Nice blog article written by Mo McCrohan
Park Life! (A runner’s blog)
It’s the way of modern living. We seem to have a choice of too much of everything. You only have to look at the powerful hand held devices, we all carry round, which used to be simply a mobile phone. If you’re a Runner, it’s getting to be like a child looking at the toy section of the Argos catalogue! There are so many races now that even the Raheny Shamrock legend, Dave “every day is a race" Brady can't do them all! You can race at dawn or in the pitch black! Run through mud or quicksand. There are races in places that Google Maps can't find. Even the BHAA devise courses more akin to "It’s a Knockout". (I am waiting for a formal "Three legged Race” to be announced.)I have crossed the finished line at big event races, tired and may be a little ratty to run the gauntlet of race flyers before I can even get to my energy drink and banana! So, rather like the classic, “whatever attracted you to the Millionaire...question? In the maelstrom of event options, what attracted me and 250 others to Malahide parkrun last weekend? I think it’s the simplicity of it. Back to basics. Like turning up with a football in a park and jumpers for goalposts! Just turn up 09.30 am at Malahide, a convenient location, same 5km route every week, brings your own bar code race number and away we go! The best ideas are often the "why didn't I think of that ones? “Just look at Facebook. The parkrun in North Dublin, still in its nappies stage is already getting such networking that in typical Dublin fashion, the rumours are the Southside wants its own one!
I turned up last Saturday morning! It was cold, a "brass monkeys “one as they say in London. My feet were like ice blocks even after the warm up. There were a few runners dotted around the grounds? Will this take off? I thought? Then, 15 minutes before in "Field of Dreams” style, they came, from all corners of the park. 250 or so lined up. The course is two loops with three inclines to negotiate. The three are not hills! I ran four Connamarathons and know a hill when I see one. The inclines are challenging though. So you will run well to 5k PB. The pre-race announcements were clear and sufficient. Though one brought me back to a conversation I had with a vending machine supplier for a slick City Gym. "What sells the most?” I asked. "Mars bars and Hunky Doreys" came the reply. It was announced pre-race that a local cafe was offering a Coffee and a "death by chocolate" cake deal to all runners!! Be sociable post-race, but don't ruin all the good work! When you get too used to the course, times will improve. Like Forrest Gump’s box of chocolates, the parkrun has something for every runner, whether a jog, time trial, PB or in December, a post Xmas party recovery run!