Bring a friend to parkrun on the 2nd of February for World Cancer Day
Reduce your risk of cancer and support those living with and beyond cancer for #WorldCancerDay
In 2018 parkrun Ireland had the highest number of parkrunners of the year on World Cancer Day. Let’s make World Cancer Day 2019 an even bigger one.
The Irish Cancer Prevention Network and parkrun are teaming up to encourage everyone to “Bring a friend to parkrun” on Saturday 2 February for World Cancer Day.
Reduce your risk of cancer
Most people are aware that smoking causes cancer. What you might not be aware of, however, is that being overweight and not doing enough exercise is quickly becoming the second biggest cause of cancer. Regular exercise, like taking part in parkrun, can reduce your risk of bowel and breast cancer and cancers of the womb.
Physical activity promotes healthy immune and hormonal systems protecting against cancers. It can reduce your risk of cancer through a number of ways such as
- reducing oestrogen levels
- helping the body to use insulin more effectively
- reducing inflammation
- helping to maintain a healthy weight
Jemma O Shea from Tralee is a cancer survivor, and regular takes part in Tralee parkrun:
“What can I say about how much parkrun has saved me? I’m a cancer survivor since 2012 when I was diagnosed with stage 3 cancer. I accidentally wondered into Tralee parkrun back in 2017 as I was doing a 5k January challenge for positive mental health. That’s where it all started for me. At the time I was really depressed & lonely for my home in New York. The friends I have made at parkrun are awesome and always ready to help – no one is left behind at parkrun #parkrunfamily. I’m a better person now – I am more confident and ready to try anything and this is what Saturday morning at parkrun is…..my life saver.”
Exercise has many beneficial effects for people living with and beyond cancer.
It can support you by:
- improving your quality of life
- reducing cancer related fatigue
- improving your muscular and aerobic fitness
- aiding with weight management
If you are thinking of taking part contact your doctor or GP and get their advice before you get started.
The Vhi volunteer staff takeover at St Anne’s parkrun last Saturday morning was a huge success with 547 participants walking, jogging and running their way around the 5k course. 49 first timers rocked up to try out parkrun and an incredible 94 people set new personal best times! Maybe having Olympian David Gillick leading a warm-up…
Regular parkrunner Ann Lynch can usually be found enjoying a 5k walk at Tralee parkrun on a Saturday morning. However this wasn’t always the case, 18 months ago Ann didn’t think parkrun was a place for her, until one morning she plucked up the courage to join the Tail Walker and tackle her first ever 5k. …