Event | #238 14/03/2020

Run report by Marianne

A lovely start to the weekend as usual and the weather was kind to us...

This week 258 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 27 were first timers and 27 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

Special Mentions...

Congratulations to Pippa McLaughlin (JW10) who completed her 10th parkrun and will shortly receive her special '10' t-shirt.

Congrats also to Andrew Davidson who completed his 100th and will soon be rocking the black t-shirt look!

Congrats to Abbie who completed her first parkrun with both of her sisters - well done Abbie!



Thanks to everyone for supporting our decision not to provide refreshments this week, refreshments will not be available for the coming weeks so please remember your water bottles (and those for your puppy's too!).

Thanks also for everyone who heeded our request and had their barcodes ready for the scanners to scan them along with the finish tokens. We will continue with a reduced hand contact policy over the coming weeks too.

Catch it Bin it Kill it...

Sorry to be yuck about this next bit but can everyone please pay special attention to the medical advice about germ transfer and avoid spitting. It is gross anyway but especially in these times. Some people raised concern with me about this today so please let's keep everyone safe and spit (if you must) into a tissue and destroy it carefully.

Obviously, we will continue to monitor the situation as the days progress but we hope to see everyone back at Stormont next week.

20 Marvellous Hi-Viz Heroes.

As everyone knows, parkrun doesn't just 'happen' by itself and it is only with the commitment of an amazing set of people that we are able to proceed. This week we were blessed to welcome 20 special folk who gave up their morning to ensure that everyone could run.

Please consider opting in to our roster, if you haven't already, it is a great way to give back to the community and we have a huge amount of craic! Great to see Peter and Ian Wright join us today as they volunteered for the first time.

Huge thanks to;

Marion BROWN • Marianne HOOD • David RAINEY • Ian WRIGHT • Ronan MCCORMICK • Fiona PATTERSON • Debi ALLEN • Gillian SADLIER • Brian DODDS • Miranda JEMPHREY • Peter WRIGHT • Helena DRYSDALE • Stephen BROWNE • Jimmy MCNEILL • Charles BUDDE • Gary CRAIG • Caitriona HAMILTON • Marianne O' KANE • Amanda FIELDHOUSE • Judith MORRISON


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 Sophie WOOD who recorded a time of 18:18 on 21st September 2019 (event number 213).
The Age Grade course record is held by Tommy HUGHES who recorded 94.69% (16:56) on 18th January 2020 (event number 231).

Stormont parkrun started on 29th August 2015. Since then 7,972 participants have completed 48,614 parkruns covering a total distance of 243,070 km, including 8,210 new Personal Bests. A total of 417 individuals have volunteered 3,409 times.


Run Report #235 – 22nd February 2020

As parkruns go today's was a pretty wet one with a few very heavy downpours, and plenty of puddles all round the course, so well done to all 257 runners and walkers for braving the elements. A special thanks to our wonderful team of volunteers - you're a hardy bunch, and I hope you're all dry and warm now!

With the ongoing works on the estate we had a diversion on the course this morning, but one that might have been familiar to a lot of regulars as it took us round the front of the playpark just like we used to until 2018.

Well done the 23 people who recorded new Personal Bests, and to the 24 First Timers.

Big congratulations to Anne McNally on her 100th parkrun - well done, and thanks for bringing the cake!

Our volunteer photo is missing quite a few people as the conditions didn't lend themselves to hanging around...

Volunteer photo 22nd Feb 2020

We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen: Patricia ADAMS, Julian BERNATEK, Magda BERNATEK, Alison CANNING, Leigh CARSWELL, Benjamin CHALLIS, Amanda FIELDHOUSE, Stephen HAMILTON, William HOPKINS, Miranda JEMPHREY, David MALEY, Jimmy MCNEILL, Una MCNEILL, Trevor MOUTRAY, Govind RAMAVATH, Rohan RAMAVATH, Rohith RAMAVATH, Deborah WELLS.

Thanks, and hope to see you next week.

Happy parkrunning,



Run report event 233 – 1st February 2020

Thanks to everyone who took part this morning, both participants and volunteers - all of you help make Stormont parkrun the amazing friendly and welcoming community it is.

This week 263 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 29 were first timers and 41 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

We'll do our best to arrange less windy conditions for you next time - one day we're going to be lucky enough to get a tail wind down the avenue - it hasn't happened yet, in four and a half years, but here's hoping!

A big well done to the folks doing milestone runs today: Karen Steele completed her 100th parkrun and Andrew Bates completed his 50th parkrun, achieving a new PB in the process!

The event was made possible by 25 amazing volunteers:

Marion BROWN • Davy LAMBE • Marianne HOOD • Anne MCNALLY • Max MCROBERTS • Stephen HAMILTON • Anne SMITH • Peter LOSTY • Una MCNEILL • Kathie EDWARDS • Alison CANNING • Lara CANNING • Jeff SPENCE • Rohan RAMAVATH • James MCCLEAN • Helena DRYSDALE • Ellen DEEHAN • Michael SADLIER • Catherine ROSS • Leah DRYSDALE • Rohith RAMAVATH • Rebecca SADLIER • Andy ORR • Maura MCMATH • Amanda FIELDHOUSE

There are plenty of opportunities to join our fantastic team of hi-vis heroes over the next few weeks and we'd love to have some new faces on board. All roles are straightforward and full training will be provided; if you fancy giving it a go, or even if you'd just like more information on what's involved, just get in touch with stormont@parkrun.com.

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

Don't forget that Stormont parkrun will not be taking place next Saturday, 8th February, due to a cross country event taking place in the estate - why not use this as an opportunity for some tourism to one of the many other events we're lucky enough to have on our doorstep, and we'll see you all back at Stormont on the 15th.

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 Sophie WOOD who recorded a time of 18:18 on 21st September 2019 (event number 213).
The male record is held by Unknown ATHLETE who recorded a time of 17:28 on 28th December 2019 (event number 227).
The Age Grade course record is held by Tommy HUGHES who recorded 94.69% (16:56) on 18th January 2020 (event number 231).

Stormont parkrun started on 29th August 2015. Since then 7,862 participants have completed 47,397 parkruns covering a total distance of 236,985 km, including 8,080 new Personal Bests. A total of 409 individuals have volunteered 3,308 times.


Event 231, 18/01/2020

Event 231, 18/01/2020

A frosty start forced some neighbouring parkruns to cancel, meaning that some very welcome visitors (or was it one last push to fulfil new year’s resolutions?) swelled our numbers to 436. DSC_5976

A partial closure of our course for maintenance meant that some of you got to see part of the estate you might not have trodden until today, because of a detour through the picnic area. Thankfully, no rugs were trampled on, nor lashings of ginger beer spilt, in the making of this parkrun and our marshals kept everyone right.

Anyone who has completed our 5k would agree it’s no picnic. However, 85 of you made it look that way today, achieving PBs.

Among them was first finisher Neill Weir of Willowfield Harriers, who crossed the line at 16:47. He was followed by Tommy Hughes of Termoneeny Running Club who broke Stormont’s age-graded record with 94.69% and a time of 16:56. The Maghera man represented Ireland at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona and was one of 60 Stormont first-timers today.Stormont finishing line Jan 18

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Standing around in the cold for two hours is no mean feat either, so thank you to the 23 volunteers who gave so generously of their time and made this event posslble. They were:

Patricia ADAMS, Magda BERNATEK, Marion BROWN, Jonathan CAMPBELL, Alison CANNING, Gary CRAIG, Jonathan JOHNSTON, Libby LASINI, Clare LASINI, Eva LASINI, Jacqueline MAGEE, Marty MCCONNELL, Una MCNEILL, Jimmy MCNEILL, Samuel MISKELLY, Colin O'PREY, Bradley O'PREY-MORTON, David RAINEY, Rohith RAMAVATH, Rohan RAMAVATH, Catherine ROSS, Jamie SMYTH and Helen F WEIR.Stormont volunteers Jan 18

See you next time.




After the celebrations of the night before, your fav parkrun invites you to run, jog or walk off the excesses of the festive season...

new year


Stormont is giving you the opportunity to run the 'double' as we will start at 9.30am.

It is traditionally a very well attended event so bring your family, friends, neighbours for some Stormont parkrun craic!



Delighted to say that your fav parkrun will be hosting a special Christmas day parkrun beginning at 9.30am.


Earn your turkey and mince pies and we would love to see some of your most festive running gear!


First time volunteer takeover

On October 5, almost all of our core volunteer team will be away on a visit to Poland. Not everyone can go, sadly. Someone has to mind the shop.

So, with so many people away, we felt this was the perfect opportunity to breathe some fresh life into our event and have our inaugural `first time volunteers takeover'.


The idea is pretty self-explanatory - that the entire roster (above) will be filled by people who have not volunteered before. We already have a first time run director lined up and need between 8 and 10 more to make the event run smoothly.

In the four years we have hosted parkrun at Stormont Estate, we have welcomed almost 7,000 different runners. By contrast, only around 350 different people have volunteered with us at least once during that same period.

Volunteers make parkrun happen. No volunteers, no parkrun.

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Volunteering at parkrun is fun. No role should be daunting. Equipment is easy to use. Whatever you want to do, there is a role for you.


There are some who are perhaps apprehensive about it, but it could not really be much more chaotic than January 1, 2016. This was the day of the very first parkrun double in  Northern Ireland, and a day we welcomed a first time volunteer.

It was a day during which everything that could do wrong did go wrong.

"I'll not throw you in at the deep end, I'll give you something easy like finish tokens."

Let's see, the tokens after position 300 had not been removed from the sheets they came in originally, as we had never used them. We then ran out of tokens. One of the scanner batteries died and the stopwatches could only record the first 500 times.

A baptism of fire and enough, I thought, to put someone off the idea of helping out again. But still fun. Possibly because if we didn't laugh, we'd cry. But it didn't put anyone off volunteering. It encouraged them to return and try different roles each time.

All our run directors were once first time volunteers. Maybe starting by being a marshal, or jumping straight onto barcode scanning - you've seen it done week after week and would be able to do it without realising.

Our weekly run reports often heap high praise on first finishers and welcome first timers. Now, it is time to see your name in lights by completing another first, and taking the first step towards the easiest of milestone t-shirts to achieve.


 For further information visit https://www.parkrun.org.uk/stormont/volunteer/ and if you would like to be part of this event, please email stormonthelpers@parkrun.com




4th birthday celebrations

People sing around, now people gather round
Now people jump around
Getcho cake on
Getcho cake on


Come join us on Saturday August 31 as we celebrate our 4th birthday. Stormont parkrun was born on August 29, 2015, one of three new events added that day, alongside parkrun Szczecin in Poland and parkrun Tsaritsyno in Russia.

Look how young we all looked. Paralympian James Hamilton (front row, red shirt) was our very first first finisher.


In the last four years, more than 2,500 runners have registered and selected Stormont as their home run. We continue to welcome new registrations every week. Since August 2015, there have been a combined 40,000-plus runs completed by more than 7,000 participants.

Back to cake.


Hopefully we will see as many of you as possible on the day to celebrate with us. Thank you for your support over the last four years. If you would like to help volunteer on the day please email stormonthelpers@parkrun.com.


Stormont barkrun


Folks love to jog with their dog. It is how some of the run directors at Stormont re-discovered running after years of inactivity.

From, Pome-run-ians to Daschunds to `Weimarunners', we have our regular barkrunners each week trying to better their personal 'beasts'. We like to look after them too with fresh water and biscuits at our refreshment stand. Here we meet a few:



Veda likes to be both seen and heard, and gets quite excited at the start line. That one dog you can hear above all others, that'll be Veda. She can be found running around with Susan and Davy and has visited many different parkruns as a tourist too.



Minnie likes to make her own announcements before a run, but once the whistle goes, it's a heads-down gallop to the finish. She loves being first dog and has been first female (of any species). With 100+ runs, she thinks dogs should get milestone collars.

Kizzy and Coco


Veterans of Waggy Races where they have won podium prizes with our run director Aaron, this pair enjoy exploring Stormont Estate and its wonderful woodland trails. They are typically left at home when we know there is going to be cake.


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Fred was a Stormont parkrun dog, until he went international. He is now chief mascot for Nidda parkrun in Frankfurt where he enjoys all the attention from his fans and takes any opportunity to steal cake.



Since his first run in 2013, Chester has taken eight minutes off his PB. He'd be much faster if it wasn't for the `dogs on leads' rule. He's been known to reply to social media posts sent to the core team, on behalf of run director Simon, who is not on FB, ok?



If they awarded purple milestone shirts for dogs, Poppy would have been one of the first to earn one at Stormont. She enjoys marshaling with her owner Caroline, and loves volunteering so much she donated her treat tin to us so all doggos can share biscuits.



Look at this cool dude in his hi-viz. Ernie is clearly one furry-faced pup who takes his volunteering seriously. That look on his face is one of focus and concentration, as runner safety is his priority. Ernie also likes to bark encouragement at runners.


Alfie     Alfie 2

A parkrun veteran, known for making a lot of noise at the start with his buddy and fellow Cocker Spaniel Eva. He races off the line like a rocket before his human runs out of steam. Loves cold mornings & muddy puddles. (IG: @alfie_cocker_spaniel)



It is not very often that dogs run the show, but Beans was the youngest puppo to be run director with us. He even had a run director blankie knitted by his granny. He is now a doggo model so doesn’t have a lot of time for volunteering unfortunately.

Stanley `Dood'


Stanley is a bundle of energy and enjoys volunteering as tail walker with our run director Marianne. He also likes to chase and piggyback other dogs, especially his girlfriend Bella. Woooooo Stanley.



As you can see, Cara has an outfit for every occasion and is one of our regular doggo volunteers along with Karen. She has helped with tokens, stopwatches, bark-code scanning and marshalling.


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Eva (IG @trumpdawg) holds a `golden paws' in the 400m sprint events. She is sometimes referred to as the parkrun princess due to her desire to be carried to the start. Vocal, some assume she must be related to Alfie, another equally loud spaniel.



Parkrun is more than just a run. For others it is about the community and supporting their family and friends. This is Amber, her mummy's best supporter who patiently waits to see her running down the Mall for a big hug.



Donard (IG: @donard.the.chocolate.lab) This happy and handsome Labrador Retriever recently completed his `couch to 5K9' and is now eagerly anticipating becoming a Stormont parkrun regular.



A parkrun tourist, he especially likes Stormont as there are loads of trees he can claim ownership of. When a pup, Oska was hit by a lorry and ended up in a rescue centre. As a result of his accident his front right paw is fused at the ankle, but this doesn't stop him.



Originally from Italy, she now lives in Magherafelt and visits Belfast every summer. She doesn’t like running too much anymore but recently marshaled and enjoyed munching doggie treats and watching the runners. She can’t wait to return to Stormont parkrun.



Rusty is an enthusiastic runner and often parkrun isn't enough. The doggy park is a must to say hi to other doggies. Rusty is good friends of Veda, Davy & Susan and well known by Scrabo Striders. He drags his mum Lorraine round Ards many a morning.




This handsome chap is Zippy, bringer of PBs. A bit nervous to begin, Zippy loves nothing more than the open path in front of him. He’s a good citizen too and has been known to volunteer as the Waggy Tail Walker. 


If you would like your dog featured on this page, please send a photo of them at Stormont parkrun and a few lines (no more than 50 words) to stormontoffice@parkrun.com



Coming soon: Dogs of Stormont parkrun…

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We will soon be publishing, on our website, a feature on the many dogs who join us every week at Stormont parkrun. This feature will be undated every so often and will include photos and a few lines of information about the dogs who join their owners to support and run.

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If you would like your dog featured on this page, please send a photo of them at Stormont parkrun and a few lines (no more than 50 words) to stormontoffice@parkrun.com

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