Run report 204 – 20th July 2019

We couldn't compete with The Open today but Stormont parkrun must have been the 2nd most popular event in Northern Ireland! 255 runners, joggers and walkers supported by 18 volunteers, enjoyed the sunny weather at Stormont today. vol

We had visitors from Leamington, Portrush, Ormeau, Victoria parkrun.

groupCatherine Lavery completed her 100th parkrun. Her friends and her running club joined in to celebrate that fantastic milestone.


Jamie Smyth was 1st over the finish line, followed by David Hamilton - our visitor, and Rudy Mayne.

Did you know there is few Stormont parkrunners who have completed VI Guide Runner training? Sara, Una, Jonny, Marty, Anne and Jimmy would be happy to get some practice! If they can help, email or chat to parkrun volunteers in advance and we will put you in touch with one of the VI Guides from Stormont parkrun.lll
A very successful event from results processing perspective, no Double Crossers or Funnel Duckers! Our funnel, timekeepers, token givers worked hard to help you cross the finish line safely and to keep stopwatches in sync with tokens.
In a parkrun language:

- a Funnel Ducker is a runner who, having crossed the finish line (and so had a time recorded by the Timekeeper), then jumps out of the queue before being given token.
If you crossed the finish line, you must collect the token. Please take the token and return it to volunteers, even if you don't want your name recorded.

- a Double Crosser is a person who crosses the finish line twice, usually accompanying another runner. We love seeing how supportive parkrun community is, but please do not cross finish line for the 2nd time. Your time gets recorded twice which is not correct.

Both scenarios are causing difficulties with results processing so don't be a funnel ducker or a double crosser.

To complete the list of parkrun 'characters', there is a Token Magpie - a parkrunner who accidently (or otherwise) takes their finish position token away with them rather than leaving it at the event. We use the same tokens each week and we really miss them if they are not returned.

Stormont parkrun started on 29th August 2015. Since then 6,797 participants have completed 39,029 parkruns covering total disance of 195,145 km, including 6,866 new Personal Bests. A total of 345 individuals have volunteered 2,730 times.