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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,960 ✭✭✭opus


    Firedance wrote: »
    I think that funding is needed to buy the bar code tabs, scanners, watches, lap top etc, I know with other park runs they've gotten some support from their local county council. Did Parkrun HQ not go into those details and suggest ways to get the funding?

    Makes sense, when I got in touch with Matt at Parkrun he passed on the contract details for the people who'd asked about a parkrun in Cork but didn't mention what was needed from a funding viewpoint.
    LiamMcC wrote: »
    If you are still interested in setting up a parkrun in Cork I would get back in touch with parkrun HQ, something has got lost in translation somewhere along the line with the above quote. Funding should be relatively easy to put in place for a parkrun in Cork, the funding may already be there just waiting for a local team to come together.

    It was a representative from the HSE who asked if I represented a group with cash to sponsor it rather than parkrun HQ.


  • Registered Users Posts: 479 ✭✭edisonolmy


    I think each new event needs to secure money up front to purchase the computer equipment, scanners etc from parkrun. County sports partnerships appear to sponsor some runs in the Republic, while councils appear to support others.

    I was told one of the issues with Cork city was finding a suitable location.

    According to the latest newsletter from parkrun Ireland, there will be other new events starting in already established areas. I understand Bray in Wicklow may also be coming on board early enough in the new year.

    2015 promises to be a busy year and it'll be good fun getting around the country, visiting places I've never been to before.


  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 24,051 Mod ✭✭✭✭robinph


    From what I've picked up I believe that its's something like £6k that is needed for the startup equipment, half of which the local event needs to find through local sponsorship/ donations. Then parkrun on a national level stumps up the remaining cash from their new events fund.

    Of course currency, amounts and what actually happens in Ireland is another matter, but that's what I picked up on how UK events begin now in terms of funding. There is a parkrun Ireland donations page here: http://www.parkrun.ie/aboutus/donations/

    If you identify yourself then they try and allocate your donation to your local event, so that they can pay for things like backup scanners, extra cones, stuff. Then a portion of the donation is put into a pot to help with funding new events as well. You'll also find about donations to your local event on the "About Us" page for each event.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,304 ✭✭✭viperlogic


    Regards Cork, I heard away back Ballincollig Regional Park being considered but there was opposition as it was too close to Macroom, about 30mins and also 50mins from Clonakilty. Ballincollig Regional Park would be very good as recently an excellent surface was put down and its flat. Just like Clon, it would have to be a looped course. I believe the path around the pitches is about 1.5K


  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 24,051 Mod ✭✭✭✭robinph


    I think it's more likely to encourage more people to run in Macroom and Clonakilty if anything. Once one is setup in the main population centre then more people will know about parkrun after a while and then go off in search of others to run. There are now at least 4 parkruns within 30 minutes of my house, possibly more if the traffic isn't an issue on the motorway, and more still within 50 minutes if you pay the toll to enter Wales. If Bere Island can cope with a parkrun with their population of 1 man, his dog and a couple of seagulls, then a city the size of Cork should certainly have a population to make use of one without impacting on other locations any.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,454 ✭✭✭Clearlier


    viperlogic wrote: »
    Regards Cork, I heard away back Ballincollig Regional Park being considered but there was opposition as it was too close to Macroom, about 30mins and also 50mins from Clonakilty. Ballincollig Regional Park would be very good as recently an excellent surface was put down and its flat. Just like Clon, it would have to be a looped course. I believe the path around the pitches is about 1.5K

    I can understand why those in Macroom might be wary of one in Ballincollig but even leaving aside the possibility of people coming from the city Ballincollig has a much bigger catchment than Macroom. The attraction of doing something on your doorstep is much greater than having to travel half an hour either way. I can't really see scenario where fewer people are running if Ballincollig has its own parkrun.


  • Registered Users Posts: 622 ✭✭✭Bulmers


    Hartstown Parkrun done this morning, lovely morning for it, fair play to the lads and volunteers putting it on, tks very much, happy christmas everyone :)


  • Registered Users Posts: 472 ✭✭Amigaman


    Big shout out to Julie and crew in Waterstown for hosting a fab parkrun this morning - Great to see so many parkrun friends , wishing all you parkrunners a happy and healthy merry Christmas and a PB new year :-)


  • Moderators, Computer Games Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 16,093 Mod ✭✭✭✭adrian522


    Hit up the Kilkenny Parkrun this morning. Nice course and good atmosphere. Bar run from myself though. Ended up essentially just using it as a training tempo run.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,462 ✭✭✭TheBazman


    Decent turnout at Naas this morning. Really nice conditions too.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,960 ✭✭✭opus


    Clearlier wrote: »
    I can understand why those in Macroom might be wary of one in Ballincollig but even leaving aside the possibility of people coming from the city Ballincollig has a much bigger catchment than Macroom. The attraction of doing something on your doorstep is much greater than having to travel half an hour either way. I can't really see scenario where fewer people are running if Ballincollig has its own parkrun.

    Personally I think that both Ballincollig & Cork city should have their own park runs! My own viewpoint is that I'm not going to drive somewhere to do a park run so Macroom is out for me. Ballincollig would be better as it's a handy bicycle ride away but obviously something in town would be better.

    If only the new park for Cork would actually open! Here's the preview on a 5k I did there 3 years & it's still not open :(


  • Registered Users Posts: 472 ✭✭Amigaman


    I know that Matt Shields ( parkrun country manager ) has been working hard with interested parties in Cork to get one up and running , Tramore Valley Park has been mooted as an ideal site ( when it opens ) however the parkrun charter states "Our aim is to bring a parkrun to any area or community that wants one. " my emphasis , there has to be grassroot support to get it off the ground , the model requires a core team of dedicated volunteers to get an event off the ground , If anybody here on boards feel that they might be in a position to make a contribution in Cork or indeed in another location then I would encourage them to contact Matt (matt@parkrun.com) hes a great guy and would love to chat to anybody about what can be achieved


  • Registered Users Posts: 479 ✭✭edisonolmy


    From Sligo parkrun on Facebook:

    "We are delighted to announce that the first Sligo parkrun will be held on Saturday 31st January at Doorly Park, further details will follow on due course."


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 431 ✭✭6781


    edisonolmy wrote: »
    From Sligo parkrun on Facebook:

    "We are delighted to announce that the first Sligo parkrun will be held on Saturday 31st January at Doorly Park, further details will follow on due course."
    Good news for Sligo. Is it a fairly flat track?


  • Registered Users Posts: 472 ✭✭Amigaman


    Good news for Irish parkrunners - finally we will have Club tee shirts - http://www.parkrun.com/news/
    Also there is to be a new club shirt for those that have volunteered 25 or more times...


  • Registered Users Posts: 479 ✭✭edisonolmy


    6781 wrote: »
    Good news for Sligo. Is it a fairly flat track?

    No idea myself. I'll be going to the first one whether flat or not, although hope it is flat.

    Meanwhile, New Ross suggested they are starting late Feb/early March


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 433 ✭✭MaggotBrain


    Anyone have the low down on Clarisford parkrun (kilalloe)? Is it generally flat?


  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 24,051 Mod ✭✭✭✭robinph


    Put in your vote for the design of the volunteer parkrun tshirt here:

    https://shop.tribesports.co.uk/parkrun-volunteer-tshirt-vote


  • Registered Users Posts: 479 ✭✭edisonolmy


    Anyone have the low down on Clarisford parkrun (kilalloe)? Is it generally flat?

    It is more or less flat. I managed to run one of my quicker times there. There is one slight rise and fall on each of the four laps. It is almost all on trail paths.

    Nice spot and friendly volunteer team down there too.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 763 ✭✭✭gerard_65


    First parkruns for 2015 tomorrow morning. Don't forget helpers are always needed.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 10 bisso


    Should be a busy parkrun morning tomorrow with all the new year runners out in force, it'll be interesting to see if attendance records are broken.


  • Registered Users Posts: 472 ✭✭Amigaman


    registrations across the various parkruns are strong ( http://wiki.parkrun.info/index.php/Registrations_this_Week ) always a good sign :-) - sad to note that a parkrunner died at a newyears day event in the UK . Graham Petrie a vetern parkrunner collapsed at the New Year's Day Frimley Lodge parkrun , I'm sure the thoughts and prayers of all runners here are with his family and friends ..


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 763 ✭✭✭gerard_65


    Surprised to see around 250 in Marley on a cold wet morning. Well done to those who braved it.


  • Registered Users Posts: 479 ✭✭edisonolmy


    bisso wrote: »
    Should be a busy parkrun morning tomorrow with all the new year runners out in force, it'll be interesting to see if attendance records are broken.

    A record 288 at Belfast Victoria on Saturday. Good to see. Really good conditions too


  • Registered Users Posts: 10 bisso


    A very wet morning in Ardgillan but good to see nearly 60 there, I'd say lots of people postponed their first parkrun of the year.


  • Registered Users Posts: 851 ✭✭✭thewolf_ie


    Anyone run Killkenny? What's the course like?


  • Registered Users Posts: 851 ✭✭✭thewolf_ie


    adrian522 wrote: »
    Hit up the Kilkenny Parkrun this morning. Nice course and good atmosphere. Bar run from myself though. Ended up essentially just using it as a training tempo run.

    Is it flat or Hilly?


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 6,420 ✭✭✭Ososlo


    thewolf_ie wrote: »
    Anyone run Killkenny? What's the course like?

    Check a few posts back. Definitely not the easiest as the Castle Park isn't the flattest.


  • Registered Users Posts: 157 ✭✭66_Lad


    Ososlo wrote: »
    Check a few posts back. Definitely not the easiest as the Castle Park isn't the flattest.

    There's a 200m windy drag that you do 3 times in the run in KK which is tough and some of the surface is gravelly so you won't run a PB there but I think it's a great course to see where your fitness is at. Lovely view of the castle and grounds. 2 large loops followed by a shorter loop to finish.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 479 ✭✭edisonolmy


    I found Kilkenny tough due to having to run up the same hill three times. Not a pb course but a lovely setting. You can still run a decent enough time while enjoying the scenery


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