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Father Collins Parkrun 129 – 10.03.2018

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Father Collins Parkrun 129 – 10.03.2018

After the Beast from the East led to our little parkrun being cancelled on the 3rd March all of us at Team Father Collins were all keen get back to business as usual…

Aoife had volunteered to step up to the plate and to wear the blue and white high viz Run Director’s jacket! Aoife is one of the friendliest ever run directors not just in our little parkrun but right across the country.

The miserable weather did little to dampen her enthusiasm as she warmly welcomed everyone to the event. Aoife has many strings to her bow; she is a wonderful mum, a keen runner; with a marathon and 100 parkruns in the bag and in her everyday life she is a primary school teacher –the perfect choice to step up as RD for one of the Saturdays that falls in Seachtain na Gaeilge (ironically enough SnaG lasts a full two weeks).

Chuir Aoife fáilte roimh chách agus cé go raibh an aimsir lofa bhí parkrun den scoith againn – mar is gnáth! Ghlac 67 daoine páirt agus thóg Aoife neart griangrafanna atá thuas ar facebook.

This week 67 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 9 were first timers and 12 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 8 different clubs took part. Well done the following participants on their PBs, we take our hats off to you!

  1. Declan Connolly
  2. Jim Keogh
  3. Mark Bradshaw
  4. Fintina Kealey
  5. Deirdre O’Dwyer
  6. Deirdre Wright
  7. Andreea Bortas
  8. Aoife Bell
  9. Caroline Foster
  10. Sheila Byrne
  11. Eimear Dunne
  12. Josephine O’Connor

The Aesthetically Pleasing Time of the Week goes to regular runner and volunteer Raul Portales with a lovely 23 minutes! Maith thú Raul!

The event was made possible by 12 volunteers:

George WHYTE • Maebh MONAHAN • Aoife MCCARTHY • Harm LUIJKX • Anton SWEENEY • Darragh SWEENEY • Stephen BYRNE • Niamh EUSTACE • Maurice O’CONNELL • Celine O’CONNELL • Guus LEEUW • Catraoine LYNCH

Today’s full results and a complete event history can be found on the Father Collins parkrun Results Page.

The female record is held by Hannah OLDROYD who recorded a time of 17:30 on 18th June 2016 (event number 38).
The male record is held by Ray HYNES who recorded a time of 15:36 on 6th January 2018 (event number 121).
The Age Grade course record is held by Matt SHIELDS who recorded 88.68% (18:15) on 3rd October 2015 (event number 1).

Father Collins parkrun started on 3rd October 2015. Since then 1,792 participants have completed 8,665 parkruns covering a total distance of 43,325 km, including 1,607 new Personal Bests.

We look forward to seeing you for the second week of Seachtain Na Gaeilge – parkrun abú. Make sure you have your green gear ready for Saturday morning,

Slán go fóill,


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