August 2016 parkrun report

6th August

It was another busy month with Seapark eating cake all over the place.

At Carrickfergus on 6th August there were Jonathon Bell, Janet McCullough, Jennifer Jackson (with a parkrun PB of 25:17), Catherine Steele, Julie-Ann Mitchell & Toma Gerasimaite.

Comber was attended by Robert Murray (1st run at Comber), Alan Poag (1st run at Comber), Nikita Murray (1st run at Comber), Glenda Murray (with a course PB of 30:00), Geradline Kane (1st run at Comber) & Carol Downey (1st run at Comber).

Robert Murray speeding up to get to the cake.
Almost there.
Leave some for me, said Alan Poag.
We want some, shouted Glenda and Nikita Murray.
Don’t forget about me, gasped Geraldine Kane.
At last, the timed run is over.
Next time we’ll go straight to the shops and buy some.

Julie Kelly attended her 1st run at Cookstown.

It’s not a catwalk Julie Kelly.

While Allan Grant attended his 1st run at Enniskillen.

Allan Grant has been hit with the Joker gas.

Elsewhere Ian Cleland achieved a course PB of 19:56 at Larne, Richard Hetherington went to Limavady, while Ann McCracken & Karen McMaster both returned to Queens.

Valley had its 100th run and their 2nd anniversary cakerun on 6th Aug.  Everyone in attendance said they knew nothing about the cake.  I believe that.  Richard Craig was the 1st one across the new finish line.  He was followed by Charlie McCormick, William Jenkins (with a course PB of 20:26), Philip Poag, Karen Poag (with a course PB of 27:46), Trevor Lamb and Michael Kane (1st run at Valley).

Richard Craig was first over the line at the 100th Valley parkrun.
Someone thought it was a good idea to make Charlie McCormick a pacer.
William Jenkins.
Philip Poag.
Karen Poag loving this fab course.
Trevor Lamb wondering why he’s doing this.  Oh yes, that’s right.  Cake.
Someone told Michael Kane the arch looked like pi(e).  He was disappointed.

While at Waterworks there was Gary Craig, Colin McCrum, Derek Kane, Rebecca Tester (1st run at Waterworks) and Susan Kane (1st run at Waterworks).

The three amigos went to Waterstown the weekend of the Dublin Rock n Roll half.  Gavin Irvine, Bobbie Irvine and Neill Harper all attended Waterstown for the first time each.

I just can’t remember which one’s Bodie and which one’s Doyle.
Is this who they’re after?  He look’s the type.

13th August

William Jenkins was the 1st Seaparker home at Carrickfergus on 13th.  He was followed by Ian Cleland, Brendan Rice, Jennifer Jackson, Emily Smiley (with a parkrun PB of 25:32) & Julie-Ann Mitchell.

Four people finished their 22 parkrun challenge this week.

Alan Poag finished his 22 challenge with his 1st run at Enniskillen.  He had the company of Neill Harper (with a course PB of 25:29) and Yumi Aoki (on her 1st run at Enniskillen).

Alan Poag finishing his 22 at Enniskillen.

Robert Murray finished his 22 with his 1st run at Ormeau.  He was followed by Trevor Lamb, Nikita Murray (on her 1st run at Ormeau) and Glenda Murray.

Robert Murray went to Ormeau to finish his 22.

Bobbie Irvine & Nicola Irvine (with course PB of 27:11) finished their 22nd different NI parkrun of 2016 at Portrush.  Also in attendance where Gavin Irvine (1st run at Portrush), Derek Kane and Susan Kane (1st run at Portrush).

Bobbie and Nicola Irvine finished their 22 together at Portrush.  Isn’t that sweet.
The Irvines.
The guys at Portush.
Gavin Irvine is getting in on the being beaten by a kid action.
The “I’ve finished my 22” pose.
Derek Kane and the “I’ve already won the 22 challenge” pose.
Susan Kane and the “I may finish the 22” pose.

Elsewhere Julie Kelly attended her 1st run at Craigavon.

Julie Kelly matching her shoes and top again.

Mark Welsh, Karen Waring & Alison Welsh went for their first 1st run each at Derry.

The very senic Derry parkrun.

Rebecca Tester achieved a course PB of 29:10 at Stormont.

Rebecca Tester cutting across the grass.

Also Karen Poag & PhiIp Poag returned to Valley, Colin McCrum went back to Victoria, Ronald Simms was at Wallace and Gary Craig attended Waterworks.

20th August

Richard Craig was the first Seaparker at Carrickfergus on 20th.  He was followed by William Jenkins, Richard Hetherington, Jonathan Beattie, Julie-Ann Michell, Karen Poag, Toma Gerasimaite (with a parkrun PB of 32:12) and Lindsay Roberts (1st parkrun ever).

Eight other parkruns where attended by Seapark this week.

Antrim: Trevor Lamb, Derek Kane & Susan Kane (1st run at Antrim).

The trio at Antrim.

Colin Glen: Gavin Irvine (1st run at Colin Glen) & Nicola Irvine (2st lady home with a course PB of 27:14).  Ecos, Ballymena: Allan Grant (1st run at Ballymena).  Larne: Sara Johnston (with a course PB of 26:43).  Ormeau: Gary Craig & Ann McCracken.  Portrush: Rebecca Tester (1st run at Portrush).  Wallace, Lisburn: Ronald Simms.  Valley: Karen McMaster.

27th August

14 Seaparkers attended Carrickfergus for the last parkrun in August.  Richard Craig was 1st over the line (again).  Others in attendance included Charlie McCormick, William Jenkins, Richard Hetherington, Colin McCrum, Catherine Steele, Paul Daniels, Julie Ann Mitchell, Bobbie Irvine, Neill Harper, Toma Gerasmaite, Robert Steele, Elise Park (with a parkrun PB of 39:42) and Gavin Irvine.

Like every other week this year Seapark was represented at various parkruns around NI.

Andrew Smyth achieved a course PB of 25:44 at Larne.

Andrew Smyth getting around to doing his own challenge at Larne.

Limavady had two Seapark achievements this week.  Karen Waring was 1st lady home on her first run at Limavady, while Susan Kane ran her 50th parkrun.  Derek Kane was also there, wearing his 22 parkrun winning t-shirt.

50th parkrun for Sussn Kane and 1st lady for Karen Wearing.
The “Oh, am I the First Lady to finish” pose.
The “I think I’ve already done this parkrun this year” pose.
The “where’s the cake” pose.

Mark Welsh and Alison Welsh both attended Portrush for the first time, the night after the Portrush 5 mile race.  Rebecca Tester attended her 1st run at Queens.  While Karen McMaster attended Valley.  And Brendan Rice achieved course PB of 19:56 at Victoria.

The last bit of cake was ate at the 1st anniversary Stormont cakerun.

The start of the Stormont cakerun.

Robert Murray achieved a course PB of 20:10 (he must have really wanted to get a slice of cake).  He was followed by Trevor Lamb, Michael Kane (1st run at Stormont), Nikita Murray (1st run at Stormont), Glenda Murray and Geraldine Kane (1st run at Stormont).  Michael caught up with Trevor at the 4K mark, but Trevor wasn’t having any of it.

Someone get Robert some sunglasses.

Race to 100

Karen McMaster (AKA Team Chair) is at 94 parkruns as off 27/08/16.
Glenda Murray (AKA Team Devious) is at 92 parkruns as off 27/08/16.
Trevor Lamb (AKA Team Wolf) is at 92 parkruns as off 27/08/16.
Allan Grant (AKA Team Barcode) is at 86 parkruns as off 27/08/16.

Official hashtag #Raceto100.

Seapark charity parkrun challenge

Team Blue for the boys and Team Pink for the girls.

As of 27/08/16 there are 19 parkruns left to the end of the year (if you count Christmas Day).

Derek Kane
Completed and 1st Make Winner.

Glenda Murray
Completed and 1st Female Winner.

Bobbie Irvine, Nicola Irvine, Robert Murray and Alan Poag all completed their 22nd parkrun on 13/08/16.

Karen Waring – 1 left as of 27/08/16.
Trevor Lamb – 2 left as of 27/08/16.
Rebecca Tester – 3 left as of 27/08/16.
Allan Grant – 4 left as of 27/08/16.
Alison Welsh – 4 left as of 27/08/16.
Michael Kane – 6 left as of 27/08/16.
Team Blue (the rest for Mark) – 6 left as of 27/08/16.
Geraldine Kane – 8 left as of 27/08/16.
Julie Kelly – 8 left as of 27/08/16.

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

March saw the return of Andy’s parkrun challenge. 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.

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