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Read more › News - 27th November 2018

People of parkrun brought to you by Vhi

Name: Kenneth Coakley Age: 46 Occupation: Youth & Community worker  Local parkrun: Poppintree park  Number of parkruns completed: Around 200    How did you get involved in parkrun? I attended Malahide parkrun some years back and had a great experience. From then, I wished we had one in Ballymun and strangely enough the opportunity presented…

Ballincollig Sanctuary Runners
Read more › News - 26th November 2018

Seeking sanctuary through running

The Sanctuary Runners was established in February 2018 by feature writer and broadcaster Graham Clifford with the help of photographer Clare Keogh. Having reported from refugee camps in Northern Africa, travelled across Eastern and Central Europe with Syrian and Iraqi refugees, mainly, at the height of the Migrant Crisis in 2015 and compiled many pieces…

HMP Wayland blur
Read more › News - 21st November 2018

Back on track: one inmate’s parkrun story

When you consider that prisoners are cocooned in concrete and steel for most of the week, the appeal of an outdoor run in a green space might seem obvious. But talk to the men here and you realise that, for many of them, doing parkrun is about more than just getting some fresh air and…

beach cover
Read more › News - 21st November 2018

Life’s a beach at parkrun!

Whilst a number of parkruns take place on seafront promenades in coastal towns and cities across the UK every week, finding a free, weekly, timed 5k that gives you the opportunity to get sand between your toes and waves splashing on your feet are few and far between.   But, in the parkrun world, there are more opportunities…

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Read more › News - 20th November 2018

Dublin parkrunner named Vhi parkrun Hero

Kenneth Coakley from Poppintree parkrun, Dublin, has been named as the October Vhi parkrun Hero.   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 participants or volunteers.   Since 2014, Kenneth has been…

Read more › News - 14th November 2018

parkrun profile: Malahide

Malahide parkrun was the first event to start in Ireland, way back in 2012. Six years on, Event Director Michael McMahon tells us how this pioneering event brought parkrun to Ireland, and talks about the big impact it is having on the local community.     I had heard about parkrun in the UK and…

Read more › News - 14th November 2018

250 and counting: the gift that keeps on giving

parkrun is a gift that keeps on giving, and over 250 weekends has offered me significantly enhanced wellbeing in an increasingly connected community. As I pass a parkrun milestone – or should I say kilometre stone(?!) – the chance of some modest reflection cannot be missed. This is a potted history of the seven-year journey humps, bumps and…

Read more › News - 14th November 2018

People of parkrun brought to you by Vhi

Name: Lisa Cumiskey   Age: 47   Occupation: Dental Nurse   Local parkrun: Ardgillan parkrun, Balbriggan     How did you get involved in parkrun? I got involved in parkrun in 2013 after my friend and I took up walking to try and obtain some fitness in our lives. My partner was a frequent visitor…

Read more › News - 7th November 2018

parkrun Profile: Poppintree

Poppintree parkrun in Dublin 11 celebrated its fourth birthday on Saturday and has welcomed more than 2,500 parkrunners during that time. Natalie Murphy tells us more…   I kind of got involved in Poppintree parkrun by accident! My dad, Robert, asked me one evening four years ago to come along to an evening where he…

prison volunteers
Read more › News - 7th November 2018

The inmates behind prison parkruns

Every journey starts with a single step…   Hi, I would like to enquire about getting a parkrun event set up inside our prison so that our prisoners can have the opportunity to get involved in this initiative. Hopefully they will then want to access an event closer to home upon their release.   Shane…

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