As I arrived into Tralee on a dark, gloomy morning at 8.30 am, I found that the townpark had already been set up for the parkrun by Tony, Pat, Siobhan and Cora. It was a very wet morning and there had been a lot of rain overnight, however that did not deter our 26 volunteers and 175 runners from taking part in Saturday's parkrun.
Yann welcomed the First Timers and explained the route. I started the run briefing at approximately 9.25 am. We didn't have any parkrun tourists but we welcomed back frequent visitor Bob Quinn from Poolbeg Parkrun.
We welcomed a group of students and staff from Mounthawk Secondary School who were embarking on a couch to 5K, in conjunction with Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership. We look forward to seeing them again at parkrun along with some of their friends who ducked out because of the rain!
Speaking of DUCKS!!, it seems that Mrs O Shea from Mounthawk is going a bit QUACKER'S, since she turned 50, and we all sang Happy Birthday to MRS QUACK!! I mean Stella O Shea!!!
We were all delighted to welcome back Geoffery and Hilda Stacey. Geoffrey was looking a picture of health and we also wished him a Happy Birthday, coming up during the week (70 Years Young!)
During the briefing my mind wandered back to my home County, the Great County Of Cork!! and I thanked Cork County Council instead of Kerry County Council for their support to our parkrun. I was quickly corrected by Kerry County Council Engineer Colm Lynch!!
175 runners and walkers proceeded to do their three laps of the parkrun and enjoyed the run despite the puddles and wet conditions.
Stephen Moore was first finisher in at 19.08. Mary Fitzsimons was the first woman at 21.44 and Mary proceeded to do barcode scanning after her run. On looking at the results page I clicked on 'Sort by Age Grade %' as opposed to position and found that Mary Fitzsimons was first overall with 82%, Phyllis O Herlihy was 2nd at 81%, Stephen Moore joint 3rd at 74% with Marian McElligott also at 74% and 4th then John Mitchell at 73%.
Cathal Geary a first timer started his first parkrun just as some of the faster runners were starting their 2nd lap and acheived an age grade of 40%, safe to say he will improve on this if he can get out of bed on time!!
Our event Director Siobhan had her own personal pacer today – 12 year old Darragh, and Darragh was the perfect gentleman leaving Siobhan cross the line before him.
Well done to all parkrunners, Walkers and Volunteers today.
Just a Reminder to next week's volunteers to download the parkrun Virtual Volunteer app to your phone and charge your phone for Saturday when Pauline Dennigan will be Run Director.