Thanks to Jacinta for the report and Proinnsias for the photos posted on our parkrun page on Saturday.
This week we celebrated our 4th birthday and what a beautiful morning it was, bright sunshine to entice us out of our beds, get the runners laced up and head for Bere Island. We had 100 participants and a close finish at the end with the first three home having new PB’s, but first in was newly wed Kevin Gleeson who obviously had a pep in his step this week, congratulations again to him and his new wife Lina, best wishes to you both from all at Bere Island Parkrun. We also had four more PB’s and 16 first timers. Along with our birthday celebrations Breandan Murphy reached his 100th parkrun, which gave us an excuse to have two cakes! Breandan is an inspiration to any of us who may be out with injury as he was unable to run for quite a while due to surgery, but he came back stronger than ever and I’m backchasing him up the hill again.
The birthday celebrations gave us a chance to reflect on what a fantastic thing Parkrun is and in particular Bere Island Parkrun (biased I Know). The Island has a population of 167 and yet 825 people have registered Bere Island as their home Parkrun. Over the four years we have had 1449 participants from all over the world. We have a core group of volunteers who turn up every week and who keep the whole thing running like clockwork, we appreciate every single participant, those who come every week and all our visitors, those who run super fast and those who like a leisurely stroll. We also have to mention Bere Island Ferries who changed their timetable to suit Parkrun and who also provide the buses needed, we cannot mention buses without a special thanks to our regular driver Colin who has provided many an interesting journey! And last but definetly not least a huge thank you to Edel and Brendan and all at the Bakehouse, because this is the most important part of the morning where we all get to chat and relax with a well deserved scone and coffee.
So well done to all involved and here’s to many more Saturday mornings in Bere Island, because when you are running around the course on a morning like this and the sun is glistening on the sea you realise how lucky we are to have such a stunning location for a Parkrun, so come along all you runners, walkers, joggers, and join the adventure, you won’t be disappointed.
Latest results http://www.parkrun.ie/bereisland/results/latestresults/