Straddling the M50 between Greenhills, Walkinstown, Tallaght, Terenure and Templeogue, Tymon Park boasts many attractions: a fairy forest, a dog park and canine club, a playground bravely bisected by a stream, a rounders club and cricket club, two GAA clubs and a soccer club and kilometre upon kilometre of footpaths that go up hill and down dale. Until 2014 however, the missing element was a parkrun, as Roseanne Smith explains…
Step in Aisling Coppinger who, with the help of most of her extended family, helped to start Tymon parkrun in June 2014. Looking at that first event, it’s clear that many who came along that day continue to run and volunteer on a regular basis.
Currently on the third iteration of the course, we have finally found a real home in Tymon Park. South Dublin County Council have been most gracious hosts and in the past 12 months gave us the use of a pavilion at the Limekiln Road entrance to the park. This has enabled us to manage volunteering more easily as all the equipment can be stored there.
It also means that we can offer refreshments to parkrunners. Always keen on any excuse to celebrate, preferably in costume, no-one parties like Tymon parkrunners! We have celebrated four anniversaries, numerous milestones, a marriage and New Year’s Day together last year. This was a very special occasion as we were able to organise a double with our neighbours, Bushy Dublin parkrun, allowing parkrunners to participate in both. Access to facilities also affords, ahem, relief to those in need.
We love our volunteers and would be nothing without them. While we don’t like to single any particular volunteers out we do have a very special mascot, Volunteerasaurus Rex. A lesser spotted, cold weather creature, you need to pay close attention to our Facebook page to see when she’ll appear next!
We are very lucky to have access to 130 hectares (320 acres) of luscious park under the care of South Dublin County Council. Our route loops around a pond with plenty of wildlife, past a pasture where bunnies can be spotted in spring, past hedgerows weighed down with luscious blackberries in autumn and through silver birch forest. For parkrunners who like a challenge, Brothers Pearse AC send a group of pacers the last Saturday of every month: we always see an uptick in PBs those weeks, so why not plan your visit for one of those weekends?
However, the most fabulous development since we were given the keys to the facility has been the fact that we can now store two running buggies.
In 2014, at the fourth event in Tymon, we were joined by a runner from Brothers Pearse AC called Sinéad Tighe. Sinéad and her husband love to run but most of all they love to run with their son Daniel. Daniel has a rare genetic disorder called Sotos Syndrome. This causes Daniel to have severe intellectual disability, epilepsy, visual impairment, sensory issues, no speech and challenging behaviour. Daniel has daily struggles but always has a beautiful smile and his infectious laugh brightens up any day. Sinead often found it difficult to get the time to run but also found it hard to be out and about with Daniel. She worried about being accepted and that Daniel’s behaviour might disturb others. The parkrun community welcomed the whole family to Tymon and beyond and were delighted to become part of Daniel’s Voyage. The full story can be found here.
Little did we know that the Tighe Family would return this easy favour tenfold to the parkrun family. Through their fundraising work, they raised enough money to donate a running buggy to Tymon parkrun. South Dublin County Council have generously matched this and donated another buggy to Daniel’s Voyage for use at parkrun. The jogger buggies are available to families who would like to join us. All you have to do is direct message us on Facebook, Twitter or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Run, walk or roll: we’ll see you at 9.30 every Saturday!
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