The Vhi parkrun Hero award for the month of December has been awarded to Tom Lynam from Porterstown parkrun in Dublin.
The monthly award recognises and rewards inspirational, hardworking and dedicated members of the parkrun community who embody the ethos of parkrun or have made an outstanding contribution – be they walkers, joggers, runners or volunteers.
Tom is the unsung hero of the Porterstown parkrun. He is on hand bright and early every Saturday morning, cycling down to Porterstown Park to set up flags, route signage, catering tables and the finish funnel. He is also the last person waiting at the finish line as the tail walkers complete the course to take it all down again.
With 128 volunteer credits, Tom’s friendly demeanour is a welcome sight for parkrun tourists and for Run Directors, knowing they’re in great hands when Tom is on the volunteer roster. His volunteer credits are a testament to his reliability, dedication, and a real willingness to give back to his community. He was also the first person at the Porterstown parkrun to reach the 200 milestone which is a tremendous achievement.
Tom is never one to seek praise or thanks for his great display of volunteerism. However, having just completed his 250th parkrun, the parkrun community would like to extend its thanks and gratitude to Tom for his dedication, enthusiasm, and his remarkable contribution to the Porterstown parkrun.
Nominate a participant or volunteer for the Vhi parkrun hero award at www.vhi.ie/running. Alternatively, if you are a Vhi customer you can also nominate a member of the parkrun community for the award within the Vhi app. Winners will receive a €250 One4All voucher and a winner’s medal courtesy of Vhi.
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