Each week we notice our numbers creeping up and today was no exception - 335 people ran, jogged or walked the course. We welcomed 50 newbies and 58 peeps recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 28 different clubs took part.
We were honoured to welcome a team from Deloitte who were running, jogging and walking in memory of Emma, a friend of theirs. Well done everyone, you smashed it. Emma's friends and colleagues took part today to raise funds for the Macmillan Cancer Unit at Antrim Hospital. Macmillan were a great support to Emma and her family during her illness. We at Stormont parkrun salute you all... ♥
Special mention to Jamie Smyth who not only finished first but knocked a cool 9 seconds of his previous personal best time - amazing Jamie, well done! Jamie was closely followed in position 2 by Jackc Logan who also managed to shave off an incredible 1 minute and 32 from his previous PB time - fantastic.
Great to see so many visitors again, we had Simon and Martha from Bushy Park, visitors from Dundee, Exeter, Antrim, Dublin and Edinburgh. Special Stormont welcome to you all, come back to see us soon.
Many congrats to Graeme Taggart and Reudil Manongsong who have completed 50 parkruns and will soon be rocking the red t-shirt.
Massive congrats to two of our favs, regular volunteer Samuel Miskelly and feet-of-flames Jacob McKittrick, both soon to be rocking the black t-shirt as they chose Stormont to run for the 100th time. Great achievement everyone.
As you will be aware, parkrun only takes place owing to the commitment of our volunteers, many of whom are passionate runners too. Today we welcomed a new member to our team... Captain Hook. Kindly constructed and donated by Stormont regular Andrew Johnston.
Captain Hook's role is to provide a place for all the runners to put their finish tokens back... this reduces the time spent by whoever is 'token-sorting' and is a massive, huge, unbelievable help! however...speaking of which... today we had to replace 8 finish tokens... Please, please, please return them to us and remember that they are not souvenirs!
(image:Captain Hook) we made him giant size as we forgot to take other photos! #musttryharder
I've mentioned it before but... parkrun really is totally free and parkrun really is solely run by a group of passionate volunteers who are also, in most cases, passionate runners too.
It is always fabulous to see some new faces, and today we welcomed Jennifer and Karen to the volunteer roster for the first time. Mark and Aisling and Helena are also all relatively new - they were all AMAZING!
If you've maybe thought about helping out (but you are a bit scared and not sure what to do) or if you have not made a New Years resolution yet (or have broken all those you did set!) why not consider getting involved with us?
It really is good fun and everyone's help is invaluable. It also allows some of the regular volunteers to join in and do a bit of running on a Saturday morning too. Please check out the info for yourself at the following link; https://www.parkrun.org.uk/stormont/volunteer/ and drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and one of the team will happily answer any queries you may have and make it happen!
The event today was made possible by 21 talented and happy volunteers:
Mags MATHIESON • Gillian MCBRIDE • Marianne HOOD • Max MCROBERTS • Stephen HAMILTON • Aisling SPAIN • Jennifer CARSE • Clare LASINI • Maxine STEELE • Una MCNEILL • Karen WILSON • Magda BERNATEK • Alison CANNING • Mark HUNT • Rohan RAMAVATH • Leigh CARSWELL • Helena DRYSDALE • Michael SADLIER • Jimmy MCNEILL • Rohith RAMAVATH • Rebecca SADLIER • Max MCROBERTS
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Stormont parkrun Results Page.
Stormont parkrun started on 29th August 2015. Since then 7,833 participants have completed 47,134 parkruns covering a total distance of 235,670 km, including 8,039 new Personal Bests. A total of 406 individuals have volunteered 3,283 times.
Marianne x ♥