The New Year’s Day parkrun took place at 11.00am in near perfect conditions. The temperature was 11 degrees, sky overcast and no wind. This has to be one of the most beautiful parkrun destinations, one of only eight island parkruns in the world. The view from the course looking out over the sea can only be described as breath taking. The Course is a single loop with a climb at the very beginning leading towards the fortifications at the east of the island and then turning directly westwards towards Rerrin village and finishing at the GAA club house.
The first three registered positions were taken by Kevin Gleeson, Garry Hilliard and Colin Gleeson. The first lady home and also a first timer for park run Bere Island was Sorcha Humphreys. The 2nd and 3rd ladies’ home were Clare Murphy and Breeda O’Sullivan. Congratulations to those who recorded Personal bests today. These included Barry Lynch, Eddie Sullivan, Margaret Frawley, Moya De Buitleir,Catriona De Buitleir and Lina Galvis. There were five other first-timers, Mary Smyth, Caoimhe O’Shea, Liam Lynch and Mona Lynch and finally myself.
After the run, we all adjourned to the Café for a very welcome tea, coffee and scones. There was a great buzz and sense of achievement by all involved and a deep sense of camaraderie. Newcomers are immediately made to feelwelcome. Well done to all. We will be back!