Run Report 212 – 14th September 2019

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I'm ready to dance when the amp 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



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


Run Report 208 – 17th August 2019

What a lovely morning today! Thanks to the 250 peeps who ran, jogged and walked the course. 33 were first timers and 23 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 33 different clubs took part.
It was great to have visitors from Chipping Sodbury, Lough Key, Dublin, Gladstone and Saint Andrews.
It is nearly our fourth birthday!! More info to follow...I am fairly confident that there will be  cake!
Please can everyone park respectfully in the mornings in the local area? Please stick to proper parking etiquette and do not park on yellow lines or block residents driveways... Thanks everyone for consideration.
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The event was made possible by 19 GORGEOUS, TALENTED, FUN-LOVING and KIND volunteers:- we salute you all!

Mags, Kimberley, Marianne, Max,  Stephen, Helen, Clare, Una, Fiona, Penny, William, Jennifer, Miranda, Jim, Patricia, Pauline, Jimmy, Bradley and David



Run report 207 – 10th August 2019

It was dull and cloudy and no number of filters have been able to remove a grey sky from the photos. But as soon as the gates opened and parkrunners started flooding the park, it was brighter, there were smiles and chatter... Is it not great to start the weekend with something so uplifting as parkrun? Surrounded by friends, old and new, and by 'parkrun buddies' (people whom we see only on Saturday mornings but they have become part of our lives, and something is missing if we can't see them once a week).IMG_5469

This week 220 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 24 were first timers (9 completed their first ever parkrun) and 14 recorded new Personal Bests. We had visitors from Nottingham, Galway and Malling parkrun in Kent.

A quick reminder that we do not accept barcodes on mobiles. No printed barcode No results:

Two volunteers celebrated their milestones: Bradley O'Prey-Morton, who has been with us for the last few months doing his DoE Award - 25th volunteer and Mags Mathieson who celebrated her 300th. Roisin Murray completed her 50th parkrun and Peter Robinson - 100th. Congratulations!

Stormont parkrun 207  was delivered to you by following volunteers: Mags MATHIESON • Kimberley REYNOLDS • Gillian MCBRIDE • Anne MCNALLY • Max MCROBERTS • Stephen HAMILTON • Magda BERNATEK • Joe MILES • William HOPKINS • Alasdair MACINNES • Marty MCCONNELL • Jim FLEMING • Jonathan CAMPBELL • Catherine ROSS • Bradley O'PREY-MORTON

There is plenty of volunteer roles available every week. Send an e-mail or contact us through social media and we will add you to the roster. Volunteering is easy, and we explain everything if needed. Just ask :)

See you all next week, same place, same time!


Run report 206 – 3rd August 2019

We did things slightly differently today, as you likely noticed. Chatting to one of the marshals this morning as runners went by, we agreed that many people appeared to have forgotten the original course, the one that we ran for more than three years, before work on the playpark caused us to take a detour for the last few months.

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With work to the playpark now complete, and the nice wide, smooth, downhill path open again, the run director decided to send runners along the original route. Some say they like it better while others say they like the alternate route better. The core volunteering team is discussing which course to run in future.

We almost managed to start at 9:30am, that walk to the start line is always longer than it seems. We had 231 runners taking part on a quite perfect morning for a 5k run. As always it was good to welcome visitors and first timers as well as our regulars.

An unknown runner crossed the line first (no barcode, no time, no exceptions), followed closely by Emer McKee as first female for the 41st time. Forty. One. Times. Congratulations Emer.

Back to those first timers - we had 28 today. There were 30 runners who recorded personal bests. Whether that had anything to do with us running the original, officially measured 5k course this morning, is unclear.

Two runners reached their 50 milestone - Aisling Spain and Gareth Kennedy.

Representatives of 20 different clubs took part and the event was made possible by 19 volunteers. If you would like to volunteer with us, all roles are straightforward and we are a pretty sound and modest core team, so come have a chat to one of us, or send us an email.

As always, we had a good few dogs running today. Some of you may have already heard that we plan to publish a special feature about the dogs of Stormont very soon. Details on how to have your dog appear on our website can be found elsewhere on this news page, and on our social media pages.

Finally, Stormont parkrun will be celebrating its 4th birthday on August 31. In almost four years, we have had 6,859 participants complete 39,508 parkruns covering a total distance of 197,540 km. We hope to see you on the day, and every Saturday.


Run report 205 – 27th July 2019

This week 247 people ran, jogged and walked the course, A fab Stormont welcome was given to our 34 first timers and a huge high-5 to the 27 peeps who recorded new PB's. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.

We had visitors today from Devon, Cornwall, Lake District, Netherlands, Australia and Florida! Thanks for choosing Stormont parkrun...

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Huge kudos to Matt from Lake District and Andrew from Australia who not only were visiting Stormont for the first time, but successfully completed their first ever parkrun!! We hope to see you back again soon!

Our American visitors were very impressed with the concept of parkrun - we just need to convince them to set up an event in Florida - spot of tourism for anyone?! lol IMG_0762Paula Robinson will be feeling kinda great (and possibly and rightly so - a bit smug) right about now as not only did she complete her 50th run but she also racked up a PB - well done Paula!

One of our juniors, Grace McCracken, completed her 10th parkrun - go Grace!

We at Stormont love our dogs... So here are a few snaps of some of our regulars... #barkrunselfies note to self, must get some snaps of actual runners next time... sorry!

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The event was made possible by 18 gorgeous, talented, smart, kind and amazing volunteers: Mags MATHIESON • James LAWNE • Marianne HOOD • Max MCROBERTS • Stephen HAMILTON • Andrew HOWES • Una MCNEILL • Sophie LAW • Joe MILES • Penny HOOD • Trevor MOUTRAY • William HOPKINS • Sara THOMPSON • Jim FLEMING • Jimmy MCNEILL • Karen DOUGAN • Simpson VERONICA • Bradley O'PREY-MORTON

IMG_0781Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Stormont parkrun Results Page. See ya all next week...x  :)


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.


Run report 203 – 13th July 2019

Some notable achievements today...

First runner home was Stuart Wilson who also completed his 50th run.Congrats to John Reed who completed his 100th run and Janey Deehan who completed her 50th and one of our core team Una McNeill who also completed her 50th run (thanks for the cake).


This week 251 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 26 were first timers and 30 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.


The event was made possible by 14 gorgeous, talented, enthusiastic and perfectly charming volunteers.

The summer months are a little lean of core team volunteers, so please do consider helping us out. If you are among the first finishers, you can run barcode scan. If you prefer to take it a little gentler, then tailwalking may be the role for you. First timers briefing also enables you to run and timekeeping is also a great role.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the results page.

Stormont parkrun started on 29th August 2015. Since then 6,770 participants have completed 38,774 parkruns covering a total distance of 193,870 km, including 6,852 new Personal Bests. A total of 344 individuals have volunteered 2,712 times.


Run report 202 – 6th July 2019

Well done to everyone who took part this morning and a big welcome to the large group of first timers today and to visitors from Australia, New Zealand and Stockport.

Today, we had Charley guiding Tony Barclay, and following parkrun, she assisted Tony with VI guide training for a group of parkrunners.

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Congratulations to one of our visitors, Malcolm, on his 350th parkrun and also to Stormont regular Derek Johnston on his 100th parkrun and 50th at Stormont. Thanks Derek for the goodies!

With many of our regular volunteers on holidays, our roster is looking a bit light over the coming weeks, so if you are a regular participant at Stormont and haven't volunteered before, please do consider helping out - full training will be provided.

This week 265 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 42 were first timers and 32 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:



Run report 201 – 29th June 2019

We had a hat-trick of runners reaching their 100 milestone this week, which meant a hat-trick of cakes.

Clare Lasini, Jonathan Campbell and Kimberley Reynolds were all running for the 100th time, while Patricia Adams was the latest regular at Stormont to earn her purple milestone t-shirt for volunteering 25 times. Earning their red 50 shirts were Michael Jemphrey and Lonnie Law.


We also welcomed the latest graduating class from the Stormont couch to 5k group, with 25 runners completing their very first parkrun.


Overall this week 265 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 39 were first timers and 22 recorded new personal bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 17 volunteers.

Brian McVeigh from Newcastle AC was first over the line on his first visit to Stormont, while Emer McKee from Willowfield was first female for the 38th time. She now has 15 more first finishes than any other runner and remains way out in front of the age graded league with a record 91.25 per cent.

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