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.

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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 stormont@parkrun.com 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.
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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).

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

 

Run report 200 – 22nd June 2019

Another milestone and more cake, yes Stormont hosted its 200th parkrun today and well done to all that have run and volunteered over the last 200 runs and here’s to many more.

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Speaking of milestones well done to:

- Lesley Semple who also ran her 200th parkrun

- Fiona Kirkpatrick and Glenn Wilson on their 100th
- Michael Carville on his 50th parkrun
- Patricia Adams on her 25th volunteering.

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We had visitors from Melbourne, Prague, Nottinghamshire, Ripon (Yorkshire), Bushy Park London, Wallace and Vicky, and the Born2Run team.

Annie-Mae and Katie-Beth Mccracken have done their c25k graduation run. First Timers briefing has attracted a big group of people: Amy Coey, Brian Swain, Chris Hogg, Chris Sheals, David Kelly, Gary Wray, Gemma Megarry, Georgia-Leigh Harbinson, James Kingston, Jonathan Higgins, Katrina Cooper, Noah Burke, Rishab Reddy, Ross McMurray, Seth Burke, Stephen Sherrard - all have done their 1st ever parkrun

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This week 371 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 68 were first timers and 34 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 18 volunteers:
Mags MATHIESON • Kimberley REYNOLDS • Simon DOYLE • Graham JEWHURST • Max MCROBERTS • Aaron HILL • Stephen HAMILTON • Peter LOSTY • Una MCNEILL • Alison CANNING • Penny HOOD • Jennifer MILLS • Alasdair MACINNES • Michael SADLIER • Patricia ADAMS • Karen DOUGAN • Bradley O'PREY-MORTON • David MCFARLAND
Check volunteering opportunities and send an email to stormont@parkrun.com if you’d like to be a hi-viz hero: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/stormont/futureroster/
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/latestresults/
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 6,663 participants have completed 37,993 parkruns covering a total distance of 189,965 km, including 6,768 new Personal Bests. A total of 339 individuals have volunteered 2,658 times.

 

Run report 199 – 15th June 2019

by Roger Pangbourne
parkrunday minus 1: 06:15: Off to Birmingham airport for various meetings at our Belfast office to be followed by an  evening staff event - with a lovely opportunity to fit in a spot of
tourism the following morning.
After a little research a few weeks ago, I decide to pass on the opportunity of my missing ‘V’ at Valley and choose Stormont based on the beautiful course description.
On the flight over I pop a little pic onto the UK parkrun tourists Fb group (the one you can ask to join after completing 20 different parkruns) sporting my cow cowl as a pocket square!
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17:00 onwards: Not too much drinking, but too late to sleep as usual!

parkrunday: 07:45: Alarm stirs me - It’s parkrunday!! YEA! :) Most weeks at 07:45 I’m normally leaving home for the 6-minute jog to my home parkrun (Market Harborough where I’m co-Event Director), but here I am with the lovely 09:30 start hitting the snooze button!

08:45: My colleague and I meet up in the hotel reception for a booked taxi to Stormont.

I’ve walked, jogged, run, driven and even flown directly to a parkrun (see Henstridge Airfield Run Reports from mid-April!), but I’ve never taken a taxi before - how organised and opulent!
09:00: The taxi arrives at Stormont gates and we start to chat with today’s RD, Simon and loyal volunteers Mags, Max and Jimmy who are all busy setting up the pop-up drinks station and the wonderfully bright finish funnel.

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09:20: Mags starts the First Timers Briefing and I notice an unusually large number of little people. Nobody’s due to be running under 18 minutes, so the normal ‘follow someone else’ advice is given!

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09:25: Simon takes over for the RD briefing and we learn that the local St Joseph’s Primary School from Ballyhackamore have encouraged around 20 pupils to attend today’s parkrun.
On the way to the start I chat to a few of these lovely young ladies who tell me that they’ve done the junior 2k parkruns before, but today is their first 5k parkrun. Now I #loveparkrun, and I’ve just passed my 4th parkrun anniversary (yesterday), but parkrun continues to amaze me - what a lovely thing for a school to encourage. Everyone was full of smiles, despite the decidedly unsunny weather.

09:30: After a stroll towards the Stormont Parliament Building, it’s an about turn and then 3-2-1-parkrun and we’re off!

09:32: We run up towards the finish where the PA system is rocking with some motivational tunes as we turn into the woods for the first time and it’s not long before I spy the first of several beautifully carved tree stumps that dot the grounds. Having struggled with my fitness recently, I’m consciously checking my speed to make sure I can maintain a reasonably steady pace throughout today’s parkrun.

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(photos by Gail JAZMIK)

09:35: We cross the Prince of Wales Avenue and pass the Mo Mowlam play park. The scenery is gorgeous and the puddles add some good hurdling practice into today’s parkrun!
Before I know it, we’re heading towards the finish funnel about to start our second lap.
09:42: Second lap. Same again, but just as lovely. My 1k Strava splits have been very even (4:45; 4:50: 4:45; 4:51; 4:33) and I’ve certainly overtaken more than have overtaken me. I cannot catch up another place in the final sprint for the line (another Roger I learn) and settle for a respectable 30th position in 23:42 (rats, not one of my missing bingo numbers!)
09:55: After a quick scan, I splosh back towards Parliament Buildings to join my colleague.
After completing the London Marathon earlier this year, his running has lapsed a little and he certainly ‘enjoyed’ last night a little more than me!
09:58: He appears from the woods and I join him for some lively ‘encouragement’ for his final 400m. We manage to close in on, but not overtake a small group in front and he dips for the line in 29:36 and he’s happy with that. Another quick scan and he’s off in another taxi and bound for Belfast International (not sure I’d want to be sitting next to him on his flight! :) )
10:20: Joanne, today’s Tail Walker crosses the line and that’s parkrun #199 wrapped up and in the bag!

So up front as your first finisher today was young Gareth CAMPBELL at only his second ever parkrun and first at Stormont in an impressive 18:48. Equally impressive was your first female finisher Anna BLAKE in 20:44 (9th overall). Topping the Age Grade table today was Jacob MCKITTRICK with a super 74.11%. Joining the above 3 mentioned parkrunners were also Stephen MORRIS, Ghislain DEMEULDRE and Hugh DICKSON, all of whom achieved age grade scores over 70% - honourable mentions to all. Well done to all 178 parkrunners who completed Stormont today with special congratulations to 21 of you who set new PBs - maybe you just wanted to get out of the rain quickly?! :) 35 First Timers were welcomed today. There were 18 tourists from local and far away places such as Limerick, (Market Harborough), Worthing and even South Africa! This means that 17 people began their parkrun journey at Stormont today and to you we give you all a special shout out and hope you return again and again.

parkrun events don’t happen without an incredible bunch of people some like to call ‘volunteers’, but feel free to call them super-heroes if you prefer! Thank you to all 16 of you who helped make the magic happen today. As a tourist today, the pop-up drinks station and oranges are a particularly nice touch, as well as the music to keep people going.

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10:40ish: After more chats and a little help packing the equipment away, it’s time to seek out somewhere to dry off before my return flight, which is over 4 hours away. It seems the rain has meant no café gathering today, so looking like a drowned rat, I sneak into the lovely surroundings of the Stormont Hotel and a few minutes later re-emerge as a dryer version of myself, nearly resembling a human being. I settle down for this!....

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A very civilised tea and scones - totally recommended and start to ‘parkfaff’ the hours away until my flight from Belfast City.

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18:35: Shortly after arriving home, the results come through: “Roger, your time in position 30 today at Stormont parkrun was 23:42. Well done on your 1st run here, you did look a bit silly in that blue mac thing, but hope you enjoyed it nonetheless.” - how do they know these things??!!
I did enjoy it Stormont and thank you - a lovely parkrun and a great choice for my first Northern Ireland parkrun. All the best for your 200th next week - LET THERE BE CAKE!
#loveparkrun

Roger Pangbourne

 

Run report 196 – 25th May 2019

Stormont parkrun nbr 196.

  • 265 participants
  • ️  34 first timers
  •   37 Personal Bests
  •   21 volunteers

Congratulations to Joe Miles who volunteered 25th time. Thank you!
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We had 3 pacers: 21 John Stevenson, 23 Colin O’Prey, 25 Trevor Moutray. All ran on target. They were happy to help and we were happy to have them, so win-win. We got positive feedback and we hope to organise pacers week as a recurring event. Please help us to make it happen by volunteering. See opportunities here: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/stormont/futureroster/
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Visitors from Ashford/Kent, Durham, Inverness, St Albans and Bangor have chosen Stormont as their parkrun tourism destination. All welcome!

The results: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/stormont/results/latestresults/

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 6,479 participants have completed 36,856 parkruns covering a total distance of 184,280 km, including 6,650 new Personal Bests. A total of 333 individuals have volunteered 2,590 times.

 

Run report 169 – 24th Nov 2018

That's event nbr 169 done and dusted. An adjustment to the standard route was introduced today. As you could see major work has started at the playpark and we are very grateful that Stormont Estate gave us option to us the path at the back. How did you like new route around playpark? Thank you to marshals who did great job and no one got lost!

This week 165 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 14 were first timers and 25 recorded new Personal Bests.

We welcomed visitors from Edinburgh, Cape Town/South Africa, Essex, Bangor and Waterworks.

It was a special day for Jennifer Mills who got link to her black parkrun t-shirt activated today, in other words she did her 100th parkrun! Woo-hoo! Bill Hopkins crossed a parkrun finish line for the 50th time and we should see him in a red t-shirt soon. Congratulations to you both!

The event was made possible by 15 volunteers: Mags, Davy, James, Samuel, Marianne, Max, Stephen, Magda, Elaine, Peter, Rohan, Brian, John, Jimmy, Richard.

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 5,605 participants have completed 30,352 parkruns covering a total distance of 151,760 km, including 5,913 new Personal Bests. A total of 310 individuals have volunteered 2,129 times.

 

 

 

 

Run report 168  -  17th Nov 2018

This week 213 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 35 were first timers and 24 recorded new Personal Bests.

Parkrunners from Manchester, Liverpool, Southend-on-Sea, Sherwood Pines and Malahide visited Stormont today and it was lovely to meet you all. Comber parkrun was represented by at least 2 parkrunners.

Alison Cosgrove ran her 50th parkrun today and her running club Monkstown Spartans joined in to celebrate that amazing milestone with her. Joanne Wallace also did 50th parkrun. Well done!

We had a special ceremony today as our Core Team member, Alison Canning got a Volunteer of the month award and she was presented with a letter and a Vitality goodie bag. That's a fantastic recognition for her and our parkrun community. Congratulations Alison, well deserved!

The event was made possible by 17 volunteers: Davy, Liz, Simon, Max, Stephen, Clare, Una, Magda, David, Rohan, Jennifer, Alasdair, Jonathan, Jimmy, Richard, Karen and Bradley.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Stormont parkrun Results Page http://www.parkrun.org.uk/stormont/results/weeklyresults/?runSeqNumber=168.

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 5,591 participants have completed 30,187 parkruns covering a total distance of 150,935 km, including 5,888 new Personal Bests.

 

 

Run report 161 – 29th Sept 2018

Stormont parkrun #161
29th September 2018

 200 people completed 5k at Stormont parkrun today.
We started from a warm up... clapping hands, to say thank you to the 13 volunteers (+1):
Samuel, Max, Magda, Angela, Elaine, Sara, Marty, Leonard, Stuart, Daniel, David, Jimmy, Karen + a barkrun volunteer/Cara.
We welcomed 27 first timers, some of them doing their first ever parkrun and some of them visitors from Australia, Portsmouth, few local parkruns and more remote locations.
I hope you enjoyed Stormont parkrun and will join us again.
52 parkrunners recorded new Personal Bests. Stormont has a new Age grade course record! Emer McKee 91.25%! Happy Days!
Our regular Claire not only hit the 50 milestone but also recorded Personal Best!
Susan who is our regular parkrunner and volunteer completed her 150th parkrun!
Congratulations! Thank you for a cake and boxes of chocolates, it helps to have something to refuel after crossing the finish line.
As about refueling, as usual there was a healthier option available: the oranges brought to you by Trevor, and can you believe that he does it every week!
And while talking about a parkrun menu, a coffee stall was fully operational this week. Welcome back Max! Thank you to all the helpers who brought water and the cups last week.

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

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