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.