Challenging conditions for Portrush Parkrunners

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It was a cold morning on Saturday for Portrush parkrun and there was a touch of snow with some hail but, by far the biggest challenge, was the gale force headwind on the return 2.5k leg which reduced many runners to a walking pace.

The high tide left very little sand but just enough to run on and no more, in some places.

Junior runner Abi Smyth was congratulated on completing her 50th parkrun and Sharon Kennedy and Jackie Cunningham on completing their 100th.

Davy Patterson also completed his 50th parkrun taking part at Valley parkrun in Newtownabbey.

First finisher was first timer, William Simpson of Corstorphine AAC in 21.42 , followed by Glenn Millar for Springwell and first lady was Springwell Junior runner Hermione Skuce in 24.23.

This week there were 94 runners, of whom 8 were first timers and 1 recorded a new Personal Best. Representatives of 7 different athletics clubs took part.

SPRINGWELL RESULTS

Glenn MILLAR 22:53 Hermione SKUCE 24:23 James STEWART 24:28 Ross ARMSTRONG 24:29 Karen MCLAUGHLIN 24:34 Nigel ARMSTRONG 25:48 Andy DEAL 25:51 Mervyn THOMPSON 27:26 Bob MCLAUGHLIN 28:39 Sarah CHESTNUTT 28:49 Jack BLEE 31:33 Melanie MILLAR 32:55 Jim BLEE 33:15 Judith MCLAUGHLIN 33:35 Michelle SWEENEY 33:42

Sharon BINGHAM 00:33:56 Rachel BLEE 35:35 Emma BIRRELL 37:16 Fiona WALLS 37:22 Queens - Alistair Shaw 20.32 Valley - Davy Patterson 27.35