News - 3rd October 2018

Vhi Staff takeover and Rewards Programme Launch at Kilkenny parkrun

Kilkenny parkrun in partnership with Vhi

The Vhi staff takeover at Kilkenny parkrun last weekend was a huge success with 180 participants walking, jogging and running their way around the 5k course. 11 first timers gave parkrun a go and no less than 26 people achieving new personal best times!


With the aim of improving the nation’s health and helping members live longer, stronger and healthier lives, 20 Vhi staff members stepped up to volunteer at Kilkenny parkrun and ensure the smooth running of the weekly event.


On the sunny Saturday morning, Vhi also launched a new Vhi Rewards Programme and Kilkenny parkrunners were the first to try out the Vhi vending machine which will visit Poolbeg parkrun on the 13 October and Malahide parkrun on the 20 October offering free rewards to those who scan their parkrun barcode.


Vhi customers nationwide can claim their first reward after completing just one parkrun and as they accumulate parkruns they will unlock a variety of different rewards. Rewards include sports towels, LED running lights, phone holders and more. To sign up, participants simply download the Vhi app and scan their parkrun barcode.


Vhi staff member and parkrun event director Statia O’Carroll was delighted with how the morning went.


“Thanks to everyone who came along to Kilkenny parkrun last Saturday. The Vhi Staff takeover day was great fun as well as a great way to meet new people and to get involved in the local community. Feedback from participants and volunteers has been really positive and everyone loved their free reward from Vhi. As one participant said ‘parkrun makes you feel alive and energised and a great start to the weekend’. Special thanks must go to Grainne Kelly who has been instrumental in setting up and driving Kilkenny parkrun for the past four years. Grainne keeps everyone on their toes…literally.”


Check out all the fantastic images from the day on the Kilkenny parkrun page, here.

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