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!