Father Collins parkrun – Event number 225 – 1st January 2020

Father Collins parkrun - Event number 225 - 1st January 2020

A new year but the same old parkrun double in Dublin’s Northside with a twist. For the fourth year, we at Father Collins joined our near neighbours at St Anne’s in bringing parkrunners and parkwalkers the New Year’s Day Double or as we call it, the perfect way to start the New Year. This year we changed it around and we started at 9.30 and our friends at St Anne’s started at 11.

On a beautiful crisp and dry morning with not a puff a wind around, Run Director Rachel and all her volunteers were joined by 321 people who ran, jogged and walked the course. This was our second biggest parkrun ever and 86 of the participants were first timers. We hope that you will all come back to see us before 2020 is out as well. On a perfect morning for parkrun, we had the amazing figure of 41 people who recorded new Personal Bests so well done to you all and a great way to start the year. This number made us reach the mark of over 3,000 pbs at Father Collins which is an average of 13 personal bests a parkrun, which is great running and walking by everyone.

We also had a new Age Grade record on the morning so well done to Mary Lynch for running 23:32 which equates to 91.57% for her Age Grade. There were also representatives of 34 different clubs who took part on the morning.

While it was a great morning to meet old friends and make new ones, we were sadly missing a dear friend of Father Collins parkrun, Maeve Devlin. Maeve died suddenly last weekend and she had been a friend, volunteer, OT ambassador and runner at Father Collins from the very start of parkrun in the area. She was also a dear friend and volunteer to St Anne’s parkrun and a member of Raheny Shamrocks. With that in mind, everyone had been asked to wear their parkrun tops or green in memory of Maeve on the morning.

It was both a great sight but a sad sight to see so many people in their green and parkrun tops during the run briefing. Rachel gave a touching and emotional speech about Maeve which was concluded by a minute’s applause in her memory and also many hugs throughout the crowd. All of us at Father Collins parkrun offer our deepest sympathies to Maeve’s family and friends and we will miss her smiling face and laughter at parkrun and we will always remember her fondly at Father Collins.

So that the core team of Father Collins parkrun could attend Maeve’s funeral, the decision was taken to have no event on Saturday 4th January and we will resume normal parkrun duties on Saturday 11th January in the park.

Without our volunteers who turn up every week, we would have no parkrun and for such a huge event at Father Collins, we had a total of 29 volunteers who made it all possible so a huge thanks to everyone who were all brilliantly marshalled by Rachel: Alan FOLEY • Eoin FEGAN • Yvonne CLARKE • Gaetan MEISTER • Rachel MARKEY • Maebh MONAHAN • Fiona MCGINLEY • Anne MC COMISH • Mark MCCOMISH • Emer COLL • Úna NÍ CHRIBÍN • Matthew TOBIN • Aoife MCCARTHY • Muriel WEEKES • Leonie WEEKES • Declan POWER • Audrey CROWLEY • Ide MULCAHY • Phil CLARKE • Anton SWEENEY • Adrienne DELANEY • Ita O'HANLON • Kevin MC DAID • Raul PORTALES • Des MCNALLY • Guus LEEUW • Sadhbh MCCARTHY • Monika SULIK • Martin LEONARD

Despite our hopes, no one ran 20:20 on the morning so the first aesthetically time of 2020 is awarded to Celine O’Connell who completed the course in 46:46 so congrats on the award Celine.

After our busy morning, the core team at Father Collins were just finished clearing up from parkrun when our neighbours St Anne’s were getting started down in Raheny. 199 people who ran or walked Father Collins made it down to St Anne’s for its start at 11 o’clock and were part of a record crowd of 749 at St Anne’s so well done to Richie and all his volunteers on what was a very busy morning for them. And congratulations also to Raheny Shamrocks who became the first club in Ireland to record 20,000 parkruns by their members.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Father Collins parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Hannah OLDROYD who recorded a time of 17:30 on 18th June 2016 (event number 38).

The male record is held by Ray HYNES who recorded a time of 15:36 on 6th January 2018 (event number 121).

The Age Grade course record is held by Mary LYNCH who recorded 91.57% (23:32) on 1st January 2020 (event number 225).

Father Collins parkrun started on 3rd October 2015. Since then 3,129 participants have completed 17,898 parkruns covering a total distance of 89,490 km, including 3,003 new Personal Bests. A total of 411 individuals have volunteered 2,566 times.