This week we head to Monaghan parkrun situated in Rossmore park in County Monaghan. AnnaMarie explains about the course, their unique wooden giant and beautiful castle ruins.
Monaghan parkrun is a two-loop course which takes you through some beautiful woodlands, along trail paths, alongside a slow-flowing river and then a vast calming lake, where swans reside. There are climbs and descents and you will finish to friendly cheers from great volunteers!
Our most famous landmark is the ruins of the once great Rossmore Castle, which faces you as you turn into an enjoyable descent down Castle hill. Although the castle is no more, the ruins are impressive in themselves. Look left as you descend the castle hill and you will see, halfway down, over the lake a giants head! Roddy Den Dron is a wooden structure-his giant head looks over the lake and his giant hands lay on the water!
We host our parkrun coffee/tea at the finish line. We have hot water dispensers, mugs, all the essentials for a friendly cuppa and a gazebo to keep you dry all the while!
Our most interesting parkrunner is a young man of 68 years- Pete Mohan! He came to our parkrun on our first event, as a walker. He told us that day that he wasn’t a runner but that he had an ambition to run a marathon in his lifetime and he thought that parkrun might be the place to start.
Well, he came back every week and progressed from ambitious walker, to competitive jogger, to 5k athlete! He moved on to join a running group, began to participate in races, from 10k to 13 miles and in October 2018 he completed the Dublin City Marathon! He has since completed three other marathons and is thinking now about taking on triathlons! His biggest achievement however is becoming the first person to achieve 50 parkruns at Monaghan Town parkrun! What a morning that was! A proud morning for everyone involved in Monaghan parkrun, as well as Pete himself!
We love to see Pete at parkrun every Saturday. He pushes hard every week and is mad to achieve new PBs! He has inspired many locals, of a similar age to come along and give parkrun a try and his son is now a regular parkrunner too! Pete Mohan is proof that age is no barrier to achieving goals!
Monaghan Town parkrun has brought Rossmore park to life on a Saturday morning. The park was chronically under-utilised and now every Saturday, the carpark is full and 50-100 parkrunners spend an enjoyable hour in the fresh air and the company of others!
Our course is breathtakingly beautiful. Our friendly volunteers and community feel is what makes our parkrun the most welcoming you could visit. We look forward to our Saturdays in Rossmore park and every Saturday brings new faces, stories and fun. Come for the beautiful woodland course and stay for the friendly welcome and cup of tea at the finish line!
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