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!


Car park security

It's just been brought to our attention that there have been break ins at the Malahide castle car parks last Saturday (21st Sept). Please take care not to leave any valuables in parked cars. Also, if you see anything suspicious please report it to a park ranger, or to one of the volunteers at the run. Thanks!


Report 21st September 2013

Another lovely warm day at Malahide parkrun. Cathal Redmond was first over the line and the first lady finisher was Jackie Perrin visiting from England. We had 271 finishers in total. Some of our regular runners were at the race series half marathon in the Phoenix park today. So, hopefully that went well for everyone.

We were happy to welcome Joanne Watkins from Melbourne, Australia, and also Jackie and Martin Perrin from Reading in England.

As I mentioned at the briefing, our first anniversary is coming up on Nov 9th. We will be organising a couple of events around that. So, stay tuned for more information.

Lastly, a new parkrun event will be starting at St. Annes park in Raheny next Saturday. Like Malahide castle, St. Annes is a beautiful park, and I'm sure the parkrun there will be very well supported.


Malahide parkrun news September 20th

Welcome back after the Summer to all Malahide parkrunners. We will hopefully be posting a weekly report again on this news page, with links from Facebook, starting this week.

Just to catch up on a few things. We have only seven runs left this year before our first anniversary on November 9th. Yes, it's hard to believe it's nearly a year since we started! Malahide was the first parkrun (in the republic) and now we have six in total, including neighbouring St Annes, which starts next week. Doesn't time fly? The end of the year at parkrun also means the end of the annual points competition for men and women. As many of you know, you get points for each run you do, based on position crossing the line, together with points for volunteering up to three times. This competition rewards consistency as can be seen in the men's competition, which is being led by Seamus Kavanagh, who is also on target to be the first parkrunner to join the 50 club in the country.

The women's competition is a much closer run affair, with several runners still in contention to be our first female points winner. Brid Beausang is leading at the moment, just ahead of Jessica Ferguson, with Siobhan McCarthy and (junior) Aoife Duffy not far behind.

On the anniversary itself, this will be on November 9th. So, keep the date free as we hope to organise a couple of things around that. So, stay tuned for more information coming soon.

A big thanks to all runners who have volunteered during the first 12 months of Malahide parkrun. Without volunteers, the event cannot take place. Volunteering is almost as much fun (maybe more) than running and none of the jobs are difficult to do. We request all regular runners to volunteer at least three times a year. Check out the volunteer web page for more information.

Finally, our temporary course will still be in use this week (21 Sept) but we will probably be back to the old course the following week (28th) subject to the works at the cricket club being completed by then.