Google+ Running in Cork, Ireland: Ballincollig 5k parkrun is one year old...Sat 17th June 2017

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Ballincollig 5k parkrun is one year old...Sat 17th June 2017

The 5k parkrun in Ballincollig Regional Park started on Saturday the 18th of June 2016 and the numbers in the last year are shown below...

A ... The very first 5k parkrun in Ballincollig attracts a large crowd of 279. Obviously there is a novelty factor at the start but it drops straight away rather than gradually as you might expect. Perhaps due to all the road races at this time of year?

B ... For the rest of the summer, the numbers settle at a very respectable 200 or so per week.

C ... Small spike due to I think to a small Operation Transformation promotion.

D ... For the rest of 2016, the number stay at roughly 200 per week. Noticeable drop in the run up to Christmas.

E ... Between New Year resolutions and Operation Transformation, there is a huge surge in number reaching a peak on the 21st of Jan 2017 with 448 taking part. The numbers gradually reduce but the publicity from Operation Transformation is a factor until the start of March 2017.

F ... The average numbers for the late Spring and early Summer are about the 270 mark, about 35% than the Summer months of 2016.

Overall... Following on from the disappointment of the suspension of the parkrun in Tramore Valley Park in Cork City, the Ballincollig event has been a major success. Runners in and near the city now have a timed 5k every Saturday morning in a nice quiet location and it's free!

All of this would not have been possible with initial funding from Cork Sports Partnership and of course, all the volunteers that turn out every week to make it happen.

1 Tobi GRAB    18:28    VM40-44    M1    Leevale AC
2 Unknown                                   
3 Eoin MAC MAHON    19:38    SM25-29    M3
18 Mary SWEENEY    22:01    VW55-59    F1    St Finbarrs AC
21 Rachel O'CALLAGHAN    22:09    VW40-44    F2
41 Maria MADIGAN    23:48    VW40-44    F3 

Results of the 53rd edition

1) The organisers have a gallery HERE

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