The Starting Line
It never rains on parkrun, despite the dire warnings the weatherman keeps sending our way! Overcast, muggy, but mercifully dry conditions greeted the 232 runners, joggers and walkers on the day that we celebrated City Park parkrun’s 7th birthday.
Before the official parkrun got underway however, around 50 of us gathered to remember our good friend Jonny Peden, completing a lap of the parkrun course at 8:30 AM. It was great to see so many there and Roisin really appreciated everyone who joined in, or indeed will join in with their own personal runs over the next few days. So far we have raised nearly £300 for parkrun funds.
It was great to see our Event Director Brendan back with us this morning to help us celebrate our birthday, and we wish him well as he continues his recuperation and we hope to see him back in his familiar hi-viz soon.
Thanks to all the volunteers who answered the call this morning. Most are very familiar with the roles they undertook which is greatly appreciated by the core team. As Ron mentioned in the briefing we are so lucky to have such dedicated helpers, but we can always use more. If you can help in the weeks ahead please let us know by getting in touch through email, Facebook or by leaving your name on the whiteboard.
|Run Director||Ronald GEMMELL|
|Finish Tokens||Owen MCNEILL|
|Finish Tokens||Wendy MCSHANE|
|Barcode Scanning||Caroline MCGURRAN|
|Barcode Scanning||Christina MCNEILL|
|Barcode Scanning||Briony VERNON|
|Tail Walker||Cathy NELSON|
|Tail Walker||Hannah STEVENSON|
|Run Report Writer||Jonathan DEWART|
|Volunteer Co-ordinator||Marina MCGURRAN|
|Token Sorting||Jason MCGURRAN|
|Pre-event Setup||Dale MCCRORY|
|Post-event Close Down||Philip DAVISON|
|Funnel Manager||Mervyn MOLYNEAUX|
We had 22 first time visitors to the Lakes this morning, though only six are completely new to the parkrun family.
|John MC GRANN||20:47|
|Oliver O CONNOR||27:33|
|Maggie MC POLIN||33:56|
There were 27 PB performances this morning, well done all, as it was our birthday treats were provided!
|1||Gerard M HEANEY||17:41|
Gerard came home first for a 26th time.
Gillian, fresh back from her holidays, finishes as first lady for a 20th time with an amazing PB.
Colin is a regular towards the top of the age leagues. Keeping Ken off top spot is always an achievement!
Today we welcomed Brian McGregor to the 50 Club. Brian has taken his PB from 24:35 to 21:47 across the last two and a half years.
With it being our birthday, Ron brought forth a range of statistics. There were two runners taking part today, Francis Reynolds and Cait Lennon, who took part in our first event back in 2012. Lynn Phun, who was among our marshals today, also ran in the first event. Well done to this dedicated trio.
In the next few weeks there are a number of events taking place that you may wish to support. Tomorrow (Sunday, 11th) the Red Dress Run is taking place at Lurgan Park in aid of Chest, Heart and Stroke. On 25th August St Peter’s AC are organising the Lakes and Lough 10 mile / 5k. On Friday 30th August there’s the Magheralin 5k. Check out Athletics NI for plenty of other options.
There should be plenty of photos of today's runs appearing on Facebook later today, so keep an eye out there.