Tralee parkrun #267. The big birthday bash.. “Where Everybody Knows Your Name”

1 bannerWe love to celebrate at Tralee parkrun and what better occasion than on our 5th birthday. We were all set for a perfect day... a fine, dry morning (Pat Sheehy’s magical powers must be back), a rosterful of wonderful volunteers, 344 walkers, joggers and runners, morphman (!), singing and of course cake... lots of cake!

2 touristsColm and Jane Lynch welcomed first timers to parkrun and tourists. We had VIP tourists from the UK joining us for our special day: Don and Sue Esslemont, Nigel Cronin and his parkrun partner in crime Simon Gooch, and Linda and Pat, former Tralee parkrunners now living in England (more on Linda later) all lined up for our 5th birthday parkrun.

3 j10During the briefing I presented Junior 10 certs to Saoirse and Patrick.

4 eddyRunning his 100th parkrun today was Teddy Foley.

5 lindaWe had the aforementioned Linda Yates who loves Tralee parkrun so much that she travelled from England especially to join us to celebrate her big milestone.

6 janeIt was a special day for junior parkrunner Jane as not only did Jane run her 100th parkrun  she also volunteered for her 100th time at the First Timers Briefing. The future is bright for parkrun with juniors like Jane at the helm.

7 kerryAlthough not official milestones Geoff Stacey ran his 150th and Kerry Constant ran his 200th parkrun.

D50_8702I took the opportunity to thank all of  our  core team of volunteers at the briefing. We are very fortunate to have a  loyal   and hard working group  of rds at Tralee for the past five years  who ensure our parkrun runs seamlessly from week to week.

Thank you also to our hosts in the town park, Kerry County Council and to Kerry Sports and Recreation Partnership  for their ongoing support of parkrun.

We could not let the day go by without our Annual  Birthday Awards. This year our awards went like this:

8 sophieAwesome Volunteering Award – we agree that all our volunteers are awesome but the award for the most awesome volunteer went to junior parkrunner Sophie who likes to volunteer with her family and she  always does an excellent job. Thank you Sophie.

9 hilda geoffBest parkrun couple.  This award went to Geoff and Hilda Stacey. As Geoff took ill recently after parkrun and he was looked after by Hilda who gave him important first aid and  got him to the hospital on time. We are all  glad to see both of them back at parkrun in the last couple of weeks. Hilda’s message at the briefing... was to please tell your partner if you’re not feeling well. It could  save your life.

10 kathleenRD Debut of the year  –  This went to Kathleen Curtin who took on the role of run director with great initiative, gusto and a sense of fun on the week of the Born to Run volunteer takeover.

11 aliceLast year we had parkrun pin-up... this year we went one step further with the Rear of the Year Award which went to Tim O'Connell for his unholy exposure at our hospital volunteer takeover last year. Alice coillected for him as he was ashamed to show his... Face!

12 johnnyMaster Baker Award… this went to John Conway who is famous for his torte and who for the second year in a row made our birthday cake. It was totally delish and disappeared in no time rapidly.

13 jamesRunning Awards.Most first finishes: James Daley and Mary Fitzsimons. Mary couldn't be here this week and will collect her award next Saturday.

14 majellaMajella Diskin for setting an a new Tralee age grade record: 89.67%!

15 warblersIn the last  five years we have ran a total of over  263,000 kms which is equal to 6.6 times around the world. We have had 703 different volunteers look after 4976 walkers, joggers and runners and we have had 7878 PBs!! The statistics  are fantastic but it is the friendships made and the sense of fun and community felt that compels us to return to parkrun again and again and that feeling of wellness was in abundance all throughout the morning. Not least of all at the end of the briefing when we had a musical treat from Sharon Condon and her parkrun Warblers with our own version of  “Where Everybody Knows Your Name” ... this brought warm fuzzy feelings all round and perhaps a few teary eyes.

We have a lot to thank parkrun's founder Paul Snton-Hewitt for as our Saturday mornings  have changed for the better forever. Thank you Paul.

We had a big turn out this week  and we were just 6 shy of our overall attendance record which stands at 350. Over 50 people walked the course and as Park Walk at parkrun continues for another three weeks please encourage others you know to come a long and join us and remember parkrun is a run not a race... everyone covers the same distance.

16a oisWell done to Oisin, Stephen Moore and Luke and to the ladies, Ciara Tierney, followed by Sinead Healy and Majella Diskin.
17a ciaraWe had 22 pbs today .. so a big well done to all of them. Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Tralee parkrun Results Page.

WhatsApp Image 2020-02-01 at 13.25.13-2Afterwards we went along to the Conference Centre of the Brandon Hotel for a hot drink and some of John Conway’s birthday cake. A big thank you to everyone who dropped in home made goodies and treats and thanks to Tony for the photographic slide show bringing back memories from the last five years. Thank you also to staff at the Brandon Hotel who always look after us very well.

Our hi vis heroes this week were: Don ESSLEMONT • Siobhan KEARNEY • Jane LYNCH • Colm LYNCH • Fiona COOKE • Oisin MURRAY • Elaine FOLEY • Triona DALY • Tony HIGGINS • Frances QUINN • Emer LARDNER • Mary KILKENNY BARRETT • Denis BROSNAN • Madeline BROSNAN • Monica DILLANE • Rachel FOLEY • John ROBINSON • Tom CREAN • Majella PIERSE • Dan PIERSE • Kathleen CURTIN • Martin TIERNEY • Gerard O'CARROLL • Yann O'CARROLL • Billy LYONS • Fiona KELLY • Grainne COLEMAN O' KEEFFE • Padraig O KEEFFE

We currently need a timekeeper and a barcode scanners for next Saturday’s event so please get in touch with your barcode if you can help out. We would especially love to hear from anyone who has not volunteered in a while or who has never volunteered.

That is all for now everyone. Here is to the another great year of parkrunning in Tralee.


Looking forward to next week already.

Siobhan Kearney, A1055159.

P.S. I will leave you with the parkrun Warblers version of  Where Everybody Knows Your Name.

Making your way in the world today
Takes everything you've got;
Taking a break from Trump and Brexit
Sure would help a lot.
Wouldn't you like to get away

Sometimes you wanna do
parkrun where we all know your name,
And we’re always glad you came;
You wanna be here in Tralee,
Your friends think just the same;
You wanna be where everybody knows your name.
You wanna be here in Tralee,
Your friends think just the same;
You wanna be where everybody knows your name.

Roll outta bed, and get well fed
The morning's looking bright;
You got your barcode in your pocket
This just feels so right.....
That PB might be in sight......


There’s one place in the world
Where everybody knows your name,
And we’re always glad you came;
You wanna go where people know,
Tralee we’re are all the same;
You wanna go where everybody knows your name.
You wanna go where people know,
Tralee we’re are all the same;
You wanna go where everybody knows your name.