Christmas Day parkrun, 2019.

We're pleased to say that we shall again be running on Christmas Day this year.

Usual 9:30am start. We hope you'll be joining us.

 

17th August, CANCELLED.

A reminder that we are cancelled on the 17th August, 2019.

The park is hosting a service and parade.

We're back the following week!

 

Cancelled, 22nd June.

We are cancelled on the 22nd June as the park is hosting Armed Forces Day.

 

Wallace parkrun 300.

The bandstand and event 300 awaits us all tomorrow morning. 

We’re anticipating a large turnout, and we look forward to seeing you all there.

We will also have one very special guest with us tomorrow. We would urge you all to be there for the pre-run briefing shortly after 9:20am.

See you tomorrow, and don’t forget your barcodes!

 

Cancelled, 18th May.

We are cancelled again this weekend, 18th May, as the park is being used for buses for the Balmoral Show.

We're back on the 25th.

 

Run Report, Event 297, 27th April 2019.

There are surely very few things that would get us all out of our warm, dry houses on a morning like that and wilfully run in circles, or stand and cheer in a sodden Wallace Park.

That’s exactly what 132 finishers and 20 volunteers did today. Our wisdom and sanity wholly justified. None of us may ever be dry again, but community was the winner today. Well done all of us. 

Milestones care not for weather conditions, and there were plenty to get through this morning.

First of all, well done to our brand new Run Director, Tim Haslett, who made his RD debut today. Despite his flagrant disregard for his personal well-being and health/safety during the briefing we can all agree that he did a marvellous job and we look forward to many more runs under his direction. The 9th different person to don the RD jacket. Well done Tim.

Elsewhere on the milestone front, Iain Webb made it to 150 (well done Iain!), Nathan Lindsay made it to 100 (two weeks ago in Glasgow), and Rory Moore made it to his 10th milestone. Well done to them all!

It was also our second “5k Your Way, Move Against Cancer” event. Make sure to check out their dedicated Facebook page and all the videos on it, as we shared earlier. 

Well done too to the Couch To 5k graduates joining us from Lough Moss. Sorry we couldn’t organise better weather for you. The sun usually always shines in Wallace Park. 

Miraculously 16 of you recorded new personal bests today, so if that was you then you deserve a very big well done indeed.

All of our results are in the usual place: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/wallace/results/latestresults/

As for our volunteers, on a day like today, we were truly indebted to them all for standing in those elements with remarkable enthusiasm throughout. The power of parkrun eh! On a day like that, words really are insufficient.

We doff our caps this week to:

Run Director: Tim Haslett

Timekeepers: Jim Pow and Nathan Howe.

Finish Token hander-outers: Nathan Lindsay.

Funnel manager: Beverly Reid.

Barcode Scanners: Naomi Bryans, Laura Johnston and Katie McAuley.

Marshals: Paul Alister, Kerstin Marshall, Michael Harris, James Gault and Meadow Cinnamond.

Tea/Coffee: Heather Patterson and Therese Stewart.

Pre-event setup: Ian Dyer, Sarah Creighton, Gwyneth Hinds, Nuala McMorrow and Alastair Dickson.

Tail walker: Team Ward, namely, Natalie, Beth and Susanna. 

Our fleet of pacers also excelled themselves as per usual today. We hope you availed of their skills. Many thanks indeed to Niall Ward (20 minutes), PK (21), Colin Ward (22), Peter Campbell (23), Jonathan Davis (24), Colin Ramsden (25), Ian Dyer (26), Sharon Ramsden (27), David Orr (28), Aoife Quinn (29), Fiona Dickson (30), Linda and Minnie (34), and finally, Noelle Dean and Brenda Harris (35).

Two bits of news looking towards the next month. We are cancelled on the 11th and 18th May as the park is otherwise occupied with the Colour Run and Balmoral Show buses. 

We look forward to seeing you all next weekend. It has to be sunny, surely. 

There are surely very few things that would get us out of our warm, dry houses on a morning like that and wilfully run in circles, or stand and cheer in a sodden Wallace Park.

That’s exactly what 132 finishers and 20 volunteers did today. Our wisdom and sanity wholly justified. None of us may ever be dry again, but community was the winner today. Well done all of us. 

Milestones care not for weather conditions, and there were plenty to get through this morning.

First of all, well done to our brand new Run Director, Tim Haslett, who made his RD debut today. Despite his flagrant disregard for his personal well-being and health/safety during the briefing we can all agree that he did a marvellous job and we look forward to many more runs under his direction. The 9th different person to don the RD jacket. Well done Tim.

Elsewhere on the milestone front, Iain Webb made it to 150 (well done Iain!), Nathan Lindsay made it to 100 (two weeks ago in Glasgow), and Rory Moore made it to his 10th milestone. Well done to them all!

It was also our second “5k Your Way, Move Against Cancer” event. Make sure to check out their dedicated Facebook page and all the videos on it, as we shared earlier. 

Well done too to the Couch To 5k graduates joining us from Lough Moss. Sorry we couldn’t organise better weather for you. The sun usually always shines in Wallace Park. 

Miraculously 16 of you recorded new personal bests today, so if that was you then you deserve a very big well done indeed.

All of our results are in the usual place: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/wallace/results/latestresults/

As for our volunteers, on a day like today, we were truly indebted to them all for standing in those elements with remarkable enthusiasm throughout. The power of parkrun eh! On a day like that, words really are insufficient.

We doff our caps this week to:

Run Director: Tim Haslett

Timekeepers: Jim Pow and Nathan Howe.

Finish Token hander-outers: Nathan Lindsay.

Funnel manager: Beverly Reid.

Barcode Scanners: Naomi Bryans, Laura Johnston and Katie McAuley.

Marshals: Paul Alister, Kerstin Marshall, Michael Harris, James Gault and Meadow Cinnamond.

Tea/Coffee: Heather Patterson and Therese Stewart.

Pre-event setup: Ian Dyer, Sarah Creighton, Gwyneth Hinds, Nuala McMorrow and Alastair Dickson.

Tail walker: Team Ward, namely, Natalie, Beth and Susanna. 

Our fleet of pacers also excelled themselves as per usual today. We hope you availed of their skills. Many thanks indeed to Niall Ward (20 minutes), PK (21), Colin Ward (22), Peter Campbell (23), Jonathan Davis (24), Colin Ramsden (25), Ian Dyer (26), Sharon Ramsden (27), David Orr (28), Aoife Quinn (29), Fiona Dickson (30), Linda and Minnie (34), and finally, Noelle Dean and Brenda Harris (35).

Two bits of news looking towards the next month. We are cancelled on the 11th and 18th May as the park is otherwise occupied with the Colour Run and Balmoral Show buses. 

We look forward to seeing you all next weekend. It has to be sunny, surely. 

There are surely very few things that would get us out of our warm, dry houses on a morning like that and wilfully run in circles, or stand and cheer in a sodden Wallace Park.

That’s exactly what 132 finishers and 20 volunteers did today. Our wisdom and sanity wholly justified. None of us may ever be dry again, but community was the winner today. Well done all of us. 

Milestones care not for weather conditions, and there were plenty to get through this morning.

First of all, well done to our brand new Run Director, Tim Haslett, who made his RD debut today. Despite his flagrant disregard for his personal well-being and health/safety during the briefing we can all agree that he did a marvellous job and we look forward to many more runs under his direction. The 9th different person to don the RD jacket. Well done Tim.

Elsewhere on the milestone front, Iain Webb made it to 150 (well done Iain!), Nathan Lindsay made it to 100 (two weeks ago in Glasgow), and Rory Moore made it to his 10th milestone. Well done to them all!

It was also our second “5k Your Way, Move Against Cancer” event. Make sure to check out their dedicated Facebook page and all the videos on it, as we shared earlier. 

Well done too to the Couch To 5k graduates joining us from Lough Moss. Sorry we couldn’t organise better weather for you. The sun usually always shines in Wallace Park. 

Miraculously 16 of you recorded new personal bests today, so if that was you then you deserve a very big well done indeed.

All of our results are in the usual place: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/wallace/results/latestresults/

As for our volunteers, on a day like today, we were truly indebted to them all for standing in those elements with remarkable enthusiasm throughout. The power of parkrun eh! On a day like that, words really are insufficient.

We doff our caps this week to:

Run Director: Tim Haslett

Timekeepers: Jim Pow and Nathan Howe.

Finish Token hander-outers: Nathan Lindsay.

Funnel manager: Beverly Reid.

Barcode Scanners: Naomi Bryans, Laura Johnston and Katie McAuley.

Marshals: Paul Alister, Kerstin Marshall, Michael Harris, James Gault and Meadow Cinnamond.

Tea/Coffee: Heather Patterson and Therese Stewart.

Pre-event setup: Ian Dyer, Sarah Creighton, Gwyneth Hinds, Nuala McMorrow and Alastair Dickson.

Tail walker: Team Ward, namely, Natalie, Beth and Susanna. 

Our fleet of pacers also excelled themselves as per usual today. We hope you availed of their skills. Many thanks indeed to Niall Ward (20 minutes), PK (21), Colin Ward (22), Peter Campbell (23), Jonathan Davis (24), Colin Ramsden (25), Ian Dyer (26), Sharon Ramsden (27), David Orr (28), Aoife Quinn (29), Fiona Dickson (30), Linda and Minnie (34), and finally, Noelle Dean and Brenda Harris (35).

Two bits of news looking towards the next month. We are cancelled on the 11th and 18th May as the park is otherwise occupied with the Colour Run and Balmoral Show buses. 

We look forward to seeing you all next weekend. It has to be sunny, surely. 

 

Run Report, Event 295, 13th April 2019.

Last week the infamous Marathon des Sables took place in southern Morocco, across the Sahara desert. It is a six-day, 156 mile race. It is considered to be the hardest running race in the world.

During stage 2 of the race last week a local stray dog joined in with the runners, going on to finish that day’s stage. The next day he decided to join in again and completed the third stage (finishing 52nd place out of 800).

“Cactus” as he was nicknamed went on to finish stage 4, and indeed went on to complete stage 5 and finished the race to huge fanfare. He was even allocated an official race number and fitted with a tracking device for his growing number of fans to keep tabs on him.  

Rest assured, he was reunited with his owners at the end of the race. 

So, next time you’re struggling up the hill for the third time embrace your inner Cactus. Admittedly he had the advantage of four legs but nevertheless…

It certainly wasn’t quite as warm as the Sahara yesterday as 202 of you all took on the biting breeze swirling around the park. It played havoc with our used finish tokens at the finish, but hopefully it did give you a good push up the gentle incline towards the duck pond.

London and Portrush were our only declared visitors yesterday. There were also 28 folk joining us for the first time ever. We hope you enjoyed your visit with us! 

We had one new age-category record yesterday as Paul Spick knocked a few seconds off his respective age category. Well done Paul.

PB corner makes a return this week. Well done to the 47 of you who left with shiny new PBs. Well done to, 

Angela Creighton who made it back to back PBs, knocking nearly three minutes off her best time. Well done Angela!

Ian Wilson made it 6 PBs at Wallace this year alone chipping a few seconds off and creeping closer to 34 minute barrier. Well done Ian.

Ian Dyer took a sizeable 7 seconds off his PB, recording back to back PBs too. Super work from Ian. His 119th parkrun finish. 

Roseann Spence clearly had her Weetabix as she came home as first lady, taking almost 30 seconds off her best time in the process. Rob Spence did pretty well too as he recorded his first PB since November. Well done Team Spence. 

Etta Roberts wnet under 35 minutes for the second week in a row, on her 49th parkrun finish. 

Finally, well done to Danny Ward who made it 4 PBs in 4 weeks. Sub-20 is now on the horizon. Well done Danny!

All the results are in the usual spot:

www.parkrun.org.uk/wallace/results/latestresults/

As we say every week, we are indebted to you all for being so willing to offer your volunteering skills. Without you, we cease to exist and nobody wants that. We’re very grateful to all our volunteers. You’re great. If you haven’t yet donned the hi-vis we’d love to see you any week. Just let us know! This week we offer our thanks to:

Run Director: Jonathan Davis

Timekeepers: Jim Pow and Colin Mooney

Finish Token hander-outers: Tim Haslett and Laura Johnston 

Funnel manager: Michael Harris

Barcode Scanners: Fiona Mooney, Katie McCauley and Nathan Howe.

Marshals: Paul Alister, Kathleen Stewart, Patrick Kerr, Karen Evans, Rebekah Andrews, James Gault and Beverly Reid.

Tea/Coffee: Gillian Alister, Colin Ramsden and David Wright.

Pre-event setup: Gwyneth Hinds, Brenda Harris, Eamon McCaighy, Sarah Creighton and Ian Dyer.

VI Guide: Jock Mewha.

Tail walker: Thomas Harris. 

Right, that’s enough for one week. We hope you all enjoyed your trips to the ducks yesterday.

The best thing is we get to do it all again next week. See you then!

 

*Cancelled, Saturday 6th April.*

A reminder that we are cancelled this weekend, April 6th, as the park is being used for the Mayor's annual carnival.

We hope you enjoy parkrun elsewhere this weekend.

 

“5k Your Way, Move Against Cancer.”

We are really looking forward to hosting our first “5k Your Way, Move Against Cancer” event this weekend.

This afternoon Gwyneth took to the airwaves on Lisburn's 98FM to talk all about it and us!

Required listening!

https://soundcloud.com/lisburns98fm/wallace-parkrun-to-host-5k-your-way-move-against-cancer?fbclid=IwAR0wb9GXumRZRmpBtxJqDnAUNDV8vjT7CUZAgmKRaoT0OfnW-tmhqtnO-Hg

 

“5k Your Way: Move Against Cancer”

ANNOUNCEMENT

On Saturday 30th March we at Wallace parkrun will host our first ‘5k Your Way: Move Against Cancer.’

We will be the first parkrun in all of Northern Ireland to host the initiative. 

What is ‘5k Your Way: Move Against Cancer’?

It is a community-based initiative to encourage those living with and beyond cancer, families, friends and those working in cancer services to walk, jog, run, cheer or volunteer at a local 5k Your Way parkrun event on the last Saturday of every month.

Exercise has enormous benefits for people living with cancer. It reduces cancer fatigue, helps to preserve cardiorespiratory and muscular fitness, may reduce treatment side effects, improves psychological well-being, may reduce the risk of cancer recurrence and prolong survival. Most importantly however is that it is fun and social!

The ‘5k Your Way’ website can be found here: https://5kyourway.org/. 

The BBC also recently did a feature on the charity. Have a watch here: 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-nottinghamshire-45521730/nottingham-charity-urges-cancer-patients-to-join-parkrun

Gwyneth Hinds and Janet Rogers have very kindly offered to be our ambassadors. Gwyneth worked as a breast surgeon for 13 years in Belfast City Hospital, while Janet is a GP in Carryduff and currently undergoing treatment for bowel cancer. Indeed within a few weeks of surgery Janet has been back with us at Wallace parkrun doing 5k her way!

Gwyneth says, “We are delighted to be ambassadors and look forward to welcoming those living with and beyond cancer, families, friends, and those working in cancer services to walk, jog, run, cheer or volunteer at Wallace parkrun. Any distance you choose to complete is entirely up to you, sometimes getting out to the park is achievement enough.”

We thank Gwyneth and Janet for bringing this initiative to our attention and we look forward to welcoming as many people into the parkrun family over the coming months. 

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