Run 242 09/02/2019

The traditional post run bonding happened much earlier today as a horizontal hailstorm lashed all the 29 participants just before the start of event 242. Thom Kleiss the race director was amazed at his rapid promotion with little training after only two previous volunteering jobs. Thankfully Thom cut his intended thirty minute opening speech down to 30 seconds and off we went. A few keen runners jumped the starting gun but it was hardly noticed. The strong westerly made it easier getting to the East End Loop turn and sunshine came out and as ever spectacular views over Lonehort Harbour. On the return loop the wind pushed hard, the clouds were moving faster than I was and getting any PB’s was not going to be easy but Theresa Sherwood managed it as did Suzanne O’Sullivan. Oh and I did too but it was my first timed run so that was automatic ! International visitors from Germany and England and Eyeries. (Johnny kept his promise of course !) Older walkers and young kids too. Great way to spend a saturday morning. First in was Kevin Sullivan with a time of 20.29 followed by first timer and guest Ralf Rosenberger with 21.42. Tailwalkers time was 51.54. The volunteer roster was full and excellently attended by the following supportive people Finalo CROWLEY, Jean GLENDON, Pauline HANLEY, Anne-Marie HARRINGTON, Michael HARRINGTON,Thom KLEISS, Edel MURPHY, Brendan MURPHY, Carol MURPHY, Breeda O’SULLIVAN, Steve O’DONOVAN and Joanne O’SULLIVAN. Many thanks for your help on this cold and blustery day. The apres ski atmosphere in the Bake House was warm and cosy and all were well fed by Edel and Brendan’s family’s good care and attention. I am only sorry it will be June before I am back here for my next Bere Island Park Run that’s if I can get a visa after March 29th! Hopefully no Berexit for me...

James OSBORN