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."
Chief Operating Officer
(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!
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!
Stay safe everyone! #loveparkrun