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Born2Run host ‘Run Forest Run’ series at Mary Peters Track

Ingrid Hamilton, Heather McLaughlin and Alison Duncan at Portrush Parkrun

The wintery weather of last week severely curtailed the running events with many of our local parkruns cancelled, but for those die-hard enthusiasts there was still the opportunity for a run, if you were prepared to travel.

Born 2 Run – Minnowburn

Saturday 20th January saw race four of the “Run Forest Run” series, hosted by events management company “Born 2 Run” take place at the Mary Peters Track in Belfast.

Torrential rain and flooding had prevented the race going ahead on its original date, but by Saturday the waters had receded, and the Lagan towpath was no longer a raging torrent, so all was well for the rescheduled Minnowburn 10k to take place. Three Springwell RC members made the trip to Belfast for the race with Pauline Duke 475th in 1:05:43, James Barr 490th in 1:06:34 and James Evans 573rd in 1:16:34.


Winter arrived and parkruns were difficult to find. Hidden beneath a layer of snow and ice, the courses denied many their innate right of a brisk 5k on a Saturday morning, even those who were prepared to wear a hat and gloves and, in some extreme cases, a buff. Banished from their usual tracks a deep-seated instinct prevails and the Springer will forage along traditional migratory paths in search of parkrun.

Of the fifty – eight Springers out on Saturday forty – eight gathered on the East Strand at Portrush where the magnitude of such a gathering inspired John Butcher, Cathy Adams, Adrian Finlay, Deborah McPhee, Alan White, Gemma Wray, and Heather McLaughlin to personal bests. The remaining ten Springers appeared at five other parkruns with Reggie and Sonya Colville both recording personal bests at Antrim.

“THANKS” to all the volunteers who make parkrun happen, your efforts really are appreciated.

Falls – Majella McATEER 25:10, Mariette MULVENNA 29:51, Antoinette CONWAY 30:54, Colin CONNOLLY 33:01

Portrush – Chris DENTON 18:21, David O’NEILL 18:50, Andy WHITEFORD 19:06, Rhys WALKER 20:13, Maurice WALKER 20:33, John BUTCHER 20:47 PB, Fiona PRUE 21:05, Stephen BEGGS 21:56, Cathy ADAMS 22:28 PB, Fiona MARTIN 22:50, Paul LAVERTY 23:44, Jonathan HUDDLESTON 23:51, Adrian FINLAY 23:52 PB, Shaun CARTON 24:06, Jonno JOHNSON 24:12, Deborah McPHEE 24:52 PB, Mervyn THOMPSON 25:34, Heather SPENCE 25:45, Alan PLATT 25:59, Mervyn ADAMS 26:02, Patricia CRAIG 26:21, Michael MCKEOWN 26:51, Janet PATRICK 26:56, Alison C DUNCAN 27:01, Alan WHITE 27:01, Andrew WILMOT 27:18, Sinead GRAHAM 27:38, Pamela HOWE 27:53, Gemma WRAY 28:27 PB, Karen GARVIN 30:00, Bernie HANNIGAN 30:12, Heather McLAUGHLIN 31:06 PB, Ingrid HAMILTON 31:07, Roisin WALKER 31:28, Amanda SCOTT 31:34, Reid JACK 31:43, Anne JACK 31:53, Linda McMICHAEL 32:11, Lorraine ABERNETHY 34:29, Catherine BYERS 34:39, Rhona LAVERTY 35:24, Kay HACK 35:38, Iris WILSON 37:32, Kenneth BACON 45:18, Caitriona MACKLE 47:46, Fergal MACKLE 47:48, Julie CORBETT 55:48, Emer THOMPSON 55:53

Antrim – Reggie COLVILLE 21:32 PB, Sonya COLVILLE 31:08 PB, Liz McLAUGHLIN 32:52

Castlewellan – Gary KENDALL 22:59

Stormont – Ali SHAW 20:35

Fairview – Elaine MONTGOMERY 41:34

Pauline Duke at the Minnowburn 10k

Springwell RC Members at Portrush Parkrun

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