Tara Byrne from Portumna parkrun in County Galway tells us more about her home event…
Portumna parkrun was created almost one year ago by three ladies who felt that Portumna was missing out on the parkrun fun!
They include Teresa Murray, Eleanor Madden and Tara Byrne. They each had experience of other parkruns and firsthand had seen the benefits that it brings to the local community.
A plan was put in place, the hard work was put in and the end result is Portumna parkrun. It commenced in March 2018, a great day for all three of us who had a shared vision. It wasn’t long until a team of volunteers were put together and well if I am honest they are the backbone of Portumna parkrun.
Our parkrun event takes place in Portumna Forest Park. Many of our parkrun tourists have fed-back to us that it is one of the nicest parkruns that they have visited.
While you could argue that I am slightly biased, I do believe that it is one of the most beautiful, scenic, tranquil places that you could possibly spend a Saturday morning!
Our route is all flat and consists of two loops – it’s a great place for those chasing a PB to achieve one, and also for those who just want an enjoyable 5k walk.
While running you would be forgiven for been distracted by the beauty of the forest, the current colours of the leaves on the ground or even if you took a slight detour off track to view the lake. The park is not only beautiful in Autumn though, but it also has so much to offer all year round and is easily accessed and safe to run in whatever the weather.
When the sun is shining, at the finish line you will often see lots of families in the area playing or having a picnic, or if you are lucky you might catch a glimps of a deer frolicking deep in the forest, enjoying it as much as we do. I have yet to see one join in the parkrun yet though!
All in all Portumna parkrun is a parkrun that needs to be experienced by any keen parkrunner. Please feel free to join us!
parkrun is a fantastic opportunity for everyone of all ages and abilities to get out on a Saturday morning to just get moving. There is no better way to start your weekend.
We are most definietley worth the visit. Not only will you get to complete a stunning 5k in the most beautiful setting, you will also get to meet a few new friendly faces also, especially as we all go for coffee afterwards at Blas cafe in Portumna.
It is a lovely cafe, with a personal touch will most definitely ensure that you return for more.
We have an amazing bunch of volunteers who help make it possible to run the event each week. We are so grateful to them all.
We like to think that parkrun has had a positive impact on the community. There are now people of all ages out running and walking each Saturday morning, and I have heard some amazing weight loss stories.
People use parkrun for many different reasons, health, fitness, mental health and we are so glad to have been supported enought to get it up and running in Portumna.
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