Father Collins parkrun – Event number 232 – 22nd February 2020

Father Collins parkrun - Event number 232 - 22nd February 2020

On a sunny but bitterly cold Saturday morning, 100 people ran, jogged and walked the course at Father Collins for parkrun number 232. This is a great turnout as the weather hasn’t been very pleasant the last couple of Saturdays but our numbers are still doing great so well done all.

7 of the participants were first timers so we hope that you will return very soon and a big well done to the 9 people who recorded new Personal Bests. There was also representatives of 14 different clubs who took part on the morning.

Each week, we are indebted to our volunteers who make it all happen for parkrun so a big thanks to our 11 volunteers: Feargal FITZPATRICK • Paddy RYAN • Austin KEEGAN • Witek LOCHOWSKI • Matthew TOBIN • Ide MULCAHY • Guus LEEUW • Sandra FOX • Martin LEONARD • Seetal KC • Oisin DE CONDUIN

Please remember that everyone can volunteer, and everyone should volunteer as its great fun and a great way to meet fellow parkrun people. And its not as difficult as some of you think, just ask some of the Run Directors!

The Aesthetically Pleasing Time of the Week goes to Lorraine Mackey who ran a personal best of 26:26 so well done on the personal best and the award.

Some of our Run Directors went travelling on a bit of parkrun tourism last Saturday as Rachel, Maebh and Matt headed to Tolka Valley parkrun for their 3rd birthday party and did their parkrun. Don’t forget everyone that there’s nine different parkruns within a 10k distance of Father Collins parkrun and all you need to do is to bring your running gear and of course your barcode.

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 3,246 participants have completed 18,742 parkruns covering a total distance of 93,710 km, including 3,107 new Personal Bests. A total of 425 individuals have volunteered 2,651 times.

 

Father Collins parkrun – Event number 230 – 8th February 2020

Father Collins parkrun - Event number 230 - 8th February 2020

On a windy, sunny, dry and cold day (it was really all those things) and before the arrival of Storm Ciara, 109 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 12 were first timers. Welcome to everyone who came to do parkrun with us including our visitor from Cabinteely. We’re sure there were more tourists in attendance, but they didn’t tell us!

Despite the windy weather, 19 people recorded new Personal Bests so well done to you all on achieving a new pb. Representatives of 15 different clubs took part as well.

Our aesthetically pleasing time of the week goes to Ugo Matrangolo with a time of 30:40 so well done on the time.

As always, we would have no parkrun without our volunteers so a huge thanks to the 12 volunteers who made possible: Alan FOLEY • Yvonne CLARKE • Gaetan MEISTER • Matthew TOBIN • Wes KENNY • Anton SWEENEY • Geraldine PRENDERGAST • Raul PORTALES • Guus LEEUW • Liz O' DWYER • Mario BORTAS • Dafina NIKOLOVA

And a big thanks to everyone who put their name down to volunteer for the next couple of weeks and we’ve a full roster for next week which is great to see as always.

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 3,237 participants have completed 18,570 parkruns covering a total distance of 92,850 km, including 3,089 new Personal Bests. A total of 421 individuals have volunteered 2,627 times.

 

Father Collins parkrun – Event number 229 – 1st February 2020

Father Collins parkrun - Event number 229 - 1st February 2020

And just like that Spring has sprung! The first of February marks Saint Bridget’s day and traditionally the beginning of spring! While there may not have been a reed cross in sight at Father Collins we did have 139 people who joined us for parkrun this week who ran, jogged and walked the course and of whom 22 were first timers and 18 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different clubs took part. While there was no Bridget’s making their way around our 5k course we did have some lovely tourists from Castletown and Kilkenny!

The event was made possible by 12 volunteers: Gaetan MEISTER • Rachel MARKEY • Maebh MONAHAN • Matthew TOBIN • Aoife MCCARTHY • Ita O'HANLON • Patricia KELLY • Tara RUSSELL • Sadhbh MCCARTHY • Monika SULIK • Martin LEONARD • Marius GHERMAN

Our able run director Aoife took charge and was ably assisted by her lovely daughter Sadhbh who is making her way towards her prestigious 25 volunteer shirt! We had two volunteer milestones today – a massive well done to both Martin Leonard and Monika Sulik!

And indeed well done to our 18 superstars who achieved a PB on Saturday:
1. Darragh KITT
2. Shane COYLE
3. Naoise DORAN
4. Dafina NIKOLOVA
5. Deirdre WRIGHT
6. Marianne O'FARRELL
7. Michael MULLARNEY
8. Alan BREATHNACH
9. Peter O'BYRNE
10. John HOWLETT
11. David BARTLEY
12. Jennie MURRAY
13. Nicola RISPIN
14. Alex O'DWYER
15. Cliodhna O FARRELL
16. Brian SMAILS
17. Martin RAFTERY
18. Avril RAFTERY

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 3,224 participants have completed 18,461 parkruns covering a total distance of 92,305 km, including 3,070 new Personal Bests. A total of 419 individuals have volunteered 2,615 times.

Well done to everyone who took part today and remember your barcode will work at any parkrun in any country in the world. There are parkruns all over the world including Australia, South Africa, Japan, USA, Denmark, Germany and the UK!

Do let us know if you end up doing any tourism – some of our run directors will be checking out Navan parkrun this week and will even manage a certain amount of clucking around the course to mark a certain lady’s hen weekend!

See you soon,
Rachel

 

Father Collins parkrun – Event number 228 – 25th January 2020

Father Collins parkrun - Event number 228 - 25th January 2020

This week across Ireland we had 115 parkrun events including both the 5K event on Saturday and the 2K junior event on a Sunday morning. In total there were 15,842 finishers nationwide.

An unbelievable 1,675 people donned the high-viz vests and took up volunteer roles. Nationwide there were 2,692 PBs and a jaw dropping 1,502 first timers who took part in their first of what we hope will be many parkruns.

In our own little corner of parkrun world at Father Collins parkrun we had 143 people who ran, jogged and walked the course. There were 22 were first timers and of our 143 starters 25 recorded new Personal Bests – that’s 17%! Representatives of 20 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 13 volunteers: Rachel MARKEY • Susan FITZGERALD • Eleanor LENNOX • Theresa TAYLOR • Aisling CONROY • Colin CONROY • Adrienne DELANEY • Tara RUSSELL • Guus LEEUW • Peter LENNOX • Aengus COULTER • Aleksandr KOREN • Oisin DE CONDUIN

Massive well done to our 25 PBers:
1. Brian Grant
2. Gavin Fogarty
3. Derek Murphy
4. Eoin Robinson
5. Mark Byrd
6. Erkan Karacay
7. Rachel Ensor
8. Shane Byrd
9. Andreea Bortas
10. Patricia Flemming
11. Nathan Coulter
12. Deirdre McGauran
13. Peter O’Byrne
14. Marianne O’Farrell
15. Paul Doolin
16. Nicola Rispin
17. Sarah Brady
18. Carmel O’Hare
19. Robert Houlihan
20. Orla Gogarty
21. Martin Raftery
22. Avril Raftery
23. Lisa Howley
24. Bernadine Biggs
25. Ross Coulter

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 3,202 participants have completed 18,322 parkruns covering a total distance of 91,610 km, including 3,052 new Personal Bests. A total of 419 individuals have volunteered 2,603 times.

 

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.

 

Father Collins parkrun – number 226 – 11th January 2020

We gathered together for parkrun 226 under the watchful stewardship of Gaetan for his first run director stint of the decade. Gaetan welcomed everyone with enthusiasm and tourists and regulars were brought through the simple dos and don’ts of parkrun! Do smile and enjoy yourself… don’t forget your barcode! Do encourage everyone along the way and don’t forget we are all park users – Remember 5k is 5k whether you complete it in January often brings high numbers with people trying to kick start the New Year as they mean to go on. This week the numbers were no exception as 131 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 17 were first timers and 7 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 10 volunteers: Gaetan MEISTER • Rachel MARKEY • Fiona MCGINLEY • Neill HARPER • Guus LEEUW • Monika SULIK • Áine BENNETT • Martin LEONARD • Michelle RADFORD • Jacinta FRIZZIERO

We always welcome volunteers – all the jobs are easy to do and require very little training! There are some jobs that you can still run and volunteer. It is wonderful when we have new people step up to the plate and help out so please consider joining the high viz club and drop us an email or a Facebook message if you want your name in lights.

Well done to those 7 people who achieved the ever elusive PB:
1. James O'KANE
2. Rachel ENSOR
3. Alan LYNAM
4. Nilesh PALKARI
5. Deirdre HERNON
6. Nicholas LAWLESS
7. Nora FOX

This week’s aesthetically pleasing time of the week APTOTW goes to Maebh Monahan, one of our lovely run directors, who managed a 28 minute parkrun on the nose! Well done Maebh!
A nod to tourist extraordinaires Neill Harper and Karen Waring who joined us for their second last Dublin parkrun. Both feature on the most events in Ireland list having completed 49 different events – check out the table here: https://www.parkrun.ie/results/mostevents/ This particular run report writer has decided that this year I will tour once a month – so 12 new events! Although I might try and stock pile one or two tours as we all know too well how life can get in the way of the best laid plans…. That said start as you mean to go on so am heading to Belfast next weekend for a change of parkrun scene - Queens parkrun here I come…

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 3,146 participants have completed 18,029 parkruns covering a total distance of 90,145 km, including 3,010 new Personal Bests. A total of 414 individuals have volunteered 2,576 times.

Catch you all soon,
Rachel

 

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.

 

28th December

28th December 2019

Last parkrun of the year. As expected of the date, it was cold, a bit windy and not too crowded. Just 49 people from 10 different clubs ran, jogged and walked the course, 3 of which recorded Personal Bests. Also, there were 5 that decided to start new year resolutions early and came as first timers.

It has been quite a year, starting with our record attendance on the New Year’s double, which we are doing again next Wednesday, starting at 9:30. Will we break our current attendance record? Be there are witness it!

Another record was broken this year (actually past week). The Age Grade course record is now held by Declan POWER who recorded 90.35% (16:04) on 21st December 2019 (event number 223). That is some serious running!

We had our birthday celebration -which happens every year, as you can imagine- but this time we had the VHI roadshow, which was slightly more flashy that previous ones, Yoga mats and all.

On the less typical celebration, we also had some cool costumes for Halloween.

Not every year is May the 4th a Saturday. This year it was, and we got a takeover from the swans, which was reported on the form of Star Wars rolling credits.

Another year without anyone falling behind the waterfall, let’s keep it that way.

And as always, a big thanks to the volunteers, Christmas and summer are the most difficult times to fill all the roles. This weeks there was 11 of them which names are:

Carmel O HARE • Roisin BARRETT • Alan WORTHINGTON • Anton SWEENEY • Adrienne DELANEY • Aisling KEYES • Guus LEEUW • Murray WILSON • Nicholas LAWLESS • Erkan KARACAY • Michelle RADFORD

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

The other records that were not broken this year are:

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).

Father Collins parkrun started on 3rd October 2015. Since then 3,043 participants have completed 17,577 parkruns covering a total distance of 87,885 km, including 2,962 new Personal Bests. A total of 403 individuals have volunteered 2,536 times.

 And that’s a wrap for 2019 at Father Collins Parkrun. See you next year

Raul

 
 

Father Collins parkrun – Event number 220 – 30th November 2019

Father Collins parkrun - Event number 220 - 30th November 2019

This week it was a cold, cold Saturday morning for the 82 people who ran, jogged and walked the course around Father Collins. We hope the 10 first timers had a warm welcome because it was a cold enough morning and well done to the 9 people who recorded new Personal Bests. There was also representatives of 9 different clubs who took part.

We were joined on the morning by a group from the nearby Portmarnock Triathlon Club who only had one discipline to worry about even though we have plenty water (not suitable for swimming in) and a cycle path in the park.

On writing the run report, I had planned to bring back that great award that everyone wants to receive - ‘The Most Aesthetically Pleasing Time of the Week’ but we sadly didn’t have enough awards to go around as three people managed to achieve such a pleasing time. So well done to Helen Moore (32:32), Alan Sheehan (28:28) and Matt Cranley (21:21). What are the odds for such a feat taking place I wonder?

As always, we would all be in our beds on such a cold morning if we didn’t have volunteers to make it all happen so a big thanks to the 12 volunteers who made it all possible: Alice FLAHERTY • Alan FOLEY • Mary MARTIN • Maebh MONAHAN • Louise O'SULLIVAN • Conor BUCKLEY • Matthew TOBIN • Aoife MCCARTHY • Theresa TAYLOR • Michael P CLANCY • Graeme CLINTON • Martin LEONARD

We still have some roles for this Saturday so if you want to blow off the sleepiness from your Christmas party, volunteering is the way to go!

Saturday'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 Declan POWER who recorded 89.98% (16:08) on 3rd August 2019 (event number 203).

Father Collins parkrun started on 3rd October 2015. Since then 3,016 participants have completed 17,272 parkruns covering a total distance of 86,360 km, including 2,931 new Personal Bests. A total of 399 individuals have volunteered 2,493 times

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