Hardcore Running – Event #11

Oh my God Naas parkrunners YOU ROCK! We couldn't believe the turnout this morning - horrendous rain & wind couldn't keep you away! 30 PBs - runners, you're all heading in ONE DIRECTION!! ;)

Our first man (plus buggy) to cross the line this morning was Stephen Makin, a parkrun tourist from Manchester, with 94 parkruns under his belt! Stephen and his daughter completed the run in 18:24, followed by Mark Glynn in 18:53 - who was our first junior to finish today. We would like to wish Mark the very best of luck from all in parkrun for the Leinsters next weekend - we know he'll do Kildare proud!
Congratulations to Tracy Jennings, our first lady to cross the line today! Not only did Tracy run a PB today, but she also broke the female course record by finishing in a time of 19:58 - well done Tracy!

We'd like to thank Gerry Halton from Naas Athletics Club for such a dynamic warm-up this morning, Gerry then went on to run the course and achieve a PB - good on you Gerry!

Thanks to Ann Fitzgerald again this week for helping out. As you all know, parkrun is a free community event and is only sustainable with the help of volunteers. If you would like to help out in any way please email us at naashelpers@parkrun.com.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, those of you heading up to Croke Park - enjoy the concert - a few of the volunteers went last night and said One Direction put on a great show but to wrap up warm! Looking forward to seeing you all again next weekend - the last parkrun before the mini-marathon!

 

Event #10 – Summer’s finally arrived!

What a beautiful morning our 138 runners had at Naas parkrun this morning! How amazing did the Racecourse look with blue skies & bright colourful t-shirts running around the track?
Gerry Halton gave the runners a great warm-up before Eimear Hennessey, this week's Run Director, blew the start whistle! John Behan was our first runner across the line in 17:56, followed by Feidhlim O'Dubhlaing in 18:20 - a PB for Feidhlim! Mark Glynn was our first junior to finish this morning - he came in third position with a PB of 19:29 Tracy Jennings was our first lady across the line with a time of 20:18. There were 31 PB's in total this morning - a great achievement for our runners! Amy McGrath was our first female junior this morning to complete the 5k with a time of 22:28.
Thanks to today's volunteers for making the event such a success - Clare Craughwell, Ann Fitzgerald and Cathy McVicker! As you all know this fantastic free event is only sustainable with the help of volunteers - if you would like to help please email us at naashelpers@parkrun.com.
Well Done to everyone, enjoy the sunshine and the bbqs! See you all next Sat - fingers crossed for a repeat of the weather!

 

Event #9 10/05/14

Wet, wet, wet but not during Naas parkrun - how lucky were our 90 runners this morning, avoided all downpours and even managed to catch a few rays during the warm-up! Some of our runners and volunteers even managed to do a double event this morning - having done the Darkness into Light run at 4:15am they then turned up for their parkrun at 9:30! Well done to everyone who participated and helped out in this great event for Pieta House - an extremely worthy cause and it was brilliant to see such an amazing turnout!
First across the Naas parkrun finish-line this morning was Martin Hoare with a brilliant time of 17:11 - a new PB, closely followed by Philip Niland with a time of 17:36 - also a PB. Our first lady home, Tracy Jennings, crossed the line with a time of 20:16. Jack Fitzgerald, a first-timer, who completed the run in an impressive 20:37 was our first junior home. Our runners recorded 18 new Personal Bests yesterday - a very impressive feat!

A big thanks to our volunteers yesterday who helped make the event such a success - Andrew Holohan, Clare Connell, Rossa Stapleton, Declan Kirwan and Stephen Dagg for his great photos! This fantastic free event is only sustainable with the help of volunteers - if you would like to get involved please email us at naashelpers@parkrun.com.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and we look forward to seeing you all again next Saturday!

 

 

Naas parkrun Event #8 – 03/05/14

Despite it being the "morning after" Ladies Day at Punchestown and a Bank Holiday Saturday, we were delighted with such a unexpected high turnout this morning down at Naas racecourse! Weather conditions were perfect for all our runners with 49 recorded new PB's this week. Patrick Holohan, a first-timer to parkrun, led the men home with a great time of 18:23. Bob Lawlor followed closely behind with a time of 18:30. Tracy Jennings was our first lady across the line with a time of 20:11. Conor O'Keefe, aged 11, our first junior home FLEW over the finish line in an amazing time of 22:44.

Thanks to all our volunteers this week - Bob Lawlor for his great warm-up, Rosanna Nolan, Margaret Hughes, Des Noonan and Cathy McVicker who all helped make this a great event!
As you all know, parkrun is a free community event and relies on the help of volunteers - if you would like to get involved in this fantastic event please email us at naashelpers@parkrun.com.

We'd like to welcome Knocknacarra (Salthill) parkrun to the parkrun family - Galway's first parkrun and wish them all the best for their first event next week!
We hope you all have a great Bank Holiday weekend - those of you going out to Punchestown today, best of luck and looking forward to seeing you all again next Saturday!

 

Naas parkrun Event #7 26/04/14

Despite the wet and windy conditions 106 runners completed the 5k Naas parkrun this morning. Running up the drag this morning wasn't as challenging as the final downhill straight - the very strong wind pushed our runners to their limits! Well done to you all - very impressive running this morning. We had lots of PB's this week and great to see all the new faces. Our leading man Brian Kennedy crossed the line with a very impressive time of 17.32, Philip Niland came in second with a great time of 17:41. Amy McGrath was our first lady and junior home with a super time of 21:25 - a PB for Amy who has run 4 parkruns so far this year. It's great to see our regular runners becoming stronger and faster each week!
A big thanks to our new volunteers this week - Caroline Mullally and Patricia Hayden. If you would like to help out any week please email us at naashelpers@parkrun.com - this event is only sustainable with the help of volunteers.
We hope to see you all again next week for your Punchestown Recovery Run!

 

Event #6

What a morning our 121 runners had today - fantastic blue skies and not a breeze to challenge them running up the drag! We had  PB's and some very exciting finishes. Our first male across the line was Pat Malone with a personal best time of 16:33 our first lady finisher was Roisin Dunleavy with a fantastic time of 20:00.  Lots of junior runners this morning giving it their all on the course as was reflected in their great times. The Easter Bunny had a little treat for all our runners - both big and small! A big thanks to our new volunteers this week - Jacinta Fahy, Collette Kinsella, Aisling Feeney and Tim Farmer - who all did a great job in making this event possible! If you would like to get involved helping out any Saturday please email us at naashelpers@parkrun.com. We had many new faces this morning as well as our regular parkrunners - it's great to see Naas parkrun growing in popularity and becoming such a enjoyable and sociable, community event in Kildare - please keep spreading the word! We hope you all have a lovely Easter, enjoy the eggs & the break & we look forward to seeing you all again next Saturday morning - PLEASE don't forget your barcodes!

 

Naas parkrun Event #5 12/04/14

This morning saw our first wet start down in Naas Racecourse - it didn't deter any of the 121 runners who gave it their all on the track! Ashton Farrell from Naas AC led the warm-up this morning before our Race Director John Finn blew the whistle. We had lots of PB's this morning despite the breeze on the dreaded drag and we were thrilled to welcome a good number of newcomers. Pat Malone led the male runners home with a great time of 17:21 and Amy McGrath followed shortly behind with a PB of 22:37 for the ladies. As always, it was great to see so many families and juniors running this morning. Conor O'Keefe aged 10 completed the course in 23:22 - this was Conor's first parkrun and we look forward to seeing him again soon!

We'd like to give a big thanks to our new volunteers this week Clare Craughwell, Aine Kelly and Ashton Farrell. Parkrun is a totally free event and is only sustainable with the help of volunteers - if you'd like to get involved in this great community event please email us at naashelpers@parkrun.com!

We look forward to seeing you all next Saturday for an EGGCITING run!!!

 

Naas Parkrun Event Nr. 4

Our 102 parkrunners were delighted with the huge change in weather this morning - it teemed down all night and early morning but thankfully dried up beautifully as the start whistle was blown! It was a truly exciting finish today with 3 runners sprinting for the finish line. Ashton Farrell made an impressive first appearance at Naas parkrun and was first over the line with a time of 17:01, he was closely followed by John Behan and Patrick Malone. Our first female over the line, also in a thrilling finish, was Catherine Kelly with a time of 20:46. We had lots of PB's this week - 20 in total and it so lovely to see the familiar faces coming back week after week! We are so impressed by the number of junior parkrunners running the entire 5k course every Sat morning - keep it going guys! It's also lovely to see the young supporters out cheering on Mom and Dad so early on a Saturday. A special mention to Mairead Reen who ran her 59th parkrun this morning in Naas, Mairead's home event is Malahide - it was lovely to welcome her to our parkrun today as well as the other runners from Griffeen and St. Anne's who travelled. A special thanks to our new volunteers this morning - Rosanna Nolan and Sinead Vaughan. Thanks also to Alvin and Lisa for their help this morning!  Our runners enjoyed a nice chat and a cuppa under our new event tent - a lovely surprise for all this morning! O'Briens Coffee will be coming next week to sell coffee if anyone wants to bring a few coins with them.

Parkrun is a completely free event which is only sustainable with the help of volunteers - if you would like to help out next week or in the future please email us at naashelpers@parkrun.com.

Hopefully see you all again next Sat.

Your Naas parkrun Team

 

Naas Racecourse Event No. 3

119 runners completed the 5k course this morning in very pleasant conditions - we even saw a glimpse of the sun! Patrick Malone led the men home with a PB of 16:21, Rose Brennan was our first female lady across the line with a first appearance time of 22:19. We also had a number of visitors from other parkruns around the country including Martin Flaherty whose homerun is Malahide - this was Martin's 50th parkrun who completed the course in 26:32. Well Done.The runners enjoyed a postrun chat and a hot cuppa - we promise we'll have a bigger table next week lads! It was great to see so many familiar faces coming back each week and of course it's great to see all our young runners out so early on a Saturday morning. Congratulations to all our secondary school students who used this morning's run as preparation for the mini-marathon and training for club leagues. Big thanks to our new volunteers this week Lisa Donlon and John Behan. This event is only sustainable with the help of volunteers - it's a great way of getting to meet fellow runners and getting involved in the community. If you are interested in volunteering for any Saturday in the future please email us at naashelpers@parkrun.com! We look forward to seeing you next Saturday bright and early - kick-off 9:30. Follow us on Facebook - Naas parkrun.

 

Parkrun Naas – Week 2 22/03/14

Despite the cold windy morning, 97 runners turned up to run their 5k around Naas Racecourse. What a great start to their weekend! Tough conditions out there on the track but everyone gave it their all with many improving on their times from last week. It was great to see so many new faces, with runners from as far afield as Belfast and our youngest runner today being aged 5! Leading the field home today was Patrick Malone with a first appearance time of 17:33 and our first lady over the finish line today was Aoife O'Connor in 20:36.

Many thanks to our new volunteers this week, Alvin, Annette and Cathy and to those who have signed up to volunteer for future Saturdays. This event is only sustainable with the help of volunteers - it's a great way to meet fellow runners and to get involved in a community event.

If anyone missed Nationwide yesterday evening (Fri 21st) check it out on the RTE Player - a great report on Marlay Parkrun.

We look forward to seeing you all again next Saturday!