Mid and East Antrim Borough’s Ecos Parkrun celebrates five years ‘on the trot’
International hockey star and Olympic medallist congratulates runners
One of Mid and East Antrim Borough’s most popular outdoor events, the Ecos Parkrun, has just celebrated a special milestone, its fifth anniversary.
Over the years, 239 parkruns have taken place in Ecos Park along the Braid River, through woodland and past meadows. More than 3,500 runners have completed 26,700 runs of 5km - a total of 133,500 kilometres or 82,300 miles.
Ecos parkrun is a free, timed walk or run which takes place every Saturday in Ecos Park. It is suitable for all ages and abilities and refreshments afterwards provide an opportunity to chat.
Mid and East Antrim Borough Council has been supporting Ecos, Larne and Carrickfergus parkruns as well as Larne Junior parkrun for several years as these are perfect ways to enjoy outdoor activity in a very social and supportive community.
Over 200 participants at last Saturday’s Ballymena anniversary event (25 March) also enjoyed a special visit by Jackie McWilliams, international hockey star and Olympic medal winner.
She was delighted to present awards to recognise those park runners who participated most regularly, with the final ‘Spirit of Ecos parkrun’ award itself presented to Cathy, Ben and Heather Gilmore, a family who have been frequent helpers and cheerful supporters at Ecos parkrun.
- Parkrun 2017 Award Winners are:
- Spirit of Ecos parkrun - Heather, Ben and Cathy Gilmore
- 1st Female - Sinead Scullion
- 2nd Female - Stephanie Johnston
- 3rd Female - Aine Hasson
- 1st Male - James Lowry
- 2nd Male - Dylan Cole
- 3rd Male - Fintan McErlean
- 1st Junior Female - Kate Hasson
- 2nd Junior Female - Megan Cole
- 3rd Junior Female - Georgia Kidd
- 1st Junior Male - Adam Shields
- 2nd Junior Male - Sean Hasson
- 3rd Junior Male - Owen Johnston