Run Report Event #151

Ballincollig parkrun
Event number 151
11th May 2019

Over 200,000 people took part in the Darkness into Light 5 k walk in the early hours of this morning -  in over 200 venues, in 19 countries, across 5 continents. A small number of those participants were still awake when they joined us for our 151st event.

On a beautiful warm morning 341 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 41 were first timers and 59 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.

Many wore a Green Ribbon to show their support for ending the stigma against mental health. World Mental Health Awareness Week runs from 13-19 May and parkrun Ireland were engaging with the charity See Change, to build awareness.

Today's parkrun event was made possible by 27 volunteers led by RD Eleanor:

Suzanne QUIRKE • Barry O'SULLIVAN • Proinnsias O'KEEFFE • Colette RYAN • Maretta BRENNAN • Michael BRENNAN • Brendan DEANE • Charles KINNANE • Kevin KELLY • Denis MANNING • Anne SHEEHY • Eleanor BALDWIN • Graham MEIKLE • Maria STONE • Violeta MORARI • Jane MOFFATT • Selena O ROURKE • Alex O ROURKE • Shane O ROURKE • Jim BURNS • Simon WALSH • Donal FENNESSY • Trish O'FLYNN • Uzma SHAHEEN • Nick HOGAN • Mark GILSENAN  • Frances LYNCH

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Ballincollig parkrun Results Page.

It is time for the weekly shout out to those who have joined the various milestone clubs:

  • Congratulations to Marcus Bryan who joined the junior 10 club. Marcus did his first parkrun in February of this year and it is great to see him become a junior 10 club member in such a short space of time. Keep this up and he will be joining the 50 club within the year.
  • Congratulations to Paul McGrath who joined the 50 club. Until Tramore Valley parkrun reopens we will claim Paul as one of our own. Well done Paul.
  • It goes without saying that volunteer extraordinaire and happy go lucky Graham Meikle should get a great shout out for joining the 100 club this morning. A great achievement. The early mornings are paying off :-)

Unfortunately it has been a long time since we had a parkrunner join the 25 Volunteer Club.

We are very fortunate that we have so many volunteers who give of their time to organize the parkrun event each week. We send out an appeal via e-mail once a week to look for volunteers but you will only receive an e-mail if you have opted in to do so. If you haven't yet opted in can you access your profile and opt in to receive e-mails. While you are there can you also fill in your I.C.E. (in case of emergency) details?

If you want to be slowly introduced to the volunteering side of the parkrun why not choose a role where you can volunteer and run/jog/walk? These include pre-event set up, course check, car park marshal, tailwalker, token sorting. For fast finishers you can do scanning, be a second funnel manager or do finish token support. You will get credit for both volunteering and for doing the parkrun. You can earn a purple running top for volunteering 25 times, white top for junior 10, red for 50, black for 100 - we haven't reached the 250 yet :-)

The male record is held by Tim O DONOGHUE who recorded a time of 16:01 on 8th April 2017 (event number 43).
The female record is held by Lizzie LEE who recorded a time of 17:39 on 29th December 2018 (event number 131).
The Age Grade course record is held by Conor ENRIGHT who recorded 91.67% (20:24) on 5th August 2017 (event number 60).

Ballincollig parkrun started on 18th June 2016. Since then 7,093 participants have completed 42,798 parkruns covering a total distance of 213,990 km, including 8,055 new Personal Bests. A total of 630 individuals have volunteered 3,634 times.

 

Run Report Event #150

Ballincollig parkrun
Event number 150
4th May 2019

There was a great atmosphere this morning for our 150th event. We had a record number of pacers for the launch of 21 new official pacer bibs and 448 new finish tokens.

We want to thank GSK who provided the funding for the bibs and tokens as part of their Community Investment Fund. We would also like to thank Dave Herlihy, a regular parkrunner and GSK employee who nominated us for the funding. Both Dave and Nollaig Murphy, who was a regular volunteer before moving further afield, represented GSK at the photoshoot. The pacer bibs worked - there were 18 pacers and 110 pbs :-)

A special thank you to Joe Murphy who took the time to take loads of photos of the pacers before the run.

This week 482 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 42 were first timers, 18 were pacers and 110 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 32 different clubs took part. That was the 10th time so far this year when the numbers exceeded 400.

The event was made possible by 45 volunteers led by RD Daniela:

Enda KIERNAN • Denis Tony KELLEHER • Ruth FARRELL • Michael FLANAGAN • John KISSANE • Shane O'CALLAGHAN • Proinnsias O'KEEFFE • Nollaig MURPHY • Joe MURPHY • Denise MURPHY • Maretta BRENNAN • Michael BRENNAN • Ríain BRENNAN • Brendan DEANE • Trevor COLLINS • Emer O SULLIVAN • Daniela MORGENSTERN • Joe CONROY • Michael CREED • Patricia GOULDING • Martin LYNCH • Julie O SULLIVAN • Maria MADIGAN • Eleanor BALDWIN • Robert HOWE • Graham MEIKLE • Don FITZGERALD • Peter O HANLON • Jane MOFFATT • Aine CROTTY • Anthony CREED • Donal FENNESSY • Dj O'SULLIVAN • Peter HABERMAYER • Gerald DONAGHUE • Uzma SHAHEEN • Emily GOUGH • Nick HOGAN • Donna PEYTON • Muhammad MAJID • Noelle O'SULLIVAN • Mike MC KEON • Caroline BETTS • Sadie GOODWIN • Thomas WALSH

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Ballincollig parkrun Results Page.

Congratulations to the latest members of the various clubs:

  • To Aoibhinn GUILFOYLE who joined the junior 10 club.
  • To Anne Marie MOLLOY, Deirdre LEE and Eugene MCVEIGH who joined the 50 club,
  • There were extra special celebrations for Keitaro ADO who joined the 100 club. He wasn't pacing as he was weighed down with balloons and badges but he crossed the finish line bang on 23:00 minutes. Keitaro returns home to Japan in the coming days but he was given a great sendoff by his fellow parkrunners - I'm not too sure though if the whiskey will be permitted on the plane :-)  The inaugural parkrun took place in Japan on 6th April. Who knows - maybe he will be an Event Director at the next one.

The male record is held by Tim O DONOGHUE who recorded a time of 16:01 on 8th April 2017 (event number 43).
The female record is held by Lizzie LEE who recorded a time of 17:39 on 29th December 2018 (event number 131).
The Age Grade course record is held by Conor ENRIGHT who recorded 91.67% (20:24) on 5th August 2017 (event number 60).

Ballincollig parkrun started on 18th June 2016. Since then 7,052 participants have completed 42,457 parkruns covering a total distance of 212,285 km, including 7,996 new Personal Bests. A total of 626 individuals have volunteered 3,608 times.

 

Run Report Event #149

Ballincollig parkrun
Event number 149
27th April 2019

While Storm Hannah resulted in the cancellation of a number of parkruns she didn't put a stop to 276 hardy parkrunners who braved the elements to complete this morning's parkrun.

Under the watchful eye of RD Suzi 276 people ran, jogged and walked the course, 22 of these were first timers and 54 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by an amazing 32 volunteers:

Suzanne QUIRKE • John KISSANE • Shane O'CALLAGHAN • Fiona CUNNINGHAM • Colette RYAN • Denise MURPHY • Maretta BRENNAN • Michael BRENNAN • Brendan DEANE • Carmen BURNS • Anne SHEEHY • Kay BIRCH • Alison RIORDAN • Mark KENNY • Keitaro ADO • Pawel SWITAJ • Colette CULVER • Graham MEIKLE • Laura LANE • Don FITZGERALD • Jessica SANDERSON • Carol FITZGERALD • John WALSH • Jane MOFFATT • Donal FENNESSY • Liz O'BRIEN • Paul O DONOVAN • Jeremiah MURPHY • Uzma SHAHEEN • Muhammad MAJID • Oonagh GOGGIN • Senzeni Nomasonto MPOFU

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Ballincollig parkrun Results Page.

Conor Dolan got a special mention in Run Report Event #148 when he was the first finisher for the 20th time. His record now stands at 21. It was a tight finish as there were only 5 seconds between Conor and second place finisher Finbarr O'Dwyer. Well done to both. While we all know the parkrun isn't a race we must admit the volunteers love to see a good sprint, regardless of the finishing time :-)

Congratulations are in order for the following parkrunners:

  • Colette Ryan, our resident parkrun course checker and photographer who completed her 150th parkrun
  • Bertie Hickey who has joined the 100 club
  • Conor O'Callaghan who is now a member of the 50 club, and
  • Conor Fennessey Ryan who is our latest junior 10 club member

Tune in next week as we report on another group of parkrunners who are fast approaching their parkrun milestones.

REMINDER next week all even and odd times from 20 to 40 minutes will be paced if we can get sufficient volunteers. At the moment all the slots from 20-30 and 40 minutes are filled so please contact us at ballincollig@parkrun.com if you can pace 31-39 mins.

The male record is held by Tim O DONOGHUE who recorded a time of 16:01 on 8th April 2017 (event number 43).

The female record is held by Lizzie LEE who recorded a time of 17:39 on 29th December 2018 (event number 131).
The Age Grade course record is held by Conor ENRIGHT who recorded 91.67% (20:24) on 5th August 2017 (event number 60).

Ballincollig parkrun started on 18th June 2016. Since then 7,010 participants have completed 41,975 parkruns covering a total distance of 209,875 km, including 7,886 new Personal Bests. A total of 620 individuals have volunteered 3,563 times.

 

Last Saturday of the month – 5k Your Way, Move Against Cancer

The first Saturday of the month at Ballincollig parkrun is Pacer Saturday and the third Saturday is VI Saturday. The last Saturday of the month, starting on 27th April, will be 5k Your Way Saturday.

This is a community based initiative, which encourages those living with and beyond cancer, families, friends, and those working in cancer services, to walk, jog, run, cheer or volunteer at a local 5K Your Way parkrun event, held on the last Saturday of every month. 5K Your Way, Move Against Cancer was founded by Lucy Gossage, Gemma Hillier-Moses, and MOVE Charity, and is now supported by parkrun events in several locations throughout the UK, and Ireland.

Various parkrun directors have been really happy to support the initiative so far, and this blog was published recently on World Cancer Day https://blog.parkrun.com/uk/2019/01/28/world-cancer-day-2019.

With the support of the Ballincollig parkrun Event Directors, as an Ambassador for 5K Your Way, Move against Cancer, Jenn McCarthy, a qualified Radiation Therapist, Personal Trainer, and a passionate advocate for the role of physical activity in the prevention and management of chronic disease is providing a monthly support network for those living with and beyond cancer, by encouraging participation at the Ballincollig parkrun on the last Saturday of every month. She also wants to encourage participants to then meet at O'Briens in Tesco after the parkrun.

 

 

Run Report Event #148

Ballincollig parkrun
Event number 148
20th April 2019

On what was a glorious morning 443 people ran, jogged and walked the course. Of the 66  first timers 30 were taking part in their first ever parkrun, an amazing 106 new Personal Bests were recorded, representatives of 34 different clubs took part and parkrun tourists included visitors from Australia, UK and from Castlebar.

The event was made possible by 31 volunteers led by RD Proinnsias:

Suzanne QUIRKE • Tobi GRAB • Proinnsias O'KEEFFE • Maike JACOBS • Colette RYAN • Patrick CHAN • Denise MURPHY • Maretta BRENNAN • Suzanne TWOMEY • Carmen BURNS • Denis MANNING • Hugh MCSWEENEY • Michael SCANNELL • Fenella RIORDAN • Norma O' LEARY • Maria MADIGAN • Pawel SWITAJ • Colette CULVER • Morgan O'REGAN • Don FITZGERALD • Jane MOFFATT • Karl BUTTIMER • Elana BUTTIMER • Donal FENNESSY • Gavin FITZGERALD • Kevin MCCARTHY • Noelle O'SULLIVAN • Jack MCCARTHY • Fionn MCCARTHY • Ella MCCARTHY • David TOBIN

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Ballincollig parkrun Results Page.

The first finisher was Conor Dolan. Conor was a regular Ballincollig parkrunner until he left us for pastures new. The last time he ran in Ballincollig was at event #70. Upto then he was the first finisher on 19 occasions. He achieved his 20th first finisher placing this morning - a magnificant achievement. Conor was also the person who made the km signs for us.

Congratulations to Aoife Bambury from Belgooly AC who not only joined the junior 10 club but did it in style by running a PB. A great achievement Aoife. Well done to Dylan Buttimer who also joined the junior 10 club this morning. It is great to see so many juniors joining us each week for the 5km. Long may it continue.

Congratulations are in order for Colette Culver, a regular runner and volunteer, who joined the 50 club. Colette was very close to running a PB.

The male record is held by Tim O DONOGHUE who recorded a time of 16:01 on 8th April 2017 (event number 43).
The female record is held by Lizzie LEE who recorded a time of 17:39 on 29th December 2018 (event number 131).
The Age Grade course record is held by Conor ENRIGHT who recorded 91.67% (20:24) on 5th August 2017 (event number 60).

Ballincollig parkrun started on 18th June 2016. Since then 6,988 participants have completed 41,699 parkruns covering a total distance of 208,495 km, including 7,832 new Personal Bests. A total of 612 individuals have volunteered 3,530 times.

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