On opening the curtains on Saturday morning, I confirmed once again the poor accuracy of the weather forecasts. The dry spells were nowhere to be seen, but heavy rain. Luckily the weather soon took a 360 degree turn to give us a fabulous parkrun morning.
It was fantastic to have a large group from St. Pat’s GAA U11 visiting us. Every single one of them (including coaches) managed to keep smiling throughout the 5k. We had regular groups from Star of the Sea, Balbriggan Roadrunners and Lusk AC among 15 Clubs running. The numbers just keep growing, not only in overall participation, but there were over 40 first timers and 26 new personal bests achieved by the 126 parkrunners. There was even a higher number of volunteers than usual, thank you all.
Star of the Sea shone this weekend: the first male finisher was Daniel Delaney from Star of the Sea, followed by Barry Tiernan from Balbriggan Roadrunners; the third finisher was Eamonn O’Neill from Star of the Sea. Sisters Rosemary Hutcheson from Star of the Sea and Carmel Keenan were the first and second female finishers; the third finisher was Breda Collins from Lusk Athletic Club.
Erika Nevis and Avril Penrose, local ambassadors, joined ambassadors from the rest of the country to meet Paul Sinton Hewitt (parkrun founder) to launch Operation Transformation’s association with parkrun. We look forward to welcoming all new walkers, joggers and runners taking part on the O.T. programme in the weeks to come. Good luck.