even stop since parkrunners do not have priority. It's a timed run not a race.

 

Event 37 13 Dec 2014 Cancelled

Due to weather conditions with lots of ice it wasn't safe to hold Bangor parkrun this morning. Apologies. Safety of runners of paramount importance.

 

Help give Guide Dogs and parkrun a guiding hand

New initiative aimed at making parkrun even more accessible

Guide Dogs NI are working with parkrun to establish a network of running guides at parkrun events in NI, with the aim of supporting those with a visual impairment who want to get involved.

The Belfast Guide Dogs NI team is working with parkrun to train volunteers as sighted guides at locations across the province.

If you’d like to get involved in the scheme as a running guide or are visually impaired and would be interested in being guided at a parkrun, please contact Andrew Muir Tel 07813 945411 Email mail@andrewmuir.net Full training will be provided

 

Halloween Bangor parkrun

On Saturday 1 November at 9.30am we will have a ghoulish Halloween parkrun with Hot food and Tray Bakes after plus Fancy Dress Awards, Spot Prizes & Goulish decorations Prepare to be petrified at parkrun! All Free & open to all abilities as per usual!

 

Top 10 tips to Bangor parkrunners

  1. parkrun is not a race, it’s a timed run for all abilities, ages and backgrounds.
  2. parkrun takes place every Saturday at 9.30am meeting at Ward Park Bowling Pavilion, Bangor
  3. It's free to run but try to register in advance at www.parkrun.org.uk; otherwise you are not included in the on-line results – no barcode, no time. You can run even if not registered, but still take a token at the finish and hand it to barcode scanners at the Bowling Pavilion.
  4. Your finish token is not your prize. Remember to hand it back to the barcode scanners at the Bowling Pavilion. - they cost money to replace and everybody's aim is to keep parkrun free. Once your Barcode and Finish Token is scanned you will get your time emailed to you in a few hours once computer person processes results.
  5. Don't cross the finish line unless you have completed all three laps (that’s kinda naughty!) and don't go through the finish line more than once.... it confuses the timekeepers and gives the poor computer-person a sore head!
  6. After the first lap, you may be lapped by quick runners (aka speedy gonzales!). This is normal but try not to block narrow sections of the course, especially if running with a friend.
  7. Dogs & Ferrets of all shapes & sizes (on a short lead, one dog per person) and prams (containing kids but not husbands/wives) are very welcome but start at the back. Children under the age 11 must be accompanied at all times by parent or guardian.
  8. Bangor parkun has lovely buns! They are served every week with tea, coffee and juice at the Bowling Pavilion after the run. Do your part to help ensure that there's nothing left to take home afterwards. Come along, enjoy the chat and if you are willing to bake buns email gems_in_bangor@hotmail.com
  9. Photos may be taken, tell a volunteer in high vis vest if you don’t want to be photographed.
  10. Remember: parkrun is free, friendly and relies entirely upon unpaid volunteers. Email bangorhelpers@parkrun.com to volunteer. No Volunteers No parkrun. Full training will be provided. It’s really easy and great way to start the weekend.

Find us at www.parkrun.org.uk/bangor on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bangorparkruncountydown and Twitter @bangorparkrun
All you want to know about parkrun at http://wiki.parkrun.info/

 

Special parkrun for Saturday 12 July 2014

Come along to Bangor parkrun on Saturday 12 July 2014 and enjoy special one-off course plus free Ice Cream & Water after! We will be meeting at the War Memorial at 9.30am to accommodate our friends at the Bowling Club who are celebrating 70th Anniversary of Bangor Open Bowls Tournament!

 

parkrun achieves over 2,600 runners & 212 volunteers

Based in Ward Park, Bangor parkrun continues to attract hundreds of runners each week featuring old and young, slow and fast, prams, children, dogs and even barefoot running and a juggler! Over 2,600 people taken part in Bangor parkrun since it was established on 29 March 2014.

Last Saturday (21 June) 206 runners tackled the 3 lap 5k / 3mile course around Ward Park with Belfast man Paul Woodman First Male with a time of 17:58. First Female was North Down Athletic Club's Vice Chair Valerie McDonough who completed the course in 22 minus and 23seconds. Andy Reid ran course Barefoot and 11 year old Nathan Agnew ran entire course whilst juggling. The event was delivered by fifteen volunteers plus two bun bakers.

Bangor parkrun is entirely free and takes place every Saturday 9.30am departing from Ward Park Bowling Pavilion, Bangor. To take part simply register online at www.parkrun.org.uk/bangor , print off and bring your barcode, turn up and run. Tea, Coffee and a range of spectacular buns are available afterwards at the Bowling Pavilion.

Reliant entirely upon volunteers, to date 212 people have volunteered to make Bangor parkrun possible arriving a short while before the event starts and then staying until about 10.30am.

Anyone wishing to volunteer can review range of roles available at www.parkrun.org.uk/bangor and sign up to help by emailing bangorhelpers@parkrun.com

A core part of the parkrun ethos is ensuring the event is free and accessible to all regardless of age or ability. Great pride is therefore derived from the range of people who take part with a strong desire to widen participation even further by, for example, forthcoming training Initiative with Guide Dogs for the Blind to equip volunteers with the necessary skills to guide Blind and Visually Impaired People around the course.

 

parkrun review Sat 31 May 2014

Almost perfect running conditions attracted a large crowd of 207 runners and walkers to Bangor parkrun in Ward Park yesterday morning.

There was a close battle at the front of the field, where Joseph Craney (Orangegrove AC) and Mark Walker (Unattached) ran together for almost the entire distance until Craney sprinted away at the finish to win by just 5 seconds.

Local runners Gerry Coy and Terry Eakin, both of North Down AC, filled the next two places.

The top three finishers' times were:
1st Joseph Craney 18:49
2nd Mark Walker 18:54
3rd Gerry Coy 19:03

The leading women's times were:
1st Clair Quigley (U/A) 21:41
2nd Sarah Benton (NDAC) 22:58
3rd Lesley Semple (U/A0 23:45

Each Saturday at 9:30am in Ward Park a mixed bunch of fast runners, slower runners and walkers set off to cover the 5K course around the scenic route. Apart from club athletes, the diverse range of competitors last week included several OAPs, runners with dogs and a boy who juggled three balls for the entire race.

Bangor parkrun is friendly, free to enter and arranged entirely by volunteers.

Anybody wishing to take part should check out the website
http://www.parkrun.org.uk/bangor in advance.

 

Volunteering update and appeal

Due to popular demand and the yummy buns now being supplied two people required each week to help with Tea & Coffee. Email bangorhelpers@parkrun.com if interested.

Briefing and training for volunteers will now take place at 8.45am at Ward Park Bowling Pavilion in the side office, away from the busy hall.

We currently have three trained Run Directors (Ivan, Simon and Andrew). Two more wanted so it can be done by volunteers on a monthly basis If interested email mail@andrewmuir.net and training will be provided.

 

Bangor parkrun 26/04/2014

Bangor parkrun
Event number 5
26th April 2014

Men's placings:
Stuart DONALD (SM30-34) of North Down AC, was first over the line in 17:40 - first appearance.
Stephen WALKER (VM35-39) of North Belfast Harriers, was second over the line in 18:02.
Richard COEY (VM40-44) of Ballydrain Harriers, was third over the line in 18:47 - was first to finish once before.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:
Ben CAUGHERS (North Down AC) 485 pts.
Terry EAKIN (North Down AC) 396 pts.
Philip O'NEILL (Unattached) 377 pts.

Women's placings:
Fiona JOHNSTON (VW45-49) (Unattached) was first (17th overall) over the line in 21:20 - second time in 2 appearances.
Clair QUIGLEY (SW30-34) (Unattached) was second (26th overall) over the line in 22:23.
Lindsay DOULTON (VW35-39) (Unattached) was third (31st overall) over the line in 22:57.

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:
June MCMINN (Unattached) 427 pts.
Fiona JOHNSTON (Unattached) 400 pts.
Chloe JOHNSTON (North Down AC) 381 pts.

The following runners recorded the best Age Grade scores:
Mark Harold WALKER (VM40-44) was graded 74.76% for the time 18:49 (4th overall).
Fiona JOHNSTON (VW45-49) was graded 74.45% for the time 21:20 (17th overall).
Stuart DONALD (SM30-34) was graded 73.87% for the time 17:40 (first overall).

This week there were 183 runners, of whom 66 were first timers and 52 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 8 different athletics clubs took part.

Bangor parkrun started on 29th March 2014, and since then 534 different runners, including participants from 22 athletics clubs, have completed 961 runs covering a total distance of 4,805 km, and there have been 248 new Personal Bests.

The women's record is held by Kerry SPEERS who ran in a time of 00:19:42 on 2014-03-29 (event number 1).
The men's record is held by Stephen WYLIE who ran in a time of 00:16:49 on 2014-04-12 (event number 3).
The Age Grade course record is held by Terry EAKIN who recorded a 86.55% run (19:12) on 12th April 2014 (event number 3).

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