First things first, I would like to again thank all 26 amazing volunteers who came down and helped me run a very smooth operation this morning. They are as follows:
David BUTLER • Siobhan KEARNEY • Pat SHEEHY • Pauline CAMPION • Catherine BURKE • Jane LYNCH • John CONWAY • Majella DISKIN • Tony HIGGINS • Frances QUINN • David RATH • Stella O'SHEA • Moira HORGAN • Mary SHEA • John ROBINSON • Dan PIERSE • Linda O SULLIVAN • Jemma O'SHEA • Sinéad HEALY • Ellen Mulcahy LYNCH • Darragh M. LYNCH • Josie O'SHEA • Ciara MURPHY • Amy ROCHETEAU PITMAN • Breda CASEY • Patrick ROCHETEAU PITMAN
This morning we had David and Ciara doing the timekeeping, while Catherine, David and Sinead were scanning the barcodes.
Thanks also to Pauline and Majella for handing out the finish tokens to everyone who took part this morning. Unfortunately, finish token number 37 never made it home (sad face). Check your pockets! Don’t worry, I’ve checked my pockets too! Ellen was our Communications Person and helped recruit some more volunteers for the next few weeks. We are very lucky that we have another healthy-looking roster for next few weeks, but we’ve got a few more roles available so if you have never volunteered or haven’t done so in a while, please give your name and barcode number to our communications person Helen next week.
Breda took some fabulous photos of everyone this morning and you can find these on our Facebook page. Ellen also doubled up as our second photographer (while free from communications) and her photos can also be found on our Facebook page.
Without our volunteers, there would be no Tralee parkrun. So, if you haven’t volunteered yet or you haven’t volunteered in a while, I would encourage you to do so! It’s a great opportunity to give back, but also an opportunity to meet new people! Fun Fact; to-date, we have had 710 individual parkrunners volunteer on over 5,718 occasions! Let’s keep that number rising!
When I arrived down to the town park this morning at 7.45am, Tony was already out performing the event day course check and reported that the course was clear of debris, so we were good to go! Pat and John soon arrived and helped set up the finish funnel.
We did have a few isolated showers while setting up, but as Pat predicted, these showers soon dissipated, just in time for parkrun!
Thanks to Frances, who was ably assisted by Yann, in delivering the first-timers briefing this morning. We had eight people doing their first parkrun ever and we also had nine people visiting us from other parkruns events. We hope you all had a great morning and we look forward to seeing our first timers back again next Saturday for more parkrun fun!
Mary was our marshal this morning and took their post over by the dog-leg, making sure our parkrunners didn’t take any shortcuts this morning! Thanks Mary. As always, Billy was here this morning by his corner at the back of Siamsa Tire, encouraging everyone along the route. Thanks Billy.
Our Tail Walkers this morning were Jemma and Josie O’Shea. Moira was our #parkwalk leader this morning, welcoming anyone who wished to walk this morning. Thanks to all three ladies for making sure all our parkrunners made it around the course safely.
I checked my watch at 9.23am and it was time to get the show on the road, as I knew we had a lot to get through. I reminded all of our regular parkrunners and our visitors about the importance of keeping left while taking part in the event and allowing those parkrunners who are that bit faster than us to overtake on the right hand-side. I was happy to hear all went smoothly this morning.
I gave people two fun facts this morning; the first being parkrun Ireland had hoped to hit 2,000,000 parkruns this morning, however, we some events cancelled due to the poor weather, we look set to break this record next Saturday morning.
We did however break our own record here in Tralee! We broke 5,000 finishers with 17 first timers this morning. Paul was our 5,000th person to finish at Tralee parkrun.
With my RD briefing complete, it was now time to move on to the presentation of this weeks certificates (my favourite part of the day!). We had plenty of certificates to present and thanks again to Jane for assisting me this morning. Jane is one of our stalwart volunteers at Tralee parkrun. Fun Fact, she has volunteered over 103 times at parkrun events…so far!
So, first off, we had the Junior 10 certificate - congratulations to Abbie! Next up, we had the 50 club. Congratulations to Breda!
Then, we had the 100 club. Congratulations to Liam!
We then had one person join our unofficial 150 Club. Congratulations to Catherine!Now, we usually don’t recognise a person running their 99th parkrun in Tralee, but this week we had Sean from Hartstown running with us again; he has run over 15 of his soon to be 100 parkruns in Tralee. Congratulations Sean!
Finally, after all our certificates were presented, I took a moment to recognise Caroline Lynch, one of our core team members here in Tralee. For the past 24 months, she has been traversing the byways and highways of our fine country, on a mission to complete all 96 parkruns in the Republic of Ireland. And so she did, completing her journey last week in Malahide - the first parkrun to be set up in Ireland. Caroline joins Bertie and Bairbre Hickey, who were the first couple in Ireland to complete the challenge.
With all the certificates and presentations made, it was time to get parkrun #270 motoring! With my timekeepers David and Ciara at the ready, I blew my whistle and our 229 parkrunners headed off!
Those few rays of sunshine must have done wonders for some of our parkrunners; we had 16 parkrunners set new PB’s this morning! These included Abbie, Anita, Anne Marie, Cathy O'B, Cathy S, Denise, Eleanor, Enda, Jimmy, Joan, Joe, John Joe, Masud, Pat, Robert and Veronica. Well done to all!
Remember, parkrun is just a run and only a race against yourself, not others. Fun Fact: to date we have had 7,949 individual PB’s in Tralee alone!
Our first finishers this week were Mary and Stephen. Well done to both of ye!
A big thanks to Stella and John for their assistance in processing the results afterwards in the Brandon Hotel.
You’re in good hands next Saturday! John Conway will be taking the helm once again and it promises to be another great parkrun!
Slán go fóill! (Bye for now!)