Nearly 8,000 walkers, joggers, runners and volunteers participated at parkrun this weekend, as 5k events continued to return across Ireland.
Here, we take a look at some of the best photos and stories from the 90 events that took place.
Spoiler alert – expect lots of happy faces!
One of the 5k events to return on Saturday 25 September was Cabinteely parkrun. Run Director Olwyn Dunne said “the feedback from all the walkers, joggers, runners and volunteers at Cabinteely was hugely positive. I woke up early full of excitement to be proudly wearing my Run Director jacket after a break of 567 days. We had 135 walkers, joggers and runners. Everything ran smoothly with a brilliant team of volunteers. To top it all off, the sun came out. My heart was bursting with parkrun joy!”
Rob Asher, also a regular at Cabinteely, was thrilled to be back and shared his thoughts on the long-awaited return, as well as the love that the community has shown to a recent new addition to his family.
“My wife Emma and I have been regulars at our local parkrun in Cabinteely for six years. It’s become a key part of family life for us. Emma participated while pregnant with our first boy Tom in 2017, then a few months after he was born I went with him most weeks in the running buggy.
Tom and I were delighted to be back at parkrun. It was a particularly special week for us as we welcomed the birth of our second son/first little brother William just four days earlier! The warm congratulations we got from everyone on the day was a huge reminder of parkrun’s community spirit.”
We can’t get enough of all of your photos, like this selection from Monaghan Town parkrun.
Marlay parkrun shared their excitement on social media as they were blessed with some “unseasonably warm” weather for their Saturday morning. The delight was clear for all to see as they welcomed almost 300 walkers, joggers and runners.
Margaret Peoples and her daughter made their return to Buncrana parkrun and enjoyed the challenges of their much-loved hilly course, “it was so brilliant to see all our lovely parkrun friends after such a long time”, as they were reunited with some familiar faces.
Ann McDonnell and her friends were buzzing as they enjoyed their morning at St Anne’s parkrun.
Mary Phelan and her husband were spreading the feel-good factor at Poppintree with some spectating – cheering on 138 walkers, joggers and runners. Mary’s husband has just signed up to parkrun and hopes to volunteer regularly.
Speaking of volunteering, there were over 1,200 volunteers at 5k and junior events this weekend. One of them was Noeleen Condron, who enjoyed a spot of Tail Walking at a sun-kissed Vicarstown parkrun.
And Liona O’Toole was one of the volunteers at Griffeen parkrun.
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 welcome you to a parkrun in Ireland soon.
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