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'.

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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.

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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.

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 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 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 stormont@parkrun.com. 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.

 

4th birthday celebrations

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Getcho cake on
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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Fred

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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.

Chester

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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?

Poppy

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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.

Ernie

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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

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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)

Beans

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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'

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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.

Cara

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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.

Eva

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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.

Amber

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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

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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.

Oska

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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.

Biscuit

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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

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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.


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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

 

 

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.
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It was great to have visitors from Chipping Sodbury, Lough Key, Dublin, Gladstone and Saint Andrews.
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It is nearly our fourth birthday!! More info to follow...I am fairly confident that there will be  cake!
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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!
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Mags, Kimberley, Marianne, Max,  Stephen, Helen, Clare, Una, Fiona, Penny, William, Jennifer, Miranda, Jim, Patricia, Pauline, Jimmy, Bradley and David

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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

 

Christmas Day Monday 25th 2017

Stormont parkrun are holding a Christmas Day parkrun this year.  It will start at the normal time of 9:30am Monday 25th December 2017.

If you would like to volunteer for this event please email stormonthelpers@parkrun.com

Thanks

 

New Years Day Double 2018

This New Years day it is possible to run 2 parkruns (both counting). This is the only time in the year where it is permissible to do this. We have teamed up with Waterworks & Ormeau parkrun to coordinate different start times and make it possible for runners to achieve a 'double' should you wish to attempt it.

Stormont parkrun will start at the normal time of 9:30am on Monday 1st Jan 2018. Waterworks & Ormeau will start @ 11am. This will give runners enough time to get to Waterworks or Ormeau

Please like and share to spread the word!!!!

 

New Years Day Double 2017

This New Years day it is possible to run 2 parkruns (both counting). This is the only time in the year where it is permissible to do this. We have teamed up with Waterworks parkrun to coordinate different start times and make it possible for runners to achieve a 'double' should you wish to attempt it.

Stormont parkrun will start at the normal time of 9:30am on Sunday 1st Jan 2017. Waterworks will start @ 11am. This will give runners enough time to get to Waterworks.

Please like and share to spread the word!!!!

 

Announcing the start of Stormont parkrun

Stormont parkrun starts 29 August 2015

We are delighted to announce the launch of Stormont parkrun on 29th August 2015, 9.30am at Stormont Estate, Belfast. We hope you'll be able to join us for the launch and a coffee afterwards.

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