Ecos parkrun Event Number 24

Numbers were a bit lower than usual at 78 as many Ecos parkrunners were trying out different challenges today from the Bangor 10k to trail races of varying lengths up at the Giant’s Causeway.  Hope you had fun.  Welcome to our six first timers at Ecos - Jarlath, Ryan, Andrew, Catherine, Anna and Perla.
The wetter conditions underfoot slowed the front of the field a little with few PBs in the top twenty however that did not stop 23 runners in total from achieving PBs. 

Niall Brown was first overall in 17:42, Ciaran Ferris was second in 18:03 and Diarmuid O’Kane was third in 18:42.  Geraldine Quigley of Larne AC, was first over the line (13th overall) in 20:42 for her 4th win.  Cathy Hood was second (31st overall) in 25:22 and Louise Rice was third with a PB of 25:48. Today's full results can be found on the Ecos parkrun Results Page.

This week marked six months since we brought the first parkrun out of Belfast and to Ballymena.  Susanna was able to announce that, thanks to the great enthusiasm and support everyone has shown for Ecos parkrun, the council has arranged for the event to be based at the Ecos Visitor Centre starting from next Saturday. 

This will give us much brighter and warmer surroundings for gathering before the event, storing equipment and managing results.  The café area will be far more comfortable for relaxing and enjoying company after the run and it will make the event more family friendly with access to a playground. 

The route will be changed to allow us to start and finish near the Visitor Centre.  We will try out the new route or variations of it in October and look forward to your feedback.  Once we are satisfied that we have a safe, practical and enjoyable route we will get it officially measured and permanent signs put in. 

BIG THANKYOU Ballymena Borough Council !!!!