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Sunday 30 April 2017

Bitterly cold weather fails to stop fast times in parkrun

Jennifer Walsh, Ray Corcoran, and Debora McArdle, take part in the Park Run in Poppintree Park, Ballymun
Jennifer Walsh, Ray Corcoran, and Debora McArdle, take part in the Park Run in Poppintree Park, Ballymun
Conor O'Mearain, and Jack Gleeson take part in the Park Run in Poppintree Park, Ballymun
Holly O'Connor, Lisa Swift, Deirdre Hinchy and Liz Harvey take part in the Park Run in Poppintree Park, Ballymun
Kim Fitzpatrick and Karn Nolan take part in the Park Run in Poppintree Park, Ballymun

While many of us opted to stay indoors due to the cold over the weekend, there was at least one woman who was glad she braved the conditions and tackled the Poppintree Parkrun.

The freezing weather may even have helped Deborah McArdle as she completed her 45th parkrun in a personal record time of 30.40.

Deborah (50), from Donabate in north Co Dublin, won't be forgetting her debut at Poppintree in Ballymun any time soon.

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"There was no tree cover and it was the coldest it's ever been, but I ran my personal best, knocking two minutes off my time," she said.

The special needs assistant was among 157 finishers and said the run "caters for all different levels".

"If there's one thing I want to do, it is to promote more walkers to get involved, because anyone who does walk loves it," she said.

Meanwhile, on her 94th parkrun was Lisa Swift (39), from Finglas, who is also on the organising committee for the Ballymun event.

"Usually I do all the balloons and banners for the run, but for my 100th I hope everyone else does it for me," she said.

"I wouldn't say I'm a brilliant runner but I'm hoping to do the half marathon in Dublin this year."

Experienced runner Conor O'Mearain (48), from the city centre, ran his first parkrun and said he "loved it".

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