1st October saw 5 Seapark AC ladies heading to Peatlands Park, Dungannon for the 10K Jog around the Bog for Guide Dogs NI.
Karen Waring was the first Seapark lady to finish with a time of 57:34. She was followed by Jacqui Coghlan 1:00:33, Carol Woods 1:00:33, Julie Marshall 1:00:48 and Karen Hanson 1:02:20.
Meanwhile Neil Harper took part in a works charity run, the Fujitsu 5K Action for Children. He came 3rd in a field of 10 people with a time of 25:58.
On Sunday 2nd October there was another fun filled day at the 5K Waggy Races at Mount Stewart. Taking part were Cody & Robert Murray who finished 9th in 20:57, Oska & Neil Harper who finished 39th in 26:57, Sasha & Dixie with Gary Craig who finished 64th in 30:38 and last but by no means least; Bazil, Nikita & Glenda Murray who finished in 41:50. In true Seapark style Oska got a little bit competitive and tried to take Cody and Robert out at the start.
On Saturday 8th October Seapark was well represented in this year’s GR8 Dundrum 8 mile race, with no fewer than 35 athletes taking part.
Results; Richard Craig 51:15, Bobbie Irvine 57:35, Mark Welsh 1:00:12 PB, Paul Daniels 1:01:05 PB, Philip Mone 1:02:04, Gillian Strudwick 1:06:05 PB, Heather Haggan 1:09:04, Amy Beatson 1:09:42, Janet McCullough 1:09:48, Kate Delaney 1:10:00, Allan Grant 1:10:29 PB, Julie Clyde 1:11:11, Laura Johnston 1:12:42, Nicola Irvine 1:13:36, Karen Waring 1:15:10, Alison Welsh 1:15:19 PB, Lynette Magill 1:15:53, Andrew Smyth 1:16:17, Wesley Wallace 1:16:17, Neill Harper 1:16:17, Catherine Steele 1:16:28, Sarah Rea 1:16:31, Julie Lyness 1:16:36, Alison Dunlop 1:20:01, Philip Magill 1:21:42, Alyson Sangster 1:21:43 PB, Loran Dunn 1:21:43, Rebecca Tester 1:21:54, Marie Nicholson 1:22:48, Josephine McAlister 1:24:51, Ellie Wallace 1:26:08, Suzanne McConkey 1:27:04, Beverley Kernoghan 1:27:06 PB, Lauren Scott 1:30:47 PB & Caroline Mone 1:34:46.
Further afield Karen McMaster completed the Royal Parks Half London Marathon in a time of 2:30 on Sunday 9th October.
Glenda and Nikita Murray both took on the scarily difficult 5K obstacle course at the Zombie Run on Sunday 9th October and survived to tell the tale.
On Saturday 15th October Richard Hetherington, Jonathan Beattie, Paul Daniels and Gillian Barnhill competed in the The Wall Adventure Duathlon staged from Silent Valley in the Mourne mountains. The race comprised a 3K run, 45K road cycle + 15K mountain run.
Results; Jonathan Beattie 3:33, Richard Hetherington 3:44, Paul Daniels 3:52 & Gillian Barnhill 5:31.
On Sunday 16th October a number of Seaparkers took part in the Knockathon half marathon organised by East Antrim Marathon Series. The weather was atrocious with high winds and heavy rain but in spite of the conditions Seaparkers took all 3 podium positions in the men’s race and 1st & 3rd places in the women’s race.
Results; Ian Cleland (1st place) 1:30:00, Charlie McCormick (2nd place) 1:32.40, Brendan Rice (3rd place), 1:41:07, Gary Connelly 1:51:20, Gillian Strudwick (1st female) 1:52:00, Gillian Barnhill (3rd female) 1:59:00, Patrick Hughes 1:59:22, Martin Clyde 2:01:26, Laura Johnston 2:01:39, Sara Johnston 2:03:38 PB, Jacqui Coghlan 2:05:58 (course PB), Julie Clyde 2:06:23, Karen Hanson 2:19:51, Josephine McAlister 2:27:12, Phil Magill 2:28:00, Marie Nicholson 2:31:28 & Caroline Mone 2:43:00.
Sun 23rd October saw a lot of Seaparkers achieving a PB at the runher Titanic 10K.
Results; Jenney Martin 48:12, Amy Beatson 49:31, Rosie Hay 51:33, Jessica Lyness 55:20 PB, Catherine Steele 55:35, Claire Hamilton 56:24 PB, Jackie Reid 59:11, Lauren Lavery 59:25 PB, Susan Kane 1:00:41 PB & Karen Mcilroy 1:02:39 PB.
On Wednesday 26th October Gillian Cordner ran the Armagh City Marathon. She was 1st lady with a time of 4:28:00.
On Friday 28th October a presentation took place for the Pure Running Half Marathon Series. Charlie ‘always second’ McCormick took (what else) second place in his age group.
Further afield Robert Murray ran the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon on Sunday 30th October. He finished with a time of 3:28:55.
What’s that coming over the Hill? It’s Thomas & Nicola Dunlop taking part in the 10K Running Scared. It was a Halloween themed run over Divis/Black Mountain that took place on Sunday 30th October. This was not an officially timed run.
No first place finishers for Searpark at Carrickfergus this week. Jonathan Beattie was the first Seaparker to finish in a pitiful 6 position. He was followed by Bobbie Irvine, Laura Johnston (with her 1st ever parkrun), Nicola Irvine (course PB of 25:42), Jessica Lyness (parkrun PB of 26:10), Julie Lyness (parkrun PB of 26:31), Catherine Steele, Gary Craig & Julie-Ann Mitchell.
Richard Craig attended his 1st run at Antrim (with 2nd place) while Rebecca Tester achieved a course PB of 29:05.
Another member of the 22 challenge finished today at Craigavon. Alison Welsh on her 1st run at Craigavon got a parkrun PB of 26:31. Not to be outdone Mark Welsh, also on his 1st run at Craigavon, got a parkrun PB of 20:47 & Allan Grant ran a course PB of 24:21.
Trevor Lamb returned to Falls with Michael Kane & Geraldine Kane (1st run at Falls).
At least someone got a 1st place finish this week. Robert Murray took 1st place at Stormont while equalling his parkrun PB of 19:43. Nikita Murray & Glenda Murray also attended.
Ian Cleland came 2nd at Waterworks (not 1st, boo!) with a course PB of 18:52. Also in attendance where Paul Daniels (1st run at Waterworks), Patrick Hughes (course PB of 23:30) & Sara Johnston (parkrun PB of 24:39).
Elsewhere there was Richard Hetherington at Limavady, Julie Kelly on her 1st run at Ormeau, Karen McMaster + Clive Weatherhead (1st time) at Valley & Gillian Strudwick (with a parkrun PB of 23:02) at Victoria.
It was back to a Seaparker finishing in first place at Carrickfergus on 8th with Ian Cleland taking the podium spot. Following him where Charlie McCormick, William Jenkins, Robert Murray (with a course PB of 19:56), Jonathan Beattie, Bobbie Irvine, Rory Poag (parkrun PB of 24:58), Nikita Murray (1st run at Carrickfergus and finishing her 22 challenge), Julie-Ann Mitchell, Glenda Murray & Toma Gerasimaite.
Trevor Lamb returned to Portrush to help the remaining participants of the 22 group tick another parkrun off their lists. He was the first Seaparker to finish (not often he can say that) and was followed by Julie Kelly (1st run at Portrush), Michael Kane (1st run at Portrush) & Geraldine Kane (1st run at Portrush).
Elsewhere in NI Gary Craig & Ann McCracken attended Ormeau, Susan Kane went on her 1st run at Valley, while Gillian Bell got a course PB of 34:12 at the same parkrun + Brendan Rice & Colin McCrum returned to Victoria.
Further afield Philip Poag & Karen Poag both participated in their 1st run each at Marlay.
The Race to 100 had its first finisher this week with Karen McMaster at Carrickfergus (yea!)
Richard Craig was first over the line at Carrickfergus on 15th October. He was followed by William Jenkins, Bobbie Irvine, Allan Grant, Laura Johsnston (2nd parkrun with a PB of 24:53), Colin McCrum, Jessica Lyness (10th parkrun and everyone a PB, 25:53 this week), Catherine Steele, Simon Trimble, Karen McMaster (on her 100th parkrun) & Julie-Ann Mitchell.
Charlie McCormick and Susan Kane both ran their 1st run each at Larne.
The 22 challenge became 23 with Seapark attending week 2 of the new Omagh course for the first time.
Robert Murray took 3rd place with a parkrun PB of 19:29 & Mark Welsh was 6th with a parkrun PB of 20:35. Then came Karen Waring, Nikita Murray (with a parkrun PB of 26:27), Neill Harper and Oska (who was the 1st dog to finish), Alison Welsh, Michael Kane (who beat Trevor Lamb by one second), Trevor Lamb (who didn’t beat Michael Kane), Glenda Murray & Geraldine Kane.
Elsewhere Julie Kelly completed her 1st run at Limavady, Ann McCracken returned to Ormeau, Rory Poag attended Valley for the first time with Karen Poag & Phillip Poag + Gary Craig went to Waterworks.
Richard Craig took the podium spot at Carrickfergus on 22nd October with a course PB of 17:56. He was followed by William Jenkins, Jonathon Bell, Bobbie Irvine, Charlie McCormick, Laura Johnston, Nicola Irvine (with a course PB of 25:30), Alison Welsh (with a parkrun PB of 26:21 on her 50th parkrun), Catherine Steele, Karen Poag, Derek Kane, Trevor Lamb, Chloe Anderson, Neill Harper (and Oska) & Elise Park (with a course PB of 35:52).
Julie Kelly attended her 1st run at Antrim with a parkrun PB of 26:42.
Ronald Simms was the 1st finisher on his 1st appearance at Colin Glen.
A few excited Seaparkers attended Larne for Andy’s parkrun challenge. Robert Murray was the first Seaparker to finish (with a course PB of 20:23) and he was followed by Jonathan Beattie (1st run at Larne), Colin McCrum, Simon Trimble (with a course PB of 28:36) & Karen McMaster (1st run at Larne).
Rebecca Tester turned her 22 parkrun challenge into 23 by attending Omagh for the 1st time.
The third Seaparker of the week to obtain a 1st place finish was Ian Cleland at Stormont (with a course PB of 19:05).
Elsewhere Robert Steele did his 1st run at Portrush. Queens was attended by Gillian Strudwick (1st run at Queens with a parkrun PB of 22:48), Andrew Smyth (1st run at Queens) & Gary Craig. Gillian Bell achieved a course PB of 33:07 at Valley, while Allan Grant did the same (course PB of 24:14) at Waterworks.
Carrickfergus parkrun on the 29th October was the event everyone had been waiting for all year, but that was most likely due to the fact they knew there would be cake. That said, it was the 100th parkrun each for both Glenda Murray and Trevor Lamb + it was the big five-o for Karen Poag (again I mean parkruns, not age). Both Glenda and Trevor took a wee dander around the three lap course to make everyone wait for the cake.
The Pink Flamingo aka Ian Cleland was 1st over the line and was followed by William Jenkins (with a parkrun PB of 19:31 – He must really wanted to catch that flamingo), Mark Welsh, Charlie McCormick, Paul Daniels (with a parkrun PB of 21:45), Bobbie Irvine, Jonathon Bell, Allan Grant, The Red Queen aka Sara Johnston (with a course PB of 25:10), Laura Johnson, one of the Witches of Shaftesbury Park aka Gillian Strudwick, Catherine Steele, Claire Hamilton (with a parkrun PB of 26:59), Nikita Murray (with a course PB of 27:33), a mindless zombie aka Robert Murray, Derek Kane, the Human Baker aka Karen Poag (on her 50th parkrun), Rory Poag, the only S Club 7 fan left aka Philip Poag, Karen McIlroy (with a parkrun PB of 28:29), Simon Trimble, Alison Welsh, the second Witch of Shaftesbury Park (but is she the good Witch of the North or the evil Witch of the East?) aka Julie-Ann Mitchell, Susan Kane (with a course PB of 29:33), Kara Zor-El aka Kara Danvers aka Supergirl aka Rebecca Tester, Karen Bell, Richard Hetherington, the Dread Pirate Roberts aka Oska with Neill Harper, a zombie cheerleader aka Karen McMaster, Nicola Dunlop, Thomas Dunlop, Gillian Bell, Mario aka Murrio aka Glenda Murray (on her 100th parkrun), Luigi aka Lamigi aka Trevor Lamb (on his 100th parkrun) and Darth Vader aka Karen Waring.
Colin McCrum and Nicola Irvine missed out on the cake by going to Stormont.
Richard Craig got a parkrun PB of 17:22 on his 1st run at Victoria while Gary Craig and Brendan Rice also attended.
Elsewhere Ronald Simms went to Falls for the first time while Ann McCracken returned to Ormeau.
Race to 100
Karen McMaster (AKA Team Chair) finished her 100th parkrun on 15/10/16.
Glenda Murray (AKA Team Devious) finished her 100th parkrun on 29/10/16.
Trevor Lamb (AKA Team Wolf) finished his 100th parkrun on 29/10/16.
Allan Grant (AKA Team Barcode) is at 94 parkruns as off 29/10/16.
Official hashtag #Raceto100.
Seapark charity parkrun challenge
Team Blue for the boys and Team Pink for the girls.
As of 29/10/16 there are 10 parkruns left to the end of the year (if you count Christmas Day).
12 people have finished the original 22 (with 7 on 23 thanks to Omagh).
Derek Kane finished his 22nd parkrun 02/07/16
1st Male Winner.
Glenda Murray finished her 22nd parkrun 02/07/16
1st Female Winner.
Bobbie Irvine, Nicola Irvine, Robert Murray and Alan Poag all completed their 22nd parkrun on 13/08/16.
Karen Waring completed her 22nd parkrun on 03/09/16.
Trevor Lamb and Rebecca Tester completed theirs on 17/09/16.
Allan Grant completed his on 24/09/16.
Alison Welsh completed hers on 01/10/16.
Nikita Murray finished hers on 08/10/16.
Team Blue (the rest for Mark) – 1 left as of 29/10/16.
Michael Kane – 1 left as of 29/10/16.
Julie Kelly – 1 left as of 29/10/16.
Geraldine Kane – 3 left as of 29/10/16.
The two charities are Brainwaves NI and Macmillian Cancer Support. Remember that if each of the two charities reaches the £2500 target then Michael Kane and Trevor Lamb will get their legs waxed and then run with nice waxed legs. You know that the suffering of others will make you feel better so dig deep.
It’s now complete. Between 26/03/16-29/10/16 participants had 32 weeks to complete three different parkruns, plus volunteer at Carrickfergus (and wear a hi viz vest) at least once. The parkruns included Carrickfergus, Larne and the third one was any of the participants own choosing. Age grade percentage will decide the winner. Results to be confirmed.
This month we had a Seaparker finish in first place at every Carrickfergus parkrun.
Richard Craig was 1st to finish on 3rd September. He was followed by Charlie McCormick, William Jenkins, Paul Daniels, Gavin Irvine, Robert Steele, Emily Smiley, Colin McCrum, Catherine Steele & Karen McMaster.
Four people finished their 22 NI parkrun challenge this month, the first of which was Karen Waring at Larne.
Gillian Strudwick was the first Seaparker to finish (with a course PB of 23:45). After her came Andrew Smyth (course PB of 25:02), Karen Waring (who finished the 22 challenge with a course PB of 27:41), Nikita Murray (1st run at Larne), Trevor Lamb, Alison Welsh (course PB of 29:45), Neill Harper (and Oska), Glenda Murray & Geraldine Kane (1st run at Larne).
At Limavady there was Richard Hetherington (with a parkrun PB of 19:26) and Allan Grant (1st run at Limavady).
Philip Poag got a course PB of 25:58 at Valley. Also in attendance where Julie-Ann Mitchell (1st run at Valley ) and Karen Poag.
Bobbie Irvine and Nicola Irvine (course PB of 25:57) attended Portobello, Edinburgh.
Elsewhere Rebecca Tester attended her first run at Derry, Gary Craig went to Queens, Brendan Rice ran at Victoria while at Wallace there was Ronald Simms and Julie Kelly (1st run at Wallace).
Ian Cleland was 1st to finish at Carrickfergus on 10th. Following him where William Jenkins, Robert Murray (course PB of 19:57), Jonathon Bell, Paul Daniels, Jennifer Jackson, Derek Kane, Colin McCrum, Karen McMaster, Julie-Ann Mitchell, Lindsay Roberts (parkrun PB of 30:49) and Toma Gerasimaite.
Four members of the 22 challenge got lost on the way to Carrickfergus and ended up in Citypark, Craigavon. Not really sure how that happened.
Allan Grant (1st run at Craigavon) was the first Seaparker to finish. Then came Alan Poag, Trevor Lamb (1st run at Craigavon) and Michael Kane (1st run at Craigavon).
And at Derry there was Nikita Murray (1st run at Derry), Glenda Murray (course PB of 29:59), Geraldine Kane (1st run at Derry) & Julie Kelly (1st run at Derry).
At Larne there was Bobbie Irvine, Nicola Irvine (with a course PB of 27:06) and Neill Harper.
Richard Hetherington and Rebecca Tester both attended their first run each at Valley.
Elsewhere Alison Welsh attended her 1st run at Colin Glen and the day before the Great North Run Karen Waring did her 1st run at Newcastle Upon Tyne. Also Kate Delaney attended her 1st run at Portrush and Brendan Rice got a parkrun PB of 19:43 on his 99th parkrun, which was at Victoria.
It was William Jenkins turn to finish 1st at Carrickfergus on 17th. He was followed by Paul Daniels (parkrun PB of 22:05), Chris Hogg, Patrick Hughes, Emily Smiley (1st lady and parkrun PB of 25:12), Julie-Ann Mitchell, Jonathan Beattie, Bobbie Irvine, Susan Kane (course PB of 29:43), Beverley Kernoghan (parkrun PB of 29:49) & Julie Marshal.
Robert Murray and Alison Welsh attended Antrim.
While Trevor Lamb informed Colin Glen that he was coming to finish his 22 with them.
Derek Kane was the first Seaparker to finish at Colin Glen. He was followed by Karen Waring, Trevor Lamb (finished the 22 challenge with his 1st run at Colin Glen), Julie Kelly (1st run at Colin Glen), Michael Kane (1st run at Colin Glen), Carol Downey (1st time at Colin Glen) and Geraldine Kane (1st time at Colin Glen).
Brendan Rice completed his 100th parkrun with his 1st run at Derry.
While Allan Grant attended his 1st run at Falls.
And at Wallace there was Ronald Simms (and the 3rd person to finish the 22 challenge this month) Rebecca Tester, with her 1st run at Wallace.
At Valley there was Richard Hetherington (with a course PB of 20:22) and Gillian Bell (1st run at Valley). While Gary Craig attended Victoria and Nikita Murray ran for the first time at Waterworks with Glenda Murray & Karen McMaster.
Richard Craig was 1st over the line at Carrickfergus for the last parkrun of September. He was followed by William Jenkins, Heather Haggan, Catherine Steele, Julie Lyness and Julie-Ann Mitchell.
It was Alan Grant’s turn to finished the 22 challenge with his 1st run at Armagh. Michael Kane was there as his support.
The Murrays bumped into a happy volunteer at Wallace. The first Seaparker to finish was Robert Murray and he was followed by Nikita Murray (1st run at Wallace) and Glenda Murray (with a course PB of 29:11).
Elsewhere Kate Delaney attended her 1st run at Larne, Karen McMaster went to Ormeau, Patrick Hughes achieved a course PB of 24:28 at Valley, Colin McCrum returned to Victoria and Gary Craig ran again at Waterworks.
Race to 100
Karen McMaster (AKA Team Chair) is at 98 parkruns as off 24/09/16.
Glenda Murray (AKA Team Devious) is at 96 parkruns as off 24/09/16.
Trevor Lamb (AKA Team Wolf) is at 95 parkruns as off 24/09/16.
Allan Grant (AKA Team Barcode) is at 90 parkruns as off 24/09/16.
Official hashtag #Raceto100.
Seapark charity parkrun challenge
Team Blue for the boys and Team Pink for the girls.
As of 24/09/16 there are 15 parkruns left to the end of the year (if you count Christmas Day).
1st Male Winner.
1st Female Winner.
Bobbie Irvine, Nicola Irvine, Robert Murray and Alan Poag all completed their 22nd parkrun on 13/08/16, Karen Waring completed her 22nd parkrun on 03/09/16, Trevor Lamb and Rebecca Tester completed their 22nd one on 17/09/16 & Allan Grant completed his on 24/09/16.
Alison Welsh – 1 left as of 24/09/16.
Team Blue (the rest for Mark) – 2 left as of 24/09/16.
Michael Kane – 3 left as of 24/09/16.
Geraldine Kane – 5 left as of 24/09/16.
Julie Kelly – 5 left as of 24/09/16.
The two charities are Brainwaves NI and Macmillian Cancer Support. Remember that if each of the two charities reaches the £2500 target then Michael Kane and Trevor Lamb will get their legs waxed and then run a 10K with nice waxed legs. You know that the suffering of others will make you feel better so dig deep.
Between 26/03/16-29/10/16 participants have 32 weeks to complete three different parkruns, plus volunteer at Carrickfergus (and wear a hi viz vest) at least once. The parkruns are Carrickfergus, Larne and the third one will be any of the participants own choosing. Age grade percentage will decide the winner.