Run report 31 May 2014

It was another lovely morning in Malahide on Sat 31st May, the first day we had noticeably warm conditions for running this year.

Daire Bermingham set a new course record (and parkrun Ireland record) of 15:02. That elusive sub-15 is getting very close now. Daire was followed by Alban Coghlan and Davy Byrne. The first three women finishers were Ann Lyons, Martina Harney and Geraldine Dowling.

This week there were 371 runners, of whom 41 were first timers and 97 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 21 different athletics clubs took part. Well done everyone!


Run report 17 May 2014 event #80

Another glorious day in Malahide castle. The Summer is finally here.

Well done to Daire Bermingham (Raheny Shamrock) who broke the course record in Malahide today, (and the parkrun Ireland record) with a time of 15:05. That was awesome running Daire. We're also pleased to welcome back Annette Kealy (also Raheny Shamrock) who was the first lady finisher. Well done to Annette too.

We tried out a new idea today, which was to call out runners times at the 2km mark. It looks like Damien's motivational shouts went down well. So we will probably do this again, whenever we have a volunteer willing to do it. The 2km mark is at the top of the (little) hill on the short lap, second time around.

Next week, we are going to try out something else new. Some other parkruns occasionally provide pacers, and Alice felt it was time we did it too. The idea here is that a couple of runners will run at a specific pace, aimed to finish at an exact time (eg 25 min, 30 min) and other runners can run alongside and hopefully finish at the same time, and just ahead of these targets. The pacers will be wearing or carrying something distinctive so you won't miss them. We hope to have pacers for 20, 25 and 30 mins. But, check out the facebook page during the week for more information.

Finally, as mentioned at the briefing, the latest 50 anniversaries are Anne Mulligan and Joe Campbell (VM70). Well done guys. We've stopped talking about the famous parkrun anniversary T-shirts. But, we won't forget anyone who has already reached an anniversary, when we do eventually get a sponsor for the shirts, which hopefully won't be too long away.

All the best, and see you next week!


Run report #10 January 12

I've been told the first parkrun in England went for two years without getting any rain. I don't think we'll be that lucky in Malahide but we've made it to ten weeks now with dry conditions. So, long may that continue!

More records this week. First time runner from Star of the Sea, Eoin Callaghan set a new course record of 16:01. Annette Kealy from Raheny set a new women's record of 18:15. We were expecting numbers to go up given that this is the first proper weekend after the Christmas break and lots of people are probably setting themselves targets around getting fit or fitter. So, it was no surprise we had our biggest turnout of the series so far. The appetite for parkruns is really increasing. I heard we were mentioned on Marian Finucane's radio show yesterday too.

Which brings me to a point I've mentioned at the pre-run briefings once or twice before. There are so many fantastic potential locations for other parkruns around the country. The main things needed are an off-road course 5km long and one or two people willing to get the ball rolling. It's fairly clear the demand is there.

We received a report of an incident at the run yesterday, which we are investigating and I mentioned it in a post yesterday. Until we know what happened, we don't want any speculation about it here on Facebook.

One last thing. The car park near the playground has toilets located in the green building opposite. So, can people use these please (lads particularly, you know what I mean).


Run report #9 January 5

Busy parkrun day around the world yesterday, hence why the results emails were a little slower than normal. The parkrun system was straining a little under the heavy traffic!

Our own course record was beaten by 9 seconds, with Davy Byrne improving his parkrun PB to 16:15. Also, Seamus Kavanagh holds the honour of now being the only person to have attended all nine Malahide parkruns - it is even more impressive than he has set a PB on all except two of those runs!

Looking forward to next Saturday already - if we get our normal good weather, it'll be a busy one!


December 29th (update)

Hi. The times have been added to the results for December 29th. So, everything should be okay with the results now.


December 29th run

As I mentioned on the Facebook page, there were a couple of issues with the timing last Saturday (29th). So, the initial set of results posted does not include times. This has the effect of giving everyone a time of 59:59. Should be able to correct this later in the week though.




Run report #7 Dec 22 2012

We had a good turnout yesterday - 125 runners (not bad for the busiest shopping day before Christmas) including 33 first timers. Paul Broderick finished first, his second time out of three runs. Helen Carr was the first lady. As I hoped ,the rain stayed off for the run, though the course was quite wet in a few spots. Well done everyone, and a Happy Christmas. See you next Saturday!


Run report #6 Dec 15 2012

Great run today by first timer Angela McCann to beat the women's course record in 18:17. Paul Broderick was first man. Well done guys!

Some more stats. there were 155 runners and 45 first timers today. And here's one for the real anoraks, since the event started in November, 616 different runners have covered 5,980km in total. Wow!

By the way, did anyone else try the mince pies in Avoca today? Really good...


Run report #5 Dec 8 2012

Frosty conditions today. We had 162 people complete the run, with Philip O'Doherty and Brid Beausang first man and woman respectively. We had 49 first timers today and despite my advice to take it easy on the ice, there were 68 PBs! :)


Run report #4 Dec 1 2012

Another nice morning today with 236 runners for our fourth event. First time we had a husband and wife both finishing first, with Eoin Brady and Annette Kealy, first man and woman. Annette also set a new women's course record of 18:32. Well done Annette!

Some people have asked if we plan to run through the Christmas period. So, yes, we will be running every Saturday. See you next week!

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