This’ll be short.

Poolbeg was the closest parkrun to my hotel and the RDS, home of the marathon expo, so the obvious choice for my Saturday morning fix.  And my first in Ireland.

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Route description
A sort of out and back.  Twice to the left, once to the right.

Course profile
Almost completely flat.  Slight incline on the ‘ow’ of Irishtown, and a sharper climb at the far right.

Underfoot
Mostly paved, light trail to the right.

Shoes
Road shoes.

Difficulty
2/6.  That sharper climb accounts for most of this – but it is pretty short.  The loop on the second lap is much more noticeable.

This was an easy morning so no in depth talk about the run – I jogged the whole thing.  The path’s narrow so it could be bunched up; even taking it gently, I still took to the grass early on to pass people.

It also smelled a little funny.  It is near a big factory!  I can forgive it that though, because it is a nice setting.

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The path to the left takes you out to the loop you do twice.  The path leading away is off to the start/finish, with the far end of the course just about visible below the power plant.

It was a nice day, too!  Crisp, but pretty perfect.  The run got started after a few shout outs, including to a bunch of the volunteers who were going to be tackling the marathon the next day.

The run itself was fine, just what was needed.  I might, if anything, gone a little too quickly at 23:22 but it didn’t do me any harm.

More importantly, here are more pictures:

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*Also, credit to the parkrun guys for the cover photo – stolen from their facebook page!

Next up: Peebles parkrun (if I make it) and the Edinburgh Men’s 10k.  Both this coming weekend.