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.