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I was cajoled in to writing the run report this week. I left my job the other day so have a bit of free time until the next one. It is emotional saying goodbye to workmates with whom you’ve toiled collectively for some time. It was especially sad to say goodbye to the barista in my local coffee shop also. We have nice interaction. He’s Italian and his English is poor, but it is better than my Italian. He always asks me what I’m doing for the weekend. I take a deep breath and contemplate explaining the #loveparkrun phenomenon to him. He hasn’t yet grasped it. I tried my best to share the love.

My barista likes Irish people. He says they don’t bitch about each other. He reckons it’s because we’re too busy talking about the weather. Barista knows best.

He might be right. There was a lot of talk about the improving weather at parkrun this week. Certainly there was no bitching. Well, that’s provided you don’t include some moaning about the pool of water on a part of the route. And I thought we’d hardened after a tough winter.

Its always nice when we’ve visitors to our wonderful park. We’d loads today. I saw some guys fervently checking their phone in the Shopping Centre early this morning. They were either playing Pokémon unsuccessfully or they were lost. They were lost and admitted as much. I was in the right place at the right time to guide them to the prize Pokémon, aka, the Start line. After the run they told us we are very fortunate to have a beautiful park to parkrun each week.  We know that. It isn’t something we take for granted. In fact, the park staff were doing great work tidying the park during the week, which might explain the little ‘puddle’ which was encountered today.
The event was made possible by 16 wonderful volunteers:

Hilary MCNAMARA • Niall COPPINGER • Camilla TUFFY • Tom O’DWYER • Brian MCCANN • Ita O’FARRELL • Martina COPPINGER • Sue HORSBURGH • Bruce HORSBURGH • Noel AHERN • Declan COPPINGER • Christine KINSELLA • Peter GILBOURNE • Mary MAGUIRE • John HEALY • Muiriosa BROSNAN

Our volunteer Christine brought some delicious cake to celebrate her tremendous performance in the Connemara Ultra Marathon the previous week. Our volunteers are super efficient. So, immediately after setting the runners on their way the cake was cut and devoured by the hi-viz heroes, or villains, as the case may be. Just as well our runners were sprightly in returning to the finish or else there may have been none left to share amongst the participants.

First across the line today was Luke Davis (19:20), his first time to do so. Our first female was Clara Kinsella, age category 11-14 (22:02). It is her fourth time as first female.

This week 151 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 28 were first timers and 33 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 11 different clubs took part. You all did fantastically and should be proud. We get very excited when we greet our first timers, so please make sure you return.

The male record is held by Sam LLOYD-PERKS who recorded a time of 16:44 on 8th April 2017 (event number 7).

The female record is held by Clare NOONAN who recorded a time of 18:59 on 20th January 2018 (event number 48). The Age Grade course record is held by Judith LLOYD who recorded 87.44% (25:53) on 4th March 2017 (event number 2).

Bushy Dublin parkrun started on 25th February 2017. Since then 2,287 participants have completed 7,738 parkruns covering a total distance of 38,690 km, including 1,393 new Personal Bests.

Okay, espresso time. See you next week. Until then,  arrivederci.

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