News - 28th August 2019

Join the six week parkwalk program

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Ireland Country Manager Matt Shields tells us more about the return of the successful parkwalk initiative. Starting on 7 September, parkruns across Ireland look forward to welcoming new and existing walkers.


People regularly ask me, what is parkrun?  I quite often hear it described as a 5k run which of course it is not.


It’s built around a 5k event okay but it’s so much more.


You can walk, jog, volunteer, push a buggy, even walk the dog.


Then there is the social aspect. Every parkrun has a post event get together, like a coffee in a local café.


So if you want to kick start your weekend in a local park at 9:30am on a Saturday and meet friends existing and new, plus generally improve your physical and mental health, then parkrun is for you.


We welcome all ages, genders, abilities and ethnicities. By 11am you will be home reading your result with the rest of the weekend to look forward to.


With all abilities in mind we are again holding the very successful six week parkwalk program at all Irish 5k parkrun events starting 7 September.


During the program there will be tail walkers at each parkrun to meet and greet new walkers weekly.


They will explain the route and how everything works, and escort you during your walk. Making everything really easy.


There will be lots of others just like yourself and you won’t be the last. The tail walker is always last.


To take part register at and chose #IREparkwalk as your team. Print out the barcode you’re given and bring it along with you on the day.


After that just turn up with your barcode on Saturday about 9:15am. Look for the green parkwalk meeting point banner.


Register today and put the date in your diary. You won’t regret it.


If you’re an existing parkrunner and know someone who wants to get active why not share this opportunity and offer to buddy them on their first parkrun.


Matt Shields


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