October 2016 parkrun report

1st October

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.

Becki at Antrim
Antrim parkrun used this as their cover photo

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.

I wonder how many NI parkruns Alison has done?
Mark makes a guest appearance at a parkrun

Trevor Lamb returned to Falls with Michael Kane & Geraldine Kane (1st run at Falls).

Falls selfie

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.

Waiting at the start of Stormont
Robert was 1st at Stormont
Is Glenda beating Robert?

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).

Ian Cleland at Waterworks
Patrick Hughes at Waterworks

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.

8th October

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).

Trevor ‘1st Seaparker home’ Lamb
Julie Kelly
You can see Trevor waiting at the finish line.  Just saying
Michael Kane is beginning to wonder why he came up with the 22 challenge
Geraldine Kane 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 Poags car selfie.

15th October

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.

Someone didn’t mention to anyone it was her 100th parkrun.  It was Karen McMaster.  Congrats.

Charlie McCormick and Susan Kane both ran their 1st run each at Larne.

Charlie McCormick showing of his 50 top at Larne
As is new 50 member Susan Kane

The 22 challenge became 23 with Seapark attending week 2 of the new Omagh course for the first time.

Rober Murray set the Seapark time to beat at Omagh

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.

Oska just came to Omagh for the cake
1st dog over the line.  Oska’s wondering “When am I getting my own barcode?”

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.

22nd October

Alison Welsh made sure Carrickfergus parkrun knew it was her 50th parkrun

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).

That’s a nice cake
Dosen’t Alison look good for 50.  What?!  50 parkruns, Oh.

Julie Kelly attended her 1st run at Antrim with a parkrun PB of 26:42.

Julie Kelly getting another parkrun of the challenge at Antrim

Ronald Simms was the 1st finisher on his 1st appearance at Colin Glen.

‘Taking it easy’ still results in a 1st place finish for Ronald Simms 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).

The guys at Larne just found out about the cake at Carrickfergus

Rebecca Tester turned her 22 parkrun challenge into 23 by attending Omagh for the 1st time.

Rebecca Tester just can’t wait until the 24th parkrun starts (wherever that may be)

The third Seaparker of the week to obtain a 1st place finish was Ian Cleland at Stormont (with a course PB of 19:05).

Ian Cleland made it to 88 and ended up back in a time when the world was black and white.

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.

29th October

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.

Whoop whoop, a 50 cake for Karen Poag
And a 100 one for Glenda Murray and Trevor Lamb
Putting the Seapark tent to good use

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.

This flamingo ain’t playing any croquet
I heard Sara Johnson bites the heads of jelly babies
Robert’s more likely to be in The Running Dead than that other show
Though that would be more like Karen McMaster’s speed
Darth Vader’s about to hit me for that comment
It’s Murrio and Lamigi being chased by the Darth
Gillian is ‘flying’ around the course
It’s the Dread Pirate Roberts and his trusty sidekick Neill
Becki knew that if she started to fly around the course she wouldn’t get a parkrun credit
Another Mario?  Must be Wario with the Human Baker and the last S Club 7 fan

Colin McCrum and Nicola Irvine missed out on the cake by going to Stormont.

Colin’s beginning to see that if he had Facebook he would know where all the cake would be

Richard Craig got a parkrun PB of 17:22 on his 1st run at Victoria while Gary Craig and Brendan Rice also attended.

Gary Craig at Waterworks

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.


Official hashtag #AllNIparkruns2016.

Andy’s parkrun challenge 2016

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.

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