Causeway Chronicle

High winds didn’t dampen enthusiasm

The weekend’s high winds didn’t dampen enthusiasm for local runners who braved the elements over many events.

Gary Watton presents his weekly parkrun round-up with some outstanding individual performances noted.

Garvagh Forest, event 132 – 28 completed the course. Roisin Malone joined the 100 Club, with a century of efforts at this venue! Ballymena’s Jason Wilson (19:36) was the only person to break twenty minutes, recording his fifth first finisher feat from six visits. Lynda Press (22:52) was the fastest female for the second time in 2024. This event’s average turnout for the last ten events is 32.8.

Limavady, event 392 – Thirty-two completed the course. The visiting Jack Magrath (18:55) was fastest finisher on his Limavady debut. The only other sub-twenty was recorded by the consistent Martin O’Doherty (19:42). The fastest female for the eighth time this year was Springwell’s Ciara McSherry (20:23). This event’s average turnout for the last ten events is 42.1.

Limepark Playing Fields, event eighty-one – Forty-three completed the course. Prolific tourist Richard McAlpin (20:48) was the fastest finisher on his second visit. His wife Patrycja (26:45), also representing Ballydrain Harriers, was this week’s fastest female. This event’s average turnout for the last ten events is 51.2.

Portrush, event 546 – 210 completed the course. The following achieved milestones, with their Portrush appearances total in brackets: Colin Duffin 25 (21) Jennifer Patterson 350 (260) Paul Stratton 150 (149) Remarkably, William McKnight (20:22) was the fastest finisher at the 241st time of asking! Laura Watters (21:43) marked her 150th parkrun by being the fastest female for the seventh time this year.

This event’s average turnout for the last ten events is 211.4.

Michael Anderson

Michael Anderson