Merry Christmas!

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Well done to all 248 parkrunners (our 3rd highest turnout!) and huge thanks to all of the volunteers who facilitated this morning's Christmas Day parkrun: Adam, Adrian, Aly, Brendan, Filip, Ger, Grace, Ian, John, Kevin, Mark, Niall, Paul, Santiago, Seamus, Susan, Tina, and Tom.
Unfortunately, there were a few naughty elves in the system who may have pinched a few results - if you're affected, please email limerick@parkrun.com.
Check out this cool video courtesy of John Downey from this morning!
Merry Christmas!

 

Limerick parkrun Event #151 25/12/2018: A Merry parkrun Christmas!

187 merry parkrunners, including representatives from 20 clubs, turned out for our 151st event on Christmas Day.
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There were oodles of Santa hats on display!

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Lining up at the start

 

We are very grateful to the volunteers who gave up their time to make this event happen: Gerard Buckley, Gerry Campbell, Emma Doyle, Mark Fellner, Rob Kelly, Brendan Kennedy, Liz Leonard, Shona Ní Fhloinn, Seamus O'Flynn, Marta Piotrowska, and Siobhán Stapleton.
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Thank you to our volunteer photographer on Tuesday, Liz Leonard, and to volunteer Gerry Campbell for taking lots of great photos. There is only a small selection included here, but the rest can be viewed in the Limerick parkrun Flickr group or on the Limerick parkrun Facebook page.

We are always looking for volunteers – the volunteer roster can be viewed here. If you would like to volunteer, just send an email with your barcode to limerickhelpers@parkrun.com.

 

We were delighted to welcome 46 First Timers - including visitors from Brisbane, London, Galway, Cork, and Clare - we hope that you enjoyed Limerick parkrun, and that you come back again. Congratulations to the 25 participants who recorded new Personal Bests on Tuesday! Times are available here.

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Merry parkrunning
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Limerick parkrun 25th December 2018 (photos taken by Gerry)
Regular "barkrunner" Murray brought his family along for a festive parkrun!

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We were delighted to have a group from Clarisford parkrun in Killaloe join us!

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Limerick parkrun 25th December 2018 (photos taken by Gerry)

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Sarah and Tail Walker Mark collecting the signs, and helping with the Post-Event Close Down

 

Congratulations to John Bray, who ran his 50th parkrun on Tuesday - here's to your next 50, John!
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John with his milestone certificate and our 50 Club flag with Run Director Shona

 

Once the results were processed, we were delighted to see that all of the finish tokens made it home safely - thanks, everybody!

 

PLEASE NOTE: This year Limerick parkrun will host an extra event on New Year's Day at 9am. The earlier start time of 9am on New Year's Day is to facilitate a 'New Year's Day Double' with Lees Road parkrun in Ennis. Lees Road parkrun will take place at 11am. New Year's Day is the only day when it is possible to participate in two parkruns and get run/volunteer credits for both.

Hope to see you there - all welcome! If you don't have a barcode, you can register at www.parkrun.ie/register.

 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

 

Shona

 

Limerick parkrun Event #150 22/12/2018

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The Christmas rush didn't stop 92 parkrunners of all ages, including representatives from 7 clubs, turning out for our 150th event on Saturday morning.

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Although there were a couple of showers before the start and just at the beginning, the morning ended up sunny and bright.
 
 

We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen: Gerry Campbell, Barra Coffey, Sarah Fellner, Brian Halpin, June Healy, Tony Larkin, Yvonne McMahon, Stephen Mulhall, Sinéad Mulhall, Shona Ní Fhloinn, Michael O'Shea, Seamus O'Flynn, and Adam Stapleton.

A few shots of some of Saturday's hi-vis heroes in action:
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Limerick parkrun 22nd December 2018 (photos taken by Gerry)

We are always looking for volunteers – the volunteer roster can be viewed here. If you would like to volunteer, just send an email with your barcode to limerickhelpers@parkrun.com.
 
 

We were delighted to welcome 17 First Timers - including visitors from Wicklow and St. Anne's parkrun in Dublin - we hope that you enjoyed Limerick parkrun, and that you come back again. Congratulations to the 9 participants who ran PBs on Saturday! Times are available here.

Huge thanks to our volunteer photographer on Saturday, Brian Halpin, and to volunteer Gerry Campbell for capturing some great shots at the weekend's parkrun. There is only a small selection included here, but all of the photos can be viewed on the Limerick parkrun Facebook page or in the Limerick parkrun Flickr group.

Limerick parkrun 22nd December 2018 (photos taken by Gerry)

Limerick parkrun 22nd December 2018 (photos taken by Brian Halpin)

Limerick parkrun 22nd December 2018 (photos taken by Brian Halpin)

Limerick parkrun 22nd December 2018 (photos taken by Brian Halpin)
 
 

Congratulations to Brendan Kennedy, who actually ran his 50th parkrun last week, but escaped the camera! Here's to your next 50 parkruns, Brendan!
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Finally, the tokens were sorted and the results were processed over coffee and conversation in The Pavilion.
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PLEASE NOTE: This year Limerick parkrun will host two extra events over the festive period. The first one will take place on Christmas Day at 9:30am, and the second one will take place on New Year's Day at 9am. The earlier start time of 9am on New Year's Day is to facilitate a 'New Year's Day Double' with Lees Road parkrun in Ennis, which will take place at 11am. (New Year's Day is the only day when it is possible to participate in two parkruns and get run/volunteer credits for both.) Hope to see you there - all welcome! If you don't have a barcode, you can register at www.parkrun.ie/register.
   
 

Shona

 

Limerick parkrun Event #149 15/12/2018: Weather warnings, milestones, Christmas jumpers, treats, tea, and coffee!

It wasn't looking good for parkrun on Friday evening. The warnings of driving rain and howling wind were coming in thick and fast continuously on all media platforms as the fear of cancellation began to rear its ugly head. parkrun couldn't be cancelled...celebrations had been planned!

Thankfully, Saturday dawned with calmer weather than had been forecast - though still not entirely pleasant!

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The conditions didn't deter our parkrunners

 

 

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Run Director Orla briefing new parkrunners and tourists before addressing the larger crowd

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And off they went, Santa hats and all!

 

 

Amazingly, 90 parkrunners braved the elements for our 149th event, which was made possible by twelve hi-vis heroes. We are very grateful to Sarah Benson, Gerard Brinn, Gerry Campbell, Carmela Doyle, Will Greensmyth, Brian Halpin, Breda Leo, Orla Muldoon, Shona Ní Fhloinn, Hannah Quinlivan, Katie Reynolds, and Adam Stapleton for volunteering.

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Some of Saturday's hi-vis heroes in action above and below
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The future volunteer roster can be viewed here. New volunteers are always welcome - you can give your name to the Run Director any week, and we will happily add you to the roster.

Huge thanks also to Odeon Cinema Castletroy for providing water at the finish - it is very much appreciated.

 

 

We were delighted to welcome 7 First Timers on Saturday (what a day you picked!) - including visitors from London and Portlaoise - we hope you enjoyed Limerick parkrun, and that you come back again. There were also 13 different clubs represented. Congratulations to the 4 parkrunners who recorded new PBs! Times are available here.

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Odeon staff were on hand with water for our parkrunners after their sprint finish

 

 

Saturday was a particularly special occasion at Limerick parkrun, as we celebrated no less than five milestones...yes, five!

First of all, congratulations to Brendan Kennedy, who ran his 50th parkrun on Saturday - here's to your next 50, Brendan! (Unfortunately we were unable to present Brendan with his certificate, but we'll hopefully do so next week.)

 

Next up, we had not one, not two, not three, but four parkrunners who ran their 100th parkruns on Saturday. We're not sure that this has happened in Ireland before, but how fitting that it should occur despite the inclement weather.

One Irish first that we are sure of (according to a very reliable source!) is that Saturday was the first time three members of one family ran their 100th parkruns on the same day!
Adam, Adrian, and Filip Piotrowski celebrated the same milestone together on the same day for the second time!
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5th August 2017: Run Director Ger presenting Filip, Adrian, and Adam with their 50th parkrun certificates

Michael O'Shea joined the Piotrowskis so that the four of them could run their 100th parkruns together. It was Adrian who suggested a quadruple 100th celebration, which involved coordinating volunteer weeks so that all 4 would reach 100 parkruns on the same day, and also temporarily coaxing Michael back to Limerick parkrun from Mungret parkrun. Much to everyone's relief, the calendars stars aligned to enable this. Now there was only one thing missing - cake! Sincere thanks to the generous donor, a parkrunner who wishes to remain anonymous, for kindly sponsoring the delicious sponge pictured below.
Congratulations on 100 parkruns, Adam, Adrian, Filip, and Michael - here's to your next milestones!

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15th December 2018: Run Director Orla presenting Michael, Adrian, Adam, and Filip with their 100th parkrun certificates

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I think it's fair to say that our newest centurions were looking forward to some "milestone cake"!

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Our latest centurions with Liam, the first Limerick centurion!

 

 

Although we usually have Christmas tea/coffee and treats on the Saturday before Christmas, we decided to bring it forward a week and have one big celebration on Saturday instead. We are very grateful to SuperValu Castletroy, who very generously sponsored lots of tasty treats for the festivities. Huge thanks also to Aly, Clare, and Marta for bringing sweets, biscuits, and scrumptious homemade confections!
It was also great to see so many parkrunners in festive attire for the occasion.
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A special mention to Kieran Daly, who ran his 150th parkrun on Saturday - congratulations, Kieran!

 

 

There was also a third reason to celebrate as one of our regular parkrunners, Cyril, was surprised with a cake - belated happy birthday, Cyril!
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Cyril with Jean, who organised the surprise

 

 

There is only a small selection of photos from Saturday included here. Many thanks to Will Greensmyth for capturing some excellent snaps! You can view the rest of Will's shots either on the Limerick parkrun Facebook page or in the Limerick parkrun Flickr group.

 

 

PLEASE NOTE:
This year Limerick parkrun, in addition to our usual event on the Saturday before Christmas (22nd December 2018), will host two extra events over the festive period. The first one will take place on Christmas Day at 9:30am, and the second one will take place on New Year's Day at 9am. The earlier start time of 9am on New Year's Day is to facilitate a 'New Year's Day Double' with Lees Road parkrun in Ennis, which will take place at 11am. (New Year's Day is the only day when it is possible to participate in two parkruns and get run/volunteer credits for both.)

Hope to see you there - all welcome! If you don't have a barcode, you can register at www.parkrun.ie/register.

 

 

Shona

 

Limerick parkrun Event #148 Report – 8 December 2018

Limerick parkrun 8th December 2018 (photos taken by Carmela)

83 parkrunners of all ages, including representatives of 7 different clubs, turned out for our 148th event on Saturday morning. Well done to all of our walkers and runners, and huge thanks to our wonderful volunteers, without whom parkrun could not go ahead.

 

We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen: Finbar Aherne, Sarah Benson, Gerry Campbell, Barra Coffey, Carmela Doyle, Sharon Foley, Amy Keller, Adrian Piotrowski, Adam Piotrowski, Filip Piotrowski, Hannah Quinlivan, and Adam Stapleton.
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Some of Saturday's hi-vis heroes

There are plenty of slots free in the next few weeks – the volunteer roster can be viewed here. If you would like to volunteer, just send an email with your barcode to limerickhelpers@parkrun.com.

 

It was a pleasure to welcome 8 First Timers on Saturday morning – including visitors from Lucan, Castlebar, and Mullingar - we hope that you all enjoyed Limerick parkrun, and that you come back again. Well done to the 11 participants who recorded new Personal Bests on Saturday! Times are available here.

A small selection of photos from Saturday's parkrun:
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Limerick parkrun 8th December 2018 (photos taken by Carmela)

 

We were delighted to welcome David Cryan, Operation Transformation Leader 2018, to Limerick parkrun on Saturday morning, pictured below with Run Director Carmela.
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Limerick parkrun 8th December 2018 (photos taken by Carmela)

 

Congratulations to Breda Leo, who ran her 50th parkrun on Saturday - here's to your next 50, Breda!
Limerick parkrun 8th December 2018 (photos taken by Carmela)

 

PLEASE NOTE:
This year Limerick parkrun, in addition to our usual event on the Saturday before Christmas (22nd December 2018), will host two extra events over the festive period. The first one will take place on Christmas Day at 9:30am, and the second one will take place on New Year's Day at 9am. The earlier start time of 9am on New Year's Day is to facilitate a 'New Year's Day Double' with Lees Road parkrun in Ennis, which will take place at 11am. (New Year's Day is the only day when it is possible to participate in two parkruns and get run/volunteer credits for both.)

Hope to see you there - all welcome! If you don't have a barcode, you can register at www.parkrun.ie/register.

 

Limerick parkrun Event #147 Report – 1 December 2018

Limerick parkrun 1st December 2018 (photos taken by Dee and Gerry)

90 parkrunners of all ages, including representatives of 13 different clubs, turned out for our 147th event on Saturday morning. Well done to all of our walkers and runners, and huge thanks to our wonderful volunteers, without whom parkrun could not go ahead.

 

We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen: Sarah Benson, Gerry Campbell, Sheila Clavin, Barra Coffey, Mark Dempsey, Mark Fellner, Edel Henriques, Méabh Kelly, Fiona Kelly, Ger Meehan, Shona Ní Fhloinn, Kieran O'Curry, Deirdre O'Brien, Adrian Piotrowski, Cyril Power, Hannah Quinlivan, Eileen Reeves, Adam Stapleton, Kevin van Schelt, Sinéad Walsh, and Evan Wright.
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Some of Saturday's hi-vis heroes

There are plenty of slots free in the next few weeks – the volunteer roster can be viewed here. If you would like to volunteer, just send an email with your barcode to limerickhelpers@parkrun.com.

It was super to have another pacing event on Saturday. Many thanks to the volunteer pacers for running "even numbers" last week. The plan is to have pacers at the first parkrun of every month from now on. If you would like to give pacing a go, please get in touch! "Uneven numbers" will be on the pacing agenda next month.
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The pre-run pacer line-up

 

It was a pleasure to welcome 5 First Timers on Saturday morning – we hope that you all enjoyed Limerick parkrun, and that you come back again. Well done to the 13 participants who recorded new Personal Bests last week! Times are available here.

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Chasing PBs

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Tail Walker Mark in action

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parkrunners being cheered on by volunteers

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Volunteers in action at the finish

 

Thank you to volunteer Gerry Campbell for taking photos on Saturday - they can be viewed on the Limerick parkrun Facebook page or in the Limerick parkrun Flickr group.

Limerick parkrun 1st December 2018 (photos taken by Dee and Gerry)

Limerick parkrun 1st December 2018 (photos taken by Dee and Gerry)

 

Congratulations to Dermot Butler, who ran his 50th parkrun a few weeks ago - here's to your next 50, Dermot, and sorry it took so long to give you your certificate!
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John and Dermot pictured with the 50th parkrun milestone flag gifted to us by Derek and Margaret from Bronberrik parkrun in South Africa

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Run Director Deirdre with our 3 milestone celebrants on Saturday

 

Finally, the results were processed and the finish tokens were sorted over coffee and conversation in The Pavilion (café) nearby. Unfortunately, a few tokens went missing - please do not take the finish tokens home as we need them every week! If you have one at home, you can return it anytime, no questions asked (please do!).
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Drying off and warming up after a rainy parkrun

 

PLEASE NOTE:
This year Limerick parkrun, in addition to our usual event on the Saturday before Christmas (22nd December 2018), will host two extra events over the festive period. The first one will take place on Christmas Day at 9:30am, and the second one will take place on New Year's Day at 9am.

Hope to see you there - all welcome! If you don't have a barcode, you can register at www.parkrun.ie/register.

 

Extra parkrun events over the Christmas season @ Limerick

This year Limerick parkrun along with our normal parkrun event on 22nd December will host two extra events over the Christmas season. The first one will take place on Christmas Day at 9.30am @ the boathouse in UL and the second one will take place on New Year's Day at 9am! Note the change in time for New Year's Day. This is to facilitate the traditional New Year's Day double with our neighbours Lees road parkrun in Ennis.

New Year's Day is the only day in the year where you can get credit for taking part in two parkrun events. So come along to us at 9am and then head out to Lees road in Ennis for 11am. Two parkrun credits in one day. One step closer to your next milestone.

See you there - all welcome!! If you don't have a barcode you can register at www.parkrun.ie/register

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Limerick parkrun Event #98 Run Report – 25 December 2017

89 parkrunners of all ages, including representatives of 15 different clubs, turned out for event 98 this morning despite the miserable conditions. However, the weather certainly didn’t dampen any spirits, and it was wonderful to see so many people at our special festive parkrun!
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Our parkrunners looking very festive this morning

We welcomed 10 first timers this morning – including visitors from Clarisford parkrun in Killaloe, Ballincollig, Bray, and London - we hope that you enjoyed Limerick parkrun, and that you come back again. Well done to the 8 participants who recorded new Personal Bests this morning! Times are available here.
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A snapshot of this morning's field

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parkrun + Christmas cheer = a great combination

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The rain didn't deter our runners this morning!

Congratulations to Limerick regular Niall Bennis, and Clarisford regular Dermot Griffin, both of whom ran their 50th parkruns this morning - here’s to the next 50!
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Niall Bennis, left, who ran his 50th parkrun this morning

We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen: Carmela Doyle, Anne Jordan, Shóna Keane, John Kelly, Catherine Mc Loone, Shona Ní Fhloinn, and Seamus O'Flynn.

There are plenty of slots free in the next few weeks – you can see the schedule on the future roster page. If you would like to volunteer, just send an email with your barcode to limerickhelpers@parkrun.com.

Please note that there will be another additional parkrun over the Christmas period on 1st January 2018 (New Year’s Day). This event will commence at 9:30am.

Finally, Merry Christmas to all of our runners and volunteers, we hope you all have a wonderful Christmas!

 

Limerick parkrun Event #97 Run Report – 23 December 2017

126 runners and walkers of all ages, including representatives of 14 different clubs, turned out for event 97 this morning (thankfully the weather was much kinder than last week!). What better way to mark the festive season than by donning Santa hats and Christmas jumpers, and enjoying post-run refreshments?! Special thanks to SuperValu Castletroy for the lovely cakes, and to everyone who made/brought something to share.
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We welcomed 33 first timers this morning – including visitors from around the UK, and closer to home, from Ennis - we hope that you enjoyed Limerick parkrun, and that you come back again. Well done to the 14 participants who recorded new Personal Bests this morning, and congratulations to Mike Carmody, who ran 16:17 for a new male course record! Times are available here.
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Mike Carmody, who ran a new male course record of 16:17

Congratulations to Niall Harris, who ran his 50th parkrun this morning - here’s to the next 50, Niall! Congratulations also to two of our junior runners, Éoin Carey and Eoghan Tucker, both of whom ran their 10th parkruns this morning!
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Run Director Orla presents Niall Harris with a 50-club certificate upon completion of his 50th parkrun

Thank you as always to Odeon Cinemas Castletroy for providing water at the finish, it is hugely appreciated.

We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen: Tom Breslin, Breda Condon, Thomas Gough, June Healy, Sue Larkin, Orla Muldoon, Kieran O'Donovan, Kat Reddan, Catherine Ryan.
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A few of today's hi-vis heroes

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Some of our parkrunners enjoying the post-run refreshments and Christmas cheer

There are plenty of slots free in the next few weeks – you can see the schedule on the future roster page. If you would like to volunteer, just send an email with your barcode to limerickhelpers@parkrun.com.

Please note that there will be two additional parkruns over the Christmas period; Monday, 25th December 2017 (Christmas Day) and Monday 1st January 2018 (New Year’s Day). These events will both commence at 9:30am.

 

Limerick parkrun Event #96 Run Report – 9 December 2017

It was a pleasure to have 63 runners and walkers of all ages (including representatives of 7 different clubs) turn out for event 96 despite the frosty morning. Fair dues to our determined parkrunners and sincere thanks to all of the volunteers who braved what seemed like sub-zero temperatures yesterday! A special word of thanks to the UL grounds staff, who helped ensure the course was safe by spreading salt pellets on the few icy patches.

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We welcomed 11 first timers yesterday morning – including visitors from London and Canada - we hope that you enjoyed Limerick parkrun, and that you come back again. Well done to the 13 participants who recorded new Personal Bests this morning! Times are available here.
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Some of our parkrunners tackling the drag up from the River Shannon

We managed to give Kieran O’Donovan a congratulatory pre-run shout-out on joining the 50-club last week yesterday, but unfortunately we weren’t quick enough to present him with his certificate…we’ll be ready next time, Kieran!

Thank you as always to Odeon Cinemas Castletroy for providing water at the finish, it is hugely appreciated.

We are very grateful to the volunteers who made this event happen: Sharon Connolly, Andy Cunneen, Carmela Doyle, Sharon Foley, June Healy, Niamh Kelly, Liam Kiely, Catherine Ryan, Aifric Walsh.

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Three of yesterday's hi-vis heroes: Niamh, Sharon F., and Liam

There are plenty of slots free in the next few weeks – you can see the schedule on the future roster page. If you would like to volunteer, just send an email with your barcode to limerickhelpers@parkrun.com.

Please note that there will be two additional parkruns over the Christmas period; Monday, 25th December 2017 (Christmas Day) and Monday 1st January 2018 (New Year’s Day). These events will both commence at 9:30am.

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