The Vhi parkrun Hero award for the month of February has been awarded to Patricia Kelly McGarry from Lough Key parkrun, Co. Roscommon.
The monthly award recognises and rewards inspirational, hardworking and dedicated members of the parkrun community who embody the ethos of parkrun or have made an outstanding contribution – be they participants or volunteers.
Patricia is a core member of the Lough Key parkrun team and has been described as a valued and treasured Event Director. Patricia was instrumental in setting up the Lough Key parkrun back in May 2016 and since then has played a key role in driving the growth of the event. Fun initiatives such as pacers week, run in reverse and parkrun tourism have all helped to encourage more people to attend on a weekly basis.
Nominate a participant or volunteer for the March parkrun hero award at www.vhi.ie/running. Winners will receive a €250 One4All voucher and plaque courtesy of Vhi.
Kim Tully and her Siberian Husky Yoshi are regulars at Hartstown parkrun in Dublin. By her own admission, Kim was inactive and looking for ways to make new friends. Eventually she plucked up the courage to go to her local parkrun and now Saturday mornings for Kim and Yoshi are a whole family affair….
Name: John Molloy Age: 76 Occupation: Retired Accountant Local parkrun: Kilkenny Number of parkruns completed: 201 How did I get involved in parkrun? I retired in 2011. One of the things I was sure I wanted to do was to get more exercise. My son challenged me to take part in the Nore swim…