On the 1st of January 2020 we will again be hosting a special New Years day parkrun at Poolbeg! We'll again be teaming up with Cabinteely who will also organise one that day so that people can go for the unique double of 2 parkruns in 1 day! Cabinteely will go first and start at the UK start time of 9am with Poolbeg starting at 11am. So: Mark your diaries now and start the twenties with a bang!
Lá Breithe Shona dhuit!
Today was the second birthday of the Poolbeg parkrun.
It is amazing to think that much time has flown already and how the event has slowly but steadily grown to nearly double the size. We had 177 runners, joggers, and walkers, and 17 volunteers join us today on what where favourable Indian Summer type conditions with a light breeze off the sea to keep us cool. Participants also got to enjoy the fruits of some serious cake baking PB efforts from our regulars post exertion to celebrate the anniversary and also Fiona Bane’s 100th parkrun and 50th run at Poolbeg (We look forward to seeing your new black t-shirt).
We had several tourists from England, Scotland, and other parts of Ireland join us this morning. Of the 177 runners, there were 41 people running at Poolbeg for the first time, 17 different clubs were represented, 14 recorded their first ever parkrun, and 12 got a PB. Well done to all!
The event was made possible by 14 fabulous volunteers. If you would like to be fabulous then we would love to have you volunteer at one of the events. Rolls are not challenging and involve simple things such as pushing a button, scanning a barcode, standing and pointing, and walking. Approach us at an event or contact us through the event website or Facebook and we can arrange this.
Token #46 wandered off after today's run - probably distracted by the cake, I know I was - if you come across him, could you please bring him back so we can reunite him with his pals.
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Poolbeg parkrun Results Page.
RD Mark addressing the participants of our pre-second birthday run this morning against the backdrop of the iconic Poolbeg pigeon house. It was windy out on the course but we had the sun too so we’ll take that!
It looked a bit hairy on Thursday when it came to the gaps in the volunteer roster but in the end Poolbeg parkrunners once again proved that they are a sound bunch as by lunchtime yesterday all gaps were filled which meant RD Mark had a full complement of 15 volunteers helping him this morning. They made it possible for 173 people to run, jog and walk our scenic route. We had 29 first timers and of those returning another 29 recorded new PBs with representatives of 17 different running and triathlon clubs taking part.
Some of the tokens that had gone on their holidays in the last couple of weeks returned today but this time token 50 managed to escape so if you find it please direct it back our way!
See you next week for our 2nd birthday run!!!
And that was number 94! We’re getting closer and closer to Poolbeg parkrun number 100! Some numbers for you: Since we started the last weekend of August in 2017 3,185 participants have completed 11,919 parkruns covering a total distance of 59,595 km, including 2,185 new PBs . A total of 271 individuals have volunteered 1,247 times.
Speaking of volunteers-see those smiley faces of some of the volunteer from today?
Volunteering puts a smile on your face as it just makes you feel good! We were scraping the barrel this week for no particular reason but thankfully got a full complement of volunteers. Without them no parkrun so please consider volunteering in the upcoming weeks if you haven’t done so in a while! Today’s volunteers made it possible from 157 people to run, jog and walk around our lovely course. 20 of you were first timers (come back!) and of those returning 35 recorded new PBs. Representatives of 13 different running and triathlon clubs took part.
May the 4th be with you! That was certainly the case for our 187 participants this morning who were treated by a course baking in fresh sunshine! It was a bit of a scramble to get our volunteer roster completed but in the end we got there and 14 volunteers made it possible for Poolbeg parkrun no 89 to go ahead.
We had visitors from Norway volunteering on our famous/notorious hill, a visitor from South Africa who joined us for his 50th parkrun and ran a PB at that (well done Unis!!!) and the same could be said for TV3 weatherman Deric who also ran a PB. In fact we had a grand total of 40 PBs today as well as 28 first timers! Representatives of 14 different running and triathlon clubs took part.
Next week’s volunteer roster is looking good already, which is nice after the scrambles of the last week. Even if you do DIL at 4.15 come down to run or support as we also will pay some extra attention to mental health week.
Enjoy your long weekend and see you next week!
Attendance record breaking numbers this morning in Poolbeg! A total number of 227 runners, joggers and walkers turned out this morning for the 73rd Poolbeg parkrun. These extra numbers mean we need 1-2 extra volunteers but the roster was expertly managed by Eamon and his team of 12 volunteers. Without the volunteers no parkrun so many thanks to all that helped out!
We have introduced a funnel manager to deal with the larger numbers which is working well. Eager to try out this new volunteer role? Let us know!
Of the 227 people who ran, jogged and walked the course, 63 were first timers and of those returning 32 recorded new PBs. Representatives of 22 different running and triathlon clubs took part.
One of our regulars Richard came to do his last parkrun (for a while anyway) with us today and said his goodbyes as he is moving onto new adventures in the States. We expect you to set up a parkrun there Richard
To avoid your parkrun day getting spoiled, please do not park within 100m of the traffic lights at the entrance to Seán Moore Park on Beach Road as you are at risk of getting clamped.
The GAA car park is also out of bounds for parkrunners so while Beach car parks may be a bit further away, they remain a good alternative if you are looking for parking.
This year we will be hosting a special New Years day parkrun at Poolbeg! We'll be teaming up with Cabinteely who will also organise one that day so that people can go for the unique double of 2 parkruns in 1 day! In order for people to make it across we will start at the UK start time of 9am. Mark your diaries now and start 2019 as you mean to go on!
Remember us mentioning that we are fundraising to get our own AED earlier this year? Apart from asking for a small donation, we’ve been working behind the scenes to sourcing funding and are delighted to have been picked as one of the local charities in the Tesco community fund! You can find ‘our’ tube for your blue tokens in Tesco Upper Baggot Street so if you are in the area and have a few tokens going drop in and put them in!!! We’ll be there for a few months so no need to hurry down but if you think off it when passing in the next while...
Many thanks from your Poolbeg parkrun team!
Another beautiful morning at the most scenic parkrun in Dublin! Hats off to David who has been part of our core team from the word go but stepped up today to take on the role of run director for the first time! Well done David!
David and his team of 10 volunteers made it possible for 108 people to run, jog and walk the course. 23 of the 108 were first timers and of those returning 32 recorded new PBs. Some of those PBs were achieved by regular volunteers which shows that volunteering pays off and you get kudos for your next run!!! Representatives of 9 different running and triathlon clubs took part.
Enjoy your long weekend and the weather we’re having and see you next week!
If you are doing DIL at 4.15 next Saturday morning why not come out and volunteer with us after? Drop us a line here or at email@example.com. Have a good one!