Erris parkrun is cancelled on 2021-03-06 – COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Reasons for Optimism


This time last year we were looking forward to our Leap Day parkrun which didn’t in fact happen due to the weather. We were resigned to the fact that it would be another 27 years before we could gather to parkrun on the 29th February. But little did we know that the following week (7th March 2020) would be the last time for us to walk and run as a community on a Saturday morning is common with parkrunners the world over. Almost a full year on and while parkrun is still on pause in many parts, including Ireland and the UK, we take heart in the fact that events have recommenced in places like Australia and New Zealand and frameworks are being developed for a return to normality elsewhere.

We bring you the latest COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update which has a very much a UK focus but here’s hoping that in the coming weeks we will have some encouraging news for Irish events. Let's all keep positive!

Yesterday (Monday 22 February) the UK Government published a roadmap for exiting lockdown over the coming months, detailing how and when restrictions will be eased if everything goes to plan.

We welcome this announcement and support the Government’s cautious framework for a return to normality. The roadmap provides us with an opportunity for junior and 5k events to return over the coming months – the detail of which we are now discussing internally.

Yesterday’s announcement applies to England only, and so we continue to work closely with our stakeholders in Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales to understand the situation here over the coming months. 

We appreciate there will no doubt be speculation regarding a return of parkrun events in the UK, and many people will have an idea on the likely or appropriate timing of events restarting. However we ask for patience whilst we have the conversations required to make and confirm the necessary decisions.

With this in mind, we will be publishing a detailed UK-specific position on Friday this week.

Elsewhere around the parkrun world there are no significant changes that directly impact our events. Last weekend 450 events took place across five territories, with more than 55,000 people taking part.

It does now feel like the end of an incredibly difficult year for the UK is in sight. Thank you for your ongoing trust and support. We are getting through this."


Tom Williams
Chief Operating Officer
parkrun Global



(not) parkrun results for week ending 21st  February 2021

Last week was a record breaking one for parkrun Ireland as 1,831 participants representing 97 different events throughout the country logged a massive 3,262 walks and runs. Here in Erris there was another strong performance with 89 parkrunners (up 27 on last week) completed 183 5ks which ensured we held onto our 4th place position on the National League Table. Well done to you all and congratulations to all who braved the weather at the weekend to take park in the Operation Transformation Virtual 5K!

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We had an incredible 17 New Personal Bests this week. Kudos to the following

  • Roseleen Reilly
  • Edel Walsh
  • Jack Gaughan
  • John Gaughan
  • Evita Coyle
  • Breda Carolan
  • Michael Hurst
  • Pauline Geraghty
  • Paula Calpin
  • Helen Ginty
  • Kathleen Ruddy
  • Aine Ruddy
  • Brian Wilson
  • Collette Wilson
  • Leona Gaughan
  • Hannah Chambers
  • Saoirse Chambers


And a warm welcome to the following 5 who joined us for the first time this week. We hope you enjoyed it and we’d love to see you involved again over the coming weeks.

  • James Monaghan
  • Aleesha Calpin
  • Alex Calpin
  • Leah Calpin and
  • Our mystery “Unknown Athlete”!

This week we saw one parkrunner become the first in Erris to hit the 100 (not)parkrun milestone since this initiative began on the 15th June 2020.

Remember you can log 1 (not) parkrun per day each week. If you are taking part in any virtual challenges these too can be counted and added to your parkrun profile. Please keep logging your 5ks, whether you walk, jog or run! It doesn't matter how slow or fast you go...... you just gotta go! Any why not encourage friends and family to get involved, stay connected and have fun!

Chinese Proverb

Stay safe everyone! #loveparkrun





Facing into the season of Lent


lent-sacrificesWe’re over half way through February already and with Easter falling early this year we may be thinking of all the things we should be giving up for Lent and then feeling guilty when our best intentions fall by the wayside just like the New Years resolutions. To all that are following The parkrun Resolution – well done and keep it up! For others why not take something up for Lent? Why not set a time aside each day for a walk or run or a couple of times a week if it suits better? Or for those of you that are up for a real challenge why not log a (not)parkrun every day for the next 40 days either walking or running or a bit of both? By logging your (not) parkruns you will have your own personal record of all your activity on your profile with the best time of that week appearing on the Erris result page each week.

We are conscious that many of you are undertaking walking/running/activity challenges as fundraisers for various charities  Keep an eye on Facebook and support these worthy causes which have been negatively impacted by the Covid pandemic.


(not) parkrun results for week ending 14th  February 2021

We managed to hold on to our 4th place position on the (not)parkrun table last week despite the fact that we had only 62 participants in Erris. We are putting it down to the weather and people being busy for St. Valentine’s day as  only 2 (not) parkruns were logged on Friday when the snow was on the ground and 2 on Sunday.  So we guess that being warm and romantic were important to you all last week but this is another week so we’ll be expecting a lot more activity in the days ahead!

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We had 2 First Timers this week so welcome on board to

  • Breda Carolan
  • Anthony James Doherty

Well done to the 10 who achieved new Personal Bests, namely

  • Karen Diver
  • Zara O’Toole
  • Ryan Gallagher
  • Leona Gaughan
  • Lucy Deane
  • Kathleen Doocey
  • Eamon Padden
  • Pauline Geraghty
  • Natalie Padden
  • Evita Coyle

As mentioned above we’d love for as many people to take up the challenge for Lent and get involved!


COVID-19 (Coronavirus) global update from Tom Williams

Dear all,

The coming weeks and months are likely to prove critical as the world strives to overcome the continued challenges presented by COVID-19.

Unfortunately, whilst Australia and New Zealand have so far successfully prevented significant levels of infection, both countries are currently experiencing regional lockdowns in response to localised outbreaks. In South Africa, thankfully, cases are dropping rapidly, however the country is still under a significant level of restrictions. And in the northern hemisphere countries that host parkrun events, whilst the vaccine roll-out is progressing, the point at which large public gatherings may resume is far from clear.

Next week, the UK Prime Minister will set out his road map for the gradual easing of restrictions and a return to normal life. Clearly, this announcement will have significant implications for the reopening of parkrun across our 1,100 UK locations, and we very much hope that there will be a place for outdoor physical activity events as the country gets back on its feet.

We know that for the majority of people around the world right now things are tough, and the future remains unclear. But we remain incredibly optimistic that our events will continue to reopen during the course of 2021, and maintain that we have an important role to play in improving public health.

Wherever you are reading this, please be kind to yourself and know that the parkrun family is with you.



World Cup of Beauty 2021

Massive congratulations to Bere Ireland parkrun who took top spot in the ”World Cup of Beauty 2021” as voted on the With Me Now podcast beating Fountains Abbey parkrun in the final. We have heard great things about this beautiful and welcoming parkrun and it should be on everyone’s bucket list for a parkrun tourism destination. Well done to all involved!


Oh we nearly forgot…….. it’s our birthday this weekend!

Cast your mind back to 2016 when our good friend John Conmy started out on his Operation Transformation journey. In an effort to support John we approached parkrun Ireland to establish an event here in Erris and thanks to Matt and Ruth Shields  (Mr and Mrs parkrun in Ireland!) and with support from Mayo Sports Partnership, Healthy Ireland and the local volunteers and landowners -  Erris parkrun was born on the 20th February.


Start of the inaugural Erris parkrun - February 20th 2016


Start of the inaugural Erris parkrun - February 20th 2016

The following year the OT cameras returned to Cross Lake when a record 167 runners, joggers and walkers of all ages and abilities took part in our 54th event on our first birthday when Eamon Padden threw open the doors of the Broadhaven Bay Hotel and  treated everyone to breakfast!


Fast forward another 4 years and  another 150 events later 1,379 different participants have completed 9,115 walks and runs at the most Westerly parkrun in Europe since the start. In that time there have been 1,580 new Personal Bests, 203 volunteers, lots of cups of tea and cake consumed over the years and many friendships forged. Our last event was the 7th March 2020 and almost a year later it’s going to be a lockdown 5th birthday for us. While we miss the comradery of the early Saturday mornings the hope that parkrun will be back at some stage during 2021 keeps us going! So while we won’t be together this weekend to celebrate our birthday we’d like to invite you to take part in the Operation Transformation Virtual 5k (and log it as a (not)parkrun. Let’s see if we can beat our record 167 attendance during the course of the week and weekend! For more details read on!


The OT 5K is back!

The Operation Transformation 5K in association with Athletics Ireland and Sport Ireland is back!

On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the 18th 19th and 20th of February, you are invited to take part this year by participating in a VIRTUAL OT 5K. You MUST register to take part in this event.

Click here to register

For any other questions check out the FAQ’s –

You can send any footage you take before, during or after you 5K experience to

OT 2021 Virtual 5k

Have a great week everyone! #StaySafe #KeepWell #HoldFirm #loveparkrun


Spring has sprung!

Already over a week into February and there’s a noticeable stretch in the evenings. And while the weather is cool, dry and breezy at the moment it’s nothing that parkrunners wouldn’t have experienced on many a Saturday morning when parkrun was in full swing! It’s great to see so many, young and old, out walking, running and cycling which is so important for our physical and mental health given the times we are in. We’d encourage people to get out there and enjoy the fresh air in the beautiful area that we live in while adhering to the public health guidelines! But wrap up well..  as yer man in the Vodafone advert says… it’s absolutely Baltic!

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And speaking of the beauty of the area..

We hope you enjoyed the video on the Facebook post courtesy of  our good friend Michael S. Togher which shows the stunning landscapes of Cross Beach, the Cross Loop Walks which is home to Erris parkrun. The images make us realise how much we miss the area and we are really envious of all those living within the 5km radius of Cross. Michael S and the Rural Social Scheme lads have been doing trojan work behind the scenes so that when we are finally back everything will be ship shape. Michael S also keeps our spirits high with his music show on a Friday night with special guest appearances by his talented daughter Clodagh. If you haven’t had a chance tune in on Facebook Live on Fridays and don’t forget to send in your requests.


COVID-19 (Coronavirus) global update from Tom Williams

“Dear all,

Although for many of us our last parkrun was almost a year ago, it’s been hugely uplifting to see so many people enjoying the parkrun experience in the 400+ locations where we have been able to return. Indeed, last weekend more than 56,000 people joined us at 421 events across five countries, including over 3,000 first timers.

Elsewhere, unfortunately, it remains a waiting game, with no significant changes to report this week. However, alongside supporting our open events, we continued to monitor situations everywhere we’re closed, and every day brings further cause for optimism as cases of COVID-19 fall and vaccines are rolled out.

This gives us hope that governments and public health officials will consider a path out of restrictions that prioritises opportunities to be active, outdoors, and together. We know that outdoor settings present a low risk of transmission of COVID-19, and given the urgent need to support and improve public health, we strongly believe that parkrun should be one of the first activities allowed back when restrictions are lifted.

We are getting through this, together.

Thanks for your continued support.

Tom Williams

(not) parkrun results for week ending 7th February 2021

It was a record breaking weekend for parkrun Ireland as the number of (not)parkruns logged for the country topped 3000 for the first time ever as 1,681 participants logged a total of 3,053 walks, runs and jogs across 95 parkrun events. Here in Erris we maintained our position among the big guns with a fourth place finish with 85 men, women and children clocking up 195 (not)parkruns averaging a time of 39 minutes and 49 seconds per 5km. Well done to all who are taking part. Remember it’s at your own pace and you can log one (not)parkrun per day each week if you wish but we’re happy if you even submit one per week.

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Congrats to a whopping 20 of you who bettered your own previous time too achieve a New Personal Best;-

  1. Rachel McBride
  2. Jennifer Reilly
  3. Eleta Monaghan
  4. Lucy Deane
  5. Brydie Hefferon
  6. Henry Calpin
  7. Kathleen Doocey
  8. Reyna Walsh
  9. Lisa Healy
  10. Kathleen Ruddy
  11. Aine Ruddy
  12. Ryan Gallagher
  13. Leona Gaughan
  14. Keelan Barrett
  15. Aidan Barrett
  16. Eamon Padden
  17. Mary Lally
  18. Sharon Murphy
  19. Mary McDonnell
  20. Andrew Baylan

And while we we (not)parkrunning in Erris Eddie McAndrew and Ruari McDonnell were parkrunning and flying the flag for Erris at Albert park in Melbourne and Burnie parkrun in Tasmania respectively!

And finally a word of congratulations to our own Chantelle Padden on her outstanding performance on The Voice UK last Saturday night with two judges turning for her in the blind auditions. In the end she chose to go with Olly Murs and we look forward to following your progress throughout the competition. Wishing you all the best in the rest of the competition from all at Erris parkrun.


That’s our lot for this week. Enjoy the rest of your week and the weekend and don’t forget to keep logging those (not)parkruns! Big brother is watching

#KeepWell #StaySafe #BeActive #Holdfirm #loveparkrun


parkrun is back……………………..just not here at the moment!

Last weekend saw more than 60,000 participate at 444 events across 5 countries. And reassuringly the event teams have been able to deliver parkrun with a high degree of normality and, generally speaking, participation levels are similar to pre-Covid levels. Despite the increasing optimism and positivity there are no plans by parkrun to reopen events in any other territories worldwide soon.

It was with a lot of excitement and a tinge of envy and a trailer load of jealousy that we noticed two familiar names among the 421 finishers at Albert Melbourne parkrun last Saturday morning (which goes to prove that all those hours scouring the parkrun results worldwide pay off

Eddie McAndrew running in the Melbourne sunshine

Eddie McAndrew running in the Melbourne sunshine

Erris men Ruari McDonnell and Eddie McAndrew had met the previous week, discovered parkrun as a common interest and arranged to meet up at Albert Park for the 3rd parkrun since the return of parkrun in Melbourne. And for all of you complaining that 9.30am at Cross Lake was early it’s an 8.00am start in Australia. Congrats and well done to Ruari and Eddie who had impressive times of 19.14 and 21.10 respectively! Coincidentally it is another Erris native, Sinead Diver, who holds the female course record at Albert Melbourne parkrun of 16.14!


And speaking of speedy women at parkrun….

Lauren Reid - parkrun world record holder

Lauren Reid - parkrun world record holder

Congratulations to Lauren Reid who set a new parkrun world record of 15.45 (yes you read it correctly 15 minutes and 45 seconds) the previous week  at Parramatta parkrun in Greater Western Sydney, Australia. The 35 year old mother of one, originally from Edinburgh, had planned a world record attempt before she moved away from the area but her preparations had been hampered by her recovery from a complicated root canal treatment the previous week. Despite this she managed to run her first kilometre in a time of 2 minutes and fifty seconds. Lauren is hoping to make the Australian team through the qualifiers for the Tokyo Olympics. Well done Lauren …… but could she do it on a “fresh” Saturday morning tackling George’s Hill??? For anyone interested in Lauren’s story check out the latest Free Weekly Timed podcast for a great interview.


parkrun Resolution

We’ve reached the mid-way point of the parkrun and we’d love to hear your stories! How have you found it so far? Have you achieved your targets to date? Do you need any advice, support or encouragement? If so we’re here to help. Drop us a line and we’ll share your story on our weekly report – we will anonymise it if you prefer. All feedback welcome.


(not) parkrun for week ending 30th January 2021

And the results are in! Congrats to all our Erris parkrunners who helped us clinch 3rd place on the National Leaderboard behind the kingpins from Tralee and St. Anne’s. 90 of us logged a total of 183 5k walks, runs and jogs with the average time taken of 40.16. Well done everyone including our 9 First Timers and 16 who achieved New Personal Bests!

This weeks First Timers were

  • Kathleen Doocey
  • Clodagh Togher
  • Aine Ruddy
  • Kathleen Ruddy
  • Jennifer Reilly
  • Aidan Barrett
  • Sarah Carolan
  • Hugh Carolan
  • Lisa Carolan


Congrats to the following who bettered their previous recorded (not)parkrun times

  • Ann Maughan
  • Jack Gaughan
  • Sharon Murphy
  • Mary Lally
  • Keelan Barrett
  • Amanda Baylan
  • Evin Walker
  • Danny Malone
  • Hannah Chambers
  • Aaron O’Hara
  • Lucy Deane
  • Ann Gallagher
  • Marie Brogan
  • Zac Diver
  • Brydie Hefferon
  • Anna Connor

It’s great to see the stretch in the evenings with so many people out walking and running. Erris is already showing the rest of the country how active we are in terms of (not)parkrun participation. We love to see more people involved. Remember you don’t have to go fast….. you just have to go!

Just keep moving!

Just keep moving!

Have a great week everyone and #staysafe #keepwell #loveparkrun



Come forth they said – and we did!

(not)parkrun weekly report - Week ending 24th January 2021

Never shy to rise to a challenge Erris parkrunners  achieved another top 4 finish on the participation leaderboard last week with 69 people logging a total of 164 5k walks , runs and jogs. Thank you each and every one of you for getting involved! Only Tralee, St. Anne's and Clonbur Woods parkrun had more participants so we are in esteemed company at the top!

We had a whopping 14 New Personal Bests last week so  congratulations to the following;

  • Marie Howard
  • Aisling Howard
  • Collette Wilson
  • Sharon Murphy
  • Marie Coyle
  • Eve Deane
  • Pauline Geraghty
  • Serena Padden
  • Maura Ginty
  • Lynda Reilly
  • Jack Gaughan
  • Cillian Reilly
  • Rory Shine
  • Padraig Brogan

We also welcomed 6 (not) parkrun First Timers over the past 2 weeks - welcome on board folks

  • Dorora Dowalla
  • Fiona Reilly
  • Jacinta Carey
  • Leona Gaughan
  • Alex Diver
  • Zac Diver

Don't forget it's never too late to get involved. It's free and easy and all you have to do is log at least one walk or run per week under your parkrun profile. You can complete your 5k at your own pace at your own time on a route of your own choosing. If you are a regular walker/runner it's a handy way of keeping a track of your own progress over time. Remember you are never competing against anyone else - only yourself! You would also be helping Erris parkrun in our efforts for world domination....... or to challenge at the top of the (not)parkrun leaderboard at least!

The parkrun Resolution

We are into the 4th week of the parkrun Resolution already. How are things going for you so far? Starting off in January we can be  full of enthusiasm but sometimes the wheels come off the wagon, especially now with all that is happening in our community at the moment. But we have to dust ourselves down and start over and there is plenty of support out there from within the #parkrunfamily if required. Set yourself a target, it doesn't necessarily have to complete a 5k or be parkrun related, and strive to achieve it. Get out there in the open air and keep well!

If you are looking to "strive for 5" then here are some tips for you

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That's our lot for this week. Have a great weekend everyone and keep logging those (not)parkruns!

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