Stuart Van Der Bliake from Johnstown parkrun, Wexford has been named a Vhi parkrun Hero as he picked up the award for July.
The monthly award recognises and rewards inspirational, hardworking and dedicated members of the parkrun community who embody the ethos of parkrun or have made an outstanding contribution – be they participants or volunteers.
Stuart was recognised for his volunteer work with Johnstown parkrun, which takes place every Saturday morning at 9:30am. Stuart has played a leading role in creating links with schools and transition year programmes, as well as helping with visually impaired guide training. Stuart is also assisting with the setup of the newest junior parkrun at Heritage Park in Wexford, starting on Sunday 9 September.
Past winners of the award include Padraig Brogan from Erris parkrun and Lisa Kennedy from Carlow Town parkrun.
If you think someone from your local parkrun deserves to be celebrated as a Vhi parkrun Hero nominate them at www.vhi.ie/running. Winners will be announced monthly and will receive a €250 One4All voucher and plaque courtesy of Vhi.
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