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parkrun, lap two



  • Registered Users Posts: 4,925 ✭✭✭ Sunny Dayz

    The independent investigations have not identified any other areas of concern. Nick Pearson has repaid the funds in full to parkrun. He has also committed to covering the costs of the investigation.

    I found it interesting on the press release from parkrun HQ that it doesn't say anything about Pearson apologising for his misendeavour. You'd have thought after being CEO for 7 years that he would at least offer an apology for the press release.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,139 ✭✭✭ py

    I'd say legal teams are involved and that he's been advised to shush in by his representatives.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,925 ✭✭✭ Sunny Dayz

    I agree with you. I find that of my experience of parkruns in Ireland, most people aren't interested in the politics or intricacies behind the scenes of parkrun - to most it's a free 5km event every week, local, community, fitness etc. A lot of people won't know who Pearson is or what the press release was about.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,637 ✭✭✭ plodder

    He posted an apology on his Twitter account, but his account is protected so only followers can see it, I think.

    I never saw the point of Contra either, though I didn't see this coming.

  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 23,317 Mod ✭✭✭✭ robinph

    Part of the motivation for Contra was also about having running gear for people who don't look like runners.

    It seemed like a massive waste of the brand of parkrun to not have just stuck that name on the clothing instead... But that would impact their charity status so needed the seperate entity.

    I'm sure Pearson was brought in specifically for his experience with Sweatshop and so being able to deal with suppliers and manufacturers for them. Not sure he did anything majorly different from normal in the running of a commercial entity, it's just he didn't know that as a charity he couldn't do that stuff. Doesn't sound like the sums involved are anything massive or that it was even cash, could have been a corporate golf trip day.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 21,444 ✭✭✭✭ Skid X

    "We discovered that our previous Chief Executive Officer Nick Pearson had an undisclosed and unapproved agreement by which he was receiving a commission from a third party supplier in regard to the creation of the clothing brand CONTRA in 2018. At no point was this conflict of interest disclosed to the Trustees or anyone else involved in parkrun."

    "Receiving commission from a third party supplier" ain't no "Corporate Golf trip day"

  • Registered Users Posts: 468 ✭✭ ClashCityRocker

    Is it back this weekend? They seem to have a volunteer roster for 16 July

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,509 ✭✭✭ DeepBlue

    Must be. parkrun tend to keep launches of new parkruns pretty low key to avoid swamping new volunteer teams. Presumably they would take the same approach with a re-launch.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,377 ✭✭✭ ger664

    Please be advised we have had to cancel Lees Road parkrun in Ennis this week

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,139 ✭✭✭ py

    Anyone know what's happening with the Free Weekly Timed podcast? Seems to be on a summer break but I can't recall them taking a break this long.

  • Registered Users Posts: 19,075 ✭✭✭✭ Ol' Donie

    I'm sure everyone knows this already, but yesterday I discovered an app called Garmin Connect IQ which allows you to download different watch faces for your Garmin watch (in my case Forerunner 45).

    There's one that displays your Parkrun barcode (& emergency contact details).

    I haven't tried to scan it yet, hopefully will on Sat., but it seems cool & handy enough.

  • Registered Users Posts: 669 ✭✭✭ Duzzie

    Works fine on my Garmin. Never had a problem scanning off it.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,377 ✭✭✭ ger664

    Garmin watches scan fine for my experience with them.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,037 ✭✭✭ gar

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,204 ✭✭✭ diego_b

    Will be in London next weekend and staying in the South Kensington area and looking at my parkrun options. Was thinking of Bushy Park as have never been but not sure how difficult it is to get out there. Anyone with any experiences to share?

  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 23,317 Mod ✭✭✭✭ robinph

    It's easy enough. Think we've got the overground train to Teddington from Waterloo previously, then you have a bit of a hike through the park to get to the start. Check the times on the site though and it will give you a bunch of alternative route options using trains, underground and busses.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 638 ✭✭✭ CassieManson

    Take a look at Google maps and that will give lots of possible methods of transport. Don't forget it starts at 09:00am. I did it recently but was staying in Kingston so was able to walk to the start area. It's a very nice parkrun!

  • Moderators, Entertainment Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Regional East Moderators Posts: 17,326 Mod ✭✭✭✭ The Black Oil

    Did Macroom at the weekend, friendly people.

    Heading to the Lake District in the Autumn and have my eye on Fell Foot and Keswick.

  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 23,317 Mod ✭✭✭✭ robinph

    Have done Keswick a few times. The course is much improved since it got washed away in one of the storms several years ago and then was temporarily going round a carpark I think. Smooth tarmac cycle path out and back now.

    Not done Fell Foot yet but think they have a couple of courses depending on the season.

    Winlatter is also an option, if you like hills. Have walked the course looking for Gruffalos on a different day of the week. Lovely forest trails, but big hill.

  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Home & Garden Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators Posts: 20,741 CMod ✭✭✭✭ Pawwed Rig

    Has anyone done a parkrun in Wales? I am around Harlech next week. The closest one seems to be Dolgellau. Is that worth doing or is there a nicer one that might justify the extra travel time? I would be happy to spend half a day wherever it is.

  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 23,317 Mod ✭✭✭✭ robinph

    All the Welsh ones I've done are down south along the M4, or actually on the M49.

  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Home & Garden Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators Posts: 20,741 CMod ✭✭✭✭ Pawwed Rig

    Ended up doing Penrhyn parkrun. Beautiful castle there and overlooks the coast so from a tourist perspective it ticks all the boxes. The run itself was pretty much a 4 lap course so lots of lapping etc. Also very hilly.

    And the heat..................

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  • Registered Users Posts: 397 ✭✭ ISOP

    Did Portumna on Saturday, beautiful parkrun and nice volunteers

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,204 ✭✭✭ diego_b

    I did make the trek out to Bushy a few weeks back in London and was glad to have made the journey. I finished in 356th place out of 1384 runners. A friend said that to me that the start is like the grand national and very much the case. For anyone looking to make the journey, what worked well for us was the district line out as far as Wimbledon and then changed over to the overground to Hampton Court and it's about a 10 minute walk to the start area from there. Had a nice breakfast in a cafe the village of Hampton Court afterwards.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,605 ✭✭✭ Annie get your Run

    Which Limerick parkrun is the nicest? Mungret or UL? Or would it be worthwhile going the extra distance to Illaunmanagh in Clare instead?

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  • Registered Users Posts: 17,668 ✭✭✭✭ keane2097

    Mungret isn't particularly great. It's three or four laps of a smallish park with a big hill in one corner. You can see the whole course from everywhere on the course so can be a little boring. Easy to get to though. I never did UL or the one in Clare I'm afraid.