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.