News - 23rd October 2019

parkrun Profile: Glengarriff

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This week, Michael Healy talks all things Glengarriff parkrun, the breathtaking 5k route, the unique setting and the people…


I got involved in parkrun to get fitter and meet some new people as my wife and I recently retired to the area. Glengarriff parkrun is set in the beautiful and unique Glengarriff Woods Nature Reserve. The setting of the Nature Reserve is spectacular, with the woods nestled in the sheltered glen opening out into Glengarriff Harbour.




Above the woods rise the Caha Mountains, with their dramatic layers of sheer rock. Our route starts at the picnic area and the terrain is a mix of tarred roadway, gravel paths, concrete paths and woodland walkways, with much of the run and walk alongside the river on one side and natural grassland and trees on the other with interesting features all around. This route includes undulating tree-lined paths which eventually cross a picturesque bridge onto the roadway to the finish in the picnic area again. The picnic area is a very suitable location for the post-parkrun chat with tea/coffee served on special occasions. .


Glengarriff parkrun a very scenic event, with undulating terrain giving a mix of breath-taking views, peace and tranquillity while offering a challenging route to those chasing the elusive PB.


It is also a walker’s delight because of the setting and the peace offered for the duration of your walk. It is also suitable for dog owners to bring their dog for a stroll or for buggies to that the whole family can take part.




The “Hill” was our famous landmark but we recently changed over to a new route which eliminates the hill but of course there are lesser hills on the undulating terrain, to keep it interesting.


Our record holder is Darragh McElhinney who recently won a bronze medal at 5,000 metres in the Under 20 European Athletics Championships in Sweden. The only other Irish men to medal at this distance and this age category were John Tracey and Mark Carroll.


A great community spirit has been developed since the start of parkrun with lots of volunteers and everyone is very encouraging to all participants.




Come and enjoy one of the most scenic and challenging routes and be captivated by the scenery, the friendly volunteers and participants who make everyone feel so welcome in West Cork.


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