Only 15 participants toed the line this autumn morning under the arc of a fantastic double rainbow. Sheila Walsh took on the mantle of Run Director and set us off safely into the cool morning air. Regulars Colin Gleeson and Joanne Sullivan were first male and first female and John Walsh, visitor James Tobin from Durrus AC, Supergran (naturally), and myself “did the double” and headed to Eyeries for the 5 miler.
Two of the most consistent runners agreed, in obligatory post-run discussion, that 15 participants was actually the second lowest attendance - only rivalled when stormy weather prevented the ferry from bringing visitors.This week was a good week for the regulars, however, as the field consisted mainly of those with between than 60 and 200 park runs under their belt - I was a comparative novice! In run reports we celebrate milestones, visitors and first-timers … but none of these achievements would be possible without a whole-hearted commitment to consistency. Bere Island Park Run, in an area with a small population, has run every week it was safe to do so - only (so spake the Oracle) cancelling once in March when the slopes were more suited to skiing! Thanks to volunteers from the island and the mainland that ensure that the Park Run goes ahead not just consistently, but will consistent warmth and efficiency! You should have seen the enthusiasm with which Jean sprung into action to give our (nearly first time) visitor his (nearly) first-timer briefing! One reason numbers were a bit thin on the ground this week was some of our regulars were “On Tour” Edel and Brendan had generously taken the younger members of their family on holiday to sunny Tralee where they met up with the Moriarty family. And Jacinta, Claire E and Carol H headed to Listowel for a 10k before tackling the notorious Eyeries Hills in the afternoon! Well done all for representing Bere Island Park Run, Active Islands and Beara AC on your travels. All this consistency is paying off as a few of our number crept ever-closer to their 100th, 200th and 250th milestones. But consistency is also important because it encourages us all to show up and be part of something bigger than ourselves, something we can be truly proud of, something that makes our weekends and our lives better.
Thanks to all volunteers, this and every weekend, the cosy Bakehouse and Bere Island Ferries. See you again next week when we’ll tackle the circuit again - maybe with a slightly larger gang.