Run report run no 127: 11/01/20

High winds and high tides this morning built a backdrop of rolling grey waves and white horses beyond the quieter waters by our start-finish point on Blackberry Lane that we shared the sea birds sheltering on the gentle undulations. It is hard to imagine that back in the 1930s this was identified as a potential site for Dublin Airport (fact of the day).

From the start of the event we were treated to a showcase of Irish windy weather, with gusts and flurries arranging themselves in such a way as you were always running into them. The pièce de résistance undoubtedly was the combination of sea and wind at the bottom of The Hill where the breakers against the rocks doused a lucky few with salty spray.

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A big shout out for Poolbeg regular, Fiona Bane, who absolutely knocked it out of the park in her debut as Run Director today. We also got to see Darina Scully get her 25 Volunteer milestone. Well done ladies! Volunteers make the parkrun world go round. If you’re interested in volunteering, we would love to have you. Just contact us at an event, through our social media, or at poolbeg@parkrun.com.

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One of our finisher tokens, Number 72, decided to go for an adventure for himself. If you come across our intrepid barcode could you drop him to us at an event. Thanks.

Today was the 126th running of the Poolbeg parkrun. We had several tourists from Scotland, Italy, Delamere parkrun in England, as well as the length and breadth of Ireland join us this morning. There were 202 walkers, joggers, triathletes, runners, and 16 volunteers join us today who represented 14 different clubs, and took home 18 Personal Bests, and an amazing 46 first timers. Welcome!

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Poolbeg parkrun Results Page.

 

Run report run no 126: 04/01/20

Our first Saturday parkrun of 2020, and another bumper crowd, and another smashing sunrise over Dún Laoghaire. This week we took a few pictures, not that we are showing off or anything!

Despite the amazing backdrop, our participants were able to focus their attention in the opposite direction at the wonderful Alice who made her debut in the role of run director. Duck to water stuff, a natural. Well done.

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Today was the 125th running of the Poolbeg parkrun. We had 211 walkers, joggers, triathletes, runners, and of course 18 lovely volunteers made this event happen.

We had several tourists from Britain, sunny South Africa, and sunnier Gorey join us this morning. Of the 211 parkrunners, we had representatives of 17 different clubs who took part, as well as 27 Personal Bests for those returning, and 48 first timers.

Congratulations to Poolbeg regular, Keenan Furlong, who completed his 50th parkrun today in style by matching his parkrun PB time. Well done. Your red tshirt will look great with your pink trainers!

If you’re interested in volunteering, we would love to have you. Tasks range in difficulty from pushing a button, to scanning barcodes, and standing and pointing. If you feel up to this, we can make it happen. Just contact us at an event, or through our social media, or at poolbeg@parkrun.com.

Today a few of our finisher tokens decided to go home with their finisher. Ye must be great company. If you find one of these (numbers 164, 165, 168, & 171), could you drop it to us next week or at any other future event. The reward is a free parkrun! Thanks.

Attention stat nerds! January is the month in which you can complete the most parkruns by virtue of the New Years Day double. This year you can enjoy 6 parkruns in January 2020.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Poolbeg parkrun Results Page.

 

Run report run no 125: 01/01/20

Wow what a stunning morning we had for our New Years Day run also known as our first run of 2020 and our first run of the new decade! We were the 2nd run in the double header with Cabinteely today but we also had people coming to Poolbeg after having done Fr Collins and Bushy! The map with double connections will no doubt be out later this week and show all the connections and options people picked !

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We had 274 people joining us this morning to run, jog and walk the course, which means that our attendance record from last year already was broken on the 1st of January! We had 103 first timers and ideal running conditions meant that 39 recorded new PBs. Representatives of 29 different running and triathlon clubs took part.

Russell chose today to do his 50th parkrun and it would be wrong not to give a shot out to Tara also as she did her 100th run this weekend just gone at Delaware parkrun in the states! Fair play to both of you! Looking forward to see you in your respective milestone T-shirt’s soon!

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The extra crowds meant that we put on extra marshals and extra scanners to make the whole event run smooth, in total 18 volunteers were on hand to help RD Kevin who made his run director debut this day last year and now has first dibs when it comes to the run director role for New Year’s Day!

As we expect big crowds for the rest of January and into February also-please drop us a line if you can help us and volunteer as without volunteers we are nowhere! Have a great rest of your day and well done on starting 2020 with parkrun! See you Saturday (you might as well continue what you started today!)!

 

Run report run no 123: 28/12/19

It was the not only the last Poolbeg parkrun of 2019 but also the last Poolbeg parkrun of the decade! Fear not though-we start the new decade on Wednesday morning the 1st at 11am so why not join us then and start the ‘20s with a 5km shakeout! RD Mari flew back in last night and her Norwegian gingerbread made it off the plane in one piece so the promise of gingerbread for volunteers was kept.

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Thanks to the last minute volunteer walk ups the roster was complete and a total of 14 volunteers meant we could start this mornings event safely and even with a few pacers! We had 94 people in total who joined us to run, jog and walk the course. There were 12 first timers and of those returning 8 recorded new PBs. Representatives of 13 different running and triathlon clubs took part.

One of the proud owners of a new PB was Kevin, who did not only get his PB but also reached his 100th milestone.

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If you want to say congrats to him, he will be there as RD on Wednesday morning! Even better-why not help him celebrate the milestone by volunteering? All jokes aside: well done to Kevin and everybody else who was out this morning. The hardest part of parkrun is getting out the door on a Saturday morning-after that it gets easier! For now have a happy new year and see you on Wednesday the 1st of January 2020 at 11am for our New Year’s Day run!

 

Run report run no 122: 21/12/19

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This morning we were treated to the most painterly of sunrises. As the orange sun gingerly peered up over the Irish Sea on the shortest day of the year the varying silvers of the glittering shallow tide, the small silhouettes of birds wadding, the fog sitting on Dún Laoghaire harbour and the clouds sat on Dalkey Head gave everyone so much to take in throughout the morning. The weather is different at Poolbeg every Saturday morning and it’s truly a great place to enjoy the seasons.

Today was the 122nd running of the Poolbeg parkrun. We had 138 walkers, joggers, triathletes, runners, and 16 volunteers join us today. A big shout out to Clodagh Fagan, a regular volunteer, who today became a Run Director for the first time. Well done, Clodagh!

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Poolbeg will be running a special parkrun event on New Years Day at 11am this year. Cabinteely will also be running one on the same day but at 9am if you are interested in doing two in a day. There will be no Christmas event at Poolbeg, but some other events will be hosting one, for more information on parkrun special events, please see, https://www.parkrun.ie/special-events/We had several tourists from Britain, New Zealand, San Francisco and other parts of Ireland join us this morning. Of the 138 parkruners, we had representatives of 17 different clubs who took part, as well as 21 Personal Bests, and 27 first timers.

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Poolbeg parkrun Results Page.

 

Run report run no 121: 14/12/19

Today was 121st running of the Poolbeg parkrun . We had 119 walkers, joggers, triathletes, runners, and 18 volunteers join us today on what turned out to be a beautiful sunny blustery morning. A very welcome sight after the wintery weather all week.

Our run director, Franky Keane, was delighted to announce some terrific hot off the press news this morning. Poolbeg will be running a special parkrun event on New Years Day at 11am this year. Cabinteely will also be running one on the same day but at 9am (yes, 09:00, half an hour earlier than usual) which means those of you who really want to boost your parkrun numbers can actually do two parkrun in one day, and it isn’t even a Saturday!

For more information on parkrun special events, please see, https://www.parkrun.ie/special-events/

We have two big shout outs for some great achievements today. Firstly to Kevin O’Flynn who hit the 50 milestone today, about half of which he completed with us. 79512104_790667901356481_2752057078674620416_o

Looking forward to seeing you in the red tee shirt, Kevin. Secondly we need to mention Poolbeg super star, Horst Siedschlag, who set an age category record for VM80-84 in 36:07 - bualadh bos! You may recognise Horst as the marshall at the top of the hill, his favourite place to volunteer. He likes the hill so much, that it is informally named after him.

We had several tourists from Britain and other parts of Ireland join us this morning. Of the 119 parkruners, we had representatives of 17 different clubs who took part, as well as 10 Personal Bests, and 31 first timers, which brings us to over 4,000 different people who have participated since we began.

 

Run report run no 120: 07/12/19

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The water features that were introduced to our course in recent weeks had largely dried up leading to perfect running conditions. This morning we welcomed 110 people who ran, jogged and walked the course, made possible by a group of 14 volunteers. We had 17 first timers and of those returning 16 recorded new PBs. Representatives of 18 different running and triathlon clubs took part. Some of our first timers were visitors all the way from 2 different parkruns in South Africa as well as our running camera man from Carrickfergus parkrun up North. Watch out for the video he made which we should be able to post during the week!

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Core team member Éamon, who is generally the volunteer who does do the ore event set up with the flour as well as does a so called ‘plog’ every Saturday morning clearing all the rubbish from our course, did his 200th parkrun this morning which is one of the unofficial milestone. Well done Éamon and all going well we should be able to spot you in a green milestone T-shirt this time next year!
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Next weeks volunteer roster is looking healthy but if you want to do something for Poolbeg parkrun before the end of the year we have plenty of spots available in the rest of December also!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend and see you next week for more parkrun fun!

 

Run report run no 119: 30/11/19

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‘Twas the night after the Toy Show...and all across Sean Moore park...creatures were stirring....and not a drop of rain in sight...
After a mad scramble last night we had a full roster and RD Olivia and her team of 13 volunteers were ready and set to welcome this morning participants. A total of 131 people ran, jogged and walked the course. This week we had 19 first timers and of those returning 16 recorded new PBs. Representatives of 10 different running and triathlon clubs took part. Core team member Mari who has been a regular 27 and 30
min pacer this year achieved her goal of reaching 50 parkruns before the 1st of December and will soon be seen wearing the red 50 milestone T-shirt. Well done Mari!

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Now that the Toy Show has been it means that we are heading into the festive season. What better way to get in the good books with Santa then to volunteer at Poolbeg parkrun. You will have a guaranteed good feeling after and are contributing to making the event happen each week. What are you waiting for? All volunteer roles come with training so please don’t be shy. See you next week, come join us to run, jog, walk or cheer as volunteer!

 

Run report run no 118: 23/11/19

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It was a matter of ‘attention surface water’ in places today on our course and it definitely wasn’t a run to keep dry feet on! The weather forecast and rain from the previous week didn’t deter 111 people who ran ran, jogged and walked the course, made possible by RD Eamon and his team of 15 volunteers. The volunteers got a nice surprise after as our friends from The Bretzel Bakery came down to run and brought some goodies with the to be consumed after! We had 29 first timers with multiple Welsh parkruns represented as well as visitors from Navan and Lough Key parkruns.  Of those returning 9 certainly proved to be no fair weather runners and recorded new PBs. Representatives of 14 different running and triathlon clubs took part.

Poolbeg parkrun will be with you all throughout the festive season so you can continue to get your runs in every Saturday! We have some volunteers on our roster for next week already but don’t be afraid to contact us if you can help out. Especially with the party season approaching it’s a nice way to get your parkrun buzz without having to run!
See you next week for more parkrun fun!

 

Run report run no 117: 16/11/19

After the puddles from last weeks which creates water jumps, we had to contend with a bit of frost this week! The course got the all clear once again though by RD mark and his team of 15 volunteers meaning that it was all systems go for the 150 people who ran, jogged and walked around it. We had 26 first timers sussing out our scenic course and of those returning 25 took advantage of the good running conditions and recorded new PBs. Representatives of 16 different running and triathlon clubs took part.

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Regular volunteer and core team member Olivia reached the 50 runs milestone today and tried to keep this quiet to us but we won’t let her get away with it: well done Olivia and here is to the next 50!!!

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On to a more serious note now:
Poolbeg parkrun is a great event every Saturday morning and we like to keep it that way. This does not only require volunteers but also requires us to remember that it’s not a race but a run and we are sharing the path with our fellow parkrunners and other park users. In the last couple of weeks we have had a few minor incidents where parkrunners and other park users didn’t have the great morning they set out to have due to negative interactions. We really want to keep Poolbeg parkrun the great event that it is so incidents like this make us sad. We cannot police every meter of the course so please help us to keep Poolbeg parkrun the safe event for participants and other parkusers alike. Hopefully see you next week!

 

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