Event 251 | 18th September 2021

There are few, if any, regulars at Stormont who do not know who Emer McKee is.

Her astonishing exploits in recent months - a world 5k road record and a national juvenile track title for 1500m - means there are not many runners full stop who do not now know who Emer McKee is.

Having now fried all the bigger fish, Emer returned to Stormont for the first time today since the restart - and destroyed two long-standing records.

Finishing first overall, her 16:44 beat the previous best female mark of 18:18. Her 97.31% age grading might never be topped. She added a few lesser records as well - an 11-14 age category best and a 53rd first finish.

emerFirst male finisher today, and second overall, was Stuart McCaughan followed by Chris Drysdale from Ballydrain Harriers in third.

This week 197 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 17 were first timers and 16 recorded new personal bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 16 volunteers, many who performed multiple roles.

Another unofficial record was broken today with results being processed by 10:38am - spite, it appears, is a great motivator. The run director - volunteering at Stormont for the 100th time today - has been known to take his time in the past. The new app technology, however, has greatly reduced the time it takes to finalise results.

deloreanThe volunteer team was also joined by several Deloreans, which were taking part in an event organised to mark 40 years since the car first rolled off the production line.

 

Event 249 | 4th September 2021

Thanks for another fantastic Saturday morning!

Stormont Park at 9:30am is the place to be, to recharge, to empty the tank, to have a chat, meet friends and make the new ones, to get to know each other – locals and tourists. Today was no different.

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We welcomed many tourists from far and near, with the biggest groups from Stafford and Polish Runners Club from Ireland.

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Leading the group was a visitor from London.

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Polish Runners Club visit gave me opportunity to do a bit of bilingual prerun briefing. That was fun! Maybe Irish, French, German next time? Any takers?

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It’s lovely to see so much diversity in our parkrun, after all parkrun is a global event.

It’s always good to see faces of local runners as well enjoying the lovely surroundings and creating community which is unique and supportive and open to everyone.

This week 230 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 34 were first timers and 39 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.

If you have any suggestions about playlist, speak to Jimmy, though I think he rocks anyway!

He is doing fantastic job setting up PA and switching music on to make parkrun more festive.

The whole volunteers team was just perfect, mix of new people and experts in pink and orange hi viz. Thank you so much to first timers for taking the first step, and to regulars for sharing their expertise and experience with newbies.

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We said goodbye to the stalwart of Stormont parkrun – Patricia. Good luck on a new chapter of your life.

The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:

Norman John PATTERSON • Kimberley REYNOLDS • Marianne HOOD • Simon DOYLE • David RAINEY • Anne MCNALLY • Una MCNEILL • Magda BERNATEK • Joe MILES • Natalie BOYCE • Alison CANNING • Colin O'PREY • Brian DODDS • Phil GREGG • Sara THOMPSON • Michael SADLIER • Jimmy MCNEILL • Charles BUDDE • Rebecca SADLIER • Gary CRAIG

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Stormont parkrun Results Page.

MB x

 

Event 248 – 6th Birthday 28 August 2021

Well wow, just wow!!

Fresh on the heels of welcoming the 50,000th person across the finish line a couple of weeks ago... Today, on our 6th birthday, we had another reason to celebrate when Ollie Garrod, a parkrun tourist, beat the course record, finishing in an impressive 15 minutes and 48 seconds... very well done Ollie. (I have just snooped on his parkrun profile - mighty impressive running Ollie!)

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Regular Stormont first finisher Jamie Smyth, Run Director Marianne and new course record holder Ollie Garrod.

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Course record holder Ollie Garrod, Nonsuch parkrun

 

We welcomed many visitors today, none more lovelier than these 3 gals, who smiled and laughed their way from start to finish. They have an action packed weekend planned so enjoy all the  fantastic sights that Northern Ireland has to offer! Gutted we didn't get their names but thanks for visiting us girls!

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Sadly we couldn't enjoy birthday cake today but thanks to regular volunteer, the inimitable Patricia Adams, we had (sanitised of course) balloons and birthday spectacles instead!

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Today's volunteers (a right motley crew!) with birthday ribbon, balloons and spectacles - but sadly no cake...

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Great to see the lovely Karen back volunteering today

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Patricia and Brian (Caitriona in the background) celebrating social-distance-style

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Lovely Michael with a very unimpressed Rebecca!

The event was made possible by 21 gorgeous and talented volunteers:

Norman John PATTERSON • Gary WATTON • Marianne HOOD • Anne MCNALLY • Una MCNEILL • Fiona DOUGAN • Magda BERNATEK • Alison CANNING • Colin O'PREY • Brian DODDS • Alasdair MACINNES • Miranda JEMPHREY • Jonathan WINTER • Jim FLEMING • Michael SADLIER • Patricia ADAMS • Jimmy MCNEILL • Karen DOUGAN • Rebecca SADLIER • Gary CRAIG • Caitriona HAMILTON

As if we weren't celebrating enough already today, we have some milestones too!

A fantastic high-five (virtual of course) to the magnificent Caitlyn Dickinson (JW10) who completed her 10th parkrun - way to go Caitlyn!

Huge congrats to Lauren McCaskie and Colin Patterson - coming to a parkrun near you soon and rocking it in shiny new red 50 Tee's.

Ginormous celebrations to regular Stormont parkrunner Phil Gregg and also to Will Maher who both achieved their black Tee's today!

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100 today - Phil Gregg and her support team

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Will Maher with his crew celebrating his 100th run today

This week 214 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 31 were first timers and 34 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Stormont parkrun Results Page.

See you next week MH

 

Event 247 | 21st August 2021

Well done to the runners, walkers and volunteers who made it out into the rain this morning to join us! 186 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 19 were first timers and 28 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.144B2591-6F18-4D36-8BE7-C23494AF259DCongratulations to Tim Donaldson on your 100th parkrun, and to Caitriona Dellott on your 50th - well done!

The event was made possible by 19 volunteers, and it's as true as ever that without the volunteers there's no parkrun, so thank you all, especially our group of visiting volunteers - it was great to have you along! This week's fantastic group were:
Marion BROWN • Kimberley REYNOLDS • Emma MCCRACKEN • Stephen HAMILTON • Joe MILES • Brian DODDS • Ben MCCRACKEN • Jonathan WINTER • Jim FLEMING • Michael SADLIER • Patricia ADAMS • Deborah ALLEN • Rebecca SADLIER • Paul MAGEE • Gary CRAIG • Hannah MAGEE • Luke MARS • Avril MAGEE • Christine MONTGOMERY2EF42C48-68B1-4C1A-B5C6-5E8133502607

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Stormont parkrun Results Page: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/stormont/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=247

 

Event 245 |Welcoming our 50,000th runner today!

Well, what a day!

We welcomed our 50,000th runner today - Ebenezer (Benny) Flores - yay!! Completing his 57th parkrun in Stormont, he was greeted by Marianne and Alison with a congratulatory bottle. Colin, in the background decided to show his congrats too!

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This week 198 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 20 were first timers and 35 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.

We welcomed visitors from Ryegate, Donegal, Dublin and London.

Huge congrats to Peter Robson who achieved the 100th today - well done Peter.

The event was made possible by 19 helpful and encouraging volunteers, with special mention today to Bronagh (Bee) McCormick as many of you commented on how encouraging she was when you were heading up the wee hill at the playpark:

Marion BROWN • Kimberley REYNOLDS • Marianne HOOD • David RAINEY • Stephen HAMILTON • Una MCNEILL • Alison CANNING • Debi ALLEN • Brian DODDS • Alasdair MACINNES • Steven GILLILAND • Michael SADLIER • Patricia ADAMS • Bronagh MCCORMICK • Jimmy MCNEILL • Elizabeth BUDDE • Charles BUDDE • Rebecca SADLIER • Carol NOBLE

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Stormont parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Conal MCCAMBRIDGE who recorded a time of 15:52 on 1st January 2017 (event number 72).
The female record is held by Sophie WOOD who recorded a time of 18:18 on 21st September 2019 (event number 213).
The Age Grade course record is held by Tommy HUGHES who recorded 94.69% (16:56) on 18th January 2020 (event number 231).

Stormont parkrun started on 29th August 2015. Since then 8,193 participants have completed 50,126 parkruns covering a total distance of 250,630 km, including 8,441 new Personal Bests. A total of 430 individuals have volunteered 3,561 times.

MH

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