Runners head to the beach for New Year’s parkrun

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New Years Day was a cold morning but the low temperatures meant the sand was quite firm and given that not all NI events elected to have a New Years Day parkrun, there were quite a few visitors.

Special mentions must go to Steven McAlary who clocked a cracking PB of 17:20 on New Years Day and is showing great form at the moment. Claire Crawford also nabbed a PB and for the second consecutive week, the fabulous Karen McLaughlin tore the field apart to come home first Lady, even without Jimmy Stewart to tailgate, in another excellent time of 21:18.

Colin Moore and Jonno Johnson were congratulated on being the latest Portrush runners to reach 50 parkruns. New Years Day is the only day runners are allowed to complete two parkruns on the same day so David Patterson took advantage of this by completing Comber in 27.06, then Stormont in 27.28 ( Stormont having delayed its start time to 11am). Well done sir!

Saturday 2nd saw the return of the highly dedicated and near fanatical Jimmy Stewart and the slightly over-weight, more self-indulgant Bryan Edgar, who duly knocked out a one-two finish for the club on a rather “heavy” beach, despite their heroics in the Run Over the Glen the previous day.

Great to see Margaret Edgar returning to running again, after a lengthy lay-off due to injury and that all appeared to go well.

On this occasion first lady home was Sharon Leetch of Ballymena Runners, 2nd placed Lady at the Run over the Glens the previous day, who was chased all the way by our Lady Chair, Karen McLaughlin in second.

Peter Donnelly and Judith McLaughlin were congratulated on completing 50 parkruns, Diane Hill on completing 100 and Rachel Blee on her nomination as Portrush parkrunner of the month for December.

There were 154 runners, of whom 23 were first timers and 11 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 10 different athletics clubs took part.