Let me start by saying a huge thank you to the volunteers and event team: Gerard MANGAN • Regina COPPINGER • Niall COPPINGER • Marie COSGRAVE • Ray MOLONEY • Camilla TUFFY • Aine MCPARLAND • Claire PeggyCURRAN • Brian MCCANN • Martina COPPINGER • Camilla REDMOND • Noel AHERN • Declan COPPINGER • Erwan KINSELLA • Lisa SHEPPARD • Mary MAGUIRE • Sinead
BRENNAN • Anna CONNOLLY • Eoghan COYLE • Monica CONNOLLY • Laura DUNGAN • Deirdre BYRNE-DUNNE • Conor HYLAND.
You’ll have to read the report to see why I started with that!
Note for diaries: 3rd birthday this coming Saturday – I understand that there will be cake, and awards!
Almost as soon as Karen suggested that we have a weekend in Dublin I was onto the parkrun.ie site to see which parkrun we should do. Bushy stood out immediately, mainly because in my 250 runs I still hadn’t made it the 30ish miles across London from Bexley for the Bushy pilgrimage! Also we’d decided to stay quite central in Dublin and it looked fairly easy to get to Bushy by public transport – this turned out to be the case with the bus taking about 30 minutes.
Off we set at 8am (yes, allowing plenty of contingency for the 9:30 start) to get the bus, arriving at a very windy and cold Rathfarnham shopping centre at 8:30. It wasn’t until this point that I even considered checking that the event was on which was a rookie error with storm Dennis trying to wreak havoc everywhere (I’m fortunate that I can only remember my home event being cancelled once in the 8 years since it started). Fortunately a quick check on Facebook revealed that the event was on despite there being trees across the course on Friday. Thanks to the event team for checking this out, keeping us all informed of progress and ensuring that the event could go on safely.
We received a fantastic warm Irish welcome from volunteers and other runners and had a lovely chat with other tourists from England, who were kind enough to store our tops in their backpacks to avoid them being blown away while we ran (thanks Mel and Claire, great to meet you both).
At the briefing we were told there was a slight change to the course to avoid the mud, but we didn’t realise that we would be walking on water (stupid GPS!)
It was so windy, with some rain added into the mix, it seemed that even most of the ducks had abandoned the lake but the volunteers were fantastic, clapping, cheering and encouraging us round the course all with huge smiles – thanks so much to you all. It was also great to receive encouragement from the faster runners as they lapped us and made their way home after finishing. I was surprised how smoothly we got started with 266 runners on such a narrow path but everyone was sensible and considerate to others. It’s quite a flat course so should be one for PBs, although the narrowness of the paths and the conditions this week would have countered that so congratulations to the 35 of you that got PBs, that’s some achievement. It would of course be remiss of me not to congratulate Karen on her first non-stop parkrun and a parkrun PB – perhaps if we tour often enough I might eventually get another PB!! On the flip side – 42 Unknowns out of 266 runners? That’s a lot of forgotten barcodes – come on everyone that’s all we need to remember as runners!
Looking through the results there were clearly a few other tourists there and I hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did. Congratulations to Anna Merrigan, Walter Mee and Stephen Gallagher on completing your 50th runs.
We were so pleased that we didn’t get drenched while running so had the opportunity to stop for a drink afterwards and a further chat with some of the volunteers about Dennis and all things parkrun – did I say that you were amazing?! Thanks so much to you all for the great welcome and a fantastic event.
I see that next week is your 3rd birthday – sorry we can’t join you again, hope you have a great time and eat plenty of cake on our behalf!
This week 266 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 49 were first timers and 35 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 19 different clubs took part.
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Bushy parkrun, Dublin Results Page.
The male record is held by Robert MURPHY who recorded a time of 15:52 on 2nd June 2018 (event number 66).
The female record is held by Catherina MCKIERNAN who recorded a time of 18:11 on 6th July 2019 (event number 124).
The Age Grade course record is held by Judith LLOYD who recorded 91.65% (25:33) on 25th May 2019 (event number 118).
Bushy parkrun, Dublin started on 25th February 2017. Since then 6,024 participants have completed 27,259 parkrunscovering a total distance of 136,295 km, including 4,422 new Personal Bests. A total of 421 individuals have volunteered 3,004 times.