Father Collins parkrun – Event number 227 – 18th January 2020

Father Collins parkrun - Event number 227 - 18th January 2020

What a lovely sunny morning we had this week! It was a bit chilly but not too much. It was the perfect welcome to our parkwalk, which just started up again this week. You know, we always welcome all levels, and parkrun’s average finishing time keeps getting slower, which is a good thing, because it means we are welcoming more people that otherwise won’t be active.

In any case, this week the walkers were extra welcome as staying more active is a common New Year Resolution, and one we love to see people achieving.

We did have some milestones. Des Connolly made his 100th parkrun and it was both Pawel Kaim and Maureen McDonagh birthdays, and, as if it was intentional, they finished first and last as Maureen was a volunteer as one of our two tailwalkers.

Pawel came along with a few friends from the Polish Runners Club Ireland, so together with our parkwalk people, we made it to 150 people that ran, jogged and walked the course. Obviously not just the Polish Runners Club were there, there were 13 clubs in total, but they were the only ones to bring cake. Hint: if you want a mention to your running club, cake may help.

The course was a bit slippery on a few places because of frost, but we had a nice and safe parkrun; even with a slippery course, 17 people got Personal Bests.

Last but not least, we had 34 first timers, many of them from the parkwalk and we hope to see you all again!

As every week, we get to thank the 14 volunteers that made the event possible: Michael RUNNER • Matthew TOBIN • Sinead Margaret O'NEILL • Geraldine PRENDERGAST • Maureen MCDONAGH • Ita O'HANLON • Raul PORTALES • Celine O'CONNELL • Derek CLARKE • Mariana BELABBAS • Ting YU • Chloe LAWLESS • Oisin DE CONDUIN • Michelle RADFORD

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

And finally, our all-time stats:
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 3,180 participants have completed 18,179 parkruns covering a total distance of 90,895 km, including 3,027 new Personal Bests. A total of 416 individuals have volunteered 2,590 times.