November 2016 parkrun report

5th November

Richard Craig made up for the lack of PBs at Carrickfergus on 5th November by taking 1st place, there is that at least.

Richard at Carrickfergus

He was followed by William Jenkins, Jonathan Beattie, Robert Steele, Philp Poag, Catherine Steele, Bobbie Irvine, Susan Kane, Karen McMaster, Neill Harper (and Oska), Julie-Ann Mitchell, Karen Bell and Karen Waring.

Susan Kane
Neill Harper and Oska
Bobbie is trying to beat Becki at this jumping thing

Alison Welsh, Glenda Murray (with a course PB of 31:53) and Carol Downey (1st run on this course) went to Craigavon with Geraldine Kane (1st run at Craigavon) who has now completed 21 of the 23 (so far) NI parkruns this year.

The Craigavon gang

Derek Kane retuned to Larne to help Michael Kane finish his 22/23 (soon to be 24) challenge.  It was Michael’s 1st run at Larne.

You’re nearly finished the challenge Michael ?
Cupcakes for everyone for Michael’s 23 NI parkrun challange
Bless him, Michael dosn’t know yet that there will be a 24th NI parkrun starting soon (he found out stright after)

Richard Hetherington enjoyed the fresh autumn air at Valley.

Stay frosty people

And Ronald Simms returned to familiar ground by going to Wallace.

Ronald Simms at Wallace

Elsewhere Ian Cleland was 1st on his 1st appearance at Falls, Alan Poag turned his 22 challenge into 23 by attending Omagh for the first time, Colin McCrum went back to Queens while Brendan Rice and Ann McCracken both ran at Victoria.

12th November

Seapark took over the volunteering duties at Carrickfergus parkrun on 12th with every position being filled by a Seaparker.

It appears professional photographer wasn’t one of the roles this week

William Jenkins was the first Seaparker to finish and was followed by Jonathan Beattie, Ben McCaughran, Chris Hogg, Paul Daniels, Catherine Steele, Colin McCrum, Richard Hetherington, Karen McIlroy (with a parkrun PB of 28:17), Claire Hamilton and Simon Trimble.

Susan Kane & Geraldine Kane both attended their 1st run each at Bangor.

Geraldine and Susan at Bangor
Geraldine Kane before the dark times (AKA before the marathon training)
Susan can hid form the photographer but not from me

Bobbie Irvine, Allan Grant, Nicola Irvine and Derek Kane all went to Omagh for the 1st time each, turning their 22 parkrun challenges into 23.

Another four people to reach the 23 NI parkrun challenge
Derek Kane’s Omagh action shot
Nicola Irvine’s action shot

Elsewhere Richard Craig attended his 1st run at Ormeau, while at Queens there was Ian Cleland (1st run at Queens) & Sarah Johnston (with a parkrun PB of 24:29).

19th November

Richard Craig took another 1st place position at Carrickfergus on 19th November.

Richard give someone else a chance please

He was followed by Chris Hogg, Jonathan Beattie, Emily Smiley (parkrun PB of 25:09), Catherine Steele, Allan Grant, Derek Kane & Susan Kane.

Forrest Gump

The 19th was the date that the Team Blue/Pink ‘original’ 22 parkrun challenge came to an end with Robert Murray attending his 2nd run at Derry for the boys (to run on behalf of Mark Welsh who pulled out of the challenge earlier in the year).

Robert Murry made the long trip to Derry on his own to make sure the boys didn’t lose the challange
Robert’s Derry acton shot

While the girls finished in Armagh.  Michael Kane (with a course PB of 31:51) accompanied both Julie Kelly and Geraldine Kane who where finishing the original 22 challenge.  It was the first time at Armagh for both girls.

Julie and Geraldine with Micahel the traiter at Armagh

This was also the week of the Valley mannequin challenge.  If you haven’t seen the video yet then stop what you’re doing and watch it now.

Valley Mannequin Video

Ian Cleland was the first Seaparker home and he was followed by Richard Hetherington, Bobbie Irvine, Philip Poag (with a course PB of 25:55), Karen Poag and Karen McMaster.

Seaparks own version of Westworld

Elsewhere Karen Wearing attended Antrim + William Jenkins achieved a parkrun PB on his 1st run at Victoria.  He was followed by Gary Craig and Brendan Rice.  Then Ronald Simms returned to Wallace.   While further afield Paul Daniels attended Cassiobury parkrun.

Bur not to be outdone Mark Welsh and Alison Welsh attended Crissy Field parkrun in San Francisco.

Some would say the US a long way to go for a parkrun
Mark with some bridge in the backgroud
Alison wan’t happy that she had to remove her sunglasses

26th November

Just to be different Richard Craig took the 1st place spot at Carrickfergus.  He was followed by Ian Cleland, Jonathan Beattie, Ben McCaughran (with a parkrun PB of 21:14), Robert Steel, William Jenkins, Colin McCrum, Sara Johnston, Catherine Steele, Claire Hamilton, Derek Kane, Karen McIlroy (parkrun PB of 28:04), Julie Lyness, Rebecca Tester (on her 50th parkrun), Gillian Strudwick, Neill Harper, Brendan Rice and Susan Kane.

Becki’s 50th parkrun
It wouldn’t be a parkrun report without some cake

The 22 parkrun challenge (that then became the 23 parkrun challenge) has now become (you’ve guessed it) the 24 parkrun challenge.  Rostrevor parkrun started on 26th November.

The start of NI’s newest parkrun

Attending the very first event (and thus becoming the first people to do all 24 NI parkruns) where Robert Murray, Karen Waring, Alison Welsh, Alan Poag, Michael Kane, Trevor Lamb and Geraldine Kane.

Mark Welsh also attended.

The magnificent seven (and Mark) at the gateway to Narnia
Little did Geraldine know at this time that she would be crowned Queen of the London Marathon ballot

While that was going on Gary Craig achieved a course PB of 25:02 at Queens, Philip Poag and Karen Poag (with a course PB of 27:04) returned to Valley, Ann McCracken went to Victoria and Karen McMaster attended her 1st run at Newcastle (Upon Tyne).

Karen at Newcastle

Race to 100

Karen McMaster (AKA Team Chair) ran her 100th parkrun on 15/10/16.
Glenda Murray (AKA Team Devious) ran her 100th parkrun on 29/10/16.
Trevor Lamb (AKA Team Wolf) also ran his 100th parkrun on 29/10/16.
Allan Grant (AKA Team Barcode) is at 96 parkruns as off 26/11/16.

Official hashtag #Raceto100.

Seapark charity parkrun challenge

Everyone has now finished the original 22 NI parkruns.  Though a few still have to finish Omagh (the 23) and Rostrevor (the 24).

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.

The Andy’s parkrun challenge winners

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.

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