There is always a good buzz on Belfast half marathon weekend. While plenty of regular runners were resting ahead of tomorrow's big race, others took the opportunity to do a few easy miles, while inching closer towards their next milestone.
And it was one of those Manchester runners - Sophie Wood from Sale Harriers (above) - who broke our female course record, and broke it by quite a margin. Despite setting off with her friends on their journey to Belfast at 4.30am, Sophie ran 18:18 to finish 4th overall. She beat the previous mark of 18:38, set 10 months ago, by 20 seconds.
After last week's PB-fest, when 52 runners ran their fastest Stormont time, we witnessed 42 PBs today. Conditions were perfect, although some runners did come unstuck in the trails after encountering angry wasps.
We had our usual high number of doggos taking part, and you can read more about them here https://www.parkrun.org.uk/stormont/news/2019/08/22/stormont-barkrun/
One of the stars of our website, Stanley, somehow managed to chew through his lead, while running, meaning his run - and that of his owner, were cut short. Thanks to both of them for jumping in and volunteering afterwards.
Thank you to the handful of first time volunteers who have said they will take part in our takeover event on Oct 5. Remember our core team is away and we are hoping new volunteers will fill every role. We could do with a few more coming forward. More information can be found here https://www.parkrun.org.uk/stormont/news/2019/09/09/first-time-volunteer-takeover/
We had 245 people running and walking today, of whom 39 joined us for the first time. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part. Well done to John Davidson who reached his 50th run milestone, and brought cake.
Finally, good luck to our core team members, regular volunteers and runners taking part in the half tomorrow.