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50th parkrun

damienair
damienairModerator

This morning I travelled with my 10 year old Son to a new inaugural parkrun in Virginia, Co. Cavan in Ireland. The course was in a beautiful forest with views of a lake.

I have never been to an inaugural parkrun before. It was the perfect way to celebrate my 50th parkrun as the atmosphere was magical. There were parkrun tourists everywhere with so many parkrun T-Shirts being proudly worn. I met up before the run with a group from my local parkrun. It was so lovely to meet them.

After some speeches at the start line the parkrun started and off we went with 260 other runners. I just wanted to enjoy the run and not push too hard. My Son Oisin and I stuck together and ran the beautiful forest trail course in a time of 28:45.

Afterwards we met up with loads of parkrun tourists and chatted for ages. It really was an electric atmosphere. My son was buzzing. We then met our friends and went for a coffee in the local Rugby club where I celebrated my 50th parkrun.

All from a C25K app on my phone.

Damien

(I’m the guy in the Apricot T-Shirt)

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AlMorr
AlMorrGraduate10

Congratulations to you Damien and your son Oisin on completing the inaugural Parkrun at Virginia, County Cavin, I am sure you all enjoyed the cake and coffee at the local rugby club after the run, that is a lovely photo of all of you. 😊 🏃

I got a PB of 32.01 this morning when I ran at Dunfermline parkrun, quite pleased about that, I was beginning to slow down a bit but on the last lap I got talking to this lady and quickened up my pace telling her I would not overtake her, as it was she began running quicker and to my surprise I could keep up with her, so just as we were coming up to the finishing line I said to he "ladies first" so all in all we all have had a excellent Saturday morning. 😊 🏃

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to AlMorr

Thank you so much. Huge congratulations to you for your new PB. It’s great when your after getting a PB, it lifts your spirits all over the weekend and following week. Celebrate it.

Damien

AlMorr
AlMorrGraduate10 in reply to damienair

👍

Debston
DebstonGraduate10

Sounds like a great atmosphere and a perfect way to celebrate your 50th Parkrun! I guess you will soon be wearing a different colour t-shirt now that you have done that milestone run?! Lovely that you ran it with your son, I bet he's so proud of you. ☺

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to Debston

Thank you. My son really wanted to do it with me this morning and be there to celebrate with the fellow parkrunners from our local parkrun. I’ll definitely look forward to wearing my new red 50 T-Shirt with pride.

Damien

ArthurJG
ArthurJGGraduate10 in reply to damienair

I wore my purple one for the first time yesterday. Hoping to get a red one before New Year.

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to ArthurJG

Well done for achieving the V25 T-shirt before the red one. I’ve 11 volunteer days done so far. I’ll be volunteering in 2 weeks time again.

Damien

ArthurJG
ArthurJGGraduate10 in reply to damienair

To be fair I quite often volunteer and run on the same day. A lot of my volunteering is first timer briefing or tailwalker. I have been timekeeper a few times too though.

cheekychipmunks
cheekychipmunksGraduate10

Huge congratulations to you and your son Damien! Your 50th at an inaugural PR, amazing! 👍🏃‍♂️🏃‍♂️🎉

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to cheekychipmunks

Thank you. It was a wonderful morning.

Mummycav
MummycavModerator

Brilliant...well done damienair, sounds like a fantastic morning?! I'd love to go to Co Cavan, infact, I'd love to go to Ireland....

Well done to Oisin too, what a super star!!!

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to Mummycav

Likewise I’m looking forward to doing a few UK Parkruns , we are going to do the compass challenge, so we will have to visit Eastville parkrun in Bristol, Southport and some other one. Must make a visit to Northern Ireland soon too.

Damien

TailChaser
TailChaserGraduate10

Congratulations Damien! Great way to celebrate it and a fab time. It’s lovely to run with your children, we did it too today (impending post very shortly!) and to be able to celebrate your 50 with them and your new Parkrun friends is extra special.

What do you reckon? Christmas next year for 100? 😊😉

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to TailChaser

Yeah I am aiming to reach 100 in 2020. Also aiming to get to 25 Volunteer days too. Thank you so much for your lovely message, it was great running with my son, he’s my little parkrun buddy.

Damien

Sounds like you had an amazing time Damien - well done 😊

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to CAFC62

Thank you.

Coddfish
CoddfishGraduate10

Very well done Damien, this running (and parkrunning) is great.

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to Coddfish

Absolutely amazing. And I’m so impressed with how social it is. Happy running.

Damien

Buddy34
Buddy34Graduate10

Congratulations on your 50th parkrun and a really great photo. Well done you 😊😊

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to Buddy34

Thank you. It’s great to finally see the red 50 badge beside my name on the results page.

Damien

Dexy5
Dexy5Graduate10

Congratulations on your 50th damienair, a great way to do it! My T-shirt has been dispatched already so you won’t have to wait long. I guess everyone was a tourist today.

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to Dexy5

Hello Dexy5, I’m proud to be a fellow member of the 50 Club. Oh wow, that was quick, I thought I’d be waiting for a few weeks for the T-Shirt.

Yes there was a at least 200 tourists, and I would say that most were inaugural parkrun chasers as they seemed to know each other and yet we’re all from different Parkruns themselves. It was such an amazing atmosphere.

Damien

JonathanP
JonathanPGraduate10

Many congratulations Damien! Sounds like a great experience for your 50th!👍🎊😀

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to JonathanP

Thanks Jonathan, it was a great way to celebrate and mark the occasion.

Damien

Irishprincess
IrishprincessGraduate10

That's a great achievement Damien! Congratulations and well done, that all sounds very special and surely one for the memory bank. Lovely photo 🙂

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to Irishprincess

Thank you. It was a great day and we had a lovely run. I’m looking forward to getting my hands on that red t-shirt.

Damien

Congratulations on your 50th! It sounds like it was a lovely occasion. :-)

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to Couchpotato2

Thank you, yes it was a nice way to mark the milestone.

Damien

Jazzyrunner
JazzyrunnerGraduate10

Congratulations, Damien! I love this write up, what a wonderful positive thing to hear. I wish you many more!

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to Jazzyrunner

Thank you. I’m just off the PC. I’ve booked flights for my Son and I to go to Eastville parkrun in Bristol in October. We are doing a compass challenge together. I’m getting a little hooked on parkrun touring.😀

Jazzyrunner
JazzyrunnerGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Lovely that it’s something you’re sharing with your son!

AliHC
AliHCGraduate10

That's wonderful damienair 😎

Congratulations on your 50th Park Run! What a great achievement! And to do it with your son too! X

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to AliHC

Thank you. My son has 21 done now. So I’m sure he’ll have his 50th next year.

Damien

AliHC
AliHCGraduate10 in reply to damienair

10 Years old and 21 Parkruns! That's just awesome! I've just registered... Eeeek! 😂 X

damienair
damienairModerator in reply to AliHC

If I'm honest I have to beat him out of bed some mornings to go, and other than going to parkrun he’d be on a PlayStation 4. But I don’t drag him when it’s raining and I’ll never take him against his will. The more he does the more he is getting into it himself and he is a good little runner.

AliHC
AliHCGraduate10 in reply to damienair

Absolutely! He's got the best of both worlds! Running outdoors and PlayStation! What more could a kid want 🤔 x

Fantastic! An inspiring weekend from you and Oisin! I did a desultory 5k today by myself at way below a PB. But back to parkrun next week for some encouraging company.

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