This weeks Run Report was written by one of our visitors Alison Curry, who has joined us before from London with her partner Ian Sloyan(family from here) and their daughters Rosa and Marley.
30 participants, supported by 13 volunteers, braved this morning’s blustery weather, and after a soggy start we were rewarded with spectacular views where the sun burst through
Of today’s walkers and runners, 5 were first timers, including the winner Richard Gibson who also celebrated his 50th parkrun. First lady finisher today was Joanna. We were delighted to welcome among the visitors Joy and Donald Bell who were marking their 51st wedding anniversary. On finishing, Donald joked that Bere Island is the only course that starts and finishes in the same place, yet seems to be uphill all the way. Joining them were Brothers Richard and Stephen Gibson from Antrim, Joanna Patterson Belfast with Thomas Chambers Bristol. We hope you all had an enjoyable Bere Island parkrun experience.
I’m an occasional parkrunner, only hitting the 10 mark last week (3 here in Bere Island and 7 at home in London). Looking at my stats I was reminded that Bere Island was actually my first parkrun in 2016. It’s a warm and friendly event and after witnessing the prizegiving last week in the Bake House I’d love to swing it to reach a significant milestone here. Many thanks to today’s volunteers: Noelette Buckley, Dominic Hallahan, Barry Hanley, Ann Marie Harrington, Carol Murphy, Oisin Murphy, Edel Murphy, Brendan Murphy, Catherine Sullivan, Joanne Sullivan, Sheila Walsh, and John Walsh. Thanks also to Bere Island Ferries and the wonderful Bakehouse. How Edel manages to appear cool and unflustered after racing around at top speed is beyond me.
We have just been informed that legendary wheelchair athlete Jerry Forde will be joining us next week to do our parkrun. He has 450 marathons done to date, an amazing achievement. He has kindly accepted Proinnsias’ request to come visit us and so will do so between the Wexford and Kildare marathons next weekend. Please come join us in welcoming him to Bere Island.
See you next week!
Thank you Alison