Monthly newsletter 6th August 2014

welcome to the newsletter


This month we hear from a very different new event plus I talk about how parkrun has become a global community.

Apart from parkrun I am involved in athletics at different levels and one of these saw me travel to Glasgow last week to support an athlete I coach who was running in the Commonwealth Games marathon. Gladys has represented Northern Ireland and Ireland in various competitions but she also runs her local community parkrun at Falls Park Belfast where she is the course record holder.

I also knew, as I listened to a talk he gave a few months ago, that Steve Way 10th in the men’s marathon was a regular at Poole parkrun. So I got to think how many other parkrunners were there taking part in the games? I must admit I stole the answer from the UK newsletter.

Jodie Stimpson triathlon, Cannon Hill parkrun. Vicky Holland triathlon, York parkrun. Alistair Brownlee, Leeds parkrun. His younger brother Jonny is the course record holder at York parkrun. Steve Way I have already mentioned. Aussie marathon runner Jess Trengove runs at Torrens parkrun Australia. Marathon again Leeds parkrunner Susan Partridge and Derek Hawkins who is the joint course record holder at Strathclyde parkrun. Laura Weightman women’s 1,500m Newcastle parkrun, Leeds parkrun and most recently took the course record at York parkrun. Aly Dixon womens Marathon regularly runs at Sunderland and holds the course record.

But of course these were not the only parkrunners at the games. As I got off the plane in Glasgow at 9am on the Saturday a couple of local NI parkrunners told me they were off to hire a car to see if they could make the start of Victoria parkrun at 9.30am and last Saturday possibly the wettest I can remember of late the four Glasgow parkruns broke their combined attendance records. The results from the Glasgow parkruns over the last two weeks in fact say a lot about parkrun as a worldwide inclusive community. When you filter the first timers out you have runners of all abilities up to and including games participants from clubs and locations globally. What they and we all have in common is parkrun one big global community growing daily.

Happy parkrunning!

Matt (get in touch)

Bere Island parkrun


The launch of the Bere Island parkrun will be on August 30th next and the community here are looking forward to running and walking every Saturday morning with a social gathering for refreshments post run. We would like to invite all "parkrunners" to our launch and to run our fantastic course. All the preparations are underway to get the course ready and to train the volunteers.

This will be the first parkrun on an Irish Island and we believe it will be a great attraction to Islanders and visitors alike. The community of Bere Island are delighted to get this opportunity to host a parkrun and it will be a great asset to the residents here. Bere Islanders took part in RTE's get fit programme "Operation Transformation" in 2014 and many are now walking and running to keep fit and a parkrun on the Island will encourage more people to get involved. Bere Island has a population of 200 so we will sometimes need the support of the parkrun community across the world to help us out. The course has to be one of the most scenic in Ireland and while you are running you will pass through the great history of the Island.

Due to its strategic location Bere Island has a very interesting heritage. The Island is rich in archaeological sites dating from the Bronze Age through to medieval times, including ring forts, standing stones, wedge tombs and burial sites. The British had a particular interest in the Island, with remnants of British Imperialism visible throughout. At various stages they constructed Martello towers, a signal tower, military barracks and a military fortification which hosts two six inch guns, all of which can be seen today. On the course you will pass by a Wedge tomb, a Viking boat yard, a military fort called Lonehort, which still has 2 six inch cannons and a military barracks, that is used for training, whilst also taking in breath taking views of the Beara & Sheeps Head Peninsulas, Bantry Bay and Whiddy Island.

August 30th will be another historic day on Bere Island and we invite you all to come out and see the running experience we have to offer.

John Walsh
Event director Bere Island parkrun

parkrun statistics


Number of locations: 14
Total registrations Ireland 33,860
Total unique runners 20,973
Total Distance ran to date: 462,480 km
Total Run Time: 4Yrs, 297Days, 1Hrs, 47Mins, 35Secskm

event news


Naas parkrun

is cancelled on 9th August 2014.

feedback from the field


Hi parkrun Ireland
Was in Florida in June with my family and got to experience the parkrun in the height of the summer. It was a thrill to run elsewhere and have decided that maybe a new trend would be to parkrun around the world wouldn’t that be nice. My husband Jonathan and daughter Robyn set off at 7.00 a.m. We waited for the crowds but only 25 runners were there I explained about our parkrun and how every Saturday hundreds of runners take part. We were given a big welcome and the man who runs it (Tim) said he had many runners take part from Ireland and he sent his regards to all the Marley friends he’s met . We travelled on to Boston where we took part in a 5k run for a sick child as unfortunately there are no parkruns there so come on U.S.A start up another few. From couch potato in January to running 5k thanks parkrun.
Regards
Antoinette


Hi parkrun Ireland
First time taking part at Oldbridge parkrun and even though the pain is sinking in, it was a great feeling FINALLY getting over the finish line!! Thanks so much to all of you for organizing and being so nice and encouraging (and for waiting around 'til we crossed the line!! lol until next week
Regards
Ali Dunne


Hi parkrun Ireland
Did my first Knocknacarra parkrun with you today. Loved it - thanks a million! See you again real soon.
Regards
Sandy Ferrier


Hi parkrun Ireland
Thanks to the organisers and volunteers at St Anne’s for giving up their Saturday morning to stand in the rain so that a soggy jogger like me could do their parkrun. Much appreciated
Regards
Eleanor Sammon


Has parkrun made a difference in your running if so we would like to share your story? Drop us a short e-mail about your parkrun experience and we will publish a selection each month. No more than 150 words please.

parkrunner of the month


Name:  Lisa Cumiskey

Club:  Ballbriggan Roadrunners

Age:  42

Home parkrun:  Ardgillan

Occupation:  Dental Nurse

Number of runs:  13

Favourite volunteer role:  Finish tokens! It’s great to see everyone finish and encourage them over the line

How has parkrun changed your running:  When I started parkrun I used to walk the course in 40+ minutes and was just happy to finish it! Now tanks to the encouragement of friends, volunteers and fellow parkrunners I have achieved a number of pbs and can finish sub 35 now :) something I though I would never achieve!

What do you like about parkrun:  I love the atmosphere and the great camaraderie of all the parkrunners and volunteers! I like that whether you come first or last you are made feel like a winner as you cross the finishing line and of course I love the tea, cake and post run analysis after the run with new and old friends :)

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  That has to be the day when I finished the run in sub 35! After crossing the finish line filled with elation I overheard someone say “I knew she could to it and she said she would never run". I guess that sums up parkrun even when you don’t have faith in yourselves others do :)

Reminders

Barcode reminder

barcode

Printed barcodes are used at all our events to record your result. Please click here to collect and print your barcode.
No printed barcode, no result.

All questions answered

Do you have a question about parkrun? How do I collect my club T-shirt? How do I get my barcode? All your questions are answered on our support site

Volunteering at parkrun

We ask every parkrunner to volunteer 3 times a year. When volunteering you receive the maximum number of points towards the yearly competition.

Children at parkrun

All children under 11 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. Guardians must ensure that children place themselves appropriately so as to prevent a situation where they are being repeatedly overtaken at the start. This is to ensure the safety of your child.

the parkrun show

The parkrun show

You can download your copy of the parkrun show here. (iTunes)

The parkrun show is the audible roundup of the "goings on" of everything that caught the teams eye from the weekend in parkrunworld.

Brought to you by Marathon Talk.


 

Monthly newsletter 7th July 2014

welcome to the newsletter


This month the lead article is by our new ambassador Jamie Plummer plus we have some parkrun facts and figures and we hear about parkrun founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt being awarded the CBE

In the UK Queen’s birthday honours list our founder and inspiration Paul Sinton-Hewitt was awarded a much deserved CBE in recognition of his services to grass root sports and participation. Below are a few words from Paul regards his honour.

“Wow, what a roller coaster it’s been. Thank you all for your emails and messages of support and congratulations post the recent announcement from the Queen. I am very honoured to accept this award and I hope you will all agree with me that this is every parkrunners, your teams and the volunteers’ award. I am sincerely grateful and thankful for everything you guys put into parkrun.”

Around 70,000 of us worldwide enjoy the weekly pleasures of parkrun and we all owe it to the vision of one man. Thanks Paul

Happy parkrunning!

Matt (get in touch)
parkrun country manager

Jamie’s travels


Newgrange Drogeda, may have visitors flock there every year on the Winter Solstice, but this last month Oldbridge ten minutes down the road managed to attract quite a few runners for the Summer Solstice.

Saturday, the 21st of June saw the inaugural Oldbridge parkrun take place. Set in the idyllic grounds of the Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre, just outside Drogheda, this parkrun is bound to be a success with the locals and running enthusiasts. It was also my first event as an ambassador training the new team

It’s always great to watch a parkrun, and experience it from the volunteer side, rather than the runner side, but it’s extra special when it’s the first run of a new event. As we watched the runners in a sea of luminous coloured clothing, disappear into the distance, some of the team made a dash across the field to cheer on the group as they passed. This is one of the best parts of parkrun, in my opinion. When you’re running, you may need the support from the crowd to spur you on, and when you’re a volunteer, it underlines the sense of community and inclusivity that parkrun is all about.

It’s fantastic to watch everyone finish the run, as you can see the sense of achievement on everybody’s faces. The banter at the finish line is always great too - cheering on the runners as they pass, and getting to know them, all adds to the enjoyable and unique nature of parkrun.

Post run we all headed to the Tea Room Pavillion in the Visitor Centre to upload the results, sort the tokens, and more importantly, have a cuppa! Jason and his team uploaded the results to the parkrun HQ’s server, and then were (finally!) able to sit back and reflect on the day’s event. And what an event it was! I would recommend everyone to visit this historic and picturesque parkrun at some point. They have a great team together, and we wish them many happy runs!

Happy parkrunning!

Jamie Plummer

Event News


Marlay parkrun is cancelled on 12 & 19th July 2014 due to concert in the park
St Anne's parkrun is cancelled on 19 July 2014 due to other activities in the park

parkrun statistics


For all you people that like facts and figures for Ireland
Number of locations: 14
Total registrations Ireland 32,080
Total Distance ran to date: 434,345 km
Total Run Time to date: 4Yrs, 189Days, 0Hrs, 36Mins, 18Secs

feedback from the field


Hi parkrun Ireland
First time taking part Oldbridge and even though the pain is sinking in, it was a great feeling FINALLY getting over the finish line!! Thanks so much to all of you for organizing and being so nice and encouraging (and for waiting around 'til we crossed the line!! lol until next week
Regards
Alie Dunn


Hi parkrun Ireland
Thanks so much ... really enjoyed last weeks when I was visiting Westport. Brilliant event, so well run. Hoping it will come to Tralee
Regards
Siobhan Kearney


Hi parkrun Ireland
A couple of years ago I registered myself for parkrun but never managed to do one. This morning, on this special day, I got out and did my first ever parkrun, absolutely loved it, achieved a PB for 5k and I did it in my home town of Palmerstown at Waterstown parkrun Dublin. I'm slow, I'll always be slow, but I'm still quicker than the people sitting on the sofa at home"
Regards
Claire


Has parkrun made a difference in your running if so we would like to share your story? Drop us a short e-mail about your parkrun experience and we will publish a selection each month. No more than 150 words please.

parkrunner of the month


Name:  Dave Shiel

Club:  None

Age:  39

Home parkrun:  St Anne's

Occupation:  Computer Programmer

Number of runs:  19

Favourite volunteer role:  I've volunteered 4 times to date, 2 x barcode scanning and 2 x Timekeeper. Really enjoyed the time keeper job. Certainly less stressful than scanning, as the readers can have a mind of their own sometimes, usually when the post-race crowds are beginning to gather waiting to get scanned!

PB:  Run around St. Anne's like a lunatic for 20 mins, or, when I'm not doing that, don the high-viz and help out. When I'm running I usually arrive at the park at 9am and like getting in a 20 minute warm up before the race. On volunteer days, I'd get to the start/finish area around 9:10 or so, don the high-viz vest and get the lo-down on what needs to be done. Post-race I'll help with the tidy up and then head over to the local café for a chat with the other volunteers. It’s also nice to get to see the behind-the-scenes stuff, and some of the challenges that sometimes entails.

Number of times volunteered:  I've been running for 16 years so parkrun hasn't really changed my running per se, but it has made it easier to get in a bit of lung-bursting speed work of a Saturday morning.

What do you do at parkruns:  Friendly atmosphere is probably top of the list. Also being able to challenge yourself on a regular basis. The goal for this year is to get under 19 minutes, and I'm hopeful parkrun will help me get there. The points table also keeps me coming back week after week ;)

How has parkrun changed your running:  Lining up at the start line with a couple of mates (Clive and Lenny, Lenny not knowing at that time that Clive was a dab hand at the auld running). The siren goes; Clive is out of the traps like a man possessed and in the lead. 50m in Lenny lets a roar: "Yer winning, Clive!!!!!" In fairness Clive was in the lead for most of the first lap, and eventually finished in 2nd place!

Reminders

Barcode reminder

barcode

Printed barcodes are used at all our events to record your result. Please click here to collect and print your barcode.
No printed barcode, no result.

All questions answered

Do you have a question about parkrun? How do I collect my club T-shirt? How do I get my barcode? All your questions are answered on our support site

Volunteering at parkrun

We ask every parkrunner to volunteer 3 times a year. When volunteering you receive the maximum number of points towards the yearly competition.

Children at parkrun

All children under 11 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. Guardians must ensure that children place themselves appropriately so as to prevent a situation where they are being repeatedly overtaken at the start. This is to ensure the safety of your child.

the parkrun show

The parkrun show

You can download your copy of the parkrun show here. (iTunes)

The parkrun show is the audible roundup of the "goings on" of everything that caught the teams eye from the weekend in parkrunworld.

Brought to you by Marathon Talk.


 

Monthly newsletter 6th June 2014

welcome to the newsletter


This month we hear from a series of new events throughout June and I reflect on the parkrun community spirit found at all our events

Over the last few weeks family and parkrun commitments have meant that I have been away from home on Saturday mornings so like most of us I searched around for a local parkrun. The events I found were all different Barnsley was a challenging course with around 170 runners and Cannon Hill was a relatively flat course with around 560 runners. This week I will be at yet another event within running distance from my daughters address in London. The courses the crowds the weather all change but one thing that I find stays consistent whatever your standard and wherever you are is the community welcome and spirit you get at all parkruns. The more I travel and experience new communities and new events the more I come to realize we are not a series of individual events we are one very large community who run in lots of locations. If you have occasion to be away from your home event any week then why not seek out a local parkrun and go meet another part of your community. You will get the weekend off to a great start and you will have made new friends in new places. You don’t have to run in fact volunteering is probably the best way to share in any community and, it’s all for free!

PS Hope you have been sending snaps for the new parkrun photo book we really want to see a few Irish pictures in this book

Happy parkrunning!

Matt (get in touch)

event news


Waterstown (Palmerstown) parkrun

First event is on 28th June in Watersown Park. Palmerstown. Dublin. Just 5 minutes away from J7 of the M50 and 10 minutes from the City Centre. A quiet hidden gem of a park with excellent well maintained tarmac paths, suitable for all users. The park is situated in the valley of the River Liffey and just a stone’s throw away from the Phoenix Park. To the South across the river are the famous Strawberry Beds and a sharp wooded incline which gives a beautiful and colourful view of the trees-cape whist running along the river side. The park has a number of wild and wooded areas that provide safe haven to birds, wildfowl and other wildlife. Tranquillity is most certainly guaranteed when visiting here.

Join us afterwards for a coffee in The Coach House, situated in the middle of Palmerstown village (next to the Ulster Bank) It also has a quaint little craft shop with a treasure trove of beautifully designed hand crafted pottery, ceramics and textiles.

Julie O'Connor
Event Director

Tymon parkrun

The first Tymon parkrun will be 14th June at 9.30am. Save the date!

Dublin's second largest park is about to welcome parkrun!! Tymon Park in Greenhills, South West Dublin, just off the M50, is a popular venue for many public events such as tournaments, band recitals, film/television shoots, family festivals in the summer, cross country races and circus performances and now it's got parkrun!

If you've never visited you might be surprised what a beautiful hidden gem it is! The course will be a 2 lap course covering some of the most beautiful parts of the park including the lakes, pitches, forests and monuments. So if you'd like to take part and are new to all this simply go to http://www.parkrun.ie/register/ and print off your bar code and bring it along.

If you'd love to be involved in volunteering for the first Tymon parkrun then simply email tymonhelpers@parkrun.com

Aisling Coppinger
Event Director

Oldbridge (Drogeda) parkrun

We are delighted to be bringing parkrun to Drogheda. Our course is set in the extensive grounds of the Oldbridge Estate, a.k.a. "The Battle of the Boyne" site. The surrounding parkland views combined with the starting and finishing areas in the grounds in front of Oldbridge house will make this a great venue for a parkrun. The event is run on grass parkland - easy on the knees and a welcome break from tarmac - although trail shoes may be a help in the wet! Post-run, please join us in the Pavillion Tearooms in the visitors centre overlooking the walled gardens, talk to the team and get to meet other parkrunners.

We would like to thank the OPW for allowing us to use the site, in particular their on-site staff for their enthusiasm and support in getting this off the ground. Thanks also to the HSE and the Meath and Louth Sports Partnership bodies in supporting this initiative.

Register now at www.parkrun.ie/register (unless you're already registered, in which case you're all set), and be sure to set Oldbridge as your home event!

Jason Halpin
Run Director

feedback from the field


Hi parkrun Ireland
I had a great time at Ardgillan this morning too as I sprinted across the finish line to try and get a Personal Best! And I did it!!! All thanks to volunteer (and sister) Carol Halligan who was screaming at me that I could do it! Coming in 49th I felt like I was first home
Regards
Finola Halligan


Hi parkrun Ireland
Well done to all that ran Ardgillan today and those involved in
organising the run. It was great fun and very well organised
Regards
Philip Mullins


Hi parkrun Ireland
Thanks Castlebar parkrun for putting on such a great event today. No one told me there would be a hill! I thought it would be flat going round a lake. Will definitely come back on our next visit from Surrey.
Regards
Vince Gannon


Hi parkrun Ireland
Thanks guys for a very warm welcome at Marlay.... loved the course, will visit again the next time I'm home haven’t forgotten the "watch link".... will do asap
Regards
Mel Carroll


Has parkrun made a difference in your running if so we would like to share your story? Drop us a short e-mail about your parkrun experience and we will publish a selection each month. No more than 150 words please.

parkrunner of the month


Name:  Anne Mc Comish

Club:  I don't run with a club just me myself and I !

Age:  I’d like to put 21 but I’m 45 :( but feel like I’m 21 does that count!!

Home parkrun:  The greatest park run venue ever...... St Anne's.

Occupation:  Accountant

Number of runs:  7

Favourite volunteer role:  So far I have done token sorter, finish tokens and bar code scanning I like all the roles particularly when you get to meet people and see how pumped they are after their runs, you get a great buzz of people's reactions when they have completed their very first 5km run and are so chuffed with themselves. I also like that you can volunteer by doing the token sorting and still run while lending a hand and having a coffee afterwards with your fellow token sorters !!

What do you do at parkruns:  I get up early on a Saturday morning and get myself organized whether I’m running or volunteering the correct clothing is essential as it can get windy and cold up in St Anne's. I usually head up early to get my parking spot or if my hubby is run director I head up even earlier to help him get set up. Then before the race say hi to the great people that are involved in parkrun. Then if I’m running I get my tunes ready I need my music to keep me going and get my watch ready for the "ready steady go" (I’m getting very professional now with my watch !). I usually pick someone along the run and try and stay with them I know a few faces now that come in around the same time as me or before me so unfortunately yes I stalk a few of the runners I'm afraid ! But it gets me a PB!! After the run we generally head over for a coffee to the Red Stables where a number of the parkrunners meet up and help out with token sorting and catch up on how our Jantastic logging is going or if anyone is doing any runs coming up. I’ve met some really nice people through parkrun. You always feel great after the run and ready to take on the rest of the day.

How has parkrun changed your running:  While I ran before I wasn’t a dedicated runner, I would come up with every excuse under the sun, "it looked like it was going to rain" " It was raining" " It was cold" " I didn't feel like it" " I'd run tomorrow" "it was Wednesday !" I used to think my husband was having a midlife crisis training for his marathon going out in lashing rain, early mornings, on holidays I couldn't understand it. Since joining parkrun and particularly doing the Jantastic as a parkrun team I suddenly found myself running in the rain, setting my alarm for 6 am so I can run before work in order to get my run in, bringing my running gear on weekends away so I can get my run done I really can't believe it. But once you committed as a parkrun team to log the runs I felt that I had to continue and do it (I even got gentle reminders at home and from friends if I hadn't logged yet that week). I am now training for my first half marathon which I’m doing on Good Friday, I never thought I would do a half marathon yet here I am already at 12 miles in my training. parkrun St Anne's is still very much part of my running routine now and I've improved my time since I started, I feel great after running and I have so much more energy. I think I’m hooked!

What do you like about parkrun:  I like that there are experienced runners who would probably lap me every week and there are beginners who struggle to finish it, yet it’s an event for everyone, every level, every size, every age and we all do it together and get different things from it, some get pb's, some get the joy of finishing their first every 5 km, some just like that it gets you out of bed every Saturday morning and makes you feel great for the weekend. The fact its run by volunteers is great as well they are all passionate about the parkrun being a success and therefore it is and we all feed off that whether you're volunteering or running. It’s great!

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  Most memorable moment has to be last week when I smashed my p b it was a great feeling. Funniest moment has to be during our jantastic logging for parkrun it was valentines night and there was me and my husband running a 10 km in the rain and cold as we passed a restaurant full of loved up couples .... Who says romance is dead!!!

Reminders

Barcode reminder

barcode

Printed barcodes are used at all our events to record your result. Please click here to collect and print your barcode.
No printed barcode, no result.

All questions answered

Do you have a question about parkrun? How do I collect my club T-shirt? How do I get my barcode? All your questions are answered on our support site

Volunteering at parkrun

We ask every parkrunner to volunteer 3 times a year. When volunteering you receive the maximum number of points towards the yearly competition.

Children at parkrun

All children under 11 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. Guardians must ensure that children place themselves appropriately so as to prevent a situation where they are being repeatedly overtaken at the start. This is to ensure the safety of your child.

the parkrun show

The parkrun show

You can download your copy of the parkrun show here. (iTunes)

The parkrun show is the audible roundup of the "goings on" of everything that caught the teams eye from the weekend in parkrunworld.

Brought to you by Marathon Talk.


 

Monthly newsletter 14th April 2014

welcome to the newsletter


This month we hear from our founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt with regards the upcoming parkrun 10th birthday plus I reflect on my recent parkrun travels.

As I sit typing this newsletter I have just spent 5 days meeting prospective teams in Cork, Kerry and Limerick plus training the new Knocknacarra parkrun volunteers in Galway (pictured below).

The pleasure of this job is the wonderful people and communities you get to meet and work with. I know that the people I have met these last few days are passionate about bringing parkrun to their communities and I am keen to see this happen. Some of these events will be big and well supported but some will also be serving small local communities. The parkrun model is to work with any community that wants a parkrun to deliver an event. Size is not important and in many ways small communities are closer and more welcoming. Over the next few months we will have a few announcements to make and I hope the arrival of some off these events will be included. We will also have cause to celebrate as parkrun will be 10 years old next October. In this time parkrun has grown to around 70,000 people weekly running in close to 400 events on four continents. Below is a message from Paul with regards to this celebration:

"On the 2nd of October 2014 we will be ten years old. On that day it will be exactly ten years since the first ever parkrun took place when 13 runners met up for a jog around Bushy Park.
Our aim is that every parkrun and every parkrunner will join us by celebrating this anniversary at their ‘home run’ on the 4th of October 2014. We are hoping for a birthday celebration starting in New Zealand and following the sun until it culminates in the USA later that day.
But that seems quite a long time to wait and so we want to invite all parkrunners to get involved in the celebrations now by helping us to produce a permanent visual reminder of what we have achieved. Our wish is to produce a coffee table photo book, totaling about 88 pages, with many photos provided by you, that will be available for sale by Christmas.
To take part in this initiative we have placed a new icon on every parkrunner’s profile page (your link is available on the top right-hand column of this newsletter if reading this via email) which when clicked will take you to a web page allowing you to submit three images plus some text.
The webpage will offer you some guidance of what categories of images we are looking for plus some idea of the quality we are looking for. You will only be allowed to submit three images, and one time only, so please be careful when choosing your contribution.
I am very excited about this project. It is the parkrunner and the parkrun volunteer who form the essence of what parkrun is all about and now is your chance to be immortalised in this historic book.”
Paul Sinton-Hewitt,
parkrun Founder

Following on from parkruns 10th birthday in October parkrun in Ireland will have its second anniversary on the 8th November. It would be great to see some Irish faces in the photo book to commemorate our part so let’s get snapping.

Happy parkrunning!

Matt (get in touch)

Event News


We have at present new events being processed to start in June. These are Tymon 14th June, Oldbridge 21st June and Waterstown 28th June. Its early days on all three so watch us on the parkrun Ireland website and facebook for more details

feedback from the field


Hi parkrun Ireland
My wife Michelle and I do the Westport parkrun most weeks and we love it. I always did a bit of running but my wife nothing, thanks to parkrun she has got into it big time taking her PB FROM 36 MINS TO 26MINS and more importantly has given up smoking since January. We were away in Barna for a weekend at the end of January and my wife insisted we go for a run on the Saturday morning we ran around Knocnacarra park and said at the time it would make a great parkrun........little did we think that it was in the pipeline. Anyway it’s a great run as is Westport so enjoy and keep up the great work everyone.
Regards
Kieran O Hora


Hi parkrun Ireland
I'm Chloe, and I'm 11 years old. Today I finished my 2nd parkrun in Marlay Park. I love doing parkrun, as it's a great way to start your weekend with a fresh start. I first got into parkrun because my Mum started going out for jogs in the evening with friends, and then decided to take on parkrun in Marlay Park which is close to where I live. I watched her run a few times and she told me how great it was, so I decided to try it myself. On the 12th of April I did my first parkrun. My Uncle Mark & his girlfriend Bernadette did it with me to help me along the way. They were very encouraging and I am very thankful. They told me "Keep a steady pace, and you will win the race" and other encouraging words to help me keep going. I loved the sensation of when we were running through the forest and you could hear the quacking ducks in the river, and having the relaxing feeling of knowing that the cute little birds were chirping and tweeting above your head. The Fairy Tree is a lovely thing to look at while jogging, walking or running by. Today I was jogging and I started walking and the other runners kept saying "Come on, come on" which I really appreciated. Ok you've heard me rave on long enough. What I'm saying is try the parkrun. It's a great thing to do and you'll feel so proud when you've finished it. My favorite part about running in it is towards the end. I sprint to the end, and for some reason it feels like I'm FLOATING - which is really magical and I love it!?!
Regards
Chloe


Hi parkrun Ireland
Really enjoyed my time this morning as a 'first time' volunteer and met so many lovely people as I scanned their barcodes. I now understand all the hard work that is done behind the scenes. Keep up the excellent work Malahide parkrun & would highly recommend to others to give volunteering a go.
Regards
Leesa Brown


Hi parkrun Ireland
Went to Malahide parkrun for the first time this morning and it’s safe to say I’m addicted! Great way to spend your Saturday morning!
Regards
Jennifer Bowes


Has parkrun made a difference in your running if so we would like to share your story? Drop us a short e-mail about your parkrun experience and we will publish a selection each month. No more than 150 words please.

parkrunner of the month


Name:  Lauren McCambridge

Club:  None

Age:  We started February 2013 to train for the mini marathon

Home parkrun:  Marlay parkrun

Occupation:  Student

Number of runs:  4

Favourite volunteer role:  Scanning, because it nice to hear so many people say thank you.

What do you do at parkruns:  During the winter I don’t normally run very often because parkrun clashes with my hockey, but now that the hockey season is over I can run every Saturday and volunteer sometimes as well.

How has parkrun changed your running:  Apart from running to catch the school bus I did not do any running before parkrun. Now my target is to get under 25 minutes and beat some of my aunties who also run.

What do you like about parkrun:  After I run, I like to get a hot chocolate (if my dad hasn’t forgotten his wallet) and helping to sort out the tokens.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  The funniest parkrun moment was when my sister and I (after the run) went to the garden of the café in Marlay Park to see the peacock. When we tried to take a picture it started squawking and running at us so we ran away terrified and plugging our ears hoping the peacock hadn’t followed us. Now we just watch the peacock from inside the café.

Reminders

Barcode reminder

barcode

Printed barcodes are used at all our events to record your result. Please click here to collect and print your barcode.
No printed barcode, no result.

All questions answered

Do you have a question about parkrun? How do I collect my club T-shirt? How do I get my barcode? All your questions are answered on our support site

Volunteering at parkrun

We ask every parkrunner to volunteer 3 times a year. When volunteering you receive the maximum number of points towards the yearly competition.

Children at parkrun

All children under 11 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. Guardians must ensure that children place themselves appropriately so as to prevent a situation where they are being repeatedly overtaken at the start. This is to ensure the safety of your child.

the parkrun show

The parkrun show

You can download your copy of the parkrun show here. (iTunes)

The parkrun show is the audible roundup of the "goings on" of everything that caught the teams eye from the weekend in parkrunworld.

Brought to you by Marathon Talk.


 

Monthly newsletter 7th April 2014

welcome to the newsletter


This month I discus children at parkrun and why it’s important we ensure they are safe and enjoy the experience. We have a little fun with parkrunner of the month plus we hear from Knocknacarra parkrun our next new event.

When I first got involved in parkrun one of the first aspects that I grew to like was the children. They were really enthusiastic and brought something special that just isn’t there in normal running events. They seem to relish the opportunity to mix with the grownups on equal terms and maybe even come in ahead of a few of them. Not all of them could run 5K opting instead for a walk run approach or just one lap. Either way the hallmark is happy faces full of enjoyment and enthusiasm, and it’s important that it remains this way. We have a rule that children under 11 must run with a responsible adult and while some of these children may be faster than the adult it is none the less for good reason that we have this rule. We would never want a child to feel any anxiety during a run so we must ensure that the children do not feel pushed or compelled to run beyond enjoyment and most importantly we must ensure they are not isolated or alone at any time. So if your local team asks you to ensure your child is accompanied please understand we are very pleased to see children at parkrun but we must ensure that the experience is safe and enjoyable for all children.

Happy parkrunning!

Matt (get in touch)

Event News


Knocnacarra parkrun Galway starting 10th May 2014

May 10th will see the first race take place of the Knocknacarra parkrun Galway out at Cappagh Park. With support from the local government, council, sports partnerships and the HSE the current band of willing volunteers are looking forward to seeing the people in Galway take to the route and come across the finish line. Cappagh Park takes in the great surroundings of Barna Woods and with a car park, facilities and extensive children's play area it's a great place to bring the family who can play as you run or volunteer!

We'd love to see you there either as a runner or a volunteer and if you need more information contact the Event Director via facebook

Rob
Event Director Knocknacarra parkrun

feedback from the field


Hi parkrun Ireland
I had been running for years and was in really good shape when I got pregnant with my second. But I was really struggling to get back into shape after he was born and to be honest I was scared of racing again. My boy was born in Feb 2012 and even though I was back training I didn't race in 2012. It's a mixture of Sloggers to Joggers and parkrun that got me out of that break. 2013 ended up being a great running year for me. S2J's got me to parkrun,
parkrun gave me the confidence and got me back into shape!!
Regards
Cecile Ollagnier


Hi parkrun Ireland
It was great! (Ardgillan) Thanks to the organizers and volunteers for all their hard work. Will definitely be back!
Regards
Hannah Doyle


Hi parkrun Ireland
Thank you Ciara, John & all the crew for bringing parkrun to Naas!! What a fantastic 1st run it was. Brilliantly organized & the coffee afterwards was lovely! See you next week. There's a pb a calling!
Regards
Alvin Sweeney


Has parkrun made a difference in your running if so we would like to share your story? Drop us a short e-mail about your parkrun experience and we will publish a selection each month. No more than 150 words please.

parkrunner of the month


Name:  Sloggers to Joggers

Club:  We are a free voluntary running group for all abilities

Age:  We started February 2013 to train for the mini marathon

Home parkrun:  Malahide parkrun

Occupation:  We have over 150 members and over 80 of these are registered for parkrun. We run regular couch to 5K programs to encourage membership

Number of runs:  A lot

Favourite volunteer role:  Token sorting as there is no stress!

What do you do at parkruns:  We use parkrun to keep track of our progress both personally and as a group. It's a great free timed event with a great atmosphere. If it wasn't for parkrun I'm sure some of us at Sloggers to Joggers would be happy to just plod along and not push ourselves to get a better PB. I know I will be using parkrun to achieve one of my goals for this year. (Quote by Karen Behan)

How has parkrun changed your running:  Before parkrun most of our members never thought they would take part in a race, the friendly community at parkrun have given us the confidence to take part in so many fantastic events that we previously never would have considered entering? We have members who have completed marathons, half marathons and 10km races, without parkrun we would not have had the opportunity to push ourselves and see what we are all capable of. (Quote by Laura Doolin)

What do you like about parkrun:  The thing I like most about parkrun is the great group that wait patiently at the finishing line ready to cheer on each and every one of us crossing the line. (Quote by Nessa Barry). Also The scone and coffee in Avoca after! lol (Quote by Jennifer Johnson Jones)

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  The number of people that get lost on the route!! Also the fact that you can judge where you are in the pack based on if Jenny O'Sullivan's voice is in front or behind you! Jenny O'Sullivan was voted loudest S2J by our group at our Xmas party. (Quote by Danalisa Gotz)

Reminders

Barcode reminder

barcode

Printed barcodes are used at all our events to record your result. Please click here to collect and print your barcode.
No printed barcode, no result.

All questions answered

Do you have a question about parkrun? How do I collect my club T-shirt? How do I get my barcode? All your questions are answered on our support site

Volunteering at parkrun

We ask every parkrunner to volunteer 3 times a year. When volunteering you receive the maximum number of points towards the yearly competition.

Children at parkrun

All children under 11 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. Guardians must ensure that children place themselves appropriately so as to prevent a situation where they are being repeatedly overtaken at the start. This is to ensure the safety of your child.

the parkrun show

The parkrun show

You can download your copy of the parkrun show here. (iTunes)

The parkrun show is the audible roundup of the "goings on" of everything that caught the teams eye from the weekend in parkrunworld.

Brought to you by Marathon Talk.


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