All times are approximate, some times are more approximate than others...
9:30pm, Friday: "Will we go to Twomey's for one...?
10:30pm, Friday: Pints in hand, traditional musicians playing, craic being had
11:30pm, Friday: "What time does the ferry leave tomorrow?" "9am..."
Midnight: "We really should get going..."
12:30am: "OK, let's go"
12:50am: "What is the latest time we can leave the house in the morning so that we don't miss the ferry?" "Ten to nine..."
12:55am: "There'll definitely be no records broken at the parkrun in the morning!"
12:56am: "At least the forecast is good..."
1am: "I'm so hungry..."
1:10am: Porridge, yum
1:30am: Bed, aaahhhhhh
8:10am: Alarm, feck!
8:20am: Second alarm, double feck!
8:25am: Must get out of bed, feck feck feck!
8:35am: Porridge again, yum yum
8:40am: "Hurry up!"
8:51am: Leave house, quick drive down to Castletownbere harbour
8:59am: Pull into quayside car park, that ferry better not leave!
9:01am: Board ferry
9:02am: Ferry leaves, sigh of relief
9:10am: Why didn't I put on a coat, it's always windy and cold on the crossing, do I never learn?!
9:15am: This really is a beautiful part of the world
9:25am: Who's driving the minibus?!
9:30am: Rollercoaster ride on the Bere island roads in the minibus
9:45am: Arrival at Bere Island parkrun start/finish area, looks like a decent crowd today, it's warming up nicely too
9:50am: Pre-race welcome/speech - "gallopers to the front, everyone else a bit further back" - there's a great mix of people here, it's brilliant, nothing like a parkrun community, owned by everyone, run by everyone, for everyone, the Bere Island parkrun is definitely special.
9:51am: "Thanks to the volunteers, the ferry and the cafe 5-4-3-2-1-go!"
9:51am - 10:50am: What a 5km loop - twists, turns, climbs, descents, sea views, cliff views, mountain views, fresh air, blue sky, distant boats, old ruins, newer buildings, animals, empty rural roads, and 87 participants' spirits lifted by the best of Ireland and the best of parkrun
10:11am: First male finisher, well done Ross Blackbourne (JM15-17), in 20:03, great running on a tough course
10:12am: First female finisher, well done Lauren Murphy (JW15-17), in 21:41, great running on a tough course. Well done to everyone who turned out and ran/jogged/walked around - being out there, being active, supporting the parkrun and making it something greater than the sum of its parts, that's what it's all about, great success
11:05am: "Is that everything packed away yet? Cones, finishing clock, flags?" (Code for "Can we go to the BakeHouse now for cake?!")
11:10am: The BakeHouse is in full flow, cakes being consumed, drinks being downed (non alcoholic of course), chat and craic flying, runs being discussed, PBs being congratulated, next times being planned, parkrun community in full swing
11:25am: Worse than last orders, it's the call for the minibus back to the ferry, there'll be no second helpings of cake
11:30am: All aboard for the Bere Island rollercoaster minibus
11:45am: On the ferry, great view, surely the best journey to and from a parkrun in the world. Must climb Hungry Hill one day...
11:55am: Back in Castletownbere, great morning!
Go raibh mait agat agus slán go fóill!
– John Lehane