Due to Bangor Aurora 10k which finishes in Ward Park no Bangor parkrun will take place on Saturday 26 September 2015. Normal Bangor parkrun will resume again on Saturday 3 October 2015.
Once again the sun decided to put in an appearance yesterday morning making for perfect running conditions for Bangor's 72nd parkrun.
We had an amazing turnout of 321 runners and welcomed another 41 first time visitors to Ward Park, with 34 of these doing their first ever parkrun. We also welcomed back 26 runners who were making their second appearance - it's always good to see runners coming back for a second time!
Amongst our parkrun tourists were friends from Waterworks, Antrim, Valley, and Marlay parkrun events. It was good to see you all and we hope your enjoyed your first visit to Bangor.
Congratulations to Colin Walker and Gordon Matchett who became members of the 50 club yesterday, and also to junior runners Erin McConnell and Thomas Patterson who completed their 10th parkrun.
Another 74 of our runners achieved a PB yesterday demonstrating that improvement isn't just for the young and newbies - keep at it everyone.
As usual, a huge thank you to the fabulous volunteers yesterday - you all did an amazing job and made things much easier for this week's Run Director smile emoticon. There are too many to mention individually but please take a look at this week's results and you will see their names at the bottom of the report. These are the people that made your parkrun happen yesterday folks, despite a couple of issues as noted below.
During the pre-run briefing yesterday morning particular emphasis was given to the finish funnel area where it was explained how people 'double-crossing' can cause problems for the timekeepers and token volunteers.
For the benefit of those that didn't hear/listen/understand the advice - if, once you have completed your run, you would like to go back and run a friend or family member in, that's absolutely fine, we wholeheartedly promote any type of encouragement and support for slower runners. If you do decide to do this however, it's important that you veer off well before the finish line and don't cross it again.
A few people crossed the line yesterday that shouldn't have and some even managed to sneak in between the barriers to join family members in the funnel area causing a headache for the timekeepers and token marshals.
For parkrun to be successful and produce accurate results for runners co-operation is required from all involved.
And finally for this week - we would like to wish good luck to everyone taking part in the Waterside Half Marathon and Laganside 10k.
Happy running everyone - see you all next week.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Due to ice Bangor parkrun is unfortunately cancelled on Saturday 21 February 2015. See you next week!
Due to ice parkrun on Saturday 17 January 2015 has unfortunately been cancelled. My Guide Running Training scheduled today for Blind and Visually Impaired parkrunners with Guide Dogs for the Blind has also unfortunately been cancelled and will be rescheduled.