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.
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.
Event director Bere Island parkrun
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
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.
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
Hi parkrun Ireland
Did my first Knocknacarra parkrun with you today. Loved it - thanks a million! See you again real soon.
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
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
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