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.
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.
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...
... Kathleen Curtin and Ann Conway both hitting the big 100 today...
...and our one and only Tralee parkrun superhero Pat Sheehy completed his 150thparkrun.
The rain held off... pretty much... and our 192 walkers and runners took off.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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