Brickfields parkrun #60 – 9th March 2019

Dublin Bay Running Club were delighted to be asked by the core team at Brickfields parkrun  to do a takeover day and cover the volunteer roles. Most of us D.B.R.C. runners come from the Howth area running and volunteering in St. Anne’s and Father Collins parks, however 3 of us who were there on Saturday actually started with parkrun in Griffeen parkrun in Lucan where I have been a run director for the last 5 years.

 

Thankfully a few of us have been visitors to Brickfields since it started over a year ago now so we were familiar with the route and the very warm welcome extended to us by the core crew and the local runners and walkers alike.

 

In total there were 8 of us volunteering from D.B.R.C. and were supported and guided by Brickfields own Event Director Lorraine MITCHELL along with Declan O’LEARY, Donal LYONS, Jp LONERGAN, Karen SLYE and Liam FITZGERALD.

 

We were delighted to welcome several parkrun tourists over from the UK this week, Steve SCOTT from Sunderland parkrun, Gary and Janet SHAUGHNESSY from Newbury parkrun who seem to be on a bit of a parkrun tourist adventure at the moment after completing parkruns in Australia, New Zealand and America. We also had Martin CONWAY down from Cookstown and Kate McDONNELL from nearby Waterstown.

 

A big shout out also goes to Andy BLACKMAN who completed his 50th parkrun with us on Saturday and earning his coveted red t-shirt and entry into the parkrun 50 Club.

 

Along with the visitors we also had 11 brand new participants to parkrun join us for the very first time. We really hope to see many of them back again soon. Some of them would have been welcomed from the new parkwalk initiative that was in its second week which serves to highlight parkrun is for everyone at every pace and regardless of where you are you will never be last as our tail walkers bring up the rear of the field.

 

Despite the strong winds, 11 of our return runners managed to post a course PB on the day.

 

Alastair HIGGINS of Dublin Bay Running Club was the first finisher home in a time of 18:01 while Katie NUGENT of Sportsworld was the first lady home in a time of 22:36 also being one of the people to attain a new PB.

 

In total 101 people and several dogs took part in Brickfields parkrun #60 not to mention the 14 volunteers who helped make the event happen. As always everybody was appreciative of the hot cuppa at the finish line on the cold and windy day, hopefully soon we can stand out and enjoy it for a bit longer as the summer comes.

 

Every week parkrun needs its participants to volunteer to make the event happen so please remember to take a turn every so often, it is just as rewarding as the run if not more so, all the roles are easy and quickly picked up with training provided by the amazing core team and don’t forget with your barcode comes the ability to run, walk and volunteer at any parkrun event worldwide so why not give it a go?

 

I know your core team look forward to seeing you all back for your free, weekly, timed 5k next week and from all of us at DBRC thanks again for the opportunity to help host your event and we promise we will all be back to run in the near future.

 

#loveparkrun

 

Gary O’DALY

RD 09/03/2019

 

Inaugural run

190 runners, joggers and walkers took off on the first 5k Brickfields parkrun last Saturday. The rain held off and by the end of the 5k no one felt the cold air. Wherever you looked around the park, the one thing that was obvious on everyone's face were the big smiles and at the finish line the sense of achievement. The parkrun however was about more than that last Saturday in Brickfields. New friends were made and a lot of people used the park for the first time and got to see the great resource we have on our doorstep. While parkruns are great for a heathy body, a lot of us found out that they are also great for a healthy mind. 'Good for the soul' as one volunteer said!

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