News - 9th November 2022

parkrun Ireland’s 10th birthday!

An orange graphic that reads 'ten years of parkrun Ireland'.

This Saturday 12 November, parkrun Ireland turns 10 years old and with over 350,000 people registered to parkrun Ireland, we have a lot to celebrate!


Since November 2012, parkrun Ireland has held over 27,000 events, with 106 5k events and 30 junior events established across the country. 37 of those events have been linked to GP practices for social prescribing, and three events are set up in a custodial setting.


Matt Shields, the country manager for Ireland said:


The last 10 years has been amazing watching parkrun grow and spread to every corner of Ireland, creating an amazing, inclusive, non-judgemental community. The benefits to community health and wellbeing I feel are like an iceberg – we can only see so much, there is much, much more that’s hidden.”


Frank Feighan T.D., the Minister of State for Public Health, Wellbeing & the National Drugs Strategy said:

“I want to congratulate parkrun Ireland on reaching it’s tenth anniversary. parkrun has made a vital contribution to encouraging both adults and children to get active, as well as providing a great opportunity for those already active to take part in a welcoming, fun, social setting. This is a key objective of our National Physical Activity Plan and I want to thank everyone involved for their commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of our citizens. I look forwarding to seeing parkrun Ireland continue to develop and reach more and more people in its next ten years.”


A woman and a man are stood in a park, smiling at the camera with their thumbs up.


Ailís McSweeney, the Ireland Lead for Sanctuary Runners, also congratulated us:


“Community integration benefits from hubs and networks of common interests, places to come together, and a welcoming atmosphere. For many Sanctuary Runner groups across Ireland, their local parkrun has provided just that. From Cork to Letterkenny, Dublin to Sligo, parkrunners have become Sanctuary Runners and welcomed Sanctuary Runners from all nationalities in solidarity, friendship, and respect. Our partnership has really been cemented as Sanctuary Runners became a fixture on the volunteer rosters across the country every week.  Happy 10th Anniversary parkrun Ireland! We look forward to many more parkruns together to come!”


In June 2018, six years after parkrun Ireland was set up, we teamed up with 5k Your Way. Georgie Freeman explains what they do:


“5K Your Way, Move Against Cancer is a community-based initiative to encourage those living with and beyond cancer, their families and friends, and those working in cancer services to walk, jog, run, cheer or volunteer at a local 5K Your Way group at designated parkrun events on the last Saturday of every month. The 5K Your Way, Move Against Cancer initiative is provided by MOVE Charity.


We are honoured to have five 5k Your Way Groups in Ireland and a further two in Northern Ireland. parkrun have been extremely supportive and welcoming to all of these groups and we’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone at parkrun Ireland for their support!”


Two parkrun volunteers are stood on some grass, smiling at the camera.


Following that, in September 2018, we partnered with Gaisce – The President’s Award, a self-development programme for young people aged 14 -25. Emily Wolfe, Events and Community Officer at Gaisce explains:


“Gaisce has been proven to enhance confidence and wellbeing through participation in personal, physical and community challenges. Every person has the opportunity to grow their potential through equality of access, participation and outcomes. parkrun is a positive, welcoming and inclusive experience which fits perfectly into the Gaisce Challenge Area model and compliments our values; Empowerment, Inclusion & Equality, Respect and Excellence.”


So why not come and join us this weekend to celebrate our tenth anniversary? You could even bring a family member, friend or colleague along with you who may not have been to parkrun before.


Find your nearest event here, and, if you haven’t already registered for parkrun, you can register here.


See you soon!



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