Springwell runners take part in parkrun

Stephen Fillis negotiates the bridge at Portrush parkrun to finish 2nd in a new PB. (picture courtesy of Jonno Johnson)
Stephen Fillis negotiates the bridge at Portrush parkrun to finish 2nd in a new PB. (picture courtesy of Jonno Johnson)

Saturday saw Springwell runners grace four different parkrun locations with several PBs’ including Kay Hack at Limavady, Deborah Gilliland at Ormeau, Stephen Fillis and Jim Blee at Portrush.

Although the temperatures were much milder this week and the low tide enabled a beach start and finish at Portrush, there were still stretches of softish sand and a very stiff headwind on the return leg, despite which many runners recorded pretty fast times.

There were 137 runners, of whom 18 were first timers and 25 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 9 different athletics clubs took part.

Springwell runners filled the first two positions with the rapid Steven McAlary in 1st , in 17.46 and Stephen Fillis shortly after in a fine PB of 19:14.

First lady was our own multi-talented Sonia Knox in 20.34, followed by N.I. International representative Karen Alexander of the Acorns Running Club, so quite a star studded field in the Ladies side!

Springwell results at Portrush:

Steven McAlary 17:46, Stephen Fillis 19:14 Pb, Sonia Knox 20:34, Karen McLaughlin 00:21:30, Alison Rankin 00:21:46, Jean-Claude Bourgeois 00:22:53, Sarah Chestnutt 24:48, Andrew Wilmot 24:54, Jim Blee 25:10 Pb, Michael Rankin 26:42, Jack Blee 26:59, Carolyn Crawford 27:13, Michelle Sweeney 28:20, Elaine Montgomery 28:55, Sharon Bingham 28:57, Rachel Blee 29:37, Emma Birrell 31:20, Alison Wilson 31:46, Zara Hunter 36:37, Fiona Walls 36:38.

Other results:

Limavady - David Jackson 19.53; Connor McGowan 22.31; Kay Hack 28.48 PB.

Ormeau - Deborah Gilliland 20.29 PB

Valley - David Patterson 27.11