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Read more › News - 12th March 2019

100 parkruns, 25 volunteers & a 60th birthday

When Lesley Thomson moved to Celbridge four years ago she never imagined that she would be sharing her 60th birthday with over 280 people at parkrun. She shares her journey to complete 100 parkruns and 25 volunteers by her 60th birthday.   Paul (my husband) and I used to go running every weekend and by chance…

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Read more › News - 12th March 2019

Just Ask Youth Group ‘Run for Fun’ at Fairview parkrun

Vhi, in partnership with the Irish Youth Foundation, celebrated the successful completion of the ‘Run for Fun’ programme by 12 young people from the Just Ask Youth Group this weekend. ‘Run for Fun’ is a programme developed by Vhi in partnership with the Irish Youth Foundation, to encourage young people living in rural and vulnerable…

Corkagh parkrun in partnership with Vhi
Read more › Noticeboard - 8th March 2019

March Volunteer Update

Welcome to this month’s volunteer update. Here is some of the key information for the coming period:   Event Day Course Check WebFMS Access Health & Wellbeing Toolkit Photography Policy Safeguarding at junior parkrun _____________________________________________________   1 Event Day Course Check   We very rarely add new volunteer roles to WebFMS but Event Day Course…

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Read more › News - 6th March 2019

Walking parkrun

Last Saturday, 2 March, Park Walk was launched at parkrun events across Ireland. Co-Event Director Sharon, from Castletown parkrun, explains Park Walk and introduces three inspiring Park Walk leaders.   We have always welcomed walkers at parkrun and very especially at Castletown, but from last week, and for the next six weeks, walkers will get an extra…

Shona Ní Fhloinn (O'Flynn) parkrun Hero December
Read more › News - 4th March 2019

People of parkrun brought to you by Vhi

Name: Shona Ní Fhloinn Age: 25 Local parkrun: Limerick parkrun Number of parkruns completed: I have run 111 parkruns and volunteered 67 times.   How did you get involved in parkrun? I was living in the UK and heard about parkrun through a running group that I joined.   What do you love about parkrun? What’s…

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Read more › News - 27th February 2019

Getting parkrunners walking

Patricia, Bernie and Ger from the core team at Strokestown parkrun explain the vital importance of walking at their event and how, in such a small town, Strokestown parkrun became so successful.   Strokestown is a small rural heritage town in Co Roscommon with a population of circa 825. It has the second widest street…

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Read more › News - 27th February 2019

Nominate your Vhi parkrun Hero for February

Vhi and parkrun are accepting nominations for the February Vhi parkrun Hero award!   Last month’s winner, Angela Behan picked up her €250 One4All voucher and special plaque at Carlow parkrun, presented by event director Lisa Kennedy. Angela is a regular parkrun participant and volunteer and was described as living proof of why you should…

Vhi staff takeover at St Anneís parkrun
Read more › News - 20th February 2019

Vhi Staff Volunteer Takeover St Anne’s parkrun

The Vhi volunteer staff takeover at St Anne’s parkrun last Saturday morning was a huge success with 547 participants walking, jogging and running their way around the 5k course. 49 first timers rocked up to try out parkrun and an incredible 94 people set new personal best times! Maybe having Olympian David Gillick leading a warm-up…

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Read more › News - 20th February 2019

You will never look back once you start

Regular parkrunner Ann Lynch can usually be found enjoying a 5k walk at Tralee parkrun on a Saturday morning. However this wasn’t always the case, 18 months ago Ann didn’t think parkrun was a place for her, until one morning she plucked up the courage to join the Tail Walker and tackle her first ever 5k.  …

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Read more › News - 13th February 2019

People of parkrun brought to you by Vhi

Name: Barry Hurley Age: 36 Occupation: Global Demand Planner Local parkrun: Avondale Forest Number of parkruns completed: six   How did you get involved in parkrun? Once we heard a parkrun was going to be set up in Avondale my family and myself – have immediately started attending. It’s a lovely way to start a…