Father Collins parkrun – Event number 213 – 12th October 2019

This week 81 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 12 were first timers and 11 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 11 different clubs took part. Run Director Phil took charge of the event and was ably assisted by a host of wonderful volunteers (many of whom were resting the legs prior to the 40th DCM).

The event was made possible by 12 volunteers: Des REID • Alan FOLEY • Yvonne CLARKE • Rachel MARKEY • Maebh MONAHAN • Matthew TOBIN • Denise GREHAN • Aisling CONROY • Phil CLARKE • Maurice O'CONNELL • Liz O' DWYER • Pauline LALLY

The event went very smoothly and young Matei Ursachi was our first finisher and our youngest first finisher at that! It was his first time to visit us at Father Collins and we do hope he will come again!

Well done to our amazing PBers:

  1. Seamus Deery
  2. Stephen Murphy
  3. Oisin De Conduin
  4. Alan Sheehan
  5. Hannah Millington
  6. Aoibhinn Dunne
  7. Yvonne Cranley
  8. LouisaMulholland
  9. Avegel Arceno
  10. Zara Robbins
  11. Conor Grehan

Marathon weekend is always a fun one! There were a few nervous volunteers who were all set to toe the line on Sunday morning and plenty of runners who volunteered at the marathon or lined the streets to cheer the runners on. Marathon bag drop is now manned entirely by parkrun volunteers and this runner was delighted to see so many familiar faces when leaving my bag in! Every year there are more and more familiar faces lining out for the friendliest marathon in the world! Well done to all our amazing volunteers, supporters and runners!

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 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 2,973 participants have completed 16,789 parkruns covering a total distance of 83,945 km, including 2,878 new Personal Bests. A total of 393 individuals have volunteered 2,431 times.

See you all soon,

Rachel

 

Father Collins parkrun – Event number 213 – 12th October 2019

This week we celebrated Community wellbeing parkrun day! In the lead up to this special morning event director Alan linked in with some regular parkrunners to share their stories.

Liz O’Dwyer, parkrun regular; volunteer and runner as well as cake maker extraordinaire told us about how she started her parkrun journey. Liz was handed a barcode by husband John and was left with no choice but to take part! This power couple will soon complete their 50th parkrun together – I for one am looking forward to that cake.

Ger Redmond told us about his amazing journey from serving time in prison to becoming an international pro triathlete competing in Ironman competitions both 70.3 and 140.6 across the world. He recently completed Ironman Barcelona in 9 hours 09 minutes and 55 seconds – that’s for a 2.4 mile swim, 180 km on the bike or 112 miles and 42km or 26.2 miles, a full marathon to finish!

To mark the community wellbeing day Lucy, a local Zumba instructor lead us in a super warm up and Jill, local yoga guru lead us in a cool down!

This week 116 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 9 were first timers and 13 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 9 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 13 volunteers:

Alan FOLEY • Rachel MARKEY • Paddy RYAN • Colin CONROY • Anton SWEENEY • Ita O'HANLON • Tara RUSSELL • Maurice O'CONNELL • Sonja COULTER • Avegel ARCENO • Martin LEONARD • Pauline LALLY • Mark BISSETT

What is amazing is that in total 392 people have volunteered with us over all of our events and it will be super to see when we hit the 400 mark! Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you would like to join our high viz heroes especially if you have yet to don the dress code of the year!

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 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 2,951 participants have completed 16,619 parkruns covering a total distance of 83,095 km, including 2,855 new Personal Bests. A total of 392 individuals have volunteered 2,404 time

 

Father Collins parkrun: Event number 212: 5th October 2019

Happy Birthday to us! This morning’s parkrun was a special one for us at Father Collins, it was our fourth birthday celebration! And celebrate we did with a fantastic day where we were joined by the VHI Roadshow and 169 people who ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 33 were first timers. Representatives of 13 different clubs took part. The event was made possible by 13 volunteers:

Alan FOLEY • Rachel MARKEY • Matthew TOBIN • Theresa TAYLOR • Deirdre WRIGHT • Patrick DALY • Ide MULCAHY • Anton SWEENEY • Adrienne DELANEY • Ita O'HANLON • Sadhbh MCCARTHY • Sandra FOX • Martin LEONARD

A massive thanks to Alan, our wonderful event director who arrived at the park at the crack of dawn to open the gates so the VHI Roadshow could roll into town! There was plenty for them to set up with stands, a vending machine giving away fabulous VHI goodies, healthy snacks, water and even a yoga area. They even brought their own sound system, usurping a certain run director’s humble boom box!

We were joined by local Raheny Shamrock runner, national marathon champion, Olympian and all round nice guy Mick Clohissey. Mick was keen to get involved and chatted away to regulars and our first timers! We were delighted when Mick agreed to present our parkrun awards and well done to Liz O’Dwyer, Avegel Arceno and Darragh Sweeney on their parkrunner of the year awards and a massive kudos (strava style) to Martin Leonard and Guus Leew for their volunteer awards!

Run Director Rachel, not one to be outdone by the VHI roadshow and sound system ensured her trusty speaker was ready for some ‘choice’ music while Mick led us all in a super warm up, “Lets get physical” ensured that 33 people managed to achieve PBs this morning – well done to one and all! Many thanks to our visitors who joined us from as far afield as St Annes and indeed South Africa!

It was a very special morning, amazing to have some of the first 113 back with us as runners, walkers and indeed volunteers! Happy birthday to us and Happy international parkrun to all!

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 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 2,942 participants have completed 16,503 parkruns covering a total distance of 82,515 km, including 2,842 new Personal Bests. A total of 391 individuals have volunteered 2,391 times.

 

Father Collins Run report #208 07.09.19

Carty McCartface appealed for volunteers to help out Run Director Matt and a massive THANKS to those who answered the call. The event was made possible by 12 volunteers:

Paddy RYAN • Matthew TOBIN • Theresa TAYLOR • Deirdre WRIGHT • Ita
O'HANLON • Tara RUSSELL • Raul PORTALES • Guus LEEUW • Michael
KINSELLA • Andreea BORTAS • Nicoleta MARTINAS • Sam HENDRICK

Run Director Matt welcomed 86 people to our 208 th parkrun. We had 86 people
who ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 11 were first timers and 19
recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 8 different clubs took part.
This weekend also saw the launch of another phase of park walk! This nationwide
initiative encourages people to come and join a parkrun community on a Saturday
morning and to walk the course. People can feel intimidated by the idea of turning
up to what they think is a run so please spread the word that parkrun, and
especially Fr Collins parkrun is a friendly place and we always welcome walkers!
On the whole we had the national 6th highest attendance at parkrun across the
country with 13,282 people taking part.
Todays full results and a complete event history can be found on the Father
Collins parkrun Results Page.
We were delighted to welcome our 11 first timers and it is interesting to note that
all of the visitors to Father Collins had completed at least one other parkrun. We
hope that you will come and visit us again – I wonder did Wonky bear’s run report
influence anyone’s decision to come and visit us! We had some parkrun regulars
who took part in some international tourism – well done to The Clarkes for visiting
Warrington parkrun and spreading the word about Father Collins being the
friendliest parkrun on the Emerald isle.
Well done to Oisín Breathnach on reaching the 50 parkruns milestone. Oisín has
run 34 of his 50 parkruns with us at Father Collins and we look forward to seeing
him running around our Waterless Waterfall in the red 50 t-shirt! A nod also to
regular runner and baker extraordinaire Liz who we have to award the honour of

Aesthetically Pleasing Time of the Week. Liz completed the parkrun in 36.36 and
this was her first time to run the whole course – well done Liz!
With the emphasis on park walk and encouraging people to join us please invite a
friend to come and join us next weekend; they can run, walk, jog or all of the
above. We hope to keep spreading the good word of parkrun!
Our records and stats are the same this week as they have been for the last while!
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 2,891 participants
have completed 16,116 parkruns covering a total distance of 80,580 km, including
2,792 new Personal Bests. A total of 383 individuals have volunteered 2,341 times

 

Father Collins parkrun – # 202 – 27.08.2019

 

Thángamar le chéile le grá in gcroí

Ag rith ‘s ag siúl ag parkrun abú

Bhí lá dén chéad scoith againne. Rinne Aoife saor-jab mar stiúrthóir reatha. Bhí foireann iontach timpeall uirthi agus ba mhaith linn ar mbuíochas a gabhail le

Alan FOLEY • Rachel MARKEY • Mary MARTIN • Maebh MONAHAN • Austin KEEGAN • Matthew TOBIN • Aoife MCCARTHY • Theresa TAYLOR • Andrea WILSON • Sabrina TRAVOSI • Geraldine PRENDERGAST • Ita O'HANLON • Sadhbh MCCARTHY • Monika SULIK • Michael KINSELLA • Eamon O MURCHÚ

 

Mar a deir an seanfhocal ‘Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireann na daoine.' Go raibh mile maith agat do Liz chomh maith. Rinne sí cáca álainn dúinn agus táimid fíor bhuíoch d’Aisling agus an t-Oireachtas as ucht an tacaíocht ar fad agus na torthaí ar fad.

 

Ghlac 117 páirt inniu agus bhí 17 linn den chéad uair riamh! Ta súil agam go mbain sibh taitneamh as an lá agus go mbeadh sibh sásta teach tar chuairt arís.

 

Beatha teanga í á lábhairt agus bhí sé iontach speisialta dúinne an Ghaeilge a chloistéail timpeall na háite ar maidin. Béidh parkrun abú ag tarlú arís an bhlian seo chugainn agus tá súil again go mbeidh sibh uilig linn arís.

 

 

 

 

Father Collins parkrun – Event number 201 – 20th July 2019

Gaetan took charge today as Run Director and welcomed 139 people taking part and 13 volunteers to our Two hundredth and first parkrun in Father Collins Park. We welcomed some visitors from St Annes parkrun as due to the ever lovely rose festival there was no parkrun there today!

We welcomed 34 were first timers to Father Collins Park and hope they will come and see us again!

Today 12 recorded new Personal Bests.

  1. Brian SEXTON
  2. Daniel KEEGAN
  3. Donal CAPE
  4. Michal COTELNIC
  5. Derek O'MAHONEY
  6. Brian MURPHY
  7. Gregory Paul O'BEIRNE
  8. Mick OSULLIVAN
  9. Gillian KENNY
  10. Paul O’CONNOR
  11. Susanne LALOR
  12. Alina GHERMAN

Well done to you all!

Representatives of 15 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 13 volunteers:

Gaetan MEISTER • Mary MARTIN • Mags MEISTER • Roberto ROMANO • Wesley GRANT • Desmond CONNOLLY • Philip FANNING • James MORAN • Sabrina TRAVOSI • Adrienne DELANEY • Raul PORTALES • Frank MCGOVERN • Monika SULIK

Our sincere thanks to all our lovely volunteers!

This morning two run directors popped off to Carlow Town parkrun for a spot of parkrun tourism. We received a warm welcome and were both very taken with the lovely out and back course along the river track! Some of you may be interested to know that parkrun Ireland has a record showing parkrunners who have run the most national events. Once you have run 20 different events your name appears here https://www.parkrun.ie/results/mostevents/ on this list!

If you are planning some tourism link in with the Run directors – as you can see a few of us have been getting around! We can point you in the direction of some good coffee shops!

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 Declan POWER who recorded 88.88% (16:20) on 20th April 2019 (event number 188).

Father Collins parkrun started on 3rd October 2015. Since then 2,805 participants have completed 15,412 parkruns covering a total distance of 77,060 km, including 2,686 new Personal Bests. A total of 369 individuals have volunteered 2,247 times.

Feicimid sibh an tseachtain seo chugainn le haghaidh parkrunabú – táimid ag tnúth go mór leis!

 

Father Collins parkrun Event number 197 22nd June 2019

This week 82 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 6 were first timers and 10 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 9 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 12 volunteers and as always we are so grateful to our high-viz heroes! It is always difficult to fill the roles during the summer and be warned there may be more posts looking for volunteers than usual. A few weeks ago we outlined all the volunteer roles in a run report and honestly they are all easy peasy lemon squeezy so don’t be afraid to wear the yellow vests and step up to the volunteer plate! It's always easy when Yvonne is run directing as her lovely nature manages to welcome all the visitors and put all volunteers at ease!

Massive thanks to :

Yvonne CLARKE • Rachel MARKEY • Patrick DALY • Matt CRANLEY • Phil CLARKE • Sabrina TRAVOSI • Anne CRANLEY • Anton SWEENEY • Alan BREATHNACH • Guus LEEUW • Ting YU • James O'KANE

While it has been mentioned a few times in various run reports the parkrun podcast may well be worth a listen. It’s called free weekly timed and is available on android store and the app store. It’s an entertaining listen with lovely and indeed lively hosts  Vassos Alexander (the sports bloke off the Chris Evans Breakfast Show) and Louise Ayling (parkrun addict and uber-tourist) and produced by producer Patrick. While they cover all things parkrun related they have been giving some airtime to different parkun challenges. Last summer in one of my run reports I mentioned the Alphabet parkrun challenge (it’s an ongoing effort…) and indeed the spell your name challenge… getting there… I was intrigued by the pirate challenge. The pirate challenge involves collecting the Seven Seas and an Arrrr – or in parkrun terms seven parkruns that start with the letter C and one that starts with an R! I think this might be a fun challenge!

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 Declan POWER who recorded 88.88% (16:20) on 20th April 2019 (event number 188).

Father Collins parkrun started on 3rd October 2015. Since then 2,743 participants have completed 15,020 parkruns covering a total distance of 75,100 km, including 2,636 new Personal Bests. A total of 363 individuals have volunteered 2,201 times.

See you all next week,

Rachel

 

Father Collins parkrun – Event number 196 – 15th June 2019

The lovely Aoife took charge this week and welcomed 67 people who were taking part in event 196. We are creeping up towards our 200th event. While 200 is not an official milestone in parkrun terms we are certainly looking forward to marking the occasion! This week of our 67 participants; 7 were first timers and 8 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 8 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 12 volunteers:

Alan FOLEY • Rachel MARKEY • Paddy RYAN • Aoife MCCARTHY • Ita O'HANLON • Bhaskar CHATTERJEE • Graeme CLINTON • Paul CAREY • Guus LEEUW • Derek CLARKE • Monika SULIK • P WORTHINGTON

Well done to our 8 new PB heroes:

  1. Francis Sheridan
  2. Martha Cronin
  3. Paola Basile
  4. James O’Kane
  5. Niamh Geraghty
  6. Jen Prior
  7. Finn Boyd
  8. Wendy Burke

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 Declan POWER who recorded 88.88% (16:20) on 20th April 2019 (event number 188).

Father Collins parkrun started on 3rd October 2015. Since then 2,737 participants have completed 14,938 parkruns covering a total distance of 74,690 km, including 2,626 new Personal Bests. A total of 361 individuals have volunteered 2,189 times

 

Father Collins parkrun – Event number 195 – 8th June 2019

Gaetan took up the role of captain of the good ship parkrun this week! He was joined by a wonderful group of volunteers to whom we are very grateful! A big THANK YOU to:

Gaetan MEISTER • Rachel MARKEY • Paddy RYAN • Matthew TOBIN • Colin CONROY • Anton SWEENEY • Maurice O'CONNELL • Guus LEEUW • Martin LEONARD • Liz O' DWYER • Wendy BURKE

Since our very first parkrun we have had 361 different volunteers who over the course of 195 runs have volunteered a massive 2,177 times! So to our high viz heroes thanks for making sure that our parkrun can go ahead and be run very smoothly! We are always happy to welcome new volunteers so don’t hesitate to jump aboard!

This week 100 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 9 were first timers and 22 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 10 different clubs took part. A special nod to Monika Sulik who celebrated her 50th parkrun with a brand new shiny pb – 23 seconds quicker than her previous personal best!

Well done to all the 22 PB champs:

  1. Matthew Collins
  2. Seán Looby
  3. Ting Yu
  4. Derek Clarke
  5. Jillian Meehan
  6. Johnny Charman
  7. Choongyu Mak
  8. Andreea Bortas
  9. Brian Hendrick
  10. Grace Baker
  11. Lee-Anne Russell
  12. Alison Tighe
  13. John O’Connor
  14. Alan Breathnach
  15. Danielle McFadden
  16. Monika Sulik
  17. Susanne Lalor
  18. Brenda McFadden
  19. Colm Kelly
  20. Jennifer Worthington
  21. Zoe Yu
  22. Avegel Arceno

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 Declan POWER who recorded 88.88% (16:20) on 20th April 2019 (event number 188).

Father Collins parkrun started on 3rd October 2015. Since then 2,730 participants have completed 14,871 parkruns covering a total distance of 74,355 km, including 2,618 new Personal Bests. A total of 361 individuals have volunteered 2,177 times.

See you for the run brief next weekend,

Rachel

 

 

Father Collins parkrun : Event number 193

Father Collins parkrun : Event number 193: 25th May 2019

Event director Alan was our Run Director this week. There were 12 other people who took on the different roles to make sure that parkrun 193 went off without a hitch.

Alan FOLEY • Rachel MARKEY • Witek LOCHOWSKI • Theresa TAYLOR • Patrick DALY • Anton SWEENEY • Geraldine PRENDERGAST • Wendy CLARKE • Dave GILROY • Mel RODDY • Martin LEONARD • Rebecca O'DONOVAN • Ramanan THANAJAYAN

Anton kindly volunteered for pre-event set up. This is a nice easy job to do – although like all the volunteer roles full training is provided. Along with Carty McCartface, the latest member of the Father Collins Core Team, Anton laid out the directional arrows and helped Alan to set up the finish line. One major positive of pre-event set up is that you can still run, walk or jog that day!

Geraldine PRENDERGAST, Rebecca O'DONOVAN and Ramanan THANAJAYAN also signed up as high viz heroes this week and volunteered as marshals. Providing much needed support and encouragement for the 77 people who ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 10 were first timers and 13 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 9 different clubs took part.

Both Patrick Daly and Martin Leonard acted as time keepers. This job requires a little concentration when people are crossing the finish line but is easy to do and is great fun! You simply start the watch when the Run Director starts the run and then click a button each time someone crosses the finish line.

Once a participant passes the post they are handed a finish token. This week Mel Roddy handed every finisher a token. The 77 of us who took part then went to our lovely barcode scanners; Wendy Clarke and Dave Gilroy. When you act as a barcode scanner  there is only one simple rule to remember; Athlete first then barcode. So the barcode scanner will scan your athlete barcode followed by your finish token. The Run Director later uploads all this information to the parkrun system which generates the results, sends the texts and emails to let everyone know their result.

Witek LOCHOWSKI helped with post event close down – this can involve a few different tasks; collecting directional arrows, sorting the tokens that have been scanned, loading Carty McCartface with the AED, run equipment… Again one major advantage to this role is that you can take part in the event and still volunteer.

Theresa TAYLOR volunteered as our tailwalker this week and donned the special orange vest. Remember parkrun always welcomes runners, joggers and walkers of all abilities!

With the summer fast approaching and people heading away on holidays and indeed touring to other parkruns  (RDs Maebh and Matt visited Inch parkrun this week) we can struggle to fill volunteer rosters. Please consider putting your lámha suas and volunteering! It’s always great fun and full training is provided for all of the roles…

Drop us a line on facebook or indeed to fathercollins@parkrun.com if you would like to become a high viz hero and volunteer over the summer months!

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 Declan POWER who recorded 88.88% (16:20) on 20th April 2019 (event number 188).

Father Collins parkrun started on 3rd October 2015. Since then 2,694 participants have completed 14,643 parkruns covering a total distance of 73,215 km, including 2,571 new Personal Bests. A total of 360 individuals have volunteered 2,155 times

See you all next week, rumour is it’s a certain lady run directors 100th parkrun and there may well be cake….

Rachel

Rachel

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