Run report 220 – 16 November 2019

Event 220 

A gorgeous but crisp and fresh morning on the estate today which saw 225 people run, jog or walk the course. We welcomed 26 first timers and 40 peeps recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part too. A special Stormont welcome to our visitors from Manchester and beyond

So pleased to see so many junior runners on the course today, they all did fantastically well.


First and second finishers

Huge kudos

To two of our juniors who completed their 10th runs today - Wyatt McKeag (cartwheel kid!) and Robbie Cooper. Bronagh Shields & Jonathan Speirs who joined club 50 today  club...

The Cartwheel Kid - Wyatt McKeag

The Cartwheel Kid - Wyatt McKeag

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Danielle & Wyatt

Celebrating the real heroes of parkrun... the volunteers!

The core team

Stormont parkrun happens largely because of our fantastic volunteers, who are almost all regular runners like you. The weekly team of volunteers are led by a small group of parkrun enthusiasts who form what we call the 'core team': They make sure the event is setup and packed away each week, the results published, the tokens resorted, event reports written and so much more.

Volunteer Opportunities

parkrun is entirely organised by volunteers so please do get in touch with us if you would like to get involved as a volunteer, we are always on the look out for some new faces - it is great fun and we will only put you in a role that you are comfortable with.  Read more here  and if you fancy it, email us @ to find out more.

Today's event was made possible by 16 magnificent and very friendly volunteers:

Gorgeous Gary WATTON • Marvellous Marianne HOOD • Masterful Max MCROBERTS • Superb Stephen HAMILTON • Unfailing Una MCNEILL • Remarkable Rohan RAMAVATH • Lovely Leigh CARSWELL • Majestic Miranda JEMPHREY • Stoic Sara THOMPSON • Jolly Jonathan CAMPBELL • Jazzy Jimmy MCNEILL • Radiant Rohith RAMAVATH • Charming Chris HUGHES • Beaming Bradley O'PREY-MORTON • Gallant Gary CRAIG • Amazing Amanda FIELDHOUSE

Marianne's Marvellous and Valiant Volunteers

Marvellous and Valiant Volunteers!

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

See ya all next week MH


Run report 219 – 2nd November 2019

The first November parkrun 2019 has seen 234 people running and walking the course, of whom 25 were first timers and 31 recorded new Personal Bests.

It was sunny and colourful with all the autumnal leaves and the bright t-shirts around the estate.

We called it a Pacers Week. Here is a Pacers Team: Anne McNally - 30min, Daniel, Ryden - 27min, Paul Conway - 25min, Colin O'Prey - 23min, John Stevenson - 21min. They did their best and that's all we asked for. Few PBs and few this year PBs were recorded today thanks to these 5 super stars.

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A big group of runners from Monkstown Spartans ran at Stormont. Between them, 2 VI Guides and VI runners, we hope you enjoyed the course.

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We have a VI Guide vest as part of our parkrun kit, so give as a shout when you do it and it's yours (VI Guide is a volunteer role at parkrun).

Benjamin Challis (junior!) and Deborah Wells celebrated their 50th parkrun. Thanks for the cake! Mary Cairns joined 50 parkruns too. Congratulations!

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The event was made possible by 21 volunteers:
Mags MATHIESON • Samuel MISKELLY • Anne MCNALLY • Max MCROBERTS • Stephen HAMILTON • Una MCNEILL • Magda BERNATEK • Jock MEWHA • Alison CANNING • Paul CONWAY • Colin O'PREY • Trevor MOUTRAY • Caroline STEELE • Patricia ADAMS • Daniel RYDEN • John STEVENSON • Jimmy MCNEILL • Chris HUGHES • Vicky JEFFERSON • Bradley O'PREY-MORTON • Marianne O' KANE

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And last but not the least, since it's November, we can talk Christmas already, can't we? Yes, we can! So here is the news: Stormont parkrun will be hosting a special Christmas Day parkrun.

MB x


Halloween Stormont parkrun 26th October 2019

Well done to all 273 of you who took part in a spooktacular parkrun at Stormont on a beautiful Autumn morning. Thanks to everyone who made a big effort with costumes and well done to our prize winners. From scary surgeons, to witches, skeletons and dinosaurs, we had it all.

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Welcome to our visitors from Rugby and Dublin - thanks for visiting Stormont.

Well done to Marty McConnell, our tail walker this week, who also completed his 100th parkrun and to junior participant Lucas Carswell on completing his 50th parkrun. Thanks Lucas for the cake!


Congratulations to everyone from St Joseph’s Primary School in Ballyhackamore, who after completing a couch to 5k progamme in school, graduated at Stormont parkrun. Well done everyone – you’re all champions!

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Thanks a million to this week’s 17 terrorific volunteers:

Menacing Marianne HOOD, Mischievous Max MCROBERTS, Devilish David MARK, Alarming Angela MAWHINNEY, Afflicted Alison CANNING, Ghoulish Gillian SADLIER, Lurking Lara CANNING, Terrible Trevor MOUTRAY, Spooky Steven GILLILAND, Mysterious Miranda JEMPHREY, Nightmarish Nicholas THOMPSON, Monstrous Marty MCCONNELL, Jumpy Jonathan CAMPBELL, Eerie Elaine WESTON, Dastardly David MALEY, Cackling Chris HUGHES, Magical Marianne O' KANE

We’re always on the look out for new faces to join the volunteer team – If you’re able to help out over the next few weeks, please get in touch with It’s great fun, and full training will be provided for all roles!

See you all next week!


Event 217 19 October 2019

Very well done everyone for another great parkrun today...

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194 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 22 were first timers and 39 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part and lots of our favourite furry friends. We also welcomed visitors from Cockermouth in Cumbria and coincidentally we also had our regular cockers-in-residence Alfie and Eva!

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Many congratulations to Stephen Thompson who completed his 50th parkrun this morning - your t-shirt is on its way! Congrats also to regular Stormont Stormers David Rainey on his 150th run and to Trevor Moutray who completed his 150th at Stormont.

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Finally, the very gorgeous Kerry Harkin is on track for her 250th run with only 6 more to go until she secures the loveliest of green t-shirts!

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Next week we will be getting our ghosties and ghoulies on with prizes for the best dressed halloween costume!

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The event was made possible by 20 TALENTED, ENTHUSIASTIC and INCREDIBLE volunteers:

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Lovely Liz UPSON • Gorgeous Gary WATTON • Merry Marianne HOOD • Marvellous Max MCROBERTS • Radiant Ronan MCCORMICK • Happy Heather WATSON • Superb Stephen HAMILTON • Uber Una MCNEILL • Laughing Lara CANNING • Amazing Adam CANNING • Wonderful William HOPKINS • Majestic Miranda JEMPHREY • Fantastic Ffiona CRAWFORD • Peachy Patricia ADAMS • Jolly Jimmy MCNEILL • Fabulous Fiona BAGNALL • Friendly Frank O'DONOGHUE • Bodacious Bradley O'PREY-MORTON • Crackerjack Carol NOBLE • Champion Caitriona HAMILTON • Pleasant Paul CONWAY

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We are always on the lookout for some fresh faces, so please get in touch with us at - every role is really simple and full training will be provided!

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found at this link


Run Report 216 – 12 October 2019

Stormont parkrun - Event number 216 - 12th October 2019

This week 270 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 31 were first timers and 60 recorded new Personal Bests (obvs inspired by the great Eliud Kipchoge this morning). #nohumanislimited


Representatives of 18 different clubs took part and it was great to see a strong contingent from Lagan Valley AC taking part in their challenge.


Huge congrats to Logan Andrews (JM 11-14) for completing his 10th parkrun and Claire Bonner for completing her 50th and Milton Stewart for his 100th - t-shirts on their way to you Logan, Claire & Milton! Very well done - you kept those milestones quiet during the briefing! Although not a recognised milestone, it would be rude not to mention the extreme talents of Angela Mawhinney, who not only ran her 150th run but also timed it in such a way that she bagged the 150th token! Honestly, you couldn't have planned it any better Angie! IMG_0169(2) We are always on the lookout for new volunteers so please do get in touch if you would like to do this, we have great craic! This weeks event was made possible by 16 marvellous, talented, enthusiastic and happy volunteers: 71146833_447045879252173_822910287895068672_n 72128642_445800772721509_5899267641255657472_n (1) Marianne HOOD • Anne MCNALLY • Max MCROBERTS • Una MCNEILL • Lara CANNING • Adam CANNING • Trevor MOUTRAY • William HOPKINS • Mark LEATHEM • Alasdair MACINNES • Jonathan CAMPBELL • Patricia ADAMS • Jimmy MCNEILL • Simpson VERONICA • Carol NOBLE • Gary CRAIG Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Stormont parkrun Results Page. 72372936_997311960437722_6809674581998043136_n 72243759_2985560751458272_3744510573514063872_n 72205612_926529527708407_5330752969291857920_n

Run report event 215 – October 5th 2019

Fifteen years ago the first parkrun took place and today at Stormont we had a first of our own.

With many of our regulars away, it was the perfect time to hold a first-time volunteers takeover.


Ten of our 24 volunteers (what a great turn-out) were first-timers. Jonny was first-time run director and greatly appreciated the support shown by everyone on the roster, old and new. Parkrun only happens because of volunteers so if you would like to get involved, please drop us a line at

In total 208 people took part.


Thirty-six achieved new PBs. Well done to all.

Cathy Hopkins, who was one of the first to run at Stormont and was herself responsible for a first by establishing Nidda parkrun in Frankfurt (one of Germany's first parkruns), returned to complete her 50th run.

Congratulations also to Marty McConnell who reached his 25th volunteering milestone and rewarded himself by being the first customer of the burger van set up for a later event in the estate.


Run report 214 – 28th September 2019

It was a nice surprise to wake up and to see a blue sky after yesterday downpours. There were at least 2 options to choose from:  1. watch Rugby World Cup or 2. do parkrun. Those who chose parkrun had no regrets. The blue sky stayed with us to the end and the sunshine was an added bonus. However it was not dry enough for the puddles to dissapear and the run was a bit muddy. Some washing to do today! All in all it was another great morning with great people. #loveparkrun

Next week it's a First Time Volunteers take over and Jonny who will be a RD for the first time had few words to say pre-run. Everyone can support him next week volunteering or running! Good luck all First Timers!All

We welcomed parkrun toursists from Eastbourne, London, Leeds and Aberdeen.

Congratulations to parkrunners who reached their milestones: 50 - Helen Connolly and Amy McConkey, 100 - Kathryn Francis.

The exceptional performance of DubRunners can't go unnoticed. Claire, Catherine and Ronan were high up the results table today. Well done! Dub

This week 211 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 19 were first timers and 42 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 14 volunteers - thank you all:
Davy LAMBE • Samuel MISKELLY • Graham JEWHURST • Anne MCNALLY • Magda BERNATEK • Paul CONWAY • Trevor MOUTRAY • Sara THOMPSON • Caroline STEELE • Jonathan CAMPBELL • Bradley O'PREY-MORTON • Carol NOBLE • Maura MCMATH • Alun KANE

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


Run Report 213 – 21st September 2019

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.

21We always welcome several tourists the day before the half - and today we had visitors from Glasgow, Edinburgh, London and Manchester.

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
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

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.


Run Report 212 – 14th September 2019

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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.

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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



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.