A tale of 2 parkrun reports! Yes we have 2 reports today, a treat for our 150th parkrun. The common denominator is Granny, aka Finola, aka Run Director this week, so make sure you read both. Both reports are written by ladies whose names begin with N, end with E and have L somewhere in between.. I was told Natalie was doing it ,but messaged Noelette to e mail finished product to me, had a little to and fro with her, "I'm not doing it" she said.. so I told her John said she volunteered, "nice try" she said. This went on for a spell until eventually she agreed to do it and would mail e when done. Later i got e mail from Natalie with her report done, only then did i realise my error, i mixed up the names in my head when John messaged me,(i do worry sometimes). So hence why we have 2!! As its Sunday grab a drink, sit out in the sun and enjoy both!!
REPORT NO 1 written by Natalie
We chose a great day for Bere Island Park Run 150! Probably the sunniest Park Run of the year so far reminded us that the seasons are changing and summer is bringing a new brightness and warmth. We were missing a couple of mainland regulars, lost for this week only to the Ring of Beara Cycle, but we had a few more visitors than usual, bringing our total number to 50 humans and two canine accomplices.
Similarly, it was a great day for first timers and new achievements. First overall was Vincent Crocker, a first timer at Bere Island and second overall and first lady was Ciara Brady in 21.11 which is a new Bere Island record in her age category 20-24. Well done Ciara on your special achievement and good luck chasing down those nine park runs to get to your century! In third place was the first junior - Kevin Sullivan- who also got an impressive PB, only a week after injuring his ankle by straying too close to side of the route! A great recovery and return to form!
Other first timers were Fionnan O’Sullivan, Caitriona Hurley, Orla Brady (possibly mother to the flying Ciara!), Eileen Hurley and Gemma Mulcrone. Gemma is a friend of mine visiting from England, and I thank her, along with three others Mat, Fiona and Andrew, who came to share this Park Run with us. They thoroughly approved of the tea, served so ably by The Bakehouse, and although Gemma mistakenly added almost a kilometre to her run, it didn’t affect her enjoyment of the event and the fact
Proceedings were expertly overseen by the most glamorous first-time Run Director yet, who began the run briefing with a ceremonial “French kiss” bestowed by Proinnsias
who, coincidentally, got a PB, along with Batt O’Donnell.
One other “first timer” to mention … Rover the 15 week old puppy, who is the newest addition to the family Walsh. He did get a little tired just at the end and was carried the last 50 metres by a protective, and characteristically speedy, Aoife.
Towards the back of the field some plotting was in prospect and plans were being discussed for the “Music into Silence” festival. John Walsh is hoping to hear from musical park runners who would like to share their talents as part of another pioneering project. Speak to John if you can play music, or can talk about music.
Happy 150th Bere Island Park Run! Already looking forward to next week!
REPORT NO 2 written by Noelette
The foreboding weather reports (Yellow Warning in Operation!) that promised storms and flash flooding proved yet again that Bere Island is a world of it’s own... The sun shone, the breeze was refreshing at all the right places and the locals were salty!
As proof that vintage wine just gets better with middle-age, Run Director for today, Finola, aka Glamorous ‘Granny' stepped into that high pressure job with great aplomb and was clearly born for the role. After an exercise in masterful crowd wrangling to get the 50 participants to the starting line (two buses appeared!) with admirable punctuality, her Welcome and Safety Speech hit all the right notes with a mixture of humour and gravitas; after greeting the home crowd and the mainland visitors, - that included some from Dublin as well as further afield from the UK- , she whipped through the key safety points and outlined the course before acknowledging the great generosity of the volunteers, as well as Colum H. for the ferry / bus special and Edel and family for the Bakehouse post-run refreshments, not a step out of place throughout. Regular Run Director Dominic even got a mention and she raised much expectation with news that his speech next week will be in French given his sojourn abroad for the past few weeks – Mon Dieu! great anticipation now for next week! So the show ran like clockwork (we won’t mention the solitary runner who went astray on course ….(despite Brendan calling after her) (no, we won’t mention it nor that she has ear phones in, so had to double back on the course – no, not a word!))) Rumour has it that Granny’s dulcet tones of authority could be heard in the West end! She even got a round of applause, post-run back in the Bakehouse, an approbation that’s hard to win with this tough crowd !
And now on with the show – plenty of first timers with eight registered and no-less than eleven mystery runners…(a new record?) Two of those first timers Vincent Croker and Ciara Brady pipped local regular Kevin Sullivan at the post (who nevertheless managed a PB of 21.16 in new shoes!), Vincent and Ciara had impressive times of 20.39 and 21.11 respectively. Prionnsias O Keefe and Batt O Donnell also totted up new PB's and new pup ‘Rover' managed a first ever park run though perhaps less of a run, more being being carried, over the finish line by Junior regular, Aoife Walsh.
Volunteers as always deserve a namecheck, so alongside Her Eminence "Run Director Who Shall be Obeyed" Finola, were her trusted team, this week composed of Eugene Glendon, Sylvia Glendon, Brendan Murphy (ahem, who managed to remember the banner at the wailing wall this time…sacré bleu!, not a word to Dominic now…despite his checklist) Carol Murphy, Ultan Murphy, Ted Sullivan, John Rowland, Joanne Sullivan, Sean Sullivan, Natalie Treacher, Sheila Walsh and John Walsh. As ever thank you all, and see you next time round….
à bientôt !!