September 2016 parkrun report

3rd September

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.

Photographic evidence that Karen Waring finished the 22 challenge.

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).

Richard and Allan 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.

Will Julie-Ann like this photo?
Philip Poag running at his second home.

Bobbie Irvine and Nicola Irvine (course PB of 25:57) attended Portobello, Edinburgh.

Checking they have their barcodes.
Bobbie out for a stroll (while everyone else is running).
I hope Bobbie’s lapped that kid (who’s walking).
Nicola has no time for the photographer, she's on a mission.
Someone’s in the zone.
Strike a pose.

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).

10th September

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.

Four happy members of Team Blue at Citypark, Craigavon.

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).

The girls at Derry.
Geraldine, Julie and Nikita at Derry. I’m sure at least one of them should be resting.

At Larne there was Bobbie Irvine, Nicola Irvine (with a course PB of 27:06) and Neill Harper.

It’s Larne this week for Bobbie Irvine.
Bobbie likes slow runners, they make him look good.
Making Bobbie look good since…
Nicola thought they said Rum!
Neill gives the Larne parkrun the thumbs up.
That’s not what they mean by photo finish Neill.

Richard Hetherington and Rebecca Tester both attended their first run each at Valley.

Becki at the Valley arch.

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.

17th September

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.

Andy Smyth and Karen Magill made the parkrun Facebook page this month.

Robert Murray and Alison Welsh attended Antrim.

Robert realised early that he needed to wear sunglasses if he was going to run with Alison.

While Trevor Lamb informed Colin Glen that he was coming to finish his 22 with them.

Trevor and Derek at the finish of Colin Glen parkrun.

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).

Pre running (aka walking fast) Colin Glen.

Brendan Rice completed his 100th parkrun with his 1st run at Derry.

Brendan at his 100th parkrun.

While Allan Grant attended his 1st run at Falls.

Allan getting another one of the list 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.

Becki finished her 22 challenge 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.

24th September

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.

Allan and Michael looking happy that Allan has finished his 22 challenge at the not so flat Armagh.

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).

Seapark at Wallace.

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).

Derek Kane
1st Male Winner.

Glenda Murray
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.


Official hashtag #AllNIparkruns2016.

Andy’s parkrun challenge 2016

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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