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Event # 493 – 07/03/2020

By volunteer Orla Stephens

This week was special in a number of ways, firstly it was international woman’s day and to celebrate we had 113 female runners of which 12 were first timers and 21 recorded PB’s, 13 of our volunteers were also females. One could also be forgiven for thinking it was also international cake day for the array of cakes on display at the start, that said there wasn’t much left at the end.

Last but not least it was pacer Saturday Grainne, parkrun Jim, Lyle, Micheal and Brendan donned their bibs and hopefully helped a few to PB’s.

A total of 296 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 23 were first timers and 53 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 23 different clubs took part.

First home for the ladies was Pauline Clancy 22:37 followed by Bryanna Cagney 23:02 PB and Dawn Blain 23:54.
For the men first finisher was Mark MCAvoy 16:44 PB followed by Conor Gallagher 17:01 then Gabriel MCAvoy 18:39 PB

Back to the cakes, congratulations to all our milestone people:
junior Oran Steele - 10th
Junior Beth Rainey - 50th
Ciaran Haren - 50th
Yvonne Gamble - 50th
Joanne Boal - 50th
Nicola Rogers - 50th
Rory Gerard O’Neill - 100th
Laura Mallaghan - 250th
Not a official milestone but Special mention to John Cooper 400 and superb cake

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Shane CARR • Eric MONTGOMERY • Stella HARRISON • Jim CLINTON • John Gerard MURPHY • Brendan Arthur MCGOLDRICK • Damian MCNAIRNEY • Marie MC TAGGART • Lyle CARLETON • Mary GRIBBIN • Jacqueline LAWLOR • Luke SMITH • Margaret STEPHENS • James TOAL • Colin CLEMENTS • Eleanor MORGAN • Jock MEWHA • David CLEMENTS • Denis LOUGHRAN • Elisabeth FRENCH • Johanna HEWITT • Grainne STEPHENS • Orla STEPHENS • Laoise EASTWOOD • Bertha MCWHINNEY • Elaine TUMELTY

 

Event # 492 – 29/02/2020

By volunteer Bernadette DUFFY

Being the 29th February we were just wondering if any of our lady parkrunners took the opportunity today to pop the question? If you missed this occasion it will be another 28 years before you’ll have the chance to do it at another 29th February parkrun event!!

On the weather front I think everyone was glad to have today’s event done and dusted before Storm Jorge landed. Mercifully the sun was shining at 9.30am and it looked a lovely morning to be out and about, despite being a bit nippy and a little on the windy side.

Today we had a great turnout of 297 people who ran, jogged and walked the course. A very warm welcome to the 22 first timers who completed the 5K at the Waterworks today. A special mention to 12 of the First Timers who (I think) completed their first ever parkrun today but not forgetting the other 10 who ran with us today. Welcome to Joseph BAILIE (Billingham Marsh House Harriers & AC) and Frances MCMULLAN (Free T-Shirt Club) and East Down AC and Belfast Running Club

Many congratulations to the top 3 ladies home –
Eimear McBrien (21.33) Fionnuala O’Hare (22.21) Belinda McGinley (23.26 First Timer) The top 3 times recorded time for men came form Conor Gallagher (17.24) Mackenzie Murray (17.27) Martin Rea(18.40). First person home today was an unknown parkrunner. Congratulations on a great time.

Age Gradients
Congratulations to Mackenzie Murray (79.75%), Jack Carberry (78.39%), Elizabeth Maxwell (73.72%) and to Frances McMullan (72.37%) who had very impressive age gradients today.

Personal Bests (PBs)
Today we recorded 27PBs. These PBs came from a cross section of those who decided to start their Saturday by turning up to the Waterworks to complete the 5K course. Male, female, young, old, fast and not so fast, it doesn’t matter where you fit into this cross section, you achieved a PB today and that is noteworthy in itself. So, well done again.

It’s great to see so many different clubs represented in our weekly timed event and today we had 18 different clubs represented.

Milestones
We had 2 milestones to mention - Susan Doran (100th parkrun) and Sile Hannon (50th parkrun). Congratulations to both of you on you Milestones today and also for providing us with celebratory cakes. Great photos on Facebook of both of you with your cakes.

Contrary to popular belief it was not Margaret’s birthday today and she definitely is not 100!

Finishing Tokens
A few tokens went missing today. If you happen to have Token number 118 or 120 please return them next week..

Volunteers needed!!
If you haven’t ever volunteered or haven’t volunteered in a while perhaps you could consider giving your name to Margaret next week or sending in an email and getting your name added to the rota. Rota looking good for March so think about April.
The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:

David CLEMENTS, Laura DOHERTY, Bernadette DUFFY, Patrick DUFFY, Stella HARRISON, Paula JACKSON, Niall KERR, Jacqueline LAWLOR, Greg MCCLURE, Tony REID, Gillian RODEN, Catherine SEAWRIGHT, Nisha SHARMA, Luke SMITH, Grainne STEPHENS, Margaret STEPHENS, Michael STEVENSON, Frances STROUD, James TOAL, Elaine TUMELTY

 

Event # 491 – 22/02/2020

By volunteer Rosy Ryan

We had 239 brave souls who ran, jogged and walked the icy cold and windy parkrun this week with 23 different clubs being recorded in the results table. There were 16 first timers with 13 runners recording new Personal Bests. Everyone was happy to have completed this parkrun in the bad conditions and even happier to have such great volunteers along the course supporting and braving the weather so parkrun could happen.

Waterworks parkrun was delighted to welcome all the first time runners and the visitors from Billingham, England and Holland.

Many congratulations to the top 3 ladies home: (1st) Eimear McBrien 23:08, (2nd) Nuala Muldoon 23:42, (3rd) Carmel Stanford 23:46 and also to the top men: (1st) Conall McClean 16:29, (2nd) Conor Gallagher 17:50 and (3rd) Oliver Cook 17:51.
Top of the age grade for the ladies was Kate Montgomery with top age gradient score of 73.09% and for the men was Conall McClean with 80.89%.

Milestones & Celebrations
Well done to Matthew Carleton on completing his milestone 50th parkrun
We enjoyed celebrating with him and appreciated the cake.

Volunteers
We always welcome volunteers at Waterworks parkrun. If you wish to volunteer please give your name to Margaret by using this link to add your name to the roster waterworkshelpers@parkrun.com

Token 216, 220 and 222 was mistakenly taken in the rain and hopefully they will make their way back to us next week as we need the tokens every week.
A polite reminder to listen during the Run Director’s briefing, as it is essential for everyone to hear all of the important safety information each week.

25 volunteers made today’s event possible:
Shane CARR, Colin CLEMENTS, David CLEMENTS, Patrick DUFFY, Stella HARRISON, Johanna HEWITT, Susan KANE, Niall KERR, Claireanne MCAREE, Lisa MCCAMLEY, Una MCCURDY, Lorraine MOORE, John Gerard MURPHY, Brian POOTS, Gillian RODEN, Rosy RYAN, Catherine SEAWRIGHT, Nisha SHARMA, Ruth SHIELDS, Luke SMITH, Margaret STEPHENS, Michael STEVENSON, Elaine TUMELTY, Maire McTaggart, Laoise EASTWOOD
Waterworks parkrun started on 6th November 2010. Since then 9,561 participants have completed a total distance of 482775km, including 14,846 new Personal Bests.

 

Event # 490 – 15/02/2012

By volunteer and visitor Rebecca Greer

Today’s event saw 258 people brave storm Dennis to complete their Saturday morning run, jog or walk. Waterworks is a great course, two laps around the two ponds, with one short steep hill. It is run completely on tarmac, which definitely helps in this weather! As with all parkruns, the core team were very welcoming and there was plenty of support from marshals throughout the course. Very appreciated as always, even more so in this weather!

Despite the weather, an impressive 31 people set a personal best! Congratulations to everyone, battling those conditions was not easy! 26 people visited Waterworks for the first time today, we hope you enjoyed it and will be back to see us soon! A special welcome to Eilish O’Brien and Simon Kennedy who completed their first ever parkrun today! Welcome to the parkrun family and huge well done for starting your parkrun journey on a day like today!

We welcomed tourists from Isle of Man, Wiltshire, Somerset, Hertfordshire, Scotland and Monaghan; we hope you enjoyed your visit to our parkrun! Today’s top male finishers were Matthew Lockyer in a speedy 17:06, the second person to be scanned was Mark McAvoy in 18:17 and third male was Rory Corrigan in 18:44. First female was Rachel Friend in 18:43, second went to Claireanne McAree in 24:01 and third was Sheila McKeown in 24:28. Great running from everyone!

Some milestones were celebrated today: James Curran and Peter O’Brien joined the 100 club today – a fantastic achievement! We also had to bid a fond farewell to Ivo this morning, who has been with Waterworks since the beginning. We wish him and his family the best of luck for their move to Australia! Don’t forget us and you know where to parkrun if you find yourself back in Belfast!

As usual, parkrun couldn’t have happened without the volunteers and the team at Waterworks are fantastic and very welcoming! I look forward to returning to this event in the future. If you haven’t volunteered before, I encourage you to give it a go; you won’t regret it!

 

Event # 489 – 08/02/2020

By volunteer Bernadette Duffy

On the weather front I think everyone was glad to have today’s event done and dusted before Storm Ciara landed.

Today we had a great turnout of 251 people who ran, jogged and walked the course. A very warm welcome to the 13 first timers who completed the 5K at the Waterworks today. A special mention to Stephen Wiggins (Helsby RC), Robert McShane (Kernan Run Club) and Sean Murray (Mills and Reeve) who (I think) travelled the furthest.

Many congratulations to the top 3 ladies home –
Michelle McCoy (22.28 PB) Leah McAvoy (23.12) Claireanne McAree (20.40) The top 3 times recorded time for men came form Mark McAvoy (17.04)) Conor Gallagher (17.25) Conor Creen (18.58)

Congratulations to Jack Carberry (78.98%), Stephen Austin (76.82%) and Kate Montgomery (75.92%) who had very impressive age gradients today.

Today we recorded 45PBs each one hard earned, enjoy your success, well deserved. It’s great to see so many different clubs represented in our weekly timed event and we had 18 different clubs represented.

Milestones
We had no milestones to mention but I think there may be a few in the next weeks.

Finishing Tokens
All finishing tokens were safely returned today. Think we are getting better at handing them back or hanging them on the Token Board.

Volunteers needed!!
If you haven’t ever volunteered or haven’t volunteered in a while perhaps you could consider giving your name to Margaret next week or sending in an email and getting your name added to the rota. You can pick your job late March or April

Special mention to Laoise Eastwood who can be seen on the Waterworks Facebook page in action giving lots of parkrunners a ‘high five’. Thanks also to Eric Montgomery for today’s photographs and Damien for the Bollard Cam.

The event was made possible by 22 volunteers:

Kate MONTGOMERY • Shane CARR • Eric MONTGOMERY • Stella HARRISON • Bernadette DUFFY • Damian MCNAIRNEY • David CURRAN • Peter BANNON • Niall KERR • Jacqueline LAWLOR • Dawn WALLACE • Margaret STEPHENS • Roy PURVIS • James TOAL • Colin CLEMENTS • Patrick DUFFY • Malachy CASH • David CLEMENTS • Gillian RODEN • Johanna HEWITT • Laoise EASTWOOD • Elaine TUMELTY

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