The second thing I noticed, was how many women were running, every other run I've been at has been dominated by men, so it was lovely to see an almost 50:50 split.
The course it's self is two laps and all on path, meaning it was perfect for a few hardcore parents running with buggies. There was almost a surprise around every turn, one minute you're running by a pond with some kids feeding the ducks, the next you can hear the cars on the M50 what feels like 10ft from your head. There was GAA training, kids soccer training and quite a few excitable dogs. Who knew there was so much life at 9.30am on a Saturday morning?!
First finisher was Kevin ENGLISH (17:56), followed by Eoin FITZPATRICK (18:44) hot on his heals was Fionn CARROLL (18:49) who ran his first parkrun and finished 3rd.
The first of the ladies home was Sinead TANGENY (21:14) achieving a PB, followed by Sophie MC GOVERN (22:39) also a PB (and an impressive time for a JW runner) Pamela NOONAN (24:47) rounded off the top 3.
There were also a few milestones to note this week, Jessica MURPHY and Carmel RYAN both ran their 50th parkrun, and Olive O MALLEY celebrated her 100th!!
There were no course records set today, but of the 243 finishers there were 50 First Timers, 39 of whom ran their first ever parkrun and 36 PBs were achieved thanks to the great effort of the pacers.
I couldn't help but notice the encouraging voice of Lee from CoachApproach, a new running club, who were represented by 24 new runners, as they continued their C25K training. Check them out at www.coachapproach.ie
But it's not all about the running, parkrun are teaming up with the Irish Heart Foundation and Get Walking Ireland for "Park Walk at parkrun", a 6-week walking programme
Starting Saturday 2nd March and happening every Saturday at 9:30am at all 85 parkrun events throughout the country. All the volunteers at Tymon would be delighted to welcome even more walkers next week, so follow #parkwalkIRE and spread the word.
The warm and friendly environment at this run is testament to the volunteers who made it all possible
Adrian LANIGAN • Aisling COPPINGER • Alan CONROY • Alan FAIRBROTHER • Alan O'BOYLE • Caoimhe CARTON • Carol MCDONNELL • Conor WARD • Craig GUTHRIE • Declan HORGAN • Enda O'HANLON • Graham MANTLE • Ingrid MCGOVERN • Mairin OMAN • Margaret POYNTON • Nuala O ROURKE • Paul MITCHELL • Paul TESTER • Ray CUNNINGHAM • Shane REDMOND • Sinead TANGNEY • Stuart VAN DER BLIAKE • Tara JOHNSON • Tony MCDEVIT