Father Collins parkrun is cancelled on 26 September 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

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