Ecos parkrun, Ballymena is cancelled on 2020-12-05 – COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

July Sweatshop Monthly Prize Winner

 We are delighted to announce that our Sweatshop Monthly Prize winner for July is Ruth Cuthbertson. Ruth admits that in her early days of running last year she lacked confidence and even when Ecos parkrun sta...

rted she was tentative about joining in so she first came along as volunteer to check it out. That did give her the confidence to participate and now she is regular attendee and has helped out a couple more times as well.

Ruth tells us “I wasn't sure if I'd even make it to the finish. I'm happy to say I’ve liked every parkrunner I’ve met and the encouragement has helped me to continue and improve. Without parkrun I would have probably given up by now, but the chance to run with other people with no pressure has kept me motivated for the rest of the week. I'd like to take the opportunity to thank the people who make an effort to make us all feel welcome, and Jean Gould for being my unofficial pacemaker!” Ruth is steadily improving her time, had two PBs in July and is not many seconds away from breaking 30 minutes – we’ll all be rooting for you to achieve that.

We'd like to thank Sweatshop for their generosity and to congratulate Ruth on her achievement. It's a great example of what parkrun and our Join In event this Saturday is all about. Enjoy your well-deserved new shoes.

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Ecos parkrun Event Number 22

While we have had close to 100 finishers for several weeks yesterday saw us pass that milestone with a record turnout of 103 runners. This included 19 first timers – welcome to all of you. Before the run kic...

ked off juniors and brothers Sean and Daire Hasson were presented with technical tee-shirts to mark their completion of 10 parkruns.

The cool, still weather made for perfect running conditions with 49 new Personal Bests at Ecos parkrun. A turnout of seven runners from Larne AC spiced up the competition and speed at the front of the field with male and female winners. Nat Glenn was first over the line in a PB of 16:55 followed by previous winners Niall Brown in 17:14 and James Turtle of Ballymena Runners with a PB of 17:19. Noel Connor of Ballymena Runners who followed them home with a PB of 17:26 set a new VM50-54 record.

Geraldine Quigley of Larne AC, had her second win (16th overall) over the line in 20:10, Carol Leggett of Ballymena Runners AC, was second (33rd overall) over the line with a PB of 24:04 and new parkrunner Debbie McPherson also of Ballymena Runners AC, was third (35th overall) over the line in 24:34. Yet again Amanda Scott of Ballymena Runners set a new course record for VW50-54 of 26:35.

Full results can be found on the Ecos parkrun Results Page. For a tally of Ecos parkrun achievements to date 508 different runners, including participants from 22 athletics clubs, have completed 1,610 runs covering a total distance of 8,050 km, and there have been 461 new Personal Bests.

Thank you to this week’s helpers: Beverly Kidd • Katie McFall • Jim Moore • Marie Allen • Peter Hamilton • Ruth Cutherbertson • Serena McFall • Stephen Brown • Susanna Allen. Also thank you in advance to everyone who has signed up to help in the future. We already have a full team for next week which makes organisation much easier.

To encourage even more participation by young people we will be writing to Principals, PE Departments and Extra curricular co-ordinators in local secondary schools and colleges over the coming week. If you are a student or teacher you may want to share your first hand experiences of parkrun and encourage your school to promote parkrun.


Ecos parkrun Event Number 21

The results showed that women well outnumbered the boys and men at Ecos parkrun on Saturday making up 45 of the turnout of 77 runners. They also picked up 21 of the 28 PBs one of which was by Amanda Scott who ac...

hieved a new VW50-54 record of 26:40.

We welcomed 15 first timers - Cathy Hamilton, Debbie McMaster, Monique Magill, Tara Moore, Andrea Wylie, Wendy Graham, Roisin O'neill, Parveen Akhtar, Heather Fiona McClenaghan, Evan Taylor, Christopher Hamilton, Richard Harper, Ruairi Connaughton, Andrew Mclaughlin and Gareth Kyle. Hope you are all feeling good after a great start to your day!

For the women Carol Leggett of Ballymena Runners AC, was first (14th overall) over the line in 24:07 recording a personal best and a hat trick with three wins in the last four weeks – well done Carol. Ruth Forsythe was second (16th overall) with another PB of 24:31 and Linda McClintock of Ballymena Runners was third (17th overall) over the line in 24:42. For the men Evan Taylor of Larne AC, was first in 19:59 on his first appearance. Peter Hamiliton was second with a PB of 20:08 with Eamon Loughran of Ballymena Runners close behind in 20:12.


Ecos parkrun Event Number 20

There certainly was a touch of autumn in the air yesterday with misty views over the lake towards Slemish. It made for great running conditions with 38 new personal bests. Too many to mention them all but well done to Cat...

herine MacAuley and Amy Fletcher who took a whopping six and twelve minutes off their times respectively, Asa McGillian has broken 25 minutes for the first time and Patrick Higgins who is progressing quickly finished under 22 minutes. Welcome to our new comers James Mckinney, Ed Adams, Gillian O’Boyle, Nadine Ford, Margaret Edgar, Nicole Higgins, Janice Cooper, Abi Sweetlove, Jacqueline King, Lisa Kirkwood and Helen Martin.

At last we found out the name of a mystery runner who has been in our top three a couple of times. It’s Niall Brown from Bellaghy. Yesterday Niall was second in 18:32 between the first finisher James Turtle of Ballymena Runners AC, in 17:30 and Bryan Edgar of Springwell RC, was third in 18:51. Carol Leggett of Ballymena Runners AC, was first (31st overall) in 24:28.Paula Dickson was second (39th overall) in 25:40. Ruth Forsythe was third (41st overall) in 25:43.

Yesterday marked our 20th Ecos parkrun which is a good time to give you an update on the annual points competition. Points are awarded according to your finishing place to a maximum of 100 points per run. To get points the painless way you can volunteer for which you are automatically given 100 points up to three times a year.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition is Cormac McGreevey 1272 pts, Gerry McKenna 1237 pts and Michael O'Kane 1222 pts. Karen Hunter leads the women’s competition with 1574 followed by Jean Gould) 1501 pts and her daughter Kelly Courtney 1330 pts.

Thanks to This Week's volunteers Beverly KIDD • Conor MCKEOWN • Elizabeth BROWN • Karen HUNTER • Kathryn GRANT • Kieran SULLIVAN • Lilian QUIGLEY • Marie ALLEN • Roy WHITE • Susanna ALLEN. Please tell us if you can help on 8, 15, 22 or 29 September as we have lots of places to fill.


Ecos parkrun Event Number 19

The post-Olympic enthusiasm which we are sure is here to stay continued with 97 runners and walkers participating in Ecos parkrun of whom 31 were first timers.

It was great to see 17 juniors am...

ong our runners – some of whom were encouraging their parents around the course. Girls you are doing very well but you are being outdone in numbers by the boys 12 to 5 so encourage your friends to come along!

We didn’t put anything in the water – honest and my name’s not Lance – but we saw 35 PBs seven of which seven were for our top ten finishers. James Turtle of Ballymena Runners, was first in 17:32. Gary Davison was second with a PB of 18:38 and James Hamilton was third in 19:37. For the women Kirsty Sharratt of Larne AC, was first (14th overall) in 21:20. Shelley Tomlins was second (20th overall) in 22:22 and Susanna Allen of Ballymena Runners, was third (30th overall) in 24:01.

We welcomed several experienced parkrunners including James Merchant (home run Old Deer Park, Richmond-on-Thames) and Chris Baines (Leeds), Carol Annesley (Waterworks) and Michael O'Donoghue (Belfast Victoria).

One visitor, Jean Dolan from Altrincham & District AC, set a course record for women VW65-69 for her time of 24:36 (36th overall). Jean may be the only runner in that category – so far – however her age graded score was 83.67 % which puts her first yesterday and 5th overall for all finishers at Ecos parkrun which is excellent. Another course record was set by Shelley Tomlins for women VW40-44 who finished 19th in 22:22 beating Fiona Stephens’ (Ballymena Runners) record by 6 seconds.

The full results and a complete can be found on the Ecos parkrun Results Page.

Thanks to This Week's volunteers
Andrea SWEETLOVE • Joshua Paul COURTNEY • Kelly COURTNEY • Marie ALLEN • Matthew ALLEN • Pamela DAVIS • Roy WHITE • Serena MCFALL • Stephen BROWN
• Sherman WRIGHT