Run 271 31/08/2019

Happy Birthday to us, Happy Birthday to us, Happy Birthday Bere Island parkrun, Happy Birthday to us…

How many of you sang it?

So there you have it, we celebrated our 5th birthday on Saturday, and we did it in style as we always do. How many people thought back in 2014 it would keep going, but it has and it’s all down to you, for running, walking, volunteering, driving, and travelling! Thank you so much. We had cake, we had goodies, we had music and we had a very special guest to mark the occasion. After heavy rain on Friday night we were delighted to wake to the sun shining down on us. Our many visitors got to enjoy our stunning scenery, so much so that first timer John Robson ran around the course before we started, he ran it again with parkrun and he ran it for the third time after the parkrun. Mad or dedicated? He was one of a group that travelled from England, landing in Cork airport an 7pm, they drove as far as Ballylickey where they stayed for the night. They got the 8am ferry from the pontoon sat morning, got the 12 ferry, drove back to Cork where they caught a flight back before driving home, and all that was just to do Bere Island parkrun. While we know it’s worth the trip we hope having done it ye feel the same. Thank you for joining us, going to all that trouble to be here, well done to you all.

Run Director on this occasion was Dominic, who welcomed our special guest Darragh McElhinney. Darragh, from Glengarriff, holds the bronze medal for the under 20 5000 metre European championship. He led the run on Dominic’s countdown.

 

 

First finisher today was first timer John Robson, who raced home in 18.59. First lady was Breeda O’Sullivan crossing the finish line in 24.41. 11 ran their first Bere Island parkrun, of that 11 3 did their very first parkrun ever. Well done to you all, we hope to see you back again. Only 1 participant recorded a new pb, well done Theresa Hall!

There are only 2 days in the year we don’t go to the Bakehouse for our post run refreshments, Christmas Day and our Birthday, so Edel and her crew can join in the celebrations, mix and mingle like we get to do every other week. So on our birthday we have a bring and share in the clubhouse, the table was filling up quickly upon everyone’s arrival, with an array of beautiful goodies. Tea and coffee was also provided. This year the amazing cake was made by Leahanne Sullivan, daughter of Joanne. Not only did it look fantastic (see the photos) but it tasted every bit as good! Thank you Leahanne.

Once everybody had filled their bellies, and consumed their fluids, Dominic asked Darragh back up to make a few presentations on behalf of Bere Island parkrun. Michael Harrington takes on the role of marshal nearly every week, and so has surpassed his 100 volunteer roles. He was presented with a framed photo of himself in his high vis jacket, with the stats of all his volunteer roles, he was also given a card we all signed before the run. Well Done Mike and thanks for your dedication down through the years. There were also presentations made to the core group for their time, effort and dedication to Bere Island parkrun. They were the Murphy family, the Sullivan family, the Walsh family, Catherine K, Finola aka granny, Breeda (on behalf of all who come in from the mainland), Ann Marie and last but not least Carol who has been in the role of volunteer coordinator sine our run started, filling the roster week after week. Sometimes begging and pleading to get the roles filled, but she always does. Have you volunteered yet? Why not take up one of the many roles we have, let those who do it every week have a break! Thank you to all our volunteers, all familiar faces at this stage. Darragh was also presented with framed photo, including stats of his parkruns to date, as a token of our appreciation for his company. He was very gracious and happily posed for many photos, thank you Darragh, and well done on all you’ve achieved to date, and best of luck in the future. We’ll all be glued to the telly to watch you in future! Before rushing off to catch the ferry he cut our cake which was then handed out.

Thanks to Bere Island ferries for supplying the transport for our mainland gang.

Thank you to everyone today for making our 5th birthday celebrations an enjoyable occasion! We look forward to the next 5 years.

Next Saturday 7th August Joanne will hopefully be running her 250th parkrun, and all 250 have been run here on the island. So why not come along and run with her, or if you’re like me you’ll be well behind. The very best of luck Joanne.

Joanne will also be leading a couch to 5k for the next 8 weeks, and walkers/runners of every ability are welcome to come along. Wednesday the 11th will be the first night, so join us at the community centerat 7pm. Please wear your hi vis jacket!

Annie

 

 

Bere Island #266 – A Visitor’s View

Bere Island parkrun...what can I say?! Here goes nothing!

Self-styled "parkrun Fixer" Tony Higgins has been telling me about Bere Island parkrun for a little over a year now. 13 months later, I finally got my act together and planned this weekend's trip, having convinced my dad, Seamus, along with the Piotrowski family, Adam, Adrian, Filip, and Marta to come along too. Another bunch of Limerick regulars had to rush to Croke Park on urgent business (with an unfortunate outcome as it happens) and dutifully passed on their apologies.

I had the pleasure of meeting ED John Walsh in early July, who, with his wife Sheila and daughter Aoife, very kindly "ferried" us around yesterday, giving us a rapid history of the island in the process.

I recalled Tony mentioning in a previous Run Report that Bere Island parkrun is the only one in the country that does not start at 9:30am, but rather when everyone is ready - what a wonderful example of community spirit. In fact, it was the first of many!

A total of 18 volunteers made event 266 possible, starting with Volunteer Coordinator Carol Murphy and Michael Killen, who was responsible for Pre-event Setup. Tony Higgins was first to address the crowd for the First Timers' Briefing on a beautiful morning, followed by Run Director Peter Killen. Among those welcomed in Peter's pre-parkrun briefing were Chris and Jamie visiting from Queenstown in New Zealand, and a group of Running Chicks (ForgetTheGym.ie) from Dublin.

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With Timekeepers Dominic Hallahan and Katie Verdon standing at the ready, the 157-strong crowd headed off for a loop of the eastern end of the island on RD Peter's command (with his warning to avoid skidding due to some rogue cattle having been on part of the course earlier in the morning fresh in our minds).

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My home parkrun in Limerick is a 4-lap course, so it was a nice change to run the single-lap Bere Island course, where a smattering of locals and animals were spectating at various points along the route.

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I later found out from Sheila that a section of the route includes the (in my opinion) aptly-named "Hell Hill" - I think I'm glad I didn't know that beforehand! I was relieved that I wasn't the only one whose breathing was a bit laboured as we began the first climb. However once the hill levelled off, the panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Viking Lonehort Harbour were, as promised, breathtaking.

20190727_111038 (1) The views were so spectacular I ran the first mile-and-a-half again to take some photos!

The climb up to the old Irish army training camp seemed almost never-ending, until arriving at Proinnsias' water station, and then beginning the welcome descent back to Rerrin Village.

67402058_709069312856750_2406553163306893312_n Proinnsias' very thoughtful water stop for whoever might need it

I panicked momentarily when we got back to Rerrin, thinking the route involved climbing the hill past Murphy's and Dessie's Bar, but Marshal Michael Harrington was on hand to direct us right, and then left back to the GAA pitch.

67403823_1931302273636921_3872169998122221568_o Michael cheering on and directing parkrunners

The finish was a welcome sight, where Dominic and Katie stood cheering us all home down the final straight. Leading the way was Kevin Gleeson, who ran a course PB on his 30th Bere Island parkrun and his 49th parkrun in total. Daniel was the fastest junior boy, running a PB on his 5th parkrun on the island and 9th in total. Sadhbh, visiting from Tralee for the first time, was the fastest junior girl. This week's highest age-graded percentage was achieved by Finola Crowley, with a score of 77.27%.

67191099_1931400440293771_4613056147354550272_o Coming in to the finish

Halfway down the funnel was Peter with words of encouragement while Patrick Stephen O'Sullivan, who was on Finish Tokens, was next to greet everybody.

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Tail Walker Ann Marie Harrington made sure everybody was safely home, smiling all the way. 67404665_1931424490291366_7848181559453548544_o
Ann Marie and Catherine Sullivan bringing up the rear

Recovery was aided by water at the GAA Club, along with not one, but two flavours of tasty muffins (chocolate and raspberry, and orange and blueberry) kindly brought by Marta, visiting from Limerick.

67442714_1931464160287399_7622864568628281344_o Recovering at the GAA pitch 67617117_1931361116964370_4746036383607422976_o The delectable muffins Marta made didn't last long! 

Once breathing normally again, it was over to Aoife Walsh, Clare Kenward (who hails from Clair parkrun and was volunteering on the 125th separate occasion!), and Filip Piotrowski, for Barcode Scanning.

67901079_1931417826958699_7659694591796314112_o A general view of the finish: queuing for scanning, rehydrating, stretching, and of course chatting!

Joanne Sullivan, on Token Sorting, and Sheila Walsh, on Finish Token Support, then set about reorganising the finish tokens for next week's parkrun.

67408670_1931452206955261_1851146512487153664_o Joanne making sure no tokens got lost 67637576_1931479130285902_1718290890415407104_o A pause in Token Sorting while Joanne tracked down missing tokens

Finola Crowley then took charge of Post-event Close Down, ably assisted by John and Peter, as everybody either headed to Murphy's Bakehouse or back to the ferry.

67286694_1931462180287597_1886127032543215616_o Putting the equipment away until next week

Finally, Results Processor Proinnsias O'Keeffe was responsible for downloading, uploading, and submitting the times along with confirming the volunteers to parkrun HQ. 67309769_1931390180294797_4440203410410569728_o Proinnsias approaching the finish ready to look after the results

Beverly Killen was Photographer yesterday, and captured plenty of shots of most of the above - these can be viewed on the Bere Island parkrun Facebook page.

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Beverly in action while Peter delivered the briefing

Of course, volunteers are essential for parkrun to go ahead, so do please get in touch if you are interested in volunteering at some point. You can see the schedule for the coming weeks on the future roster page on the website. I promise volunteering is just as enjoyable as running/walking/jogging!

Of the 157 participants yesterday morning, 10 different clubs were represented. The visitors included Chris and Jamie Seymour, co-EDs of Queenstown parkrun in New Zealand, Debbie Henvey, ED of Tolka Valley parkrun, Anna, Clare, and Graham Kenward from Sussex, Alison and Steve Wise from Bangor, a group of Running Chicks (ForgetTheGym.ie) from Dublin, Adam, Adrian, Filip, Marta, Seamus, and I from Limerick, a group from Causeway with a Tralee connection, and Maria O'Regan from Castlehaven. There were 45 people visiting Bere Island parkrun for the first time, including 12 people who took part in their first parkrun, and 15 parkrunners achieved new Personal Bests. Times are available here - well done to everybody who took part in event 266!

Congratulations to junior parkrunners Lucy and Seán, both of whom joined the 10-club yesterday - here's to your next milestones, Lucy and Seán!

BAKEHOUSEAfter parkrun, it was time to relax in/outside the Bakehouse discussing all and sundry over coffee, confectionery, or for some the "full Irish" to replenish the calories burned. 67879055_1931373883629760_6774627550078435328_o Gathering at Murphy's Bakehouse post-parkrun

Although I didn't sample any food, I've been reliably informed that every last morsel was delicious. I'll just have to come back with a larger appetite! There wasn't much time then before the ferry was departing for the mainland, laden with happy, smiling parkrunners exchanging stories and yarns.

67367626_1931376953629453_8631417666772402176_o Time to board the ferry back to the mainland - far too soon!

If you're still reading, thanks for Bere-ing with me (see what I did there?) through this admittedly mammoth Run Report! Thanks so much for having us - it was a treat to experience the Bere Island hospitality. I think I can safely say on behalf of all the Limerick gang that we thoroughly enjoyed our spot of parkrun tourism on the island. I'm already looking forward to visiting again!

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Everybody is of course welcome in Limerick anytime, we'd be delighted to see you!

 

Shona Ní Fhloinn
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Bere Island parkrun #265

20 July 2019
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What is it about this parkrun that keeps bringing us back! Yesterday in the wind and rain, you would have said no it's too wet and too windy but as usual the parkrun weather window opened and we had a morning where the island, Bantry Bay and Castletownberehaven showed themselves off at their very best. We welcomed visitors from Guernsey in the Channel Islands (our first visitors from there I think), from Antrim, Poppintree and Marlay in Dublin, Tralee (no T cosy needed today) Ballincollig and Glengariff among other places.
After a briefing from our first time RD Maeve Killeen, we marked the fiftieth anniversary of the moon landing with an attempted moon from the Doc! A south westerly wind blowing force 3 to 4 was at our backs at the start and helped us up towards the first of the hills, Markey's hill.
"a few ppl ahead of us said "cow on the rd" Joanne looked and said that's not a cow it's a bull I was expecting the crowd to turn around but luckily he jumped back into the field he came out of. Myself and Joanne running towards him probably scared him alright!" I should add that Suzanne was wearing red!
It seems that while we have names for the uphills, we have none for the wonderful downhills so the first downhill section we meet is Scairt down to the beach hill. Up again on Long Johnnies hill before the Lonhort Viking downhill. Another rise brings us to the furthest point from the start with the gentle rise of battery hill. We get to recharge on the cuttings downhill before tackling the now infamous Humphries Hill up to the barracks and the highest point on our parkrun.
Next downhill could be called the Barrack downhill or the Master Gunners Descent. On the way this morning, the ferry slip was a hive of activity and enjoyment with children doing their test after the swim week on the island and so to what one athlete thought was the last uphill section, the Rerrin to go up hill!
As we rounded by Dessies last weekend, my compatriot said "I've got you now" as he sped down the final large descent Dessies downhill only to be caught on the piggery uphill and being heard to cry "duck, duck duck" as I overtook him again.
We had 89 finishers today, just one less than last week.
Well done to our regular parkrunners who took on Killarney 10k and half marathon today! Your work on our downhills paid off!
Thanks as always to our volunteers this week who included one of our visitors on his second parkrun away from home in a week!
We are totally dependent on volunteers to keep our parkrun going.
Why not give the locals a weekend off and volunteer if you're visiting!
Thanks to Bere Island Ferries and Colm for the ferry and bus service and to the Bakehouse for the wonderful refreshments after our run.

This week 89 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 22 were first timers and 9 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 6 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 13 volunteers:

Michael KILLEN • John WALSH • Proinnsias O'KEEFFE • Sheila WALSH • Carol MURPHY • Joanne SULLIVAN • Finola CROWLEY • Eugene GLENDON • Sylvia GLENDON • Maeve KILLEN • Michael HARRINGTON • Kevin GLEESON • Maureen POWER
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Bere Island parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Alex POSTHUMUS who recorded a time of 16:04 on 11th October 2014 (event number 7).
The female record is held by Hannah OLDROYD who recorded a time of 18:36 on 6th December 2014 (event number 15).
The Age Grade course record is held by Noel BERKELEY who recorded 86.59% (17:02) on 6th December 2014 (event number 15).
Bere Island parkrun started on 30th August 2014. Since then 1,767 participants have completed 12,301 parkruns covering a total distance of 61,505 km, including 1,429 new Personal Bests. A total of 215 individuals have volunteered 3,350 times.

 

Bere Island parkrun 261 22 June 2019

Junember is flying by! Writing this on Sunday morning in rain and gales, it's hard to believe that yesterday was such a beautiful day on Bere Island - well any day is a beautiful day there!
With a nice easterly wind blowing a force 4-5 into our faces, helping to clear any hangovers from the night before, more than 46 walkers, joggers and runners as well as babes in arms set out to complete our 5k loop. Only 46 made it all the way around and came through the finish line!
This morning we had another new Run Director with Declan taking over the role. After some advice to keep his speech brief and to the point, he set us on our way.
Officially there were two newcomers today but both of them have done this route before either pushing prams part of the way or being in one of them!
Today was a double celebration for the wife and husband duo of Claire and Ned Murphy who both completed their 100th parkrun together.
While milestones are always recognised at our parkrun, our RD became microphone shy and handed the speech he had written to Dominic to say the usual few words.
We marked three birthdays in the Bakehouse with Donal's being one the day, Aileens on Monday and Thom still celebrating since last night- or was it last month!
We are very grateful to Bere Island ferries for laying on the transport from the mainland every week and to the Bakehouse for the wonderful way that they look after us every week. Both of these are available all summer to make your trip to Bere Island a memorable one.
One quick advert for an upcoming event. We are very grateful to Bere Island GAA club for the use of their facilities every Saturday morning. There aren't many parkruns around the world where you have changing rooms and showers available before and after your parkrun. Their annual midsummer races take place on the same route as the parkrun on Saturday 13 July with the 5k start at 1pm and the 10k starting at 1.10. Parkrun will be at the usual time of 9.30 so if you add a loop around the cuttings and the battery, you could do 10 miles on the day!
Finally, we are always looking for volunteers- the recommendation is that you should do a non-running volunteer role for every 10 parkruns. We are fortunate that some of our parkrunners volunteer every week that they're on the island but everyone should do their bit.

This week 46 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 2 were first timers and 2 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 4 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 12 volunteers:

John WALSH • Proinnsias O'KEEFFE • Sheila WALSH • Carol MURPHY • Jean GLENDON • Joanne SULLIVAN • Finola CROWLEY • Brendan MURPHY • Barry HANLEY • Audrey MURPHY • Michael HARRINGTON • Declan O CONNELL
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Bere Island parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Alex POSTHUMUS who recorded a time of 16:04 on 11th October 2014 (event number 7).
The female record is held by Hannah OLDROYD who recorded a time of 18:36 on 6th December 2014 (event number 15).
The Age Grade course record is held by Noel BERKELEY who recorded 86.59% (17:02) on 6th December 2014 (event number 15).
Bere Island parkrun started on 30th August 2014. Since then 1,712 participants have completed 11,998 parkruns covering a total distance of 59,990 km, including 1,407 new Personal Bests. A total of 210 individuals have volunteered 3,299 times.

 

Bere Island parkrun #259 – Run Report

1 sea

There is no better way to start the weekend than with a parkrun, and no better parkrun to do than Bere Island parkrun! After spending a week cycling and walking the beautiful Beara Peninsula, I had been looking forward to running my seventh Bere Island parkrun when I was invited by John Walsh to be Run Director - even better - all the pleasure of a parkrun with none of the pain!

 

2 ferry

The fun starts at 9 am when you meet your fellow ferry-goers, some local and some tourists. This week there was a large contingent from Newcastle West, of which more later, but they travelled earlier to the other end of the island to maximise their time!

The shuttle from the pier to Rerrin is never without incident, and this week it was a push-start of the minibus that was the warm-up for the run. Luckily, I had bummed a lift from Suzanne, thinking it would give me a few minutes extra to get myself organised. Not so, of course. With Colin driving, a five minute head start turned into a photo finish as we arrived at the GAA club simultaneously. Ah well.

 

3 volunteers

The job of Run Director usually involves setting up the course, training all the volunteers, doing the briefing, constantly checking the timers and scanners and then processing the results when the run is completed. Not so when you're a Guest RD on Bere Island! It's a well-oiled machine with everything set up by Brendan in the early hours, volunteers who knew more about scanning and timing than I do, and John waiting to do the results later in the afternoon after a hard day's work!

 

4 dominic

Most other times I've visited, the legendary Dominic Hallihan has been the Run Director, so I had big shoes to fill. With Dominic, it's more like a sermon than a briefing!

We lined up earlier than usual, the Newcastle West gang were rushing home to a wedding - but of course not until (nearly) everyone was ready!

 

5 mary and alan

There were visitors from the UK - most weeks in the summer Bere Island welcomes tourists - including Mary and Alan from Banstead Woods and Alison and David from Ashton Court - with well over a thousand parkruns between the four of them. So praise for Bere Island parkrun from these well-travelled parkrunners is praise indeed - and they loved it!

 

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And there was a busload from Newcastle West, led by their Event Director Denis Fitzgerald - it was great to see so many friendly faces that are familiar from our visits to Newcastle West and their trips to Tralee!

 

 

8 mary ita mary

A special mention for my friends Mary and Mary Ita. Mary Ita recently conquered Croagh Patrick - an amazing achievement - and has now added to that one of the great parkrun pilgrimages! (That's Edel cycling down to make my breakfast, by the way).

 

7 breiefing

A few words about the course and the essential safety information, and they were off! Because it's a single lap, there's a few minutes to relax and chat before the runners come back.

 

9 kevin

Not too many minutes - despite the hilly course, Kevin was back in just over twenty! His 21st time finishing first in fact, but he's still a LONG way short of Joanne's 150 which she achieved last week!

 

10 david

Hot on Kevins's heels was visitor David Engledew, and David's wife Alison wasn't far behind, her time of under 24 minutes earning her an Age-Category record for Bere island!

11 finola

Alison wasn't the only record breaker, local girl Finola Crowley also earned a new Age Category record this week!

Five personal bests on the Results Page, most notable Jacinta's sub-29 minute time on her 132nd outing!

 

ned clare
No "milestones" this week, but hopefully Ned and Clare will both be hitting the century next week.

The 'well-oiled machine" was back in action as soon as Tail-Walker Maureen crossed the line, before I even realised it everything was stowed away and chauffeur John Walsh was waiting to drive me to the Bakehouse for Edel's special breakfast! This Run Director business is a doddle, you should try it sometime

The only pity about the trip to Bere Island parkrun is that it's over all too quickly. Half an hour at the most to chat before the minibus (a.k.a. Roller Coaster) takes you back to the ferry, but at least I have another visit to look forward to in the next few months.

12 photogs

There are lots of photos taken by these two talented junior photographers on the Facebook page.

Thanks to all for the hospitality as always - we would love to repay it when you visit us in Tralee.

Until next time...

Tony Higgins

Tralee parkrun

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