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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.

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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).

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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.

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

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

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Checking they have their barcodes.
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Bobbie out for a stroll (while everyone else is running).
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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.
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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.

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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).

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

Robert Murray and Alison Welsh attended Antrim.

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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.

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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).

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Pre running (aka walking fast) Colin Glen.

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

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Brendan at his 100th parkrun.

While Allan Grant attended his 1st run at Falls.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

https://www.justgiving/com/teams/seapark

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.

Storming the Castle 2016

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The finish line.

Seapark did a dry run of the event on 25/08/16.

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Someone’s board of Bobbie talking.
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Making Carrick look good.
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The route gets Richard’s thumbs up.
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Karen McMaster was first to finish.  Did she do the whole 10K I wonder?

On a very sunny Sunday 28th August Seapark AC held their 2nd annual Storming the Castle 10K.  It was flat, it was scenic and this year it was part of the new Novosco 10K Grand Prix, which is a series of thirteen 10K races across NI from March-November.

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Neill Harper dressing up for the event.

The Seapark AC led event was one of the main attractions of Mid & East Antrim Borough Councils Community Sports Festival that took place between Friday 26th-Sunday 28th August 2016 in Carrickfergus.

230 children partook in one of two Chase the Knight kid fun runs prior to the main event.  There was a 1K route around the Amphitheatre for 4-9 year olds, while 10-14 year olds had to do 2K.  Each race was started by a Knight who the kids had to chase to the finish line.

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The medal.

517 runners (157 more that the first 10K last year) ran the main 10K course in very sunny conditions.   Joe Malone was first male home with a time of 35:29 while Amy Bulman was the first female to finish (18th overall) with a time of 38:43.

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Richard Craig.

First Seapark AC male to finish was Richard Craig (4th overall) with a time of 36:41 while Elisoa Crawford was the first Seapark AC female (51st overall) with a time of 41:54.

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Elisoa Crawford.

After collecting their medals at Carrickfergus Castle the athletics retreated to Shaftsbury Park for some well deserved hot dogs, milk,
cake and a lot of spot prizes.

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The cake.

Social media was abuzz with praise soon after the event ended, making particular mentions to the Carrickfergus Senior Gateway club, who where giving out water at the mid way point, the very supportive children in Legg Park and all the paces (who all made their target times of 40, 45, 50, 55, 60 & 70 mins within a few seconds).

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Cannon and Ball supplied the comedy.
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Charlie showing of the STC buff.

All in all it was a great success and hopefully the event will be back for a third year in 2017.

Seapark AC club races 2016

5 club races this year.

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Shiny.

The 5K club race was held on 28/06/16.

As people started at different times, dependant on their race handicap, anyone could have finished first.  Nicola Dunlop was 1st to finish, Becki Tester 2nd and Jessica Lyness 3rd.

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Post race.
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The Flash.

Results in order of time.  42 people took part.  Richard Craig 17:30, Ronald Simms 18:48, Jonny Preuss 19:31, Jim Jenkins 19:37, Robert Murray 19:55, Elisoa Crawford 20:03, Ryan Weatherhead 20:06, Brendan Rice 20:28, Richard Hetherington 20:31, Jonathan Beattie 20:42, Patrick Hughes 21:48, Mark Welsh 21:56, Jonathon Bell 21:59, Jean Claude Baptiste 22:02, Caroline Salters 22:46, Robert Steele 23:02, Gareth Hamill 23:23, Sarah Rea 23:56, Jennifer Jackson 24:01, Heather Haggan 24:07, Philip Poag 24:18, Gary Craig 24:54, David Strutt 25:39, Julie Marshall 25:52, Andrew Smyth 25:52, Neill Harper 25:54, Jessica Lyness 26:07, Julie Hunter 26:21, Colin McCrum 26:24, Catherine Steele 26:30, Beth McCormick 26:56, Alison Welsh 27:00, Julie Lyness 27:05, Jennie Haggan 27:14, Rebecca Tester 27:43, Ann McCracken 27:49, Nicola Dunlop 27:57, Trevor Lamb 28:30, Chloe Anderson 28:36, Glenda Murray 29:12, Karen McMaster 29:16 & Marie Nicholson 35:29.

The second race took place on 5th July, the 2.75 Woodburn Forest run.  A record 50 Seapark members took part.

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Everyone’s getting ready for the new route forest race.

Patrick Hughes crossed the line 1st and was followed by Colin McCrum (2nd) and Beth McCormick (3rd).

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Patrick was first across the line.
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Colin pretended his knee was still sore to get a better handicap.
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Beth was 3rd.

Results in order of time.  Richard Craig 16:02, Ronald Simms 17:09, Chris Livingston 17:26, Jonny Preuss 17:35, Ryan Weatherhead 18:15, Elisoa Crawford 18:19, Robert Murray 18:29, Bobbie Irvine 18:35, Jonathan Beattie 19:00, Patrick Hughes 19:08, Jean Claude Baptiste 19:20, Jonathon Bell 19:49, Mark Welsh 20:00, Robert Steele 20:27, Caroline Salters 20:56, Thomas Dunlop 22:03, Heather Haggan 22:14, Amy Beatson 22:19, Jennifer Jackson 22:19, Laura Johnston 22:22, Gary Craig 22:27, Sara Rea 22:31, Andy Smyth 22:28, Julie Clyde 22:38, Beth McCormick 22:53, David Strutt 23:09, Karen Poag 23:25, Colin McCrum 23.34, Nicola Irvine 23:50, Julie Marshall 24:02, Jessica Lyness 24:03, Alison Welsh 24:08, Ruth Hawkins 24:24, Catherine Steele 24:31, Julie Lyness 24:35, Aimee Weatherhead 24:50, Julie Kelly 25:14, Trevor Lamb 25:36, Nikita Murray 25:36, Derek Kane 25:40, Glenda Murray 26:08, Becki Tester 26:17, Nicola Dunlop 26:35, Jenny Robinson 26:42, Phillipa Bell 26:52, Beverley Kernoghan 27:16, Jacqui Coghlan 27:24, Marie Nicholson 27:26, Geraldine Kane 30:03 and Carol Downey 33:12.

It was another hot day (24 degrees) for the Seapark AC 5 mile club race on Tues 19th July. 27 people took part.

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Waiting to start.

Charlie McCormick was 1st over the line, Colin McCrum 2nd and Ronald Simms 3rd.

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Charlie was 1st across the line.
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Colin was 2nd (again).
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The top three.

Results in order of time.  Richard Craig 30:13, Ronald Simms 32:10, Charlie McCormick 32:25, Elisoa Crawford 34:33, Bobbie Irvine 35:37, Jonathan Beattie 37:04, Mark Welsh 37:06, Jonathon Bell 37:24, Caroline Salters 39:53, Gillian Strudwick 40:11, Thomas Dunlop 41:04, Heather Haggan 41:29, Laura Johnston 41:56, Jennifer Jackson 42:02, Colin McCrum 42:24, Alison Welsh 45:34, Rory Poag 46:02, Nicola Irvine 46:12, Karen Poag 46:14, Jessica Lyness 48:32, Alison Dunlop 48:56, Nikita Murray 48:58, Julie Lyness 50:42, Glenda Murray 51:11, Becki Tester 51:25, Trevor Lamb 52:14 and Marie Nicholson 52:44.

Saturday 30th July was when Seapark AC celebrated the club’s 10 year anniversary by completing the first club 10 mile event.  25 members took part in this historic event.

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The Seapark sleepwalking faction.

Like the other club runs everyone started at different times depending on their race handicap.  Ronald Simms came in 1st, Ian Cleland 2nd and Catherine Steele 3rd.

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One man and his cap.

Results in order of time.  Richard Craig 1:03:16, Charlie McCormick 1:08:42, Ronald Sims 1:09:27, Jim Jenkins 1:10:05, Elisoa Crawford 1:11:14, Ian Cleland 1:12:08, Mark Welsh 1:18:36, Jonathon Bell 1:21:02, Gillian Strudwick 1:23:12, Bobbie Irvine 1:25:36, Gavin Irvine 1:28:02, Heather Haggan 1:29:57, Phil Poag 1:31:33, Colin McCrum 1:32:40, David Strutt 1:33:21, Robert Steele 1:34:54, Alison Welsh 1:36:18, Neill Harper 1:36:30, Nicola Irvine 1:38:43, Catherine Steele 1:42:45, Alison Dunlop 1:43:33, Ellen Wallace 1:45:42, Jessica Lyness 1:47:13, Gemma Lovell 1:47:13 and Rebecca Tester 1:54:00.

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David Strutt at the 10 miler.

The last of the club races, the 10K, was held on 16th August 2016.

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Karen Poag and Julie Marshall completed their 10* 10K in 10 months challenge with the club 10K.

Rory Poag was 1st to finish and was followed by Aimee Weatherhead (2nd) and Marie Nicholson (3rd).  45 members took part.

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Rory Poag was 1st across the line.

Results in order of time.  Richard Craig 36:37, Robert Murray 39:17, Charlie McCormick 39:59, Ronald Simms 40:35, Jim Jenkins 41:21, Elisoa Crawford 41:38, Brendan Rice 42:10, Richard Hetherington 42:44, Ryan Weatherhead 43:17, Bobbie Irvine 44:44, Mark Welsh 45:27, Jonathan Beattie 45:50, Jonathon Bell 46:37, Caroline Salters 47:24, Phil Mone 47:45, Gillian Strudwick 49:42, Heather Haggan 51:04, Phil Poag 51:56, Neill Harper 52:41, Angela McCormick 53:23, David Strutt 53:59, Aimee Weatherhead 54.17, Karen Poag 54:20, Nicola Irvine 54:31, Rory Poag 55:04, Phil Magill 55:11, Colin McCrum 55:14, Sarah Rea 55:24, Julie Hunter 55:40, Laura Laverty 55:54, Julie Marshall 56:37, Alison Welsh 56:37, Lynette Magill 57:35, Jessica Lyness 58:26, Alison Dunlop 58:33, Kate Delaney 58:42, Becki Tester 1:00:00, Trevor Lamb 1:00:06, Shelly Bell 1:00:45, Laura Johnston 1:01:39, Nikita Murray 1:01:45, Marie Nicholson 1:02:36, Glenda Murray 1:03:00, Gemma McCullough 1:04:00 & Derek Kane 1:08:03.

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).

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

Julie Kelly attended her 1st run at Cookstown.

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It’s not a catwalk Julie Kelly.

While Allan Grant attended his 1st run at Enniskillen.

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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).

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Richard Craig was first over the line at the 100th Valley parkrun.
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Someone thought it was a good idea to make Charlie McCormick a pacer.
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William Jenkins.
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Philip Poag.
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Karen Poag loving this fab course.
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Trevor Lamb wondering why he’s doing this.  Oh yes, that’s right.  Cake.
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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.

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I just can’t remember which one’s Bodie and which one’s Doyle.
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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).

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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.

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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).

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

Elsewhere Julie Kelly attended her 1st run at Craigavon.

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Julie Kelly matching her shoes and top again.

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

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The very senic Derry parkrun.

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

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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).

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

https://www.justgiving.com/teams/seapark

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.

July 2016 parkrun round-up

2nd July

There were three parkrun PBs at Carrickfergus on 2nd with Thomas Dunlop (24:10), Heather Haggan (24:19) and Nicola Dunlop (30:29).  Others in attendance included Richard Craig, Jonathan Preuss, William Jenkins, Ryan Weatherhead, Jonathon Bell, Colin McCrum, Julie-Ann Mitchell, Allan Grant, Neill Harper and Karen Waring.

Allan Grant even completed the course with his arm in plaster.  I can’t decide if that shows determination or stupidity?  Hmmm.

The big event of the week (if not the month or even the year) was the Glenda Murray vs. Derek Kane showdown for the 22 challenge finish.

Derek Kane completed his 22nd different NI parkrun of 2016 at a very wet Derry City.  He was accompanied by Trevor Lamb (1st run at Derry), Alan Poag (1st run at Derry), Michael Kane (1st run at Derry) and Susan Kane (with a course PB 30:18).

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The ‘We bring our own cake’ group at Derry’s cakerun
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Trevor Lamb at Derry
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Alan Poag at Derry
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Derek Kane finishing his 22nd different NI parkrun of 2016 at Derry
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Michael Kane at Derry

While Glenda Murray attended Cookstown for her 22nd different NI parkrun in 2016.  Alas, even the bad weather didn’t deter her from finishing.

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Glenda Murray also had cake and a nice wee t-shirt for finishing the 22 challenge first

Also in attendance where Robert Murray (1st run at Cookstown), Nikita Murray (1st run at Cookstown), Alison Welsh (1st run at Cookstown), Geraldine Kane (1st run at Cookstown) and Lorraine Ogilby (with a parkrun PB of 31:39).

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The ‘we also bring our own cake’ group at Cookstown. Glenda’s showing off her t-shirt
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What is it with Seaparkers being overtaken by kids?
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Don’t we look cool when the kid’s out of shot

Nicola Irvine was 1st Lady home (while achieving a parkrun PB of 24:44) at Limavady.  Bobbie Irvine was also in attendance to cheer her on.

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Limavady Selfie

Elsewhere in NI Gary Craig attended his first run at Victoria and Ronald Simms returned to Wallace.

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Look for a hat and it’ll be Simmsy

Karen McMaster attended the infamous Highbury Fields parkrun in London for the first time.  It’s infamous for being one of the few parkruns with five laps.  You can get lapped twice if you’re not fast enough (three if you’re me).

However, the prize for parkurn tourist goes to Ian Cleland and Sara Johnston for attending the Clermont Waterfront in the USA.  Both attended for the 1st time and Ian took 2nd place.

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Ian and Sara in the USA

9th July

Richard Craig took the top spot at Carrickfergus on 9th.  He was followed by William Jenkins, Jonathan Beattie, Jonathon Bell, Robert Steele, Thomas Dunlop (with a parkrun PB of 23:22), Catherine Steele (with a parkrun PB of 26:14), Colin McCrum, Jacqui Coghlan, Derek Kane, Marie Nicholson, Susan Kane and Neill Harper.

The main bulk of the 22 group went to K2, sorry Armagh.  You know it’s a hard one when Bobbie Irvine says it tough.

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You can tell this is the before picture at Armagh as everyone’s smiling

Bobbie Irvine was the first Seaparker over the line and was followed by Nicole Irvine (with a course PB of 25:01), Trevor Lamb (1st run at Armagh), Alan Poag (1st run at Armagh), Karen Waring (1st run at Armagh), Mark Welsh (1st run at Armagh and running under protest) and Alison Welsh (1st run at Armagh).  It may have been at this point that Mark ‘Weak Link’ Welsh decided to drop out of the NI 22 parkrun challenge.  More on that later.

A splinter 22 group went to Bangor.  They included Robert Murray (1st run at Bangor), Nikita Murray (1st run at Bangor) and Glenda Murray (with a course PB 31:48).

Rebecca Tester attended her 1st run at Comber while Julie Kelly did the same at Larne.  Both adding another notch to their 22 parkrun challenges.

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Julie Kelly and her hair breezing though Larne

Richard Hetherington returned to Portrush and Brendan Rice gave Victoria another try.

And over on the mainland Allan Grant tried his first Gateshead parkrun.

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Allan ‘Gotta kept the parkrunning up’ Grant at Gateshead

16th

It was Ian Cleland’s turn to take the 1st spot at Carrickfergus on 16th.  He was followed by Charlie McCormick, Brendan Rice (with a course PB 20:03), William Jenkins, Robert Steele, Andrew Smyth, Carol Woods, Julie-Ann Mitchell and Julie Marshall.

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Charlie McCormick showing of his 50th parkrun t-shirt
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Brendan Rice with a course PB at Carrickfergus
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William Jenkins at Carrickfergus
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Andrew Smyth at Carrickfergus

11 other NI parkruns where attended by Seapark AC on 16th.

Antrim – Nikita Murray (1st run at Antrim), Glenda Murray, Michael Kane (1st run at Antrim) and Geraldine Kane (1st run at Antrim).

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Michael ‘Don’t call me Robert Murray’ Kane’s not going to let that kid overtake him.
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Glenda ‘There’s no way I’m taken a break until I get to 100’ Murray at Antrim

Colin Glen – Bobbie Irvine, Philip Poag (1st run at Colin Glen), Karen Poag (1st run at Colin Glen) and Nicola Irvine (1st run at Colin Glen).

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Bobbie Irvine found the only downhill spot at Colin Glen
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Philip Poag at Colin Glen
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Karen Poag and Rory Poag at Colin Glen
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Nicola ‘Now I’ve did the same amount of NI parkruns this year as Bobbie’ Irvine

Cookstown – Karen Waring (1st run at Cookstown).

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Karen ‘I need a throne to sit on after that’ Waring at Cookstown

Limavady – Rebecca Tester (1st run at Limavady), Derek Kane and Susan Kane.

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The Limavady gang
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Derek Kane with his 22 winners t-shirt and Beccki Tester
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Susan Kane at Limavady

Stormont – Robert Murray (with a course PB of 20:22).

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Robert ‘Of course I’m going to get a course PB as the only other time I’ve done this was when I was pacing Trevor’ Murray at Stormont
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Robert ‘At least there’s no kids about’ Murray again at Stormont

Bangor – Allan Grant.

Falls – Gary Craig (1st run at Falls) and Julie Kelly (1st run at Falls with a parkrun PB of 27:47).

Ormeau – Alan Poag (1st run at Ormeau) and Karen McMaster.

Valley – Alyn McChesney.

Victoria – Ann McCracken.

Waterworks 300th parkrun – Richard Craig, Heather Haggan and Trevor Lamb.

We might have got another two but Patrick Hughes went to Killarney (1st run at Killarney) and Colin McCrum went to Castlebar (1st run at Castlebar).

23rd

Richard Craig took the top spot for the second time this month at Carrickfergus on 23rd.  He was followed by Bobbie Irvine, Jonathon Bell, Philip Poag, Nicola Irvine (with a course PB of 25:58), Karen Waring (with a course PB of 26:23 on her 50th parkrun), Karen Poag, Carol Woods, Marie Nicholson, Karen McMaster, Neill Harper, Geraldine Kane (with a course PB of 31:37) and Carol Downey (who’s been tapering for this timed run all year).

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Karen Poag is smiling because she slipped some beetroot in the cake
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Neill Harper is showing of his new top
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A nice wee t-shirt for Karen Waring
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Karen ‘The faster I run, the faster I can get to the cake’ Warning
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Karen’s confusing the cake with an ex boyfriend
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Action shot of Karen Waring at her 50th parkrun

It was Robert Murray’s 100th parkrun on 23rd so a group of Seaparkers went to Cookstown to support him.

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The Murrays at Cookstown again (and yes, they brought their own cake again)

Robert Murray was the first Seaparker home (with a course PB of 19:44 on his 100th parkrun) and he was followed by Alan Poag (1st run at Cookstown), Trevor Lamb (1st run at Cookstown), Nikita Murray (with a course PB of 28:23), Rebecca Tester (1st run at Cookstown), Glenda Murray (with a course PB of 29:02) and Michael Kane (1st run at Cookstown and mocked by a sheep as he went around the course).  The sheep went Ha Ha (there’s no way it was Ba Ba) every time Michael passed it.

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Michael’s still having nightmares about the sheep
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The Cookstown group at Robert’s 100th parkrun

Elsewhere Allan Grant took a trip to Derry, Richard Hetherington attended Portrush, William Jenkins went to Valley, Alison Welsh completed her 1st timed run at Wallace and Colin McCrum returned to the Gunpower parkrun.  I wanted to say ‘with a bang’ for that one but unfortunately Colin didn’t even get a course PB so I can’t.

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Alison ‘I don’t need Mark, just my sunglasses’ Welsh at Wallace

30th July.

It was the first Seapark AC 10 mile handicap at 10:00 so not much parkrunning was going on, but a few still attended a parkrun.

Bobbie Irvine messed up his 10 mile handicap by being the first Seaparker home at Carrickfergus parkurn.  He was followed by Allan Grant, Ruth Hawkins, Danielle Hamilton, Karen McMaster and Toma Gerasimaite (with a parkrun PB of 33:52).

Three members of the 22 club went to Queens.  Trevor Lamb, Michael Kane (1st run at Queens) & Glenda Murray.  Nikita Murray (1st run at Queens) also attended.

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Queens selfie group

Michael had Trevor in his sights for the first 3K, however he wasted that much energy trying to overtake him that by the 3K point he was spent.  He never caught up with him in the end and he was thinking it’s just a pity that a parkruns weren’t 3K.  All I’m going to say is that he can always try a junior parkrun.

While another two members of the 22 club went to Limavady.  Derek Kane and Alan Poag (1st run at Limavady).  Susan Kane was also in attendance.

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The Limavady group

And finally for the month Kate Delaney went to Antrim for the 1st time while Ann McCracken attended Victoria.

Race to 100

Karen McMaster (AKA Team Chair) is at 91 parkruns as off 30/07/16.
Glenda Murray (AKA Team Devious) is at 89 parkruns as off 30/07/16.
Trevor Lamb (AKA Team Wolf) is at 88 parkruns as off 30/07/16.
Allan Grant (AKA Team Barcode) is at 84 parkruns as off 30/07/16.

Official hashtag #Raceto100.

Seapark charity parkrun challenge

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

Unfortunately Mark Welsh had to drop out of the 22 parkrun challenge for materialistic reasons.  It seems that overtime is more important than parkrun.  Tut tut.  To avoid an automatic forfeit by Team Blue it was decided by both parties that the remaining members of Team Blue will need to complete the rest of Mark’s parkuns.  Only one can be counted per week, and only if said person has already completed it themselves for their own challenge.

Robert Murray completed the first of these by doing Cookstown on 23/07/16 and Trevor Lamb did the second by doing Queens on 30/07/16.

As of 30/07/16 there are 23 parkruns left to the end of the year (if you count Christmas Day).

Team Blue
Derek Finished, Bobbie 1, Robert 2, Trevor 2, Alan 2, Allan 6, Michael 8 and Mark (to be completed by the rest of Team Blue) 10 = 31.

Team Pink
Glenda Finished, Nicola 1, Karen 3, Alison 6, Rebecca 7, Julie 10 and Geraldine 10 = 37.

Derek Kane (22)
Completed and 1st Make Winner.

Glenda Murray (22)
Completed and 1st Female Winner.

Bobbie Irvine (21)
Antrim, Armagh, Bangor, Carrickfergus, Cookstown, Citypark, Colin Glen, Comber, Derry, Ecos, Enniskillen, Falls, Larne, Limavady, Ormeau, Queens, Stormont, Valley, Victoria, Wallace & Waterworks.

Nicola Irvine (21)
Antrim, Armagh, Bangor, Carrickfergus, Citypark, Colin Glen, Comber, Cookstown, Derry, Ecos, Enniskillen, Falls, Larne, Limavady, Ormeau, Queens, Stormont, Valley, Victoria, Wallace & Waterworks.

Trevor Lamb (20)
Antrim, Armagh, Bangor, Carrickfergus, Comber, Cookstown, Derry, Ecos, Enniskillen, Falls, Larne, Limavady, Ormeau, Portrush, Queens, Stormont, Valley, Victoria, Wallace & Waterworks.

Robert Murray (20)
Antrim, Armagh, Bangor, Carrickfergus, Colin Glen, Cookstown, Craigavon, Derry, Ecos, Enniskillen, Falls, Larne, Limavady, Portrush, Queens, Stormont, Valley, Victoria, Wallace & Waterworks.

Alan Poag (20)
Antrim, Armagh, Bangor, Carrickfergus, Colin Glen, Cookstown, Craigavon, Derry, Ecos, Falls, Larne, Limavady, Ormeau, Portrush, Queens, Stormont, Valley, Victoria, Wallace & Waterworks.

Karen Waring (19)
Antrim, Armagh, Bangor, Carrickfergus, Colin Glen, Comber, Cookstown, Craigavon, Ecos, Enniskillen, Falls, Ormeau, Portrush, Queens, Stormont, Valley, Victoria, Wallace & Waterworks.

Allan Grant (16)
Antrim, Bangor, Carrickfergus, Colin Glen, Comber, Cookstown, Derry, Larne, Ormeau, Portrush, Queens, Stormont, Valley, Victoria, Wallace & Waterworks.

Alison Welsh (16)
Armagh, Bangor, Carrickfergus, Comber, Cookstown, Ecos, Enniskillen, Falls, Limavady, Ormeau, Queens, Stormont, Valley, Victoria, Wallace & Waterworks.

Rebecca Tester (15)
Antrim, Armagh, Bangor, Carrickfergus, Colin Glen, Comber, Cookstown, Craigavon, Ecos, Enniskillen, Falls, Larne, Limavady, Ormeau & Victoria.

Michael Kane (14)
Antrim, Bangor, Carrickfergus, Comber, Cookstown, Derry, Ecos, Enniskillen, Limavady, Ormeau, Queens, Victoria, Wallace & Waterworks.

Geraldine Kane (12)
Antrim, Carrickfergus, Cookstown, Ecos, Enniskillen, Limavady, Ormeau, Queens, Valley, Victoria, Wallace & Waterworks.

Julie Kelly (12)
Bangor, Carrickergus, Comber, Ecos, Enniskillen, Falls, Larne, Queens, Stormont, Valley, Victoria & Waterworks.

Team Blue AKA Mark Welsh (12)
Armagh (Mark’s last one), Bangor, Comber, Cookstown (Robert), Ecos, Enniskillen, Falls, Limavady, Ormeau, Queens (Trevor), Valley & Victoria.

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.

https://www.justgiving.com/teams/seapark

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.

Race report for June 2016

Robert Murray attended the Fairhill 5 mile road race on 1th with a time of 32:44.

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Robert Murray at the Fairhill 5 Road Race

Gillian Cordner and Gary Connolly ran 39.5 miles in 4:06:16 each with Stevey McGeown (who is running 60 ultras in 60 days) on 4th.

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Gillian Cordner and Gary Connolly after running 39.5 miles each

On 5th 5 Seaparkers completed the Walled City Marathon. Gillian Cordner, Gary Connolly, Bobbie Irvine (3:26:25), Brendan Rice (3:58:14) and Alyn McChesney (6:16:36).

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Gillian, Gary and Bobbie
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Brendan Rice at the Derry Marathon
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Bobbie Irvine sticking to the one arm thumbs up

On 7th June it was the East Antrim Harriers Forest Trail Series – Race 3 in Ballyboley (4 miles).  10 Seaparkers attended. Richard Craig 25:08, Ian Cleland 25:59, Bobbie Irvine 26:24, Robert Murray 27:55, Sara Johnston 35:33, Kate Delaney 35:53, David Steritt 36:49, Nicola Irvine 37:19, Colin Pearson 40:28 & Glenda Murray 40:57.

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The guys at the 3rd EAH trail race

Ronald Simms went to Shane’s Castle for the St Benedicts 10K on 8th June.  He achieved a time of 40:56.

Ann McCracken was at the Pick & Mix Pairs 10K in Downpatrick on 11th June.  Her time was 59:00.

At the 26 Extreme Mourne Way event in Kilbroney Forest Park on 11th June Gillian Cordner was the first lady home for the ultra marathon with 9:31:42.

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Gillian Cordner was the first lady home for the ultra marathon

For the marathon there were Ian Cleland with 4:07:47 and Gary Connolly with 4:58:04.

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Ian Cleland
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Gary Connolly

Marie Nicholson completed the half marathon in 2:41:10.  While for the 10K Seapark had Jonathan Beattie 43:57, Sara Johnston 1:01:09, Jacqui Coghlan 1:01:46 & Julie Marshall 1:01:47.

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Marie Nicholson, Jacqui Coghlan, Sara Johnston, Ian Cleland & Julie Marshall

However the biggest race of the week had to be the double of the Enniskillen parkrun at 9:30am followed by the Enniskillen 10K at 2:00pm on 11th.  Participating in the 10K (part of the Novosco 10k Grand Prix series) – Ronald Simms 40:57, Bobbie Irvine 41:55, Eisoa Crawford 43:59, Mark Welsh 49:32, Neill Harper 54:26, Jennifer Jackson 55:25, Nicola Irvine 58:03, Alison Welsh 59:01, Trevor Lamb 1:06:30, Alyn McChesney 1:14:24, Geraldine Kane 1:16:47, Michael Kane 1:16:49 & Carol Downey 1:20:12.

Enniskillen 10K
After the post parkrun picnic
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After the pre 10K picnic
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Eisoa Crawford was first Seapark lady home
Enniskillen 10K with flag
Is it a better shot without Neill?

The Lisburn Half and 10K (the 10K was part of the Novosco 10k Grand Prix series) on 15th was the big race for this week. Again it was another sunny night for the annual event.

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The Lisburn group
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The moody walk Lisburn group
The smiley Lisburn group
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The holding hands Lisburn group

For the half marathon – Mark Welsh 1:43:06, Gary Connolly 1:46:28, Gillian Cordner 1:46:28, Julie Clyde 1:58:51, Jacqui Coghlan 2:10:44, Julie Marshall 2:10:44, Alison Welsh 2:10:48, Sara Johnston 2:14:10, Philippa Bell 2:17:42 and Carrie Brown 2:29:01.

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Gary and Gillian

For the 10K – Ronald Simms 40:37, Clive Weatherhead 41:46, Ryan Weatherhead 42:15, Richard Hetherington 42:57, Brendan Rice 43:12, Elisoa Crawford 43:48, Jean Claude Bourgeois 46:35, Andrew Smyth 50:38 (course PB), Richard Craig 54:12, Amy Beatson 52:43, Laura Laverty 57:22, Jessica Lyness 58:46, Julie Lyness 59:11, Gemma McCullough 1:04:52, Thomas Dunlop 1:03:44, Nicola Dunlop 1:03:44, Catherine Steele 1:04:14, Karen McMaster 1:05:16, Michael Kane 1:05:45, Beverley Kernoghan 1:06:05, Geraldine Kane 1:06:57, Heather Lown 1:11:02 and Karen Poag 1:16:09.

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Ronald Simms at his 247th 10K of 2016
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First Seapark lady in the 10K for Elisoa Crawford
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Karen McMaster doing a race instead of a parkrun for a change

On 18th Patrick Hughes did the EAMS Knockagh half marathon in 1:53:23.

Richard Hetherington completed the Grant Thornton Runway Run 5K on 23/06/16 in 19:50.

The Ards Half Marathon was on 26/06/16. In attendance were Robert Murray 1:34:52, Julie Cylde 1:58:31, Karen Hanson 2:08:34 PB, Philip Magill 2:20:16, Lynette Magill 2:20:17, Josephine McAlister 2:22:11, Beverley Kernoghan 2:25:13 PB, Lauren Scott 2:27:17 PB, Lorraine Ogibly 2:32:09 PB and Caroline Mone 2:41:02.

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Ards group

Ronald Simms came third overall in the Stormont 10K on 25/06/16 with a time of 42:42. He also took the podium spot for the Stormont parkrun just a few hours before with 19:33.

The NBH Pure Running Divis 10 mile race was also held on 25/06/16. Three Seaparkers completed the course. Philip Poag 1:33:57, Karen Poag 1:35:58 and Neill Harper 1:36:34.

The Energia 24hr race at Victoria Park was on 25/06/16. Bobbie Irivine completed 90 miles in 20 hours. Whilie Gilliam Cordner ran 100.6 miles in 20.5 hours.

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Gillian and Gary with the Seapark tent
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Bobbie

Andy Smyth completed the Peninsula Sea Sprint Triathlon in 1:37:27 on 26/06/16.

The EAH Forest Trail Series Race 4 (Woodburn 4.5 miles) took place on 28/06/16. Chris Livingstone 28:47, Kate Delaney 38:12 & Nicola Irvine 39:47 attended.

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The we don’t need to do the 5K handicap race group

The big race of the week was the first of five Seapark AC Club races. The 5K club race was held on 28/06/16.

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Everyone couldn’t wait to start running

Results. Richard Craig 17:30, Ronald Simms 18:48, Jonny Preuss 19:31, Jim Jenkins 19:37, Robert Murray 19:55, Elisoa Crawford 20:03, Ryan Weatherhead 20:06, Brendan Rice 20:28, Richard Hetherington 20:31, Jonathan Beattie 20:42, Patrick Hughes 21:48, Mark Welsh 21:56, Jonathon Bell 21:59, Jean Claude Baptiste 22:02, Caroline Salters 22:46, Robert Steele 23:02, Gareth Hamill 23:23, Sarah Rea 23:56, Jennifer Jackson 24:01, Heather Haggan 24:07, Philip Poag 24:18, Gary Craig 24:54, David Strutt 25:39, Julie Marshall 25:52, Andrew Smyth 25:52, Neill Harper 25:54, Jessica Lyness 26:07, Julie Hunter 26:21, Colin McCrum 26:24, Catherine Steele 26:30, Beth McCormick 26:56, Alison Welsh 27:00, Julie Lyness 27:05, Jennie Haggan 27:14, Rececca Tester 27:43, Ann McCracken 27:49, Nicola Dunlop 27:57, Trevor Lamb 28:30, Chloe Anderson 28:36, Glenda Murray 29:12, Karen McMaster 29:16 & Marie Nicholson 35:29.

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Seapark tent

1st place Nicola Dunlop.

2nd place Becki Tester.

3rd Jessica Lyness.

And on 29/06/16 Gillian Strudwick 3:54:15 and Gillian Cordner 4:11:30 completed the EAMS Coastal Marathon.

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Gillian Strudwick
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Gillian Cordner

June 2016 parkrun round-up

4th June.

At Carrickfergus on 4th June we had William Jenkins, Ian Cleland, Elisoa Crawford (1st lady home), Jonathan Beattie, Robert Steele, Sara Johnston (with a parkrun PB of 26:08), Julie Marshall (1st parkrun ever), Catherine Steele (parkrun PB of 26:21), Karen McMaster and Julie-Ann Mitchell.

It was the Derry Marathon on the 5th so a few went down to do the parkrun on the 4th.  Everyone got course PBs so whoop whoop to them.  1st Seaparker home was Bobbie Irvine (with a course PB of 19:12).  He was quickly followed by Clive Weatherhead (with a course PB of 20:01), Ryan Weatherhead (with a course PB of 20:11) and Nicola Irvine (with a course PB of 25:12).

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The Derry group

Mark Welsh and Alison Welsh went to the sunglasses free zone of Limavady for the 1st time each.  Alison had posed for various photo ops but for some reason Limavady parkrun only published the non sunglasses shot of Mark on their Facebook page.

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Mark Welsh without the shades

Trevor Lamb had suggested that everyone head to Portrush for their 200th event but when no one could see the cake at the start he was nearly lynched by the rest of the group.

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Angry cake mob

Luckily for him there were two cakes (and oranges).

First Seapaker home was Robert Murray (1st run at Portrush).  He was 11th overall (yea) but was beat by a kid (ha ha).

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Photographic evidence that Robert was beat by a kid

He was followed by Allan Grant (course PB of 25:33), Trevor Lamb (1st run at Portrush), Karen Waring (1st run at Portrush and beat by Trevor), Derek Kane (1st run at Portrush), Alan Poag (1st run at Portrush) and Glenda Murray (1st run at Portrush).

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Alan Grant at Portrush
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Trevor Lamb and Karen Waring at Portrush
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Derek Kane at Portrush
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Alan Poag at Portrush

Everyone (except Karen) went for ice cream after, and just like the parkrun Glenda finished last.

Queens had Gary Craig (course PB of 25:11), Philip Poag (1st run at Queens), Karen Poag and Ross Gilmore (1st run at Queens).

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The Poags at Queens

While Richard Craig (with a course PB of 18:30) and Ronald Simms (1st run at this course) attended Valley.

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Richard Craig and Ronald Simms at Valley

Elsewhere Ann McCracken completed another timed run at Victoria plus Michael Kane and Geraldine Kane attended their 1st run each at Waterworks.

11th June.

Richard Craig (with a parkrun PB of 18:03) was first over the line at Carrickfergus on 11th.  He was followed by William Jenkins, Clive Weatherhead, Charlie McCormick, Ryan Weatherhead, Jonathon Bell, Janet McCullough (with a parkrun PB of 24:04), Thomas Dunlop (parkrun PB of 26:21), Catherine Steele, Julie Lyness (parkrun PB of 27:15), Julie-Ann Mitchell, Jenny Robinson and Nicola Dunlop (parkrun PB of 32:12).

Some idiot thought that if people had to go to Enniskillen for a parkrun (for the 22 parkrun challenge) they might as well do it on the day of the Enniskillen 10K and do that as well. So on 11th June 16 Seapark members woke at the craic of dawn and travelled to the Enniskillen parkrun for the first time each.  Some, but not all completed the 10K after.  Seapark is now the 4th largest club to appear on the Enniskillen parkrun results.  Ronald Simms has the 35th fastest time overall for the Enniskillen parkrun and for 11th June four Seapark members came in the top ten. Ronald Simms (2nd & with a parkrun PB of 18:37), Bobbie Irvine (3rd & with a parkrun PB of 19:00), Robert Murray (4th) and Mark Welsh (8th).

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The Enniskillen group (with fleg)

Though Ronald Simms took a wrong turn in the end and came in short at just over 3 miles. If that wasn’t bad enough Bobbie Irvine just followed him and he too completed just over 3 miles.  Technically Robert Murray was the first Seaparker home and the jury is out on whether Bobbie’s run counts as part of the 22 challenge.

Vote below to confirm.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5YBQS2P

1. Should Bobbie be penalised for following Simmsy?  Yes/No.
2. Should Bobbie Irvine have to do the Enniskillen parkrun again as part of the 22 challenge?  Yes/No.
3. Should Bobbie Irvine be stripped of his 19:00 PB and revert back to his old PB of 19:02 at Antrim?  If it doesn’t seem important I will point out that Charlie McCormick’s PB is 19:01 (at Victoria) so it’ll be the difference between being first or last between Bobbie and Charlie.

Others in attendance included Neill Harper, Nicola Irvine, Karen Waring, Derek Kane, Trevor Lamb, Julie Kelly, Alison Welsh, Glenda Murray, Michael Kane, Rebecca Tester, Geraldine Kane and Susan Kane.

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First official Seaparker Robert Murray
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Derek Kane at Enniskillen
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Trevor Lamb at Enniskillen
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Someone with sunglasses at Enniskillen
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It’s Glenda ‘I’ll run, jog, walk or crawl if I have to’ Murray

Other parkruns attended included Gary Craig at Ormeau (with a parkrun PB of 23:56), Karen McMaster at Stormont (with a course PB of 29:21) while Philip Poag & Karen Poag (on her 1st run here) attended Valley.

18th June.

10 different parkruns where attended by Seapark on 18th (9 in NI and 1 in England).

William Jenkins took the podium spot at Carrickfergus.  He was followed by Clive Weatherhead, Brendan Rice, Jonathan Beattie, Paul Daniels, Andrew Smyth (with a parkrun PB of 23:44), Janet McCullough (with a parkrun PB of 24:02), Julie Kelly (who achieved a course PB of 27:59), Karen McMaster, Julie-Ann Mitchell and Susan Kane (with a course PB of 30:55).

I do need to point out that Julie Kelly’s course PB of 27:59 was achieved with a broken toe.  She mustn’t have been trying hard enough before now if she can get a PB with a broken toe.  Just saying.

Karen Waring and Rebecca Tester partook in their first run each at Citypark, Craigavon.

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Karen Waring and Rebecca Tester at Citypark, Craigavon

While Derek Kane attended Cookstown for the first time.  He nearly didn’t make it due to roadworks (but some might say Glenda Murray threw a spanner in the works, but not me) but he got there just in time.

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Derek Kane at Cookstown.

It was Bobbie Irvine’s 150th parkrun (or 149th if you’ve voted to make Enniskillen void).  He attended Falls with Mark Welsh (1st run at Falls), Nicola Irvine (1st run at Falls) and Alison Welsh.

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Mark, Alison and Nicola at Bobbie’s 149th/150th parkrun

Five Seaparkers went to Limavady for the 1st time each.  It was top 40 places for everyone involved.  Robert Murray was 5th overall with a parkrun PB of 19:43.  He was followed by Trevor Lamb (35th), Geraldine Kane (38th), Michael Kane (39th) and Glenda Murray (40th).

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Top 40 places for the gang at Limavady

Geraldine Kane achieved her first sub 30 min parkrun with 29:59.

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Geraldine Kane with a sub 30 PB

Colin McCrum was at Ormeau on his own.  If he checked Facebook once in a while he could have went to one of the other parkruns with actually people instead of going to Ormeau on his own.

Nicola Dunlop achieved a parkrun PB of 31:13 on her first run at Queens.

The 2nd podium spot of the week went to Ian Cleland at Valley.

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Ian and Sara at Valley

7 Seaparkers attended.  Ian was followed by Charlie McCormick (1st run at Valley), Phillp Poag (with a course PB of 26:01), Angela McCormick (1st run at Valley), Sara Johnston (1st run at Valley), Karen Poag (course PB of 27:50) and Neill Harper (course PB of 28:31).

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The Poags are on tour again
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Some very photogenic Seaparkers and Neill Harper
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Oska just doesn’t want to stop

At Waterworks we had Ronald Simms (1st run at Waterworks), Heather Haggan (1st run at Waterworks with a parkrun PB of 24:33), Gary Craig and Ross Gilmore.

And over on the mainland Elise Park and Gavin Irvine ran at Hull.

25th June.

Ryan Weatherhead was the first Seaparker home at Carrickfergus on 25th.  He was followed by Brendan Rice (with a course PB of 20:19), Richard Hetherington, Paul Daniels, Gillian Strudwick (with a parkrun PB of 23:05), Catherine Steele, Julie Lyness, Julie-Ann Mitchell and Marie Nicholson.

Karen McMaster maintained her race to 100 lead by attending Antrim (with a course PB of 28:57).

Four went to Armagh for the 1st time each for the 22 challenge.  Derek Kane and Glenda Murray are now on 21 (out of 22, doh!) thanks to this little trip.  They were accompanied by Robert Murray and Susan Kane.

All’s fair at parkrun number 21 AKA Kane vs Murray

Pressure’s on for both Derek and Glenda to finish the challenge next week.  It’s like the referendum all over again.  Derek or Glenda, who’s getting your vote?

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5J3NG69

Since Trevor Lamb knew he wasn’t going to finish first in the 22 challenge he decided to go were the cake was instead and attend the Ormeau 3rd annual cakerun.  He was accompanied by Michael Kane (1st run at Ormeau) and Geraldine Kane (1st run at Ormeau).  This now means that Michael isn’t in last place for Team Blue (more on that later) in the race to complete the 22 parkrun challenge & now Mark Welsh is the weak link.  Shame on you Mark!

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Trevor Lamb at Ormeau
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Michael Kane wondering if the cake is worth it
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Michael, Geraldine and Trevor at Ormeau cakerun

Elsewhere Bobbie Irvine used the Victoria parkrun as a warm-up for the Energia 24 hour race at Victoria Park.  You would think his misses would have been there to support him, but no, Nicole Irvine went to Waterworks (with a course PB of 26:20) to add another notch to her 22 parkrun challenge.  Gary Craig (with a course PB of 24:12) also attended Waterworks.

While two further podium spots were achieved by Seapark on 25th.  Richard Craig at Valley and Ronald Simms at Stormont.  Ronald was only using Stormont parkrun as a warm-up for the Stormont 10K later that same day. He came third in that race.

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1st place at Stormont for Simmsy

And finally over on the mainland Colin McCrum attended the Gunpowder parkrun for the 1st time.  I see he’s sticking to his doctor’s advice about not running at the moment.

Race to 100

Karen McMaster (AKA Team Chair) is at 87 parkruns as off 25/06/16.
Glenda Murray (AKA Team Devious) is at 84 parkruns as off 25/06/16.
Trevor Lamb (AKA Team Wolf) is at 83 parkruns as off 25/06/16.
Allan Grant (AKA Team Barcode) is at 79 parkruns as off 25/06/16.

Official hashtag #Raceto100.

Seapark charity parkrun challenge

As of 25/06/16 there are 28 parkruns left to the end of the year (if you count Christmas Day).

Derek Kane (21)
Antrim, Armagh, Bangor, Carrickfergus, Colin Glen, Comber, Cookstown, Craigavon, Ecos, Enniskillen, Falls, Larne, Limavady, Ormeau, Portrush, Queens, Stormont, Valley, Victoria, Wallace & Waterworks.

Glenda Murray (21)
Antrim, Armagh, Bangor, Carrickfergus, Colin Glen, Comber, Craigavon, Derry, Ecos, Enniskillen, Falls, Larne, Limavady, Ormeau, Portrush, Queens, Stormont, Valley, Victoria, Wallace & Waterworks.

Bobbie Irvine (19)
Antrim, Bangor, Carrickfergus, Cookstown, Citypark, Colin Glen, Comber, Derry, Ecos, Enniskillen, Falls, Larne, Ormeau, Queens, Stormont, Valley, Victoria, Wallace & Waterworks.

Nicola Irvine (18)
Antrim, Bangor, Carrickfergus, Citypark, Comber, Cookstown, Derry, Ecos, Enniskillen, Falls, Larne, Ormeau, Queens, Stormont, Valley, Victoria, Wallace & Waterworks.

Trevor Lamb (17)
Antrim, Bangor, Carrickfergus, Comber, Ecos, Enniskillen, Falls, Larne, Limavady, Ormeau, Portrush, Queens, Stormont, Valley, Victoria, Wallace & Waterworks.

Karen Waring (17)
Antrim, Bangor, Carrickfergus, Colin Glen, Comber, Craigavon, Ecos, Enniskillen, Falls, Ormeau, Portrush, Queens, Stormont, Valley, Victoria, Wallace & Waterworks.

Robert Murray (17)
Antrim, Armagh, Carrickfergus, Colin Glen, Craigavon, Derry, Ecos, Enniskillen, Falls, Larne, Limavady, Portrush, Queens, Valley, Victoria, Wallace & Waterworks.

Alan Poag (15)
Antrim, Bangor, Carrickfergus, Colin Glen, Craigavon, Ecos, Falls, Larne, Portrush, Queens, Stormont, Valley, Victoria, Wallace & Waterworks.

Allan Grant (14)
Antrim, Carrickfergus, Colin Glen, Comber, Cookstown, Larne, Ormeau, Portrush, Queens, Stormont, Valley, Victoria, Wallace & Waterworks.

Alison Welsh (13)
Bangor, Carrickfergus, Comber, Ecos, Enniskillen, Falls, Limavady, Ormeau, Queens, Stormont, Valley, Victoria & Waterworks.

Rebecca Tester (12)
Antrim, Armagh, Bangor, Carrickfergus, Colin Glen, Craigavon, Ecos, Enniskillen, Falls, Larne, Ormeau & Victoria.

Michael Kane (10)
Bangor, Carrickfergus, Comber, Ecos, Enniskillen, Limavady, Ormeau, Victoria, Wallace & Waterworks.

Julie Kelly (10)
Bangor, Carrickergus, Comber, Ecos, Enniskillen, Queens, Stormont, Valley, Victoria & Waterworks.

Geraldine Kane (9)
Ecos, Enniskillen, Limavady, Ormeau, Queens, Valley, Victoria, Wallace & Waterworks.

Mark Welsh (9)
Bangor, Comber, Ecos, Enniskillen, Falls, Limavady, Ormeau, Valley & Victoria.

For those that don’t know there’s been a new development in the 22 parkrun challenge.

There’s a 2nd part to the challenge.

There’s 15 people (leaving Colin off the list as he wasn’t sure if will finish) so everyone’s been put into one or two groups.

The boys vs the girls (wanting to pit couples against each other).

The winning group will be the one in which every member has completed all 22 parkruns first.

The winners will get a prize while the losers will do a forfeit (decided by the winners, within reason of course).

Team Blue
Derek 1, Bobbie 3, Trevor 5, Robert 5, Alan 7, Allan 8, Michael 12, Mark 13 = 54 parkruns to do.

Team Pink
Glenda 1, Nicola 4, Karen 5, Alison 9, Rebecca 10, Julie 12, Geraldine 13 = 54 parkruns to do.

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.

https://www.justgiving.com/teams/seapark

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.

Race report for May 2016

Quite a few Seaparkers completed the full marathon, the relay and/or cheered at the Belfast Marathon on Monday 2nd May.

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The award for best sign goes to Seapark AC

Full.  Ian Cleland 3:07:20 PB, Jim Jenkins PB 3:15:55, Elisoa Crawford 3:18:28, Jonathan Preuss 3:18:52, Gillian Cordner 3:37:53 (3rd in three days), Charlie McCormick 3:44:53, Caroline Salters 3:45:48 PB, Robert Steele 3:56:11, Gillian Strudwick 3:57:07, Patrick Hughes 3:57:17, Mark Welsh 3:57:39, Jonathon Bell 4:11:55 PB, Gary Connolly 4:18:37 (2nd in three days), Brendan Rice 4:19:38, Bobbie Irvine 5:40:48 (2nd in two days) and Rebecca Tester (1st Marathon) 6:08:15.

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Robert Steel is happy with his time
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Gary Connally getting a sugar boost from Carol Downey
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A lost Oompa Loompa
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Rebecca Tester on her first marathon
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Lorraine Ogilby is glad she joined Seapark.

Elisoa Crawford was the third NI lady over the line.

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Elisoa Crawford with her prize for being 3rd NI lady over the line for the Belfast Marathon

Relay.  Team Alpha (Ann McCracken, Andy Smyth, Sarah Rea, Carol Woods and Jenny Robinson) 4:04:54.  Team Beta (Mark Welsh, Trevor Lamb, Allan Grant, Karen Hanson and Alison Welsh) 3:53:46.  Team Charlie (Karen McMaster, Jonathan Beattie, Thomas Dunlop, Michael Peoples and Julie Marshall) 4:04:33.

Richard Hetherington and Jacqui Coghlan also ran the relay as part of their works teams.

On Saturday 7th May Ronald Simms completed the Killclogher 10K near Ormagh with a time of 39:39.

Sunday 8th May Gavin Irvine attended the Beverly 10K just outside of Hull.  He clocked a time of 52:23 in a 25 degree heat.

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Gavin Irvine at the Beverly 10K (yes, it’s the name of the town)

The first of the four EAH forest series races was the three mile Woodburn forest run on 10th May.  It was attended by Richard Craig 18:51, Ian Cleland 19:22, Chris Livingstone 19:40, Bobbie Irvine 20:05, Ronald Simms 21:04, Jonathan Beattie 21:51, Jonathon Bell 23:06, Mark Welsh 23:22, Paul Daniels 23:30, Danielle Hamilton 24:12, Jennifer Jackson 26:16, Kate Delaney 26:53, Allan Grant 26:55, Amy Beatson 26:56, Neill Harper 26:57, David Steritt 27:04, Karen Poag 27:14, Heather Haggan 27:50, Rachel Johnston 27:51, Alison Welsh 27:58, Rory Poag 28:24, Jacqui Coghlan 28:38, Nicola Irvine 29:06, Trevor Lamb 29:15, Alison Dunlop 29:47, Laura Laverty 29:51, Heather Lown 29:53, Karen McMaster 31:27, Colin Pearson 32:19, Rebecca Tester 32:26, Beverley Kernoghan 32:38, Geraldine Kane 33:55, Lorraine Ogilby 35:14 & Carol Downey 36:12.

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The gang at Woodburn Forest
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The founding members of the Seapark SGC

At the Les Jones 10K on 13th Seapark AC was represented by Ronald Simms 39:59, Clive Weatherhead 41:55, Richard Hetherington 42:32, Elisoa Crawford 42:49, Jennifer Jackson 52:03, Andrew Smyth 52:39, Alison Welsh 55:53, Mark Welsh 55:39, Julie Kelly 59:18 and Trevor Lamb 1:00:57.

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Another hot day for the Les Jones 10K

On Saturday 14th Ronald Simms ran another 10K (the Lislea 10K) with 42:34 while at the Kilarney Marathon Gillian Cordner was the 2nd lady across the line with 3:29:59 and Gary Connolly finished with 4:19:53.

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Gillian Cordner was the 2nd lady home with 3:29:59
Gary Kilarney
Gary showing of his top

Ronald Simms also completed the Annaghmore 10K in 40:36 on 18th May.

Richard Craig ran the 4 mile Albertvile Road Race in 23:35 on 20th May.

While the biggest race of the week had to be the Run Her Costal Challange on 20th May.

Sarah Rea completed the 5K in 26:02, finishing 11.

While in the 10K event Seapark was represented by Kate Delaney 52:54, Alison Welsh 55:49, Jacqui Coghlan 56:06, Julie Marshall 56:07, Marie Nicholson 59:36, Rebecca Tester 1:01:01, Emma Person 1:05:59 and Susan Kane 1:09:31.

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A rare photo of Alison Welsh without her shades
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Julie Marshall just happy to be there
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Marie Nicholson enjoying the rain

The Jengana 10K on 21st was the stage for the second race of the week for both Richard Craig 39:00 and Ronald Simms 41:31.

And at the Hell & Back race, also on 21st May, described as Ireland’s toughest mental & physical endurance challenge, where Ian Cleland, Robert Murray, Sara Johnston and Glenda Murray.  No times are needed.  To complete it is enough.

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Hell seems like a happy place

On 22nd Jonathan Beattie completed the Kirkistown Sprint Duathlon in 57:54 PB.

The Seapark AC results from the 3.5 mile Tardree Forest Trail Race on Tuesday 24th are as follows.  Ian Cleland was 15th overall with 19:57 and he was followed by Bobbie Irvine 21:35, Paul Daniels 24:37, David Strutt 28:16, Kate Delaney 28:35, Sara Johnston 29:30, Nicola Irvine 29:51 and Lorraine Ogiby 36:30.

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A few less Seaparkers at the 2nd race at Tardree Forest

The Bann 10k (part of the Novosco 10k Grand Prix series) was on Wednesday 25th.  Five Seaparkers attended. Ronald Simms 40:03, Clive Weatherhead 42:17, Richard Hetherington 43:10, Andy Smyth 49:44 and Karen McMaster 1:04:18.

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Five went to Banbridge for a 10K
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Andy Smyth is that happy with his time we can’t call him grumpy anymore

On the Saturday 29th Seaparkers attended three differeent races (two of which where in England).

Neill Harper achieved his second best time for a marathon with 4:17:19 at the Kent Roadrunner Marathon.

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Kent Beep Beep

At the Liverpool Rock N Roll 5K there were Gillian Cordner 20:33, Gary Connolly 21:11, Andrew Smyth 23:00 PB, Mark Welsh 23:02, Gillian Strudwick 23:32, Caroline Salters 23:34, Karen Poag 24:45, Phil Poag 24:57, Angela McCormick 25:32, Charlie McCormick 25:32, Karen Waring 25:53, Wesley Wallace 25:57, Sarah Rea 25:59 and Alison Welsh 28:05.

While nearer to home 29 Seaparkers attended the Mayfair Race at Ballyclare.

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Seapark AC at Ballyclare

Alyn McChesney represented Seapark AC for the 5K with a time of 30:54.

Richard Craig was the first Seaparker home for the 10K with 38:11.  He was followed by Ian Cleland 39:33, Ronald Simms 40:03, Jim Jenkins 42:29, Jonathon Bell 47:12, Julie Clyde 52:18, Heather Haggan 52:37, Colin McCrum 53:46, Carol Woods 55:05, Philip Magill 55:31, Lynette Magill 56:17, Sara Johnston 56:44, Julie Marshall 56:45, Jacqui Coghlan 57:09, Gemma Lovell 57:26, Jessica Lyness 58:06, Julie Lyness 58:23, Trevor Lamb 58:51, Heather Lown 59:25, Philippa Bell 1:00:39, Julie Kelly 1:00:59, Jenny Robinson 1:02:02, Beverley Kernoghan 1:04:03, Rebecca Tester 1:04:06, Susan Kane 1:09:27, Caroline Mone 1:09:45, Geraldine Kane 1:11:26 and Carol Downey 1:14:19.

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Sara Johnston Julie Marshall at Ballyclare
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Trevor Lamb without the sunglasses
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Julie Kelly sporting the red Seapark top

Thanks to the Ballyclare 10K Geraldine Kane was the first person to complete the 10 * 10K 2016 challenge.  It may have to be extended to 20 * 10k 2016 challenge as she completed it so fast.

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Geraldine Kane with Tony Barclay at her 10th 10K this year

On Sunday it was the Liverpool Rock N Roll Half and Full Marathon.

Half.  Andrew Smyth 1:52:44 PB, Karen Poag 1:55:53, Phil Poag 1:59:04, Angela McCormick 1:59:19, Alison Welsh 2:00:08, Sarah Rea 2:06:25, Karen Waring 2:07:56, Ann McCracken 2:13:57, Neil Harper 2:18:28 and Alyn McChesney 2:50:31.

Liverpool Neill and Angela
Neill Harper and Angela McCormick with everyone’s medals Wait! That’s just there own ones

Full.  Gillian Cordner 3:23:57, Caroline Salters 3:49:41,  Gillian Strudwick 3:53:14, Gary Connolly 3:58:57 and Mark Welsh 4:13:35.

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Caroline Salters and Gillian Strudwick acting like it’s the first London Marathon again

And back in NI Julie Kelly completed her second 10K of the weekend at Stormont with the Race for Live Cancer Research 10K.

May 2016 Seapark parkrun round-up

7th May.

Carrickfergus on 7th May was attended by Richard Craig, Ryan Weatherhead (with a parkrun PB of 19:25 on his 50th parkrun), Ian Cleland, Clive Weatherhead, Richard Hethering, Brendan Rice, Jonathan Beattie, Jonathan Preuss, Andrew Smyth, Philip Poag, Neill Harper and Beverley Kernoghan.

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Spot the Seaparkers
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Ian Cleland’s race face
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Clive Weatherhead’s race face
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Jonathan Beattie’s race face
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Andrew Smyth’s race face
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Even Oska has a race face

The original plan for the 22 group was to head to Colin Glen (since it’s the year of hills and all) but the thought of that scared some people and they backed out at the last moment (insert your own PG expletive here).  Those that embraced the hill at Colin Glen were Bobbie Irvine (with a course PB of 19:57), Paul Daniels (1st run at Colin Glen), Allan Grant (1st run at Colin Glen), Derek Kane (1st run at Colin Glen), Alan Poag (1st run at Colin Glen) and Susan Kane (1st run at Colin Glen).

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The Colin Glen ‘We Love Hills’ group

While the hill challenged group decided to go to Comber instead.  They consisted off Mark Welsh (1st run at Comber), Alison Welsh (1st run at Comber), Julie Kelly (parkrun PB of 27:51 at her 1st run at Comber) and Michael Kane (1st run at Comber).  They should have just ripped that band aid off as they still need to go to Colin Glen to complete the 22 challenge.

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Mark Welsh at Comber
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Michael Kane at Comber
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The Comber ‘We would rather have food than hills’ group

Rebecca Tester had planned to go to the Falls parkrun on 7th but on route she and Conor Sheridan had a little scare as they got a flat tire.  They were both okay and managed to fix the tire but being hard-core parkrun participants it didn’t deter them from completing a parkrun.  They had worked out the nearest parkrun to them at that time was Ormeau so they headed there, making it just in time (or JIT for the Economists among you) for Rebecca’s 1st run at Ormeau.  Lucky for them the Ormeau briefing ran long.

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The ‘I’m trying to stop you from going to a parkrun’ tire.

Elsewhere there was Karen Waring on her 1st run at Falls, Ann McCracken (with a course PB of 28:19) and Karen McMaster (with a parkrun PB of 29:05) at Queens, Colin McCrum at the Victoria cakerun, Gary Craig and Ross Gillmore at Waterworks, Robert Steel on his 1st run at Kilkenny and Gavin Irvine at Hull.

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Ann McCracken and Karen McMaster at Queens
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Colin McCrum really really likes cake

14th May.

There were a few PBs at Carrickfergus on 14th.  In attendance were Richard Craig, Charlie McCormick (with a course PB of 19:09), William Jenkins, Ryan Weatherhead, Jonathan Beattie, Clive Weatherhead, Jonathon Bell (parkrun PB of 21:47), Richard Hetherington, Philip Poag, Sara Johnston (parkrun PB of 26:34), Jessica Lyness (parkrun PB of 27:33), Catherine Steele (parkrun PB of 27:42), Gemma Lovell, Julie Lyness, Neill Harper and Susan Kane.

Some of the 22 group made it to the Falls parkrun (and would you Adam and Eve it there were not one, but two cakes).  Those that had a slice included Robert Murray (1st run at Falls), Alan Poag (1st run at Falls), Trevor Lamb, Glenda Murray (1st run at Falls) and Rebecca Tester (1st run at Falls).

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The ‘I didn’t know there would be cake here’ group at Falls
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The two cakes

Ronald Simms completed his 1st run at Armagh prior to doing the Lislea 10K (and after doing the Les Jones 10K the night before).  While at Cookstown there was Bobbie Irvine (with a course PB of 19:06) and Nicola Irvine (on her 1st run at Cookstown and with a parkrun PB of 25:09).  Other parkruns attended included Colin McCrum at Portrush, Brendan Rice, Ann McCracken and Karen McMaster at Victoria, Gary Craig (with a parkrun PB of 24:13) at Waterworks and Gavin Irvine at Hull.

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The Cookstown two
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The Victoria gang

21st May.

Charlie McCormick was the first Seaparker to cross the finish line at Carrickfergus on 21st.  He was followed by Paul Daniels, William Jenkins, Richard Hetherington, Andrew Smyth, Philip Poag, Karen Poag, Laura Laverty (with a parkrun PB of 26:10), Jessica Lyness (with another parkrun PB of 27:04), Catherine Steel (with a parkrun PB of 27:35), Karen McMaster, Alison Welsh, Neill Harper and Jonathan Beattie.

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Another fab selfie by Charlie McCormick

Neill turned up late but still managed to finish before Jonathan Beattie.  All that cycling must be slowing Jonathan down.

Neill’s parkrun video.

It appears that no one likes cake as much as they used to as the planned road trip to Cookstown’s 3rd anniversary cakerun on 21/05/16 fell though.  Most people had prior commitments (yea, yea) so instead of traveling to Cookstown on their own Trevor Lamb and Derek Kane (1st run) went to a surprisingly sunny Bangor.  They should have took their sunglasses.

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The ‘Should have brought our sunglasses’ two at Bangor
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Derek Kane at Bangor

While that was going one Rebecca Tester completed Larne for the 2nd time, Brendan Rice returned to Victoria and at Derry we had Ian Cleland (on his 75th parkrun and 1st run at Derry), Robert Murray (1st run at Derry), Sara Johnson (1st run at Derry) and Glenda Murray (1st run at Derry) completing the parkrun prior to the Hell and Back race soon after.

Bobbie Irvine (with a parkrun PB of 19:54) and Nicola Irvine (with another parkrun PB of 26:03) both attended the Portobello parkrun in Edinburgh.

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Nicola and Bobbie Irvine at Portobello parkrun in Edinburgh

28st May.

With the Ballyclare 10K, Liverpool Rock N Roll 5K and the Kent Roadrunner Marathon all on the 28th only thirteen Seaparkers managed to complete a parkrun on 28th May.

Carrickfergus was attended by Jonathan Preuss, Richard Hetherington, Gary Craig (with a course PB of 24:52) and Julie-Ann Mitchell.

Robert Murray and Glenda Murray decided to embrace the hill at Colin Glen for the first time each.

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Family outing at Colin Glen

Bobbie Irvine (with a course PB of 19:24) and Nicola Irvine (1st run at this course) ran at Bangor.

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The Irvine family at Bangor

Derek Kane and Alan Poag went to Craigavon for the first time each.

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Derek Kane and Alan Poag at Citypark

Elsewhere Thomas Dunlop attended Ormeau for the first time (with a parkrun PB of 24:34) and Brendan Rice did his first timed run at Limavady.

And last but not least Karen McMaster dropped out of the Ballyclare 10K to keep her lead in the Race to 100 challenge and attended Whitley Bay for the second time (with a course PB of 28:47 + only 5 secs of her parkrun PB) instead.

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Smug grin from Team Chair who’s in the lead of the Race to 100 challange

Race to 100

The gap is getting a bit wider this month.

Karen McMaster (AKA Team Chair) is at 83 parkruns as off 28/05/16.
Glenda Murray (AKA Team Devious) is at 80 parkruns as off 28/05/16.
Trevor Lamb (AKA Team Wolf) is at 79 parkruns as off 18/05/16.
Allan Grant (AKA Team Barcode) is at 78 parkruns as off 28/05/16.

#Raceto100

Seapark charity 22 parkrun challenge

As of 28/05/16 there are 32 parkruns left to the end of the year (if you count Christmas Day). Plenty of time to do all 22.  The bold ones are new this month.

Derek Kane (17)
Antrim, Bangor, Carrickfergus, Colin Glen, Comber, Craigavon, Ecos, Falls, Larne, Limavady, Ormeau, Queens, Stormont, Valley, Victoria, Wallace & Waterworks.

Glenda Murray (17)
Antrim, Bangor, Carrickfergus, Colin Glen, Comber, Craigavon, Derry, Ecos, Falls, Larne, Ormeau, Queens, Stormont, Valley, Victoria, Wallace & Waterworks.

Bobbie Irvine (16)
Antrim, Bangor, Carrickfergus, Citypark, Colin Glen, Comber, Cookstown, Ecos, Larne, Ormeau, Queens, Stormont, Valley, Victoria, Wallace & Waterworks.

Nicola Irvine (14)
Antrim, Bangor, Carrickfergus, Citypark, Comber, Ecos, Falls, Larne, Ormeau, Queens, Stormont, Valley, Victoria & Wallace.

Trevor Lamb (14)
Antrim, Bangor, Carrickfergus, Comber, Ecos, Falls, Larne, Ormeau, Queens, Stormont, Valley, Victoria, Wallace & Waterworks.

Alan Poag (14)
Antrim, Bangor, Carrickfergus, Colin Glen, Craigavon, Ecos, Falls, Larne, Queens, Stormont, Valley, Victoria, Wallace & Waterworks.

Karen Waring (14)
Antrim, Bangor, Carrickfergus, Colin Glen, Comber, Ecos, Falls, Ormeau, Queens, Stormont, Valley, Victoria, Wallace & Waterworks.

Allan Grant (13)
Antrim, Carrickfergus, Colin Glen, Comber, Cookstown, Larne, Ormeau, Queens, Stormont, Valley, Victoria, Wallace & Waterworks.

Robert Murray (13)
Antrim, Carrickfergus, Colin Glen, Craigavon, Derry, Ecos, Falls, Larne, Queens, Valley, Victoria, Wallace & Waterworks.

Rebecca Tester (10)
Antrim, Armagh, Bangor, Carrickfergus, Colin Glen, Ecos, Falls, Larne, Ormeau & Victoria.

Alison Welsh (10)
Bangor, Carrickfergus, Comber, Ecos, Ormeau, Queens, Stormont, Valley, Victoria & Waterworks.

Julie Kelly (8) 
Bangor, Comber, Ecos, Queens, Stormont, Valley, Victoria & Waterworks.

Michael Kane (6)
Bangor, Carrickfergus, Comber, Ecos, Victoria & Wallace.

Mark Welsh (6)
Bangor, Comber, Ecos, Ormeau, Valley & Victoria.

Geraldine Kane (5)
Ecos, Queens, Valley, Victoria & Wallace.

Colin McCrum (4)
Antrim, Carrickfergus, Portrush & Victoria.

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.

Just Giving

#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 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.

Thanks to Nicola Irvine giving Andy Smyth the evil eye until he changed his mind anyone doing any volunteer role at Carrickfergus (while wearing a hi-viz top) will get a credit towards the challenge.  Nicola was doing token support and Trevor Lamb was acting as photographer when they saw that Andy’s guidelines stated that these volunteer roles didn’t count.  He soon learned his mistake and changed his mind.

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Nicola ‘Evil Eye’ Irvine volunteering at Carrickfergus parkrun

#APC2016