There was tangible joy at the weekend as 42 5k events returned across Ireland for the first time since March 2020, marking the beginning of a long-awaited return across the country.
Here are seven reasons to celebrate.
1. Where 5k events have returned, 11-14 year-olds are now back at junior parkruns
The return of some 5k events over the weekend means that junior parkruns are now welcoming all ages from 4-14 to log their walks, jogs and runs again.
Sarah was delighted to see them return at Dundalk Institute of Technology junior parkrun on Sunday morning, where 52 children attended.
2. More volunteering opportunities
With 48 5k events and 29 2k junior events, there are plenty of opportunities to volunteer!
There are loads of roles to choose from, no training is needed, all you need to do is contact your local event team using the email on their web page.
Mark was delighted to be back at Deerpark parkrun in Carlanstown.
Pippa Hackett and the volunteer team braved the rainy conditions at Mountlucas parkrun, where they welcomed almost 90 walkers, joggers and runners.
3. First timers
We welcomed more than 340 first timers to parkrun on Saturday, amongst them was Becca. She did her first parkrun at Clonmel and was (not)parkrunning regularly during lockdown. She said she plans to be back regularly.
4. The stats
We love delving into the numbers and have been known to dream about statistics! As we welcome back the remainder of events in the next few weeks, more parkruns means more numbers for us to crunch.
Over 700 volunteers supported over 50 events (5k and junior) this past weekend, but almost 50 of them were volunteering at a parkrun for the very first time.
Over 3,500 people walked, jogged or ran their first 5k parkrun, and over 100 juniors took on their very first 2k.
Fanchea Gibson returned to Wexford Racecourse parkrun with a smile on her face and was happy to get “a warm Wexford welcome”.
And Julie O’Leary was getting back into the swing of things at Glen River parkrun in Cork.
5. The scenery
We all know what a beautiful country Ireland is, and we can’t wait to see more of your scenic snaps in the coming weeks, but here’s a taster from the first weekend.
Noeleen Condron said that Templemore parkrun was beautiful and that she also enjoyed a “warm welcome” from the volunteers,
whilst Marie Doherty took in the views at Narin Beach parkrun.
And finally, Carl Fleming volunteered at the first ever Porch Field parkrun in Trim and harnessed the historic surroundings on the new course.
6. A return to routine for friends and family
parkrun can be whatever you want it to be; whether that’s an opportunity for families to spend quality time together or meeting up with friends that you haven’t seen in a while, we’re absolutely here for it!
There was plenty to roar about at Longford parkrun as walkers, joggers, runners, volunteers (and a dinosaur!) were reunited.
Wendy Tiernan and her friends were all smiles on Saturday morning as they enjoyed the inaugural Porch Field parkrun.
7. A healthier and happier planet
Every parkrun that returns to a local community is a step forward for our mission: to create a healthier and happier planet.
Every barcode scanned, every finish token handed out, every position recorded on the Virtual Volunteer app, every volunteer vest donned, every clap and cheer, every cuppa in the cafe, all of it contributes to bringing communities together; to be social, together, outdoors and active in the fresh air.
To find your nearest parkrun, to get involved as a volunteer, or just to find out more, head over to our website.
We can’t wait to see you at a parkrun in Ireland soon.
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