Anniversaries are special in life,personal or on occasions like our Parkrun. 26th August 2017 marks our Third since 30th August 2014 when 31 souls completed Rerrin Loop for 1st Island Parkrun. On that day we had lots of volunteers trying to learn from Matt Shields and his troupes "Parkrun" duties. From those humble beginnings we have created our own special "Bere Island" welcome and established the Island Parkrun as a to do "Run". Congrats to all Core Group and Volunteers for above achievement. Special mention to Colum for Ferry and Bus to suit 9.30am start. Ferry and Bus drive have turned out to be a highlite on way to start line for our weekly visitors. "Bakehouse" is special to our post Parkrun and it's thanks to Edel and Brendan for Coffee,Tea, Scone's etc. The buzz and banter is mighty for 90 mins every Saturday for both visitors and locals. Clubhouse facilities are courtesy of our local "Bere Island Club" I would like to thank them for there generosity as it helps make "Island Parkrun " Since 01/06/2017 we have had 5 Parkruns of over 100 plus and you go back 10 weeks since our last sub 50 Parkrun. For population less than 180 it's a great achievement and credit to all for making effort to partake in our weekly Parkrun. We look forward to another great year of Parkrunning on Island and it's my wish we'll all meet again healthy and full of running,jogging,walking on 25/08/2018 for our Fourth Anniversary. ps. No apologises for Mum's/Dad's with buggies,Gran's/Grandad's with buggies,Dogs on leashes, very young to "Glam Granny" XXXX Years of age clocking 30mins average weekly-scary .(I bottled it there as I need to surive,"Life") That's what makes our Parkrun all inclusive.!! Deep Breath now guys we haven't even started our Parkrun yet !!. Third Anniversary started after last Saturday's Parkrun,will we,won't we,do this or that !!Let's bring and share,so off we went,balloons at the ready,courtesy of Annie on Friday at 7.00pm we were to assemble to start preparations.Up went the flags around clubhouse,balloon blowing and mess room ready for last minute set up on Saturday at 08.30am for 9.30am Parkrun,5,4,3,2,1 GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. Thanks Seani ,Olan, Kevin,Ultan ,Darragh ,Coimhe, Sheila,Joanne,John,Annie,Catherine,Carmel, Finola. 8.30am Saturday _ Clubhouse_start pre event setup. 8.45am _ Ekke arrives with apologies from Maeve(unwell) and our first food tray,lends helping hand with fixing balloons on gates and posts. 8.55am _ Joanne,Seani,Keven followed by Olan,Ultan _ Balloon hanging now in full motion. 9.00am Walshes arrive,John sets up music,Sheila hits kitchen with Joanne away we go _ Parkrun Party 2017 begins. More bodies arrive by minute now and helping hands are busy setting up tables and food as it arrives. Pre event chatter and banter now in full flow as we await Parkrun Bus from west end _ 9.25am the "Doc" arrives _ full bus,Hi Ya,Hello,Hows it Going,lovely morning,bit misty as they head to dressing rooms. 9.35am Last minute locals and visitors now arriving for 9.30am start,obviously aware that we are on Island time and all necessary(ladies don't like carrying too much water) must be attended to before we head to Start Line for Pre Run Brief. 9.38am last lady out of rest room and we head to start line. 9.45am Quite please,repeated,repeated then aloud shut up ! not Dominic. All welcome to regulars and visitors_this week Manchester,London,Cork. 9.50am as light mist came down and Pre Run Safety done_countdown_ 5,4,3,2,1 and our 163 Parkrun on our Third Anniversary begins. The mist eased as participants passed Wedge Tomb headed for Lenorad's,now feeling effect of first challenge on our 5k loop and on wards to LongJonnies and passing Lonehort Harbour getting second wind before crossing in front of cutting and heading west looking forwards to climb up Humphreys. Now's when you know you went off to quickly as you die on that climb to Army Camp. Past Camp now downhill towards back road past Proinnsias's on towards Lodge. Momentum now with you and gallop to finish line is on_then that climb to Dessie's forgot/wasn't aware,legs drained again but after Albert's bollard it's downhill for home,last drive now,what's that incline I see_piggery,smell,ducks,chicken's,legs feel that strain again as last effort for that finish is full on,voices I hear,Eugene,Paula,Sylvia,click,click,smile say's Prionnsias. !! Dusted,now for that Wailing Wall,deep breathing,slowly to scanning,water,recover.!! Now the banter again as we all get our wind back.Volunteers now out numbered by participants,let Party Begin. 103 Participants today completed our 5k Loop joined by three Canines !! That's number 6th over 100 participants since June week end 2017. First past line today was our visitor from Manchester Tommy Ogden in 19.13 followed by Aaron Hanly in 19.46,then PB for Killian Walsh in 19.49,then Mike Broderick in 20.37,second PB today goes to Niall McSweeney from eagle club in 21.28. We had 10 PB'S today,other 8 Kevin Gleeson,Ned Murphy,Hugh McSweeney,Ava Hillard,Murry Sherwood,Paul Smyth,Jacqueline Glisson,Dympa Daly,Our own Joanne Sullivan was first lady,Darragh Broderick was first Junior. Jacinta Dennison was our Tailwalker today. Well done to all,many thanks to Volunteers this week Eugene,Paula,Sylvia,Christine,Ultan,Mike,Joanne,John,Sheila,Edel,Brendan,Noelette,Finola,Proinnsias,AnnMarie. 11.00am _The music,food,coffee,tea's,minerals,the banter was in full flow now and all having good time.Plenty of everything on hand thanks to all and confirms Bring&Share results in great atmosphere and buzz _ Party Time. Birthday Cake " Annie " special ,many thanks,really appreciate as one busy woman. No Parkrun certs this year as tables ended earlier this year. We now have 2 Junior,7 Senior all ladies with over 100 Parkruns. We have 3 Senior men with 100 Parkruns. 100 Parkruns a great achievement and to mark same have done our own "100 " Cert. Thanks to Redmond&Mairead. Today Annie,Joanne,Finola,Jean,Edel,Sheila,Carol,Laura,Michelagh,John,Brendan,Gary,were presented with Certs. To mark Eugene & Sylvia's contribution to our Parkrun over last three years we also presented them with a special Cert. On behalf of myself I would like to thank John for his kind words and appreciate goodwill shown. No thanks required as Parkrun has also being good for myself and full of enjoyment. 11.20am Presentations over,Doc rounds up bus passengers and heads west,be back next week !! Tidy up begins !! Great day had by all. 12.00pm lock up begins..
Yours in "Parkrun"