News - 7th November 2018

parkrun Profile: Poppintree

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Poppintree parkrun in Dublin 11 celebrated its fourth birthday on Saturday and has welcomed more than 2,500 parkrunners during that time. Natalie Murphy tells us more…

 

I kind of got involved in Poppintree parkrun by accident! My dad, Robert, asked me one evening four years ago to come along to an evening where he was being briefed about a new community event being put in place. This wasn’t out of the ordinary as he’s quite involved in the local community so I went along and turns out we were being shown how to deliver a parkrun event, how to use the stopwatches and timers, and how to process results. I hadn’t even heard of parkrun before! Since then I’ve taken on the role of Run Director (which I’m guessing was his plan all along!), supported by my dad and two other Run Directors – Lisa Swift and Ken Coakley – together the four of us call ourselves the A Team!

 

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Our course is a three loop course (two big, one small) through a flat, fast and friendly neighborhood park. The most famous landmark is definitely the pond! We always say to meet at the pond in our Facebook posts. The park was redeveloped around 10 years ago and there’s now a huge wildlife population – including ducks, lots of different types of birds, fish and swans – who often hang around our start line on Saturday mornings.

 

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At Poppintree we love visitors. We’ve had visitors from the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, USA and all over Ireland. Often parkrun tourists will tell us they’re visiting as they’ve heard great things about getting PBs on our flat course. Due to our location quite close to the airport we’ve often had parkrun tourists, straight off a flight, run through the park with wheelie suitcases trailing behind them to make it to the start line on time!

 

For those who have more time to spare, there aren’t any coffee shops very close so my dad arranges water every Saturday morning and then every couple of weeks and for big occasions he arranges tea, coffee, fresh fruit and scones, which are much appreciated by our parkrunners.

 

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Due to the location of our event, nestled in between a number of different housing estates, we get people from lots of different areas coming every Saturday – one entrance to the park leads from Ballymun, another from Finglas, and another from Glasnevin. There’s a real sense of community at Poppintree parkrun every Saturday morning and we often link up with other community events for launches and special occasions.

 

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We always get great support from our community on Facebook and people reach out to us to tell us how parkrun has changed their lives which is really amazing. People from all walks of life come along and countless friendships have been formed. There’s still people coming to Poppintree parkrun who attended our first event four years ago, who did their first parkrun and have since gone on to run marathons, and we think they’re just as proud of the spirit of Poppintree as we are.

 

The Poppintree parkrun website is here, and the Facebook page is here.

 

You can view more parkrun profiles from around Ireland here.

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