Race report for January 2017

On 2nd January 2017 Sonja McIlfatrick completed the Sam Thompson Bridge 10K in 1:01:20 and Carol Seymour did it in 1:06:38.

Meanwhile, on the same day the following members took part in the Race over the Glens.  This route was approximately 6 miles at Glenarrif Forest Park.

Results; Ian Cleland 43:00, Robert Murray 46.40, Lynda Shannon 59:13, Andy Smyth 1:00:44 and Karen Waring 1:07:35.

Ian Cleland
Robert Murray
Lynda Shannon
Andy Smyth
Karen Waring

Gillian Barnhill completed the Armagh City Marathon on the 3rd January 2017 in a time of 3:46:57.

Gillian Barnhill

The Born2Run Tollymore 10K was held on 7th January 2017.  Three club members took part.  Julie Kelly was the first Seaparker over the line with a time of 1:00:34 and she was followed by Simon Trimble 1:02:16 (course PB) and Becki Tester 1:02:37.

Julie Kelly and Becki Tester
Simon Trimble
Simon Trimble
Simon Trimble and Becki Tester

On 14th January Robert Murray competed in the Greenmount Cross Country 5 miles, finishing in 37:25.

Robert Murray

On January 21st four intrepid Seaparkers braved the frosty conditions and headed to Gosford Forest Park to take part in Born2Run’s sixth race in the popular Run Forest Run Series.  Running the gently undulating, yet scenic 10K course where Becki Tester finishing in 59:22, Simon Trimble in 59:29 (course PB) and Karen McMaster in 60:04.  Alyn McChesney completed the 5K course in 39:12.

Becki Tester
Becki Tester
Karen McMaster
Karen McMaster

Northern Velocity Trail Run Series held a 5K event on Sunday 22nd at Ballykelly.  It was a 3 lap course around the jogging trail in which Richard Hetherington took part.

Richard Hetherington

Richard Hetherington (him again) completed the Mourne Way 10K night Edition on Friday 27th in 44:43.

And finally Paul Daniels was part of a team that finished fourth in the CCAR 3 Adventure Race in Belfast on Saturday 28th.

Paul Daniels

December 2016 parkrun report

3rd December

Richard Craig listened to my advice in the last parkrun report and gave someone else a chance at being 1st as he came 2nd in the Carrickfergus parkrun on 3rd December.

He was followed by Brendan Rice, Mark Welsh (with a course PB of 20:46), Ben McCaughran, Paul Daniels (with a parkrun PB of 21:27), Janet McCullough, Catherine Steele (with a parkrun PB of 25:56), Allan Grant, Laura Johnston, Karen McIlroy (with a parkrun PB of 27:07), Nikita Murray, Robert Murray, Ruth Hawkins, Alison Welsh, Richard Hetherington, Julie Marshall and Gillian Grant.

Allan Grant ticking another run of the list
Robert Murray pacing Nikita Murray
Richard Hetherington taking it slow for once
Alison Welsh getting in another speed workout for her marathon training
As as Julie Marshall
Ruth ‘Speedy’ Hawkins
And Mark Welsh plodding along

Elsewhere Gary Craig & Ross Gilmore returned to Antrim.

Gary Craig at Antrim

And Derek Kane accompanied Susan Kane to her 1st run at Victoria.

Derek and Susan Kane at Victoria

Plus Colin McCrum attended his 1st run at Armagh, Ann McCracken ran at Ormeau and Ronald Simms went to Wallace.

10th December

The 10th December was another week without a Seaparker in first place at Carrickfergus.  William Jenkins was the first club member over the line.  He was followed by Robert Murray, Jonathan Beattie, Bobbie Irvine, Nicola Irvine, Colin McCrum, Catherine Steele, Simon Trimble, Derek Kane, Richard Hetherington, Susan Kane (with a course PB of 29:25), Julie-Ann Mitchell, Neill Harper, Alison Welsh and Julie Marshall.

Robert ‘Billy Wizz’ Murray
Bobbie and the Waves
Susan Kane PB
Richard Hetherington taking it easy again
Alison Welsh posing for the 2017 ‘This Girl Can’ campaign
Oska looking out for some cake
William Jenkins making sure he’s the top Seaparker this week
Jonathan Beattie and his beard
One of the Bobbie and the Waves groupies
Colin Crum always has time to pose for the camera

Gary Craig and Karen McMaster (with a course PB of 28:54) ran at Antrim.

Gary’s optimistic about the winter weather in NI
Karen McMaster showing of her apricot top at Antrim

While Allan Grant was making sure he reaches his 100th parkrun by years end by attending Falls with both Philip Poag & Karen Poag (1st run at Falls).

Richard Craig, Ian Cleland and Sara Johnston (with a course PB of 24:49) returned to Valley.

Karen Waring obtained a season’s best of 25:14 at Victoria.

And further afield Rebecca Tester attended her 1st parkrun at Oxford.

Becki Tester showing of the Seapark brand

19th December

I don’t know what’s going on but the 17th December was another week with Richard Craig not in first place at Carrickfergus.  He was the first Seaparker to finish and was followed by Ian Cleland, Jonathan Beattie, William Jenkins, Ben McCaughran, Paul Daniels, Andrew Smyth, Laura Johnston, Karen McIlroy (with a parkrun PB of 26:04), Claire Hamilton, Catherine Steele, Karen Bell (with a parkrun PB of 28:55), Lynda Shannon, Neill Harper, Julie Marshall & Susan Kane.

The rest of the 24 NI parkrun group (+ a few others) attended Rostrevor (as some went on to do the B2R race after).  That makes another 7 to complete all 24 NI parkruns this year.  Bobbie Irvine was the first Seaparker to finish.  Gavin Irvine was next, then came Nikita Murray, Colin McCrum, Allan Grant, Nicola Irvine, Julie Kelly, Derek Kane, Rebecca Tester, Glenda Murray and (the only person to do it twice) Geraldine Kane.

The Rostrevor 2 group
Nikita Murray finishing off her 24
Bobbie dosn’t have time to wave this week
Becki Teater getting into the festive spirit

Gary Craig, Philip Poag and Karen Poag (with a course PB of 26:25) went to Antrim.

The Poags car selfie 1

While Ann McCracken ran at Ormeau.

And Richard Hetherington achieved a parkrun/overall PB of 19:15 at the original Bushy parkrun.

Richard was in the hunt for 250 tops at Bushy parkrun

Christmas Eve

The very festive Christmas Eve run was sponsored by Carrickfergus Vineyard Church who supplied lots and lots (and lots) of buns (but no cake) for Allan Grants 100th parkrun.

But seriously peeps, Robert Murray was the first Seaparker to finish and he wasn’t in 1st place.  Tut Tut.  He was followed by Jonathan Beattie, Ben McCaughran, Mark Welsh, Gillian Strudwick, Laura Johnston, Nikita Murray (with a course PB of 26:32), Gavin Irvine, Bobbie Irvine, Lynda Shannon, Catherine Steele, Karen McIlroy, Allan Grant (on his 100th parkrun, finally), Paul Daniels, Alison Welsh, Andrew Smyth, Rebecca Tester, Derek Kane, Neil Harper, Julie-Ann Mitchell, Michael Kane, Trevor Lamb, Nicola Dunlop, Thomas Dunlop, Richard Hetherington, Julie Marshall, Karen Waring, Susan Kane & Glenda Murray.

A not so wise man finishing his 100th parkrun
Mark Welsh is getting in on this jumping thing
Trevor Lamb getting back into the game
One reindeer and his dog
Santa Beattie
Santa Kane
Santa Murray
And Santa Hetherington
Michael Fir
And the Three Wise Men of Carrickfergus

Elsewhere Ian Cleland returned to Valley, Ronald Simms Wallace and Richard Craig Waterworks.

And the Poags (no, not the ones you’re fed up with by Christmas Eve) went to Portobello.

The Poags car selfie 2

Christmas Day

On Christmas Day there was two main local parkruns running.

The bulk of Seapark members went to Valley.  They included Jonathan Beattie (with a course PB of 20:20), Robert Murray (with a course PB of 20:51), Paul Daniels (1st time at Valley), Mark Welsh (with a course PB of 23:06), Clive Weatherhead, Ryan Weatherhead (1st time at Valley), Andrew Smyth (1st time at Valley), Lynda Shannon (1st time at Valley), Nikita Murray (with a course PB of 27:44), Alison Welsh (course PB of 28:10), Aimee Weatherhead (1st time at Valley), Neill Harper (for Oska’s 50th parkrun), Karen Waring, Glenda Murray & Karen McMaster.

Santa McMaster
Jonathan Beattie going for a PB
As is Mark Welsh
And Alison Welsh
Is Andy Smyth testing out the course for his next parkrun challenge?
Aimee Weatherhead’s first time at Valley
Mrs Clause
Oska and his human
Mrs Clause with a volunteer
Santas little helpers Glenda and Nikita Murray
Everyone celebrating Oska’s 50th

Oska’s 50th.

While the no PB club went to Waterworks.  They where Gavin Irvine, Nicola Irvine, Bobbie Irvine & Gary Craig.

The Irvine’s don’t need any PBs today
Nicola is beating Bobbie, it must be Christmas
Gary Craig

While further afield the Poags went to Livingston parkrun.

Livingstone parkrun, I presume

New Years Eve

Ian Cleland was the first Seaparker to cross the line for the last parkrun of 2016.  He was followed William Jenkins, Ben McCaughran (with a parkrun PB of 20:57), Mark Welsh, Gavin Irvine (with a course PB of 23:18), Nicola Irvine, Julie Lyness (with a parkrun PB of 26:01), Catherine Steele, Lynda Shannon, Philip Poag, Allan Grant, Laura Laverty, Karen Waring, Gary Craig, Julie Kelly, Simon Trimble, Julie-Ann Mitchell, Derek Kane, Susan Kane, Trevor Lamb, Michael Kane, Karen Poag, Glenda Murray, Geraldine Kane, Alyn McChesney, Julie Marshall & Alison Welsh.

Yes, I am training for the London Marathon said Glealdine Kane to Glenda Murray
Alyn McChesney
Who’s idea was it to do a parkrun the day after our 1st marathon said Alison Welsh to Julie Marshall
Trevor Lamb
Derek Kane
Gary Craig
Julie Kelly
Gavin Irvine
William Jenkins
Mark ‘no longer the only marathoner in the family’ Welsh
Michael Kane and Karen Poag
Derek ‘I’m going to use this as my profile pic so people think I can beat Ian’ Kane with Ian Cleland
Susan Kane
Philip Poag, Allan Grant and Karen Werimg
Some very happy runners
Julie Lyness
And the two marathon girls who don’t understand the concept of a rest day

Elsewhere Richard Craig took 1st place at Antrim (with a course PB 17:51).  Also in attendance where Ronald Simms (course PB 19:33) and Heather Haggan (1st run at Antrim) + Karen McMaster returned to Ormeau, Richard Hetherington Portrush and Rebecca Tester achieved a course PB 29:12 at Valley.

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) finished his 100th parkrun on 24/12/16.

Official hashtag #Raceto100.

Seapark charity parkrun challenge

Everyone has now finished the original 22 (and Rostrevor) NI parkruns. Though someone still has to finish Omagh (the 23).

Derek Kane
Completed 02/07/16 and 1st Male Winner.

Glenda Murray
Completed 02/07/16 and 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 completed hers on 01/10/16, Nikita Murray completed hers on 08/10/16, Michael Kane finished his last one on 05/11/16 + Julie Kelly & Geraldine Kane finished theirs on 19/11/16.

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.


Official hashtag #AllNIparkruns2016.

Andy’s parkrun challenge 2016

Andy’s parkrun challenge ended on 29th October and the winners where announced at the prize giving dinner on 26th November.

25-29 winners
Ian Cleland & Sara Johnston.

30-34 winner
Simon Trimble.

It appears we don’t have any 30-34 females in Seapark as they are all insisting that they are still only 29.

35-39 winners
Jonathan Beattie & Alison Welsh.

40-44 winners
Trevor Lamb & Gillian Strudwick.

45-49 winners
Charlie McCormick & Karen Waring.

Bobbie Irvine.

No female 50+ winner because if there were it would only have been Bobbie in a skirt.

Everyone had to do Carrickfergus, Larne and one other + volunteer at Carrickergus at least once.

For their third parkrun choice Ian & Sara did Waterworks, Charlie & Jonathan did Valley, Bobbie Cookstown, Gillian Queens, Karen Limavady, Alison Craigavon, Trevor Princes, Liverpool and Simon Amager Felled, Copenhagen.

Race report for December 2016

The Born2Run Loughall 10K was held on the 3rd December.  Colin McCrum was the first Seaparker over the line with a time of 53:28.  He was followed by Simon Trimble 59:12, Becki Tester 59:23 and Karen McMaster with a time of 1:03.

Colin post race
Simon pre race

Gary Connolly and Gillian Barnhill both completed the Clonakilty Back to back marathons on 2nd & 3rd December with Gary having a finishing time of 4:24 and Gillian being First Lady with a time of 4:03.

Gary and Gillian with some new bling
Gary and Gillian with some new bling

Bobbie Irvine also competed in the ‘Loop of the Lough’ event and finished 4th (3rd Male) with a time of 9:20:00.

Bobbie and his new bling

On Sunday 4th December members of Seapark AC took part in the Action on Hearing Loss 5 mile fun run in Hazelbank with Richard Craig winning the 5 mile race with a time of 28:41.  He was followed by Gareth Hamill 37:47, Heather Haggan 39:29, Lynda Shannon 41:01 & Catherine Steele 42:44.

The Seapark Santas.
Richard speeding along

On Wednesday 7th December Brendan Rice and Gillian Barnhill ran the EAMS Santa Dash marathon in Monkstown.  All proceeds from this race went to support the Billy Caldwell Appeal.  Brendan finished in 3:53:50 and Gillian was first lady home in a time of 4:04:21.

A marathon is just a ‘Dash’ for an ultra marathoner

On Saturday 10th December Karen McIlroy and Jackie Reid travelled to Hillsborough for the 10K and 5K Santa Run respectively.  Karen finished with a PB time of 57:10 (10K) and Jackie 31:28 (5K).

Karen and Jacki working out who's on the nice list
Karen and Jacki working out who’s on the nice list

Also on Saturday 10th December Ronald Simms competed in the first of the Sperrin Harriers Winter League trail series – the Davagh 10K (his 30th 10K this year) which he finished in a time of 48:42.

Saturday 17 December saw the 4th race in the Born2Run ‘Run Forest Run’ series in Kilbroney Park, Rostrevor.  First Seaparker home was Bobbie Irvine with a time of 45:33.  He was followed by Gavin Irvine 53.18, Nicola Irvine 58:43, Colin McCrum 58.58, Simon Trimble 1:01:09 (course PB) and Becki Tester 1:04:51.

Gavin posing for his Dad
A rare photo of Colin not pulling a face
Simon running along
Beckie with her bling
Beckie with her bling

On Sunday 18 December 4 Seaparkers headed to Belfast for the Cave Hill 5 mile run.  First home (and 6th place overall) for Seapark was Ian Cleland in 39:43.  He was followed by Jonathan Beattie 41:22, Robert Murray 45:05 and Ronald Simms 45:17.

Ian's turn to speed along
Ian’s turn to speed along
Now Jonathan
Plus Robert

On the 27th December 13 teams from Seapark entered the Castlewellan Christmas Cracker, where competitors run as pairs.

Results;  Jonathan Beattie and Ian Cleland 1:04:30.

Robert Steele and Pamela Kane 1:29:43.

Andrew Smyth and Gillian Strudwick 1:30:31.

Andrew and Gillian
Andrew and Gillian

Bobbie Irvine and Gavin Irvine 1:32:23.

Gavin and Bobbie’s selfie

Philip Mone and Mark Anderson 1:36:12.

Julie Clyde and Martin Clyde 1:39:42.

Rebecca Tester and Conor Sheridan 1:44:24.

Nicola Irvine and Julie Lyness 1:44:27.

Wesley Wallace and Carrie Brown 1:50:52.

Neill Harper and Karen Waring 1:55:12.

Karen and Neill

Karen McMaster and Marie Nicholson 1:58:55.

Karen, Neill and another Karen
Karen, Neill, another Karen and Marie

Ann McCracken and Phillipa Bell 2:02:13.

Ann and Phillipa

Caroline Mone and Lorraine Ogilby 2:09:38.

On the 30th and 31st December the East Antrim Marathon Series ran a Back to Back marathon event, with a marathon on each day.  The 30th started at Carrickfergus Castle and the 31st from Greenisland.  Seven club members successfully completed both Marathons, Gillian Strudwick (2nd lady on the first day and 2nd lady overall for both marathons), Caroline Salters, Brendan Rice, Charlie McCormick, Bobbie Irvine, Gillian Barnhill and Gary Connolly.

Cataline and Gillian with some bling
Bobbie getting one last wave in before the year is out
Caroline and Gillian action shot
Gary Connolly nd Gillian Barnhill
Bobbie Irvine
My mistake, Bobbie managed another wave
Brendan Rice
Charlie McCormick
Gillian Strudwick
Cataline Saulters
Gillian Strudwick with some more bling
Just checking the run was saved as it doesn’t count if it’s not saved
The Seapark volunteers

The 30th was also notable as four Seaparkers successfully completed their first marathon.

Jacqui Coghlan 4:36:35, Alison Welsh 4:37:06, Julie Marshall 4:39:56 and Sara Johnston 4:39:57.

Jacqui Coghlan
Alison Welsh happy to be running with Julie Marshall
It’s so good it was taken twice
Julie Marshall
Alison can’t jump for every shot (with Julie)
Sara Johnson
And the award for best sign goes to…

Johnathan Beattie also entered the Marathon on the 31st and was the first Seaparker home in a time of 3:55:25.

Johnathan squeezed his 2016 marathon on on New Years Eve
Johnathan squeezed his 2016 marathon on on New Years Eve