Oranmore parkrun is cancelled on 31 October 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Event Cancelled – 21 October 2017

Due to weather warnings we have reluctantly decided to cancel Oranmore parkrun Saturday 21 October

We don’t like to cancel but the safety of our runners and volunteers must come first

So rest up Saturday folks - enjoy the lie-in Saturday morning and weather permitting we’ll see you all next week Saturday 28th
Many thanks for your continued support
Oranmore parkrun Core Team

 

Run Report, Event 55

Oranmore parkrun #55 - August 26, 2017

We all love parkrun for its simplicity. There are only a few rules. Don't forget your barcode, dogs on a short lead, and a few more. And there are a few unwritten rules too. First, you can never admit another parkrun is "better" than your "home" parkrun, and second, there's no such thing as a "perfect parkrun". Well, this morning in Oranmore I found a real beauty, coming close to breaking both of those unwritten rules!

IMG_4543We got there early, and parked in the lower car park by the water's edge, our first treat of many this morning with spectacular views of the lovely harbour.

maureen mark
At 9:00, I met Maureen Devaney, Event Director and today's Run Director, setting up the new flag at the start. Maureen is a real parkrun veteran, having helped establish Galway's first parkrun on the other side of the city, she now has a real gem in Orannore. A few minutes later, along came her side-kick Mark McCormick, also positively brimming with enthusiasm for parkrun. Mark is not only regular Run Director and core team stalwart for the Saturday parkrun, but since last week also Event Director for Ireland's latest junior parkrun which was such a huge hit for its inaugural run. Such is his energy, you'd imagine that he'd do it every other day of the week too, if his real job didn't get in the way!

Mark was running today, but that didn't stop him joining the team or volunteers, delivering the New Runners' Briefing which Maureen addressed the regulars. As well as a number of first-timers, Mark welcomed visitors all the way from Tralee (myself and Maeve), Molly and James Millington from London, Anwar Memon from Milan and even tourists who came all the way from Athenry! (Milano Nord must be a tough course, Anwar's time today was his parkrun PB, over a minute faster than his home PB. Maybe the weather is a factor!)

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Marshals Ellie Dickens and Sinead O'Hagan, and tail walker Sharon Daly.

At 9:30 on the dot, we were off. What a fantastic route. Perfect surface, lovely scenery, a mixture of park and forest. A few hills thrown in for the real runners. As it's two laps rather than the three I'm used to, I wasn't lapped by anyone this week for a change. But the lovely figure-of-eight circuit means that not only did we get to see the other runners a couple of times, we also met the marshals/cheerleaders four times, but they steadfastly refused to allow a short cut even for a visitor!

As I was well towards the back of the pack, I obviously don't have any photos of the first finishers - most of them were long gone when I struggled up that last hill behind Niamh and Padraig, who kept me entertained and motivated for the 5k.

After 32 runs, Barry Maguire crossed the line first today for his first time, 19:49 was pretty close to his PB! He was followed by Alan Dempsey and the afore-mentioned Mark McCormick. Aine O'Farrell had a great run and was the first lady home (and third overall) in a time of 20:20 - her ninth time being the first lady to finish. She was also fastest junior, although Tom Griffin wasn't far behind with his Top-10 finish.

Lots of PBs today too, for Helen Kelly, Mary McCormack, Elisabete Aguas, Ann Hughes, Elaine Joyce, Patricia McCarthy, John Forde, John Sheehan, PJ Tarpey, Alan Bailey and Mark Finlay. And a special mention for James Cawley who had not only his fifth consecutive PB, but has now had eight PBs in just 13 runs, and has seen his time improve from just under 30 minutes to his first sub-24 today!

You can check out the full results here.

poppy seed
After the run, we had a chance to chat with Maureen, Mark and tail-walker Sharon in the nearby Poppy Seed Cafe - the food is delicious! It's a lovely way to finish a parkrun morning, having a coffee and a chat wth fellow parkrun enthusiasts.

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Timekeepers Jonathan Cormican and Fergus Kelly, waiting at the top of that final hill!
By the way, Maureen and Mark, there is one more unwritten rule, nay, commandment, that you are breaking! "Thou shalt not have an uphill finish at a parkrun!" (OK, maybe that only applies to the strugglers/stragglers like me!).

Of course having glorious sunny weather helps, but there's no doubt that Oranmore parkrun is something very special. We all know how parkrunners are always friendly and welcoming, none more so than the team at Oranmore, thanks for a lovely morning and we look forward to returning the hospitality when you visit us in Tralee!

Tony Higgins

(Tralee parkrun)

 

 

 

Run Report, Our first Birthday – Event #53

Event #53
5th August 2017
Event Photos: [Click here]

Can you believe we are one year old? Time flies when your having fun they say! To mark our first birthday in style we had lots of freshly baked treats as well as teas and coffees (literally three tables full!).

A massive thank-you to all our bakers, which included runners, volunteers and friends of volunteers. I was starting to worry if we would manage to get through all the food but thankfully you were all a hungry bunch today :)

We were so lucky with the weather, heavy rainfall in the hours before parkrun, dry sunshine throughout and more heavy rain after the event was finished!

Now, some yearly stats for Oranmore parkrun:

  • 53 Events
  • 2027 registrations
  • 1626 individuals completed a run
  • 6782 runs completed
  • 33,910 km run in total by all of you!
  • 655 volunteer roles filled
  • 208 people volunteered

And amongst all the eating, we did actually have a 5km run today :)

Heres to another successful year at Oranmore parkrun!

 


 

PB CLUB

Congratulations everyone who recorded a new personal best this week:

  • Andrew FUREY
  • Bernard SMYTH
  • Chris SHEEHAN
  • Ciara BURKE
  • Dean RYAN
  • Evan O'ROURKE
  • Jake RYAN
  • Joe MCCARTHY
  • John SHEEHAN
  • John TIMOTHY
  • Kieran WALSH
  • Mark FLAHERTY
  • Maureen FINLAY
  • Michael KEENAN
  • Nathan RYAN
  • Niall SHEEHAN
  • Pat O DONNELL
  • Paul MCENROE
  • Sean GRACE
  • Tiernan MUNDOW
  • Tim DONNELLAN
  • Tom BREEN

 


 

ATHLETICS CLUBS

A total of 16 athletics clubs were represented this week by participants:

  • Athenry Athletics Club
  • Bohermeen AC
  • Burgess Hill Runners
  • Castlegar AC
  • City of Norwich AC
  • Clare River Harriers
  • Craughwell AC
  • DofE
  • Galway City Harriers
  • Harrogate Harriers & AC
  • Marathon Club Ireland
  • Maree AC
  • Metros RC
  • South Galway Athletics Club
  • Sydney Striders
  • Tuam AC


Did you know you can add an athletics club to your parkrun profile? head over to parkrun.com, login to you account and update your details.

 


 

JUNIOR PARKRUN!

Did you know that we are launching a junior parkrun right here in Oranmore? Junior parkrun is a FREE 2km walking and running event specifically for children between the ages of 4 - 14 years old.

Two of our core team - Bernie ROGERS and Mark MCCORMICK are setting up the event:

Oranmore junior parkrun launches on the 20th August 2017, and will take place in Rinville Park every Sunday at 9:30am. For more information, check out the events web site:

You can also check out their Facebook page for regular updates:

 


 

VOLUNTEERS

Join us in wishing this weeks volunteers a MASSIVE thank-you. We were very very busy with hosting the birthday celebrations and it would not have been possible without their help and hard work:

Padraig COX, Sharon DALY, Denise DE PAOR, Maureen DEVANEY, Sean DEVANEY, Padraig GARRIHY, Paul HANNIFFY, Eleanor LEADBETTER, Mark MCCORMICK, Helen MEEHAN, Mei Yee NG, Colm O CONNOR, Mags REDDINGTON, Bernie ROGERS, Maggie VAHEY

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS! :)
Fancy giving back to parkrun after all our hard work this week? Why not add your name to our volunteer roster for an up-coming event. The rota can be viewed here:

 

Run Report: Event #40 (6th May 2017)

Event #40
6th May 2017
Event Photos: [Click here]

Numbers were slightly down this week, but for a great cause! Oranmore hosted it's first Darkness into Light walk/run in the early hours prior to parkrun. We did notice some runners wearing the t-shirts and we had a few sleepy volunteers who also attended.

Now, back to parkrun - It has been 9 months since the Oranmore event, and it was only a matter of time before we started to celebrate milestones for our runners. Today was our first and it was fitting that it was one of our core team. Adam Leadbetter ran his 50th parkrun today, and we celebrated with balloons and tasty cake! did you get a slice?

Now for some statistics...

  • Attendance: 85
  • First-timers: 14
  • New PB's recorded: 9
  • Female: 36
  • Male: 38
  • No barcodes: 11

 


 

PB CLUB

Congratulations everyone who recorded a new personal best this week:

  • Alex QUADU
  • Caroline CONCANNON
  • Dave FAHY
  • David MURPHY
  • Fionnuala RYAN
  • Joe DILLON
  • Marie KILLILEA
  • Mark MCCORMICK
  • Stuart MCCAMLEY

 


 

ATHLETICS CLUBS

A total of 6 athletics clubs were represented this week by participants:

  • Athenry Athletics Club
  • Castlegar AC
  • Clare River Harriers
  • Craughwell AC
  • Maree AC
  • South Galway Athletics Club

Did you know you can add an athletics club to your parkrun profile? head over to parkrun.com, login to you account and update your details.

 


 

 Junior parkrun launching in Oranmore!

We are in the process of starting a new parkrun in Oranmore! Junior parkrun events are for children aged between 4 and 14 years old. They take place on a Sunday morning at 9:30am.

They follow a similar pattern to the senior event, the main difference being the distance is 2km and and the event takes place on a Sunday.

These are really fun events and it will be great to have our own one in Oranmore. However, we need your help!

We are looking for people to help us organise the event. Maybe you are a Saturday runner who would like to give back to parkrun? perhaps you have children who might be attending, and you could volunteer on the day?

If your interested in helping or would like more information, send us an email (oranmoreoffice@parkrun.com), reach out to us on our Facebook page or come over for a chat some Saturday.

 


 

VOLUNTEERS

A massive thanks to the volunteers which made this week's event happen:

Mary CROWE, Sharon DALY, Maureen DEVANEY, Paul HANNIFFY, Mary KEALY, Majella KING, Eleanor LEADBETTER, Veronica MCKEON, Bernie ROGERS, Brian ROGERS

We have a number of volunteer roles we need to fill in the next few weeks. If you can help out , please get in contact. Send us a message on Facebook, or email oranmorehelpers@parkrun.com.

The volunteer rota can be viewed here:
http://www.parkrun.ie/oranmore/futureroster

 

Run Report: Event #28 (11th Feb 2017)

Event #28
11th February 2017
Event Photos: [Click here]

Attendance figures were down slightly this week, although still respectable, 186 of you turned out.

The weather was promised to be cold, but it cleared up just in time for parkrun, it was one of the nicest mornings we have had in the last while.

Out of the 186 who joined us:

  • 25 first timers
  • 56 new PB's recorded!
  • 88 Female
  • 63 Male
  • 35 had no barcodes on the day

 


 

PB CLUB

Congratulations everyone who recorded a new personal best this week:

  • Aeveen KELLY
  • Aisling MARTYN
  • Andrew SIDES
  • Anita TALBOT
  • Assumpta WALSH
  • Barry TREACY
  • Bernard CLEARY
  • Brian SEXTON
  • Caitriona ANSBRO
  • Carol CONLON
  • Catherine SIDES
  • Claire BRENNAN
  • David WALSH
  • Diarmuid FINNEGAN
  • Donncha O'BRIEN
  • Ellen GILL
  • Emma SHAUGHNESSY
  • Enda LOUGHNANE
  • Eoin MCDERMOTT
  • Eoin MCEVOY
  • Fiona MCANESPIE
  • Florence HIGGINS
  • Frank MCMANAMON
  • Geraldine HANLEY
  • Geraldine MARMION
  • Gordon CROWLEY
  • Helen MORAN
  • Helena GLAVIN
  • Hilda DOOLEY
  • Hugh KELLY
  • Jacqueline CAULFIELD
  • Jo MULLINS
  • Joseph GAFFNEY
  • Julie CARR
  • Killian GOTTSCHE
  • Laura TREACY
  • Lorna SHAUGHNESSY
  • Luke BURKE
  • Marguerite TREACY
  • Marie SMYTH FUREY
  • Martin HOLLAND
  • Mary FAHERTY
  • Mary LOUGHNANE
  • Mary THORNTON
  • Maureen BARRETT
  • Muiriosa HOLOHAN
  • Niall BURKE
  • Niamh BUTLER
  • Pat BURKE
  • Sarah CURRAN
  • Sarah SILKE
  • Shane O MEARA
  • Sinead BURKE
  • Sinead HOLLAND
  • Siobhan SILKE
  • Valerie SLATTERY

 


 

POINTS TABLE

The points system is being retired by parkrun in the coming weeks. This will be our first and last yearly points table.

Current standing in the Men's annual points competition:

  • Mark FLAHERTY - 1740 pts
  • Fergal COFFEY - 1688 pts
  • John CONNOLLY - 1485 pts

Current standing in the Women's annual points competition:

  • Ann LYONS - 2004 pts
  • Mary CONNOLLY - 1973 pts
  • Sinead WALSH - 1809 pts

 


 

ATHLETICS CLUBS

A total of 8 athletics clubs were represented this week by participants:

  • Athenry Athletics Club
  • Castlegar AC
  • City of Norwich AC
  • Clare River Harriers
  • Craughwell AC
  • Galway City Harriers
  • South Galway Athletics Club
  • Tyne Bridge Harriers

Did you know you can add an athletics club to your parkrun profile? head over to parkrun.com, login to you account and update your details.

 


 

TOURIST RUNNERS

We are trying something new this week - I have attempted to identify our tourist runners by looking at the first-timers who have more than one run. With that in mind, many thanks to our tourist runners for joining us today:

  • Cathal DALY (Norwich)
  • Fiachra SIDES (Sandgate, Brisbane)
  • Helen MCGRATH (Omagh)
  • Sandra MCLOUGHLIN (Brisbane)

From the briefing, I recall Dublin and London also being mentioned. If we missed any names from the list above, be sure to let us know so we can update.

 


 

WELCOME TO THE CORE TEAM!

Anyone who has attended parkrun in the recent months will have noticed our regular volunteer Bernie Rogers:

Bernie regularly volunteers as our tail runner and takes nots of the cool pictures you see on our Facebook page. She puts a smile on many peoples faces and is one of the most friendly volunteers.

She is a great asset to parkrun, and we are happy to have her join our core volunteer team.

If you are interested in getting more involved in parkrun and joining our core team, pop over for a chat some week after one of the events. We do get to take part in the events as well as volunteering ;)

 


 

VOLUNTEERS

A massive thanks to the volunteers which made this week's event happen:

Adam LEADBETTER, Alacoque FREANEY, Alan DODRILL, Anna BURKE, Bernie ROGERS, Brian ROGERS, Edel KELLY, Eleanor LEADBETTER, Emer MAUGHAN, Helen MCDERMOTT, Isabella IRWIN, Mark MCCORMICK, Michael REDDINGTON, Olwyn TRAINOR, Sharon DALY, Tadg KENNY

We have a number of volunteer roles we need to fill in the next few weeks. If you can help out , please get in contact. Send us a message on Facebook, or email oranmorehelpers@parkrun.com.

The volunteer rota can be viewed here:
http://www.parkrun.ie/oranmore/futureroster

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