Run Report 212 – 14th September 2019

Hey, I can be the answer

I'm ready to dance when the vamp up

And when I hit that dip, get your camera...

It was event 212 today at Stormont.20190914_125016

There are some days when everything feels right, conditions are perfect and we end up running a new PB. Today was one of those days for 52 people. We recorded 52 PBs today, about one in every five runners.

20190914_125044It may have had something to do with us moving the start line. Some of you may have realised the course had been slightly long due to us having to reroute when the playpark work was continuing.

Running that little bit extra for the last few weeks has clearly helped. There were plenty of broad grins at the finish line today.

We had 19 volunteers helping make parkrun happen this morning. Many thanks to those who have already responded to our 'first time volunteer takeover' appeal. This is taking place on October 5. If you have never volunteered before, please consider making this day your first time. The earlier you put your name forward, the better the choice of tasks, but they are all straightforward.

This week 249 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 29 were first timers. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found elsewhere on this website.

To volunteer for October 5 (first time volunteers week) or any other date, please contact us on



First time volunteer takeover

On October 5, almost all of our core volunteer team will be away on a visit to Poland. Not everyone can go, sadly. Someone has to mind the shop.

So, with so many people away, we felt this was the perfect opportunity to breathe some fresh life into our event and have our inaugural `first time volunteers takeover'.


The idea is pretty self-explanatory - that the entire roster (above) will be filled by people who have not volunteered before. We already have a first time run director lined up and need between 8 and 10 more to make the event run smoothly.

In the four years we have hosted parkrun at Stormont Estate, we have welcomed almost 7,000 different runners. By contrast, only around 350 different people have volunteered with us at least once during that same period.

Volunteers make parkrun happen. No volunteers, no parkrun.

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Volunteering at parkrun is fun. No role should be daunting. Equipment is easy to use. Whatever you want to do, there is a role for you.


There are some who are perhaps apprehensive about it, but it could not really be much more chaotic than January 1, 2016. This was the day of the very first parkrun double in  Northern Ireland, and a day we welcomed a first time volunteer.

It was a day during which everything that could do wrong did go wrong.

"I'll not throw you in at the deep end, I'll give you something easy like finish tokens."

Let's see, the tokens after position 300 had not been removed from the sheets they came in originally, as we had never used them. We then ran out of tokens. One of the scanner batteries died and the stopwatches could only record the first 500 times.

A baptism of fire and enough, I thought, to put someone off the idea of helping out again. But still fun. Possibly because if we didn't laugh, we'd cry. But it didn't put anyone off volunteering. It encouraged them to return and try different roles each time.

All our run directors were once first time volunteers. Maybe starting by being a marshal, or jumping straight onto barcode scanning - you've seen it done week after week and would be able to do it without realising.

Our weekly run reports often heap high praise on first finishers and welcome first timers. Now, it is time to see your name in lights by completing another first, and taking the first step towards the easiest of milestone t-shirts to achieve.


 For further information visit and if you would like to be part of this event, please email




4th birthday run report – 31st August 2019

Happy 4th birthday to Stormont parkrun!

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There was plenty to celebrate, with cake and 287 enthusiastic participants, including 22 first timers, all supported by 21 willing volunteers – not a record attendance, but our biggest anniversary attendance to date and our 15th largest overall. In addition, we had visitors from Bath and Melbourne, Australia – welcome to Stormont!

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Thankfully the torrential rain from earlier in the morning cleared up, leaving us with some slight drizzle, which wasn’t enough to dampen the party spirit!

Well done to Julia Tolan and Ciaran Crossey, who completed their 100th milestone runs, celebrating the event with their Lough Mossketeer teammates. Thanks guys for the delicious cake. Big well done also to Brian and Sarah on reaching the 50 milestone.

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Stormont parkrun started on the 29th August 2015, and since then has developed a community of dedicated and loyal participants and volunteers. Everyone involved in the operation of Stormont parkrun has played their part in creating a very special, welcoming event, highlighted by the facts below:

  • We have grown significantly in the last 4 years, from an average of 120 participants in year one to 225 per week in the past 12 months
  • Over the past 4 years, 6980 different participants have crossed the Stormont finish line a total of more than 40,000 times
  • 15 participants at the 4th anniversary event also took part in event number one
  • 2584 people have registered Stormont as their home parkrun

We are lucky to have a great team of loyal volunteers, who dedicate large amounts of their time to the smooth running of Stormont parkrun, and we would like to say a huge thank you to each and every one of the 352 people who have helped out since inception. However, on our anniversary, we’d like to give special mentions to a few of our unsung ‘high viz heroes’, who well and truly go above and beyond the call of duty:

  • Max McRoberts, Stormont stalwart who, for health reasons, can’t participate in the event, but who has volunteered a staggering 88 times, providing post parkrun refreshments
  • Jimmy and Una McNeill – Jimmy is responsible for constructing our amazing, and very colourful, finish funnel, which he sets up each week, while Una takes on the arduous task of washing up over 200 cups each week
  • Trevor Moutray, who provides the oranges that we all look forward to and enjoy at the end of each run

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As Stormont parkrun continues to grow, we are going to need additional volunteers to ensure the safety of all participants on the course and would welcome new volunteers to join the team; it’s easy to get involved – just contact Full training will be provided for all roles.

Fun with our photo frame - available each week for you to record a memory at our iconic course

Fun with our photo frame - available each week for you to record a memory at our iconic course

This week's event was made possible by 21 volunteers:

Mags MATHIESON • Marianne HOOD • Max MCROBERTS • Heather WATSON • Una MCNEILL • Fiona PATTERSON • Ruth LAW • Sophie LAW • Magda BERNATEK • Alison CANNING • Lara CANNING • Miranda JEMPHREY • Caroline STEELE • Jonathan CAMPBELL • Michael SADLIER • Patricia ADAMS • Jimmy MCNEILL • Vicky JEFFERSON • Bradley O'PREY-MORTON • Kelly HOUSTON • Katie JEFFERSON

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 Melissa ECCLES who recorded a time of 18:38 on 10th November 2018 (event number 167).
The Age Grade course record is held by Emer MCKEE who recorded 91.25% (19:14) on 29th September 2018 (event number 161).

Stormont parkrun started on 29th August 2015. Since then 6,980 participants have completed 40,555 parkruns covering a total distance of 202,775 km, including 7,034 new Personal Bests. A total of 352 individuals have volunteered 2,841 times.


4th birthday celebrations

People sing around, now people gather round
Now people jump around
Getcho cake on
Getcho cake on


Come join us on Saturday August 31 as we celebrate our 4th birthday. Stormont parkrun was born on August 29, 2015, one of three new events added that day, alongside parkrun Szczecin in Poland and parkrun Tsaritsyno in Russia.

Look how young we all looked. Paralympian James Hamilton (front row, red shirt) was our very first first finisher.


In the last four years, more than 2,500 runners have registered and selected Stormont as their home run. We continue to welcome new registrations every week. Since August 2015, there have been a combined 40,000-plus runs completed by more than 7,000 participants.

Back to cake.


Hopefully we will see as many of you as possible on the day to celebrate with us. Thank you for your support over the last four years. If you would like to help volunteer on the day please email


Run Report 209 – 24th August 2019

291 people chose to visit Stormont Estate and complete parkrun on a warm and sunny Saturday morning. It's an impressive attendance. You all started Bank Holiday weekend with a blast! Well done!IMG_E5602

Join us at the main gate for a prerun briefing, including the important health and safety announcements. It's also an opportunity to welcome visitors, first timers, and celebrate milestones together.IMG_5614

We had 43 first timers, few visitors (Ramsbottom Running Club, Carickfergus parkrun and few more locations) and few doing first ever parkrun. They were briefed by Sara, who stepped into the role last minute, so big thank you to her.

One of the 1st timers in a barkrun category was Bailey.

We love to see barkrunners at Stormont, a water bowls and some treats are waiting for them at the finish line. You can see some of the dogs on our website, check Dogs of Stormont feature.

If running with a dog, please keep him/her on a short lead, and be careful especially passing other parkrunners and park users.

Full results are available here:

The event was made possible by 18 volunteers: Simon DOYLE • Max MCROBERTS • Stephen HAMILTON • Maxine STEELE • Una MCNEILL • Sophie LAW • Magda BERNATEK • Joe MILES • Alison CANNING • William HOPKINS • Jennifer MILLS • Brian DODDS • Ciaran CROSSEY • Sara THOMPSON • Jonathan CAMPBELL • Jimmy MCNEILL • Gary CRAIG • Graeme TAGGART

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