Run Report Event #156

Ballincollig parkrun
Event number 156
15th June 2019

On a glorious morning 306 people ran, jogged and walked the parkrun course while we celebrated our third birthday. 36 were first timers and 43 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 17 different clubs took part. Thanks to Donal Fennessy and Colette Ryan for getting into the festivities by supplying balloons, cake and boxes of sweets. Thanks also to Gearóid Gilley, General Manager of Retail Business at Vhi Healthcare who brought along a large basket of fruit on behalf of our sponsors Vhi. As it was our 156th event we decided to give the basket of fruit to our 156th finisher. As luck would have it 12 tokens were dropped and the prize went to Robert Howe who had finish token 168. Well done Robert. We didn't let Michael Ventre, who finished in 144th place but held the 156 token, go away empty handed. He got a box of the less healthier, but just as enjoyable, Celebrations. :-)

This morning's briefing deviated from the norm as the RD read out a poem penned by Proinnsias O'Keeffe for a previous celebration of a birthday by Ballincollig parkrun. It should be sung to the tune of the Mountains of Mourne but the RD was loath to share her singing abilities with her fellow parkrunners. HQ may have wondered why there were so many PBs on the day :-) . The words are given below and they capture what Ballincollig parkrun is all about.

Ballincollig this parkrun's a wonderful sight
It's got people out running by day and by night
It costs nothing to do it, twill always be free
So please come and join us on the banks of the Lee!
I've seen them myself and you must be impressed
By 400 plus running or walking abreast,
So thank you for coming from near or from far
come join us for coffee, for tea or a jar.

Start at the allotments then once round the pitch,
Don't go off too fast or end up with a stitch
Then out to the weir and down the banks of the Lee
First one k over its going very quickly
From there off the path maybe into some mud,
Watch out for your footing, or you'll land with a thud!
Next onto the bridge with its clickety clack
Then a quick turn right we are back on the track

There's beautiful shapes here but never you mind
All shapes and sizes that nature and lycra redesigned
Lovely complexions that start bright and fine
But let me remark with regards to their time
That if at the finish you watch them and see
The words that they pant - did I get a P Beeeeeee
So come out and join us you will have fun
But remember -not a race - just a run

This song can't be ended without mentioning volunteers
They're core to the parkrun and here every week
From run director to parking to cheering and timing
There's a volunteer job here regardless of your years
So come out and join us, you might have some crack
We always need people to keep us on track
Happy birthday Ballincollig from near and from far
Just keep on doing it you're really a star!

This morning's event was made possible by 30 volunteers and RD Maretta:

Suzanne QUIRKE • Josephine KELLEHER • Denis Tony KELLEHER • John KISSANE • Adrian CANTY • Colette RYAN • Denise MURPHY • Maretta BRENNAN • Michael BRENNAN • Denis MANNING • Michael SCANNELL • Eleanor CONROY • Anna MURPHY • Maria MADIGAN • Don FITZGERALD • Violeta MORARI • Shane O ROURKE • Brid O'LEARY • J GILL • John MURPHY • Frances DODD • Ted O KEEFFE • Donal FENNESSY • Dj O'SULLIVAN • Peter HABERMAYER • Nicola SWANTON • Nick HOGAN • Peter HERTTING • Donna PEYTON • Jack MCCARTHY

The first male finisher was Nick Hogan in a time of 18:04. This is his fourth time as first finisher and he now has 10 out of 13 top three finishes. Great going Nick.

The first female finisher was Carol Finn in a time of 19:41. She came home in fourth place overall. Carol has completed 8 parkruns and has been the first female finisher each time. A fantastic achievement.

Reminder: Ballincollig Regional junior parkrun starts at 9.30 am on Sunday 30th June. This is a free weekly timed 2 km run for 4-14 year olds which takes place near the main entrance to the Ballincollig Regional Park. The Event Director is Jules Hogan and more information can be found at https://www.parkrun.ie/ballincolligregional-juniors/aboutus/

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

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 7,301 participants have completed 44,491 parkruns covering a total distance of 222,455 km, including 8,332 new Personal Bests. A total of 655 individuals have volunteered 3,790 times.

 

Run Report event #155

Ballincollig parkrun
Event number 155
8th June 2019

On a cool morning 375 people ran, jogged and walked the course, 53 were first timers, 55 recorded new Personal Bests and representatives of 24 different clubs took part. It was great to see the purple, black, yellow and pink tops worn by so many parkrunners who were part of the marathon, half marathon, relay and volunteer teams in Cork City last Sunday.

Twenty people took part in their first ever parkrun - hopefully you enjoyed the experience and that it will be first of many parkruns for you. Among the first timers were Conor and Rebecca who joined us from Carrickfergus. Between them they have run parkrun 284 times with each having run more than 60 different parkruns which is some achievement.

We were also joined by Gus from Torquay parkrun (Australia), Pat whose home parkrun is Kaloorlie-Boulder (Australia), Helen from Wepre parkrun (Wales), Michael from Dublin and closer to home we had Tom from Clonakilty, and  Mairead, Evelyn & Peter visited from the Glen River parkrun.

The event was made possible by 29 volunteers led by RD Michael:

Nessan FRAWLEY • Denis Tony KELLEHER • Jimmy DELANEY • Proinnsias O'KEEFFE • Joe MURPHY • Colette RYAN • Maretta BRENNAN • Michael BRENNAN • Ken BISHOP • Denis MANNING • Ciaran CAHILL • Paula O'SULLIVAN • Killian HICKEY • Joseph LACY • Julie O SULLIVAN • Robert HOWE • Jane MOFFATT • Patrick J HURLEY • Donal FENNESSY • Dj O'SULLIVAN • Keira DELANEY • Grace DELANEY • Peter HABERMAYER • Ciara BOWE • Nick HOGAN • Peter HERTTING • Donna PEYTON • Shay GOGARTY • Roan GOGARTY

The first male finisher was Nick Hogan who has finished in the top three on nine separate occasions - the only times he finished outside the top four was when he was pacer. He finished this morning in a time of 17:59. Well done Nick.

Congratulations to Claire O'Brien, the first female finisher, who had a Personal Best of 19:26, smashing her previous PB of 19:54 at her last outing to Ballincollig parkrun.

There were no new members of the milestone clubs this week but next week is our third birthday :-)

We want to wish RD Frances well as she recovers from an injury to her foot.

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

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 7,265 participants have completed 44,185 parkruns covering a total distance of 220,925 km, including 8,289 new Personal Bests. A total of 653 individuals have volunteered 3,760 times.

 

Run Report Event #154

Ballincollig parkrun
Event number 154
1st June 2019

On what was a wet morning 274 people ran, jogged and walked the course, 34 of these were first timers, 51 recorded new Personal Bests and there were representatives from 23 different clubs taking part.

The event was made possible by RD Eleanor and 37 volunteers:

Ruth FARRELL • Jimmy DELANEY • Ronald STAEPS • Siobhan HOLLAND • Proinnsias O'KEEFFE • Siobhan Ciara STAFFORD • Joe MURPHY • Anne LUCEY MURPHY • Colette RYAN • Catherine DESMOND • Denise MURPHY • Maretta BRENNAN • John RIORDAN • Michael BRENNAN • Brendan DEANE • Trevor COLLINS • Aisling FITZPATRICK • Carmen BURNS • John REYNOLDS • Aisling BARRY • Daniela MORGENSTERN • Julie O SULLIVAN • Maria MADIGAN • Eleanor BALDWIN • Gillian COTTER • Pawel SWITAJ • Don FITZGERALD • Brid O'LEARY • John MURPHY • Ted O KEEFFE • Donal FENNESSY • Dj O'SULLIVAN • William O BRIEN • Garret KELLEHER • Ciara BOWE • Nick HOGAN • Donna PEYTON

Congratulations to Eleanor Conroy and Mick Comyn who joined the 100 milestone club. A huge shout out also to Ruth Farrell and Nevil Scott who completed their 50th run this morning and to the juniors Alesha Bryan and Kyran Bryan who completed their 10th run.

Many of the volunteers either paced or were saving their energy for the Cork City Marathon. We wish all the best to Proinnsias who has trained hard for his first marathon and to all the parkrunners taking part in the half marathon or the relay teams. It is great to see so many who have progressed from Couch to 5k programmes to taking part in one of tomorrow's events.

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

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 7,212 participants have completed 43,810 parkruns covering a total distance of 219,050 km, including 8,234 new Personal Bests. A total of 648 individuals have volunteered 3,731 times.

 

Run Report Event #153

Ballincollig parkrun
Event number 153
25th May 2019

This morning we thanked Cork County Council for the 153rd time for allowing us the use of the Regional Park and for being so supportive of us over the past three years. On the 31st May Ballincollig becomes part of Cork City and the following day the Regional Park comes under the management of Cork City Council. We particularly want to thank Vincent Florish for his support with the parkrun - during the week posts and signage were installed for three running routes: the green route for the 5 km parkrun, the blue route for the Michael O'Donovan 3 km course and the orange route for the junior 2 km parkrun (which should be up and running in the coming months), a welcome legacy from Cork County Council. This should encourage people who want to train for Couch to 5k.

We have no doubt we will receive the same support from the City Council :-)

The last Saturday of the month will be dedicated to Ballincollig 5k You Way, Move Against Cancer. This is a support group for people living with and beyond cancer in Cork who are being encouraged to get active by taking part in the parkrun and then going to O'Brien's Café in Tesco Shopping Centre to socialize. If you know someone who is living with or beyond cancer then why not encourage them and their families to take part in this initiative.  There is more information on our Facebook page on how to register.

This week 382 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 50 were first timers and 73 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 27 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by the RD Maretta and 29 volunteers, many of whom were volunteering for the first time:

Conor FINN • Denis Tony KELLEHER • Proinnsias O'KEEFFE • Colette RYAN • Denise MURPHY • Maretta BRENNAN • Suzanne TWOMEY • Ann-Marie COLBERT • Brendan DEANE • Trevor COLLINS • Hugh MCSWEENEY • Anne SHEEHY • Alison SCANNELL • Jim COSTELLO • Alan O'SULLIVAN • Neil CASEY • Eleanor BALDWIN • Graham MEIKLE • Don FITZGERALD • Gavan O'SULLIVAN • Jane MOFFATT • J GILL • Eoin KEOGH • Donal FENNESSY • Colum MURPHY • Peter HABERMAYER • Angela NICHOLLS • Sally BRYAN • Eilish O'BRIEN

The number of parkrunners joining the various milestone clubs continues to grow so we want to congratulate:

  • Leo Troy and Holly Bryan who have joined the junior 10 club
  • Aisling Fizpatrick, Gillian Cotter and Michael Creed who joined the 50 club, and
  • Nessan Frawley who joined the 100 club.

We also want to congratulate

  • Eleanor Conroy and Mick Comyn who completed their 100th parkrun this morning.

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

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 7,178 participants have completed 43,536 parkruns covering a total distance of 217,680 km, including 8,183 new Personal Bests. A total of 641 individuals have volunteered 3,694 times.

 

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.

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