New Years Day parkrun

Joun us to ring in the new year in a healthy way at our New Year’s Day parkrun. This is now an annual event on the island and always attracts a nice crowd. Come along and run, walk, jog or volunteer and start a New Years resolution in the best possible way.


Christmas Day parkrun

Join us on Christmas morning to do our annual Christmas Day parkrun. It is always a fantastic event with plenty Christmas cheer. After your parkrun join us in the GAA clubhouse for some festive treats.


Run 271 31/08/2019

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!




Bere Island #266 – A Visitor’s View

Bere Island parkrun...what can I say?! Here goes nothing!

Self-styled "parkrun Fixer" Tony Higgins has been telling me about Bere Island parkrun for a little over a year now. 13 months later, I finally got my act together and planned this weekend's trip, having convinced my dad, Seamus, along with the Piotrowski family, Adam, Adrian, Filip, and Marta to come along too. Another bunch of Limerick regulars had to rush to Croke Park on urgent business (with an unfortunate outcome as it happens) and dutifully passed on their apologies.

I had the pleasure of meeting ED John Walsh in early July, who, with his wife Sheila and daughter Aoife, very kindly "ferried" us around yesterday, giving us a rapid history of the island in the process.

I recalled Tony mentioning in a previous Run Report that Bere Island parkrun is the only one in the country that does not start at 9:30am, but rather when everyone is ready - what a wonderful example of community spirit. In fact, it was the first of many!

A total of 18 volunteers made event 266 possible, starting with Volunteer Coordinator Carol Murphy and Michael Killen, who was responsible for Pre-event Setup. Tony Higgins was first to address the crowd for the First Timers' Briefing on a beautiful morning, followed by Run Director Peter Killen. Among those welcomed in Peter's pre-parkrun briefing were Chris and Jamie visiting from Queenstown in New Zealand, and a group of Running Chicks ( from Dublin.

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With Timekeepers Dominic Hallahan and Katie Verdon standing at the ready, the 157-strong crowd headed off for a loop of the eastern end of the island on RD Peter's command (with his warning to avoid skidding due to some rogue cattle having been on part of the course earlier in the morning fresh in our minds).

67364636_1931291833637965_1276349583269560320_o Ready to start

My home parkrun in Limerick is a 4-lap course, so it was a nice change to run the single-lap Bere Island course, where a smattering of locals and animals were spectating at various points along the route.

67185365_1931389090294906_6637132697607077888_o parkrunners out on the course

I later found out from Sheila that a section of the route includes the (in my opinion) aptly-named "Hell Hill" - I think I'm glad I didn't know that beforehand! I was relieved that I wasn't the only one whose breathing was a bit laboured as we began the first climb. However once the hill levelled off, the panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Viking Lonehort Harbour were, as promised, breathtaking.

20190727_111038 (1) The views were so spectacular I ran the first mile-and-a-half again to take some photos!

The climb up to the old Irish army training camp seemed almost never-ending, until arriving at Proinnsias' water station, and then beginning the welcome descent back to Rerrin Village.

67402058_709069312856750_2406553163306893312_n Proinnsias' very thoughtful water stop for whoever might need it

I panicked momentarily when we got back to Rerrin, thinking the route involved climbing the hill past Murphy's and Dessie's Bar, but Marshal Michael Harrington was on hand to direct us right, and then left back to the GAA pitch.

67403823_1931302273636921_3872169998122221568_o Michael cheering on and directing parkrunners

The finish was a welcome sight, where Dominic and Katie stood cheering us all home down the final straight. Leading the way was Kevin Gleeson, who ran a course PB on his 30th Bere Island parkrun and his 49th parkrun in total. Daniel was the fastest junior boy, running a PB on his 5th parkrun on the island and 9th in total. Sadhbh, visiting from Tralee for the first time, was the fastest junior girl. This week's highest age-graded percentage was achieved by Finola Crowley, with a score of 77.27%.

67191099_1931400440293771_4613056147354550272_o Coming in to the finish

Halfway down the funnel was Peter with words of encouragement while Patrick Stephen O'Sullivan, who was on Finish Tokens, was next to greet everybody.

67265548_1931464020287413_4044870963806863360_o En route through the funnel to collect a finish token

Tail Walker Ann Marie Harrington made sure everybody was safely home, smiling all the way. 67404665_1931424490291366_7848181559453548544_o
Ann Marie and Catherine Sullivan bringing up the rear

Recovery was aided by water at the GAA Club, along with not one, but two flavours of tasty muffins (chocolate and raspberry, and orange and blueberry) kindly brought by Marta, visiting from Limerick.

67442714_1931464160287399_7622864568628281344_o Recovering at the GAA pitch 67617117_1931361116964370_4746036383607422976_o The delectable muffins Marta made didn't last long! 

Once breathing normally again, it was over to Aoife Walsh, Clare Kenward (who hails from Clair parkrun and was volunteering on the 125th separate occasion!), and Filip Piotrowski, for Barcode Scanning.

67901079_1931417826958699_7659694591796314112_o A general view of the finish: queuing for scanning, rehydrating, stretching, and of course chatting!

Joanne Sullivan, on Token Sorting, and Sheila Walsh, on Finish Token Support, then set about reorganising the finish tokens for next week's parkrun.

67408670_1931452206955261_1851146512487153664_o Joanne making sure no tokens got lost 67637576_1931479130285902_1718290890415407104_o A pause in Token Sorting while Joanne tracked down missing tokens

Finola Crowley then took charge of Post-event Close Down, ably assisted by John and Peter, as everybody either headed to Murphy's Bakehouse or back to the ferry.

67286694_1931462180287597_1886127032543215616_o Putting the equipment away until next week

Finally, Results Processor Proinnsias O'Keeffe was responsible for downloading, uploading, and submitting the times along with confirming the volunteers to parkrun HQ. 67309769_1931390180294797_4440203410410569728_o Proinnsias approaching the finish ready to look after the results

Beverly Killen was Photographer yesterday, and captured plenty of shots of most of the above - these can be viewed on the Bere Island parkrun Facebook page.

Beverly in action while Peter delivered the briefing

Of course, volunteers are essential for parkrun to go ahead, so do please get in touch if you are interested in volunteering at some point. You can see the schedule for the coming weeks on the future roster page on the website. I promise volunteering is just as enjoyable as running/walking/jogging!

Of the 157 participants yesterday morning, 10 different clubs were represented. The visitors included Chris and Jamie Seymour, co-EDs of Queenstown parkrun in New Zealand, Debbie Henvey, ED of Tolka Valley parkrun, Anna, Clare, and Graham Kenward from Sussex, Alison and Steve Wise from Bangor, a group of Running Chicks ( from Dublin, Adam, Adrian, Filip, Marta, Seamus, and I from Limerick, a group from Causeway with a Tralee connection, and Maria O'Regan from Castlehaven. There were 45 people visiting Bere Island parkrun for the first time, including 12 people who took part in their first parkrun, and 15 parkrunners achieved new Personal Bests. Times are available here - well done to everybody who took part in event 266!

Congratulations to junior parkrunners Lucy and Seán, both of whom joined the 10-club yesterday - here's to your next milestones, Lucy and Seán!

BAKEHOUSEAfter parkrun, it was time to relax in/outside the Bakehouse discussing all and sundry over coffee, confectionery, or for some the "full Irish" to replenish the calories burned. 67879055_1931373883629760_6774627550078435328_o Gathering at Murphy's Bakehouse post-parkrun

Although I didn't sample any food, I've been reliably informed that every last morsel was delicious. I'll just have to come back with a larger appetite! There wasn't much time then before the ferry was departing for the mainland, laden with happy, smiling parkrunners exchanging stories and yarns.

67367626_1931376953629453_8631417666772402176_o Time to board the ferry back to the mainland - far too soon!

If you're still reading, thanks for Bere-ing with me (see what I did there?) through this admittedly mammoth Run Report! Thanks so much for having us - it was a treat to experience the Bere Island hospitality. I think I can safely say on behalf of all the Limerick gang that we thoroughly enjoyed our spot of parkrun tourism on the island. I'm already looking forward to visiting again!


Everybody is of course welcome in Limerick anytime, we'd be delighted to see you!


Shona Ní Fhloinn
Limerick parkrun


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.


Bere Island parkrun #259 – Run Report

1 sea

There is no better way to start the weekend than with a parkrun, and no better parkrun to do than Bere Island parkrun! After spending a week cycling and walking the beautiful Beara Peninsula, I had been looking forward to running my seventh Bere Island parkrun when I was invited by John Walsh to be Run Director - even better - all the pleasure of a parkrun with none of the pain!


2 ferry

The fun starts at 9 am when you meet your fellow ferry-goers, some local and some tourists. This week there was a large contingent from Newcastle West, of which more later, but they travelled earlier to the other end of the island to maximise their time!

The shuttle from the pier to Rerrin is never without incident, and this week it was a push-start of the minibus that was the warm-up for the run. Luckily, I had bummed a lift from Suzanne, thinking it would give me a few minutes extra to get myself organised. Not so, of course. With Colin driving, a five minute head start turned into a photo finish as we arrived at the GAA club simultaneously. Ah well.


3 volunteers

The job of Run Director usually involves setting up the course, training all the volunteers, doing the briefing, constantly checking the timers and scanners and then processing the results when the run is completed. Not so when you're a Guest RD on Bere Island! It's a well-oiled machine with everything set up by Brendan in the early hours, volunteers who knew more about scanning and timing than I do, and John waiting to do the results later in the afternoon after a hard day's work!


4 dominic

Most other times I've visited, the legendary Dominic Hallihan has been the Run Director, so I had big shoes to fill. With Dominic, it's more like a sermon than a briefing!

We lined up earlier than usual, the Newcastle West gang were rushing home to a wedding - but of course not until (nearly) everyone was ready!


5 mary and alan

There were visitors from the UK - most weeks in the summer Bere Island welcomes tourists - including Mary and Alan from Banstead Woods and Alison and David from Ashton Court - with well over a thousand parkruns between the four of them. So praise for Bere Island parkrun from these well-travelled parkrunners is praise indeed - and they loved it!


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And there was a busload from Newcastle West, led by their Event Director Denis Fitzgerald - it was great to see so many friendly faces that are familiar from our visits to Newcastle West and their trips to Tralee!



8 mary ita mary

A special mention for my friends Mary and Mary Ita. Mary Ita recently conquered Croagh Patrick - an amazing achievement - and has now added to that one of the great parkrun pilgrimages! (That's Edel cycling down to make my breakfast, by the way).


7 breiefing

A few words about the course and the essential safety information, and they were off! Because it's a single lap, there's a few minutes to relax and chat before the runners come back.


9 kevin

Not too many minutes - despite the hilly course, Kevin was back in just over twenty! His 21st time finishing first in fact, but he's still a LONG way short of Joanne's 150 which she achieved last week!


10 david

Hot on Kevins's heels was visitor David Engledew, and David's wife Alison wasn't far behind, her time of under 24 minutes earning her an Age-Category record for Bere island!

11 finola

Alison wasn't the only record breaker, local girl Finola Crowley also earned a new Age Category record this week!

Five personal bests on the Results Page, most notable Jacinta's sub-29 minute time on her 132nd outing!


ned clare
No "milestones" this week, but hopefully Ned and Clare will both be hitting the century next week.

The 'well-oiled machine" was back in action as soon as Tail-Walker Maureen crossed the line, before I even realised it everything was stowed away and chauffeur John Walsh was waiting to drive me to the Bakehouse for Edel's special breakfast! This Run Director business is a doddle, you should try it sometime

The only pity about the trip to Bere Island parkrun is that it's over all too quickly. Half an hour at the most to chat before the minibus (a.k.a. Roller Coaster) takes you back to the ferry, but at least I have another visit to look forward to in the next few months.

12 photogs

There are lots of photos taken by these two talented junior photographers on the Facebook page.

Thanks to all for the hospitality as always - we would love to repay it when you visit us in Tralee.

Until next time...

Tony Higgins

Tralee parkrun


Run Report #245 – My Favourite Overseas parkrun!

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It goes without saying that everyone who visits Bere Island parkrun enjoys it. But there's two very different ways to experience it, either as a day trip or an over-nighter. The question is, which is the best way to do it?

This was my sixth time running my favourite "away" parkrun (I have to put in the word "away" in case any of my friends in Tralee stumble across this report!), so I think I can now speak with some authority on ths subject. But still I have to say, you have to visit at least twice to get the full experience, as each of the two alternatives has its attractions!

Stay overnight and you miss the craic on the short ferry trip and the white-knuckle ride in the bus with Colin at the wheel, he drives like he runs, and the slam-bam-thank-you-mam visit to the Bakehouse before the return. It's all over in about three hours - but let's face it, that's much more value than you get from any "ordinary" parkrun!


2 ferryBut take the longer option and then you have the pleasure of a leisurely cruise in Brendan's boat which delivers you to the east end of the island, and you get to stay with Edel and Brendan in what must be one of the nicest, most relaxed B&B experiences you can have! And if you're lucky, you get a few hours in the pub with Dominic and Proinnsias that passes very quickly!


3 neil pubMy trip this time was in the company of Neil Marshall, Ireland Administrator for parkrun, who spent a long weekend visiting seven different parkruns in West Cork and Kerry. Of course, he could only do one offical parkrun, and he asked lots of people which one he should do at 9:30 on the Saturday (well, 9:45 in Bere Island, but we don't mind that!) It wasn't just me that told him this was the one to do!

So even though he's the parkrun expert, he learned a lot in those four hours - about Bere Island parkrun, Bere Island, and the world in general! Including the effect Guinness has on parkrun times - but more of that later!


5 carrolls

And you are likely to be sharing the house with like-minded parkrunners - this time it was the Carroll's, just Steve running this time as Dave was injured, but they had a couple of supporters cheering too. Dave is on the core team of the next Irish parkrun to start up in Cloughjordan (Knockanacree Woods) later this month, so he was interested to see how it all works - a bit of industrial espionage, I'd say. He was snapping away with a camera all morning - you'll be able to see his photos on Facebook!

The great thing about Edel's B&B is that you can save your breakfast until after the parkrun - if Neil had eaten that breakfast after those few pints his time would have been a lot slower.


13 socks

By the way, my time is much slower than Neil's not because of the Guinness, but because I realised too late that not only was I wearing cycling socks instead of running socks, but I had them on the wrong feet - maybe I should have been running clockwise!


7 jocelyn

It was a pretty rotten morning all over the country, but there were still nearly 40 runners and walkers on the start line for Jocelyn Dufétel's Debut as Run Director. And a few minutes after the rest of the country (not Jocelyn's fault, he wasn't driving the bus!), we were off.



The route is stunning, but it's not easy, so you have plenty of time to enjoy it. I didn't have the pleasure of John Walsh's company, last time he paced me to a Bere Island PB by distracting my with tales of the island. Instead I had the equal pleasure of running with my friend and fellow tourist Deirdre NiDrisceoil and did my best to remember some of what John had told me!

You always know when Proinnsias is on the island because there is a water station (in a very fancy decanter now) outside his house at the 3.5 km mark, just when you need it, something I've never seen at another parkrun and a real treat - and just another of the many things that make this event stand out from the rest.


8 benFirst across the line this week was Ben Murphy - he's only done 11 parkruns but has finished first three times. Not far behind was visitor Steve Carroll followed by Neil.

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10 joanne

First lady home was... you guessed it... the legendary Joanne Sullivan! Pretty soon Joanne will have her 150th First Finish on Bere Island, and not too long after will do her 250th parkrun - hopefully then she will do a bit of parkrun tourism and visit us in Tralee! There was a tussle for second and third ladies with Breeda O'Sullivan coming in ahead of Mags O'Neill.

11 breeda mahs

The Full Results are here.



12 karen P

There was another inspirational lady at the other end of the field. We had the treat of meeting Karen Penny, who is a couple of months into a very long walk - 19,000 miles around the coastline of the UK and Ireland in support of Alzheimer's Research UK (a charity much beloved on parkrun) - she's already more than a quarter of the way to her target of £100,000! She'll clock up a few parkruns on the way, and I've reminded her than Inch Beach and Tralee are both on her route so hopefully I will meet her again soon!

(And here's another little story that is typical of Bere Island. Karen's husband made contact through parkrun Ireland to see if anyone could help her with a lift to the ferry, I couldn't help as I was staying overnight but John Walsh had two offers of a lift within minutes. Thanks Geraldine!)

14 bakehouseAfter the run, everyone goes to the Bakehouse - the entire Murphy Family are working in unison to feed the masses in the short hiatus before the return coach transfer (sounds very posh, doesn't it!). There's always a lovely atmosphere, and we had plenty of time as our later ferry gave us a chance to eat a very Full Irish... and scones... and lemon drizzle cake... and coffee cake (now you can understand my finishing time of just under 40 minutes!)

15 tropicalIt's always a great pleasure to do my favourite overseas parkrun, and I'll be back again later in the year. Meanwhile, we always love to welcome tourists in Tralee, it's a very different experience but hopefully as enjoyable! And I know we have one Islander at least visiting next week!

Tony Higgins
Tralee parkrun



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...



Run 240 26/01/2019

System failures, thingamejigs, 5 in a row and communal showers! There was a lot going on in the clubhouse this morning. I have warned before when I’m down as report writer what is said pre or post run in public in the kitchen can be used against you in Bere Island parkrun run report.

It was a very wet wet wet morning, nobody was singing in the rain, unless they were stone mad, mind u I often do, but that’s beside the point. In the words of Vladimir Nabokov “Don’t be angry with the rain; it simply does not know how to fall upwards”. Bear that in mind the next time we have a bad morning. Another cold wet windy morning, fresh and wintery, blows all the cobwebs away! And yet 22 gathered to run or walk the 5k loop. With Edel in charge, keeping her mighty crew of volunteers on their toes, they all did yet another sterling job. Whatever you might say about us to be running or walking around in the rain, these poor souls have to stand in position in the rain and wind until the tail walker crosses the finish line, which this week was Thom Kleiss, in a respectable time of 50 mins, also securing the only  pb of the day, well done Thom. This week’s other volunteers included Noelette, Finola, Colin, Eugene, Sylvia, Dominic, Mike, Ann Marie, Thom, Carol, Olan, Edel, Brendan, Mags, Joanne, Michael and Sheila. Well done and thank you all. Were always looking for volunteers, from the post of run director to run report writer and every post in between so please get in touch, offer your help once in a while, so we can keep Bere Island parkrun running smoothly.

First finisher was Michael O’Sullivan who trotted home in 25.13, followed, hot on his heels with only 4 seconds between them, was first lady Joanne Sullivan, home in 25.17. And so when Michael finished he went on barcode duty which is where the System failure came in, nothing serious or nothing that can’t be fixed(in case you get put off from trying that particular role) but he scanned his own in the wrong order, and all he was worried about was Joanne being given his first position. I might have made a few bob if I had a bidding war between them. But all is well that ends well, the order is above board and correct. Well done to both finishers today.

As most of you are aware we have books with our barcodes in to keep them there safe, but Carol usually brings her own with her. This morning she had left it in her bag. She told Michael she didn’t have her thingamajig with her, I think there’s still a blank look on his face! So not only did she forget to bring it with her, she actually forgot what it’s called. Moral of the story DONT FORGET YOUR BARCODE…

Johnny has surprised most of us by coming in for the last 5 weeks. He promised last week he would be in this week to do what Kerry couldn’t by completing 5 in a row. Such was everyone’s shock and delight to see him conquer his dream, not only did he get a cheer fit for any all-Ireland final at the start line but he was also given a slice of cake as a way to celebrate his success in the Bakehouse under the watchful eye of former Cork player and selector Ciaran O’Sullivan. Well done Johnny, here’s to the next 5!

So the Communal showers, I’m not entirely sure how to word this, but here goes. We’ve been having a few issues with hot water for the showers, Finola blames Brendan, Brendan blames Finola, everyone blames everyone else, today it was taken a step further, when someone had the audacity to blame our oil man, simply because he was there and had to have a cold shower, they’re simply taking the HEAT off themselves ;);). Any way I’m not sure if it’s the way there isn’t enough hot water or none at all but there was a bit of a discussion as to how to fix it. This discussion was between 2 ladies, I might add, who I won’t name to save their embarrassment, so it might surprise you all to know there were suggesting communal or unisex showers, to save the hot water, perhaps what they meant was everyone under the same shower, which would be all well and good but we decided the biggest problem would be filling the role of security or chaperones. Filling that role wouldn’t be a problem perhaps; the problem would be too many volunteers for the role. So Noelette and Joanne while it may help with the water problem, we might just put your idea on file in a filing cabinet for the time being!

I’m sure our visitors today think we’re a crazy bunch of people, but we hope you enjoyed the craic, and will come back to us again and bring friends. David and Sharon Schindler joined us from Portrush parkrun in Antrim, while Chris Rafferty joined us from Cabinteely parkrun in Dublin, who I’ve just noticed was only 1 second behind our Joanne. I wonder was there a bit of chivalry there on his part???

Thanks again to all our volunteers, roster still has empty spaces for next week, so why not put your name forward for one of the many roles. Thanks to Brendan and his crew in the Bakehouse, he kept the show going until Edel finished her role as Run Director, and thanks to Bere Island ferries for the transport both on sea and on land.

So parkrun 240 completed, Join us next week for our next instalement.



Run 239 19/01/2019

Saturday morning’s parkrun had 28 hardy participants who came out to run or walk our beautiful course, and what a morning it turned out to be! It was cold, crisp and sunny, a wonderful morning to be out and about.  Kevin Sullivan was first home in 20.45, and first lady home was his Mom Joanne in 24.34.  Congratulations to Breandán Murphy with his fourth PB in a row with a time of 26.52, and also to Geraldine O’Sullivan who is only running a few months and had a PB of 30.42, her comment when she walked to the café for our après parkrun sustenance was “where else would you want to be on a morning like this”.

As for myself, I had an achievement also in that I ran the whole course for the first time, it’s the small things like this that give you such a positive feeling when you finish. It goes to show that no matter what your time, there is always something good to take away from every parkrun, the first positive thing is to get out of bed on a Saturday morning to head for the ferry and everything after that is a bonus. So for any of you who think you won’t be fast enough or fit enough, just come along and you will see that none of that matters, it’s all inclusive!  Don’t forget your O.T. walks in Beara this week, and please take the time to volunteer at your local parkrun as it can’t operate without you.  That’s it for this week, keep up the good work and see you all Saturday where we’ll do it all again.


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