“Angels of Mercy” – The Hospital Takeover

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This week's parkrun #241 was the second "takeover" by the staff and retired staff of University Hospital Kerry - the Angels of Mercy! And such was the willingness of the Caring Professions to help out, we could easily have filled the volunteer roster twice! This was the second (hopefully annual) Hospital Takeover, with some familiar faces and some new - refresh your memory here.



We knew it was going to be fun when Matron Catherine arrived in uniform, followed shortly by parkrun-patient Tim. You'll all be glad to hear Tim is making excellent recovery. We can only feel sorry anyone who was following Tim around the three laps, gown flapping in the breeze!

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3 firstiesWe had lots of people doing their first ever parkrun, and tourists from far and wide met Anne Kelly for the First-Timers' Briefing. Our visitors included Christina from Westport, William and Joanna with 130 parkruns between them, Siobhain from Clare, and John and Brendan from Listowel. Jacek from Killarney made his first trip up the N22 from his base in Killarney (no Killarney House parkrun, of course) - just two weeks before his century.


D5O_5973Our VIP Visitor of the Week was Jake, also from Listowel, who accompanied his dad Tim who is Event Director of Listowel parkrun, and back in the day was one of us!

4 50sDavid Walsh finally got to do his 50th parkrun - he's been on 49 for a few weeks but has been busy clocking up lots more than 5k on Saturday mornings! Niall Carr also hit the 50 mark this week.


5 100s

Ann O'Mahony ran her 100th today, with the same big smile on her face as she had for the last 99. Also hitting her century this morning was Mary Kilkenny-Barrett, who was another of the Angels of Mercy who wanted to volunteer this week!


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Catherine O'Halloran missed a few weeks parkrunning due to injury, but volunteered every week - but when she heard about the hospital takeover she just HAD to be involved! So to allow her to run her 150th today, she took on the job of token-sorting which is one of the roles that earn you both a volunteering and a running credit. There's no T-shirt for 150, of course, and Catherine has long ago earned the volunteer T-shirt, so I'm afraid it's another 100 runs before her next free item of parkrun apparel! Not only did we lose no tokens this week, our team of token-sorters actually found an extra one!


7 startThe morning was dry for the most part for the 260 runners. Shortly after 9:30, they were off. After only five and a half minutes we saw our first runner, and it looked like a very fast time.


8 male f 123It was first-time parkrunner Thibaut Hocquette from Brittany, who was sorry he hadn't discovered parkrun before this, as he's due to return to France next week at the end of his two month stay. Thibaut's time of 17:29 saw him a couple of minutes clear of Garrett and Padraig!


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Even more amazing was the performance of our First-Lady-With-A-Barcode, Majella Diskin, whose time of 22:37 earns her a place in the top 5 age-grade scores for Ireland this week! Great running too by Siobhan Kearney with her fastest time this year and visitor Liz Lynch.


11 MOMWe had 15 runners earning new Personal Best times today, a special mention to Máiréad O'Mahony who had her 10th PB (with a little help from her guide Sharon, Queen of Pacers) - Máiréad is now thirteen minutes faster than her first parkrun in January - it helps that she hasn't missed a single week since she started!

The Full Results of parkrun #241 are here and Mohamed took lots of photos which you can see on our Facebook page.

Next week's parkrun might have a slightly similar feel, with Sharon Condon in charge. That  usually means Brownies... no wonder the roster has been full for weeks... but we're always looking for new volunteers to share the load. Have a look at the roster for the next few weeks and see when you'd like to join over 650 parkrunners who have volunteered at our parkrun! You can tell the Communications Person (with "The Book") any week or e-mail tralee@parkrun.com with your name, barcode number and the dates you'd like to help out.

Tony Higgins

Run Director


Tralee parkrun #240.. Not All Heroes Wear Capes. 

I landed in the Town Park at 7.45am this morning. Bit early? Well I was dropping my youngest son Oisin (missing out on parkrun sadly) to catch a bus to Dublin and like some other parkrunners I am training to run the Dublin City Marathon at the end of October so  I decided to get a few laps of the town park in before donning the blue and white hi vis.

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Tony was already in situ as I was parking my car  and as I took off on my run John Robinson arrived. Two laps down and Pat Sheehy appeared as did Frances Quinn. Pre event set up was done and dusted by the time my run was over. Easy peasy. Thank you so much for making my job a walk in the park this morning Tony, John, Pat and Frances.


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As well as keeping me on the straight and narrow this morning Frances also briefed  our first timers and tourists. We had lots of visitors including some from Cambridge (Linda and James who were in Ireland for a family party but managed to sneak in their parkrun fix with us), Limerick, Armagh and Germany. We also had a contingent from the Higgins family join us with Tony's brothers Eddy from Cork, Joe from San Francisco and Tony's sister Ann whose home parkrun is Griffeen.



Certificates were joyfully received this morning by John Cahill doing his 50thparkrun...

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... Kathleen Curtin and Ann Conway both hitting the big 100 today...


...and our one and only Tralee parkrun superhero Pat Sheehy completed his 150thparkrun.

6 startThe rain held off... pretty much... and our 192 walkers and runners took off.

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Well done to our first finishers Stephen Moore who  was our first man home and Ciara Tierney, not too exhausted after finishing second last Saturday in the Tralee Triathlon, was our first lady across the line. First junior boy home and on his 166thparkrun was super speedy  Zach and our first girl finisher was Jennifer who also got a pb for herself. Here's all this week's results.


A huge thank you to all of our volunteers who ensured a happy, safe, timed 5k for everyone. They are the heroes behind our parkurn every week as without them parkrun simply could not go ahead. Please consider volunteering if you are a regular or even a not so regular parkrunner. Full training is given on the morning and it really is as much fun (and some would say even more) as running. You can give your details to the Run Director any Saturday morning, message us on facebook or email us at tralee@parkrun.com

Special  mention to junior parkrunner Aoife who was barcode scanning and to her sister Bríd on timekeeping (Bríd did an excellent job while also being engrossed in her book at the same time... multi tasking at its best.)

We have switched over to using the parkrun virtual volunteer app for barcode scanning and timekeeping so please consider downloading this free app onto your smartphone. The app is easy to use and it helps us process results a lot more efficiently.

In saying that  parkrun gremlins were out in force while I was on my laptop  back in the Brandon Hotel but luckily I had parkrun results wizard Tony by my side so I could still enjoy my tea and scone while he told me which buttons to hit to make sure all the results were as accurate as possible.

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We said farewell to Sebastian and Julia who are returning to their homeland of Germany on Monday. They have been familiar faces within our parkrun community since February 2018  and they also joined us and helped us to organise our trip last year to Berlin. Their home parkrun now will be in Germany - although their nearest event may actually be across the border in Poland - so if you fancy some parkrun tourism a little further afield then look no further.

Thank you everyone for coming out this morning in spite of the unpredicatable weather conditions. Week in week out Tralee parkrun is fun and uplifting and never fails to deliver...l  am looking forward to next week’s parkrun already when Tony will be in charge for our hospital  volunteer takeover.

Until then take care and happy running.

Siobhan Kearney A1055159

Run Director. #loveparkrun








Run Report #239 – Jimmy Laide

A dry humid morning for Tralee parkrun number 239. Everything set up and in place at 8.30 by early birds John & Pat.

All volunteers present and raring to go fully wireless with parkrun app.

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243 men women and juniors set off at 9.30

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Catherine briefed our First-Timers and Tourists

parkrun tourists from Dublin, Cork, Clare, Belfast, Longford, Limerick and Devon reminded us that this was a holiday weekend.

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3 jackie50 milestone for Jackie Treanor

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100 parkruns for John Moriarty and Hilda Jones was our well deserving parkrunners of the month for July.

6 hildaparkrunner of the month Hilda with some of her biggest fans!


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First finisher was Stephen Moore, First female (and fastest junior lady) was Hannah with a great run and new pb.
8 pbsRoss and Máiréad were both among the PBs, with their guides Darragh and Mary

Altogether there was 17 pb’s on the day and 5 people completed their very first parkrun.
Thanks to all this weeks volunteers and we look forward to parkrun #240 next Saurdayt when Siobhán will be in charge.



Tralee parkrun Report #238 – Pa Daly


The world it was in chaos as we prepared to run again
Trump is in the White House and Boris in Number 10,
Plastic fills the oceans, there’s too much carbon overhead
And rather than save the world we saved the banks instead
London it is boiling, we’ve had a very warm July
But it was the 9.15 downpour that nearly made me cry
Usually at that time rain at parkrun it does cease
But the volunteers they persevered and rolled up their sleeves

2 visitorsIn the gate they came from Dumfries,
And Bournemouth by the sea
From Oldbridge and Antrim town
And the staff in UCC
Carlow Town and Galway, Fairview and Ballygunner,
Three from Limerick City and... yet another Vegan Runner

Was there Something in the Air or was it just the rain?
Is this a new Year Zero or will the effort be in vain?
Maybe the revolution’s just for fitness but it’s an ok start to meet
At the pinnacle of parkrun at the end of Denny Street

3 volunteersOur parkrun Number 238 by a team was made
so Respect to all the volunteers who took time out to aid
We all know these parkruns don’t just happen by themselves
To prep, and check and charge the box we don’t have parkrun elves
Roy Keane said Fail to Prepare, then you Prepare to Fail,
So I started with a playlist to help runners on the trail

Tony Higgins set up at 5.05, that’s what I call preparation
Before to Bere Island he led his delegation
Siobhán rang volunteers, Dan And Pat put out the cones,
While the chef in the Brandon mixed and baked the scones.
James Daley prepared by doing a warm up lap (or two)
And Seán Griffin returned to Tubrid to fetch his parkrun App

5 startersEven though the rain came, it is my belief
On this warm July day it brought participants relief
By cooling down our runners between the shelter of the trees
And no doubt assisted with the 39 PBs.

DSC_4682 MOSS Deirdre WALSHE John MOORE Stephen GAVIN Jason Mark PACER

The App means we receive the scans and times from cyberspace,
Even quicker than all the crew that kept the pace,
So final thanks to Darragh, teams Tierney, Walshe and Moss
To Jason and Stephen too, but with myself I was very cross

2 5kyourwayThere was one thing to mention, the one that got away
I forgot Stella’s Support group - 5K Your Way.
It’s for those of us who are living with, or being treated,
For friends and family. Just in case you need it.

Pa Daly
Run DIrector

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parkrunner of the month – June 2019

POTM June 2019

D72_5788 O'MAHONY Máiréad PIERSE Dan

• Dan guided Máiréad to a PB back in April - but she's had three more since!

Name: Mairead O Mahony

Club: Tralee parkrun

Age: 36

D5O_9609 O'MAHONY Máiréad AHERN Majella

• Máiréad and Majella would both be much quicker if they weren't laughing all the time... But where's the fun in that?

Home parkrun: Tralee

Occupation: Unemployed

Number of runs: 29

D5O_8065 SHEEHY Pat O'MAHONY Máiréad LYNCH Emer Ellen HIGGINS Tony

• Máiréad with Emer, Pat and Ellen - One of the gang!

Favourite volunteer role: So far giving the first timers briefing.

What do you do at parkrun? I walk the 5K and try to improve on my times on a regular basis.


• Máiréad and Mary powering their way to Mairéad's PB earlier this month!

How has parkrun changed your running? When I started off doing parkrun, it took me almost 58 minutes to complete the 5K and recently I have completed it in 47:15. Recently I started jogging a little on each lap and this is something I never thought I would have the confidence to do but the encouragement I receive from my VI guides is brilliant and makes me want to push myself while having fun.

D5O_3035 LYNCH ELlen O'MAHONY Mairead

• Máiréad and Ross with some of the regulars in June 2019

What do you like about parkrun? Everyone is always so friendly and welcoming and everyone has a good word of encouragement to say to each other when passing during the laps. It is very inclusive and I love the fact that I also get to volunteer like everyone else. I have formed lots of friendships and stay in touch with people during the week.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment? Every now and then when I am in the middle of my second lap I say to my guide will we tell them this is our last lap when we get to the finish point but I don’t get away with it.

D5O_6868 HIGGINS Tony O'MAHONY Mairead

• Mairéad's first parkrun in January 2019, guided by Tony

How did you get involved with parkrun? A few people had suggested it to me but I always ruled it out as I thought you would have to run the 5K but when I contacted Tralee parkrun they reassured me that there is lots of walkers as well.

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