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Read more › News - 28th August 2019

Join the six week parkwalk program

Ireland Country Manager Matt Shields tells us more about the return of the successful parkwalk initiative. Starting on 7 September, parkruns across Ireland look forward to welcoming new and existing walkers.   People regularly ask me, what is parkrun?  I quite often hear it described as a 5k run which of course it is not….

Harry and Dundalk parkrun
Read more › News - 28th August 2019

Happy to have Harry

Self proclaimed ‘parkwalker’ Harry came along to Dundalk parkrun for the first time on 2 June 2018. Harry is visually impaired so his arrival provided the perfect opportunity for newly trained VI guides to put their skills into action. Run Director Brenda Hill tells us the story.   Harry arrived at Dundalk parkrun for the first…

Read more › News - 28th August 2019

Verona Horan is our Vhi parkrun Hero winner for July

The Vhi parkrun Hero award for the month of July has been awarded to Verona Horan from Westport parkrun, Co. Mayo.   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.   Verona…

Read more › News - 22nd August 2019

Having a ball

Kim Tully and her Siberian Husky Yoshi are regulars at Hartstown parkrun in Dublin. By her own admission, Kim was inactive and looking for ways to make new friends.   Eventually she plucked up the courage to go to her local parkrun and now Saturday mornings for Kim and Yoshi are a whole family affair….

John Molloy
Read more › News - 22nd August 2019

People of parkrun brought to you by Vhi

Name: John Molloy Age: 76 Occupation: Retired Accountant Local parkrun: Kilkenny Number of parkruns completed: 201   How did I get involved in parkrun? I retired in 2011. One of the things I was sure I wanted to do was to get more exercise. My son challenged me to take part in the Nore swim…

Caroline Kennedy
Read more › News - 13th August 2019

Running after cancer

Caroline Kennedy tells us about the integral part Templemore parkrun has played in her cancer recovery journey, and breaking that 35 minute barrier.   On the last weekend in June 2017, I became very ill and was given a bowel cancer diagnosis just a few weeks later.   The chemotherapy followed, culminating in me undergoing extensive surgery…

Vhi roadshow at Templemore parkrun
Read more › News - 12th August 2019

People of parkrun brought to you by Vhi

Name: Brighid Smyth   Age: 54   Occupation: Head of Corporate Communication, Vhi   Local parkrun: St Anne’s parkrun   Number of parkruns completed: 83 in 16 locations     How did you get involved in parkrun? I ran my first parkrun on the 28 September 2013. At the time I was training for the 2013 Dublin City Marathon…

Read more › News - 7th August 2019

Rainbow runners

On Saturday 27 July, Ballincollig parkrun flew the flag for Pride, hosting a Rainbow Run with local LGBT+ running club the Frontrunners. Co-Event Director Suzi Quirke tells us more.   We were approached a couple of months back by Frontrunners, a local LGBT+ running club, who are a member of the Frontrunners International movement.  …

Celine Buckley
Read more › News - 7th August 2019

People of parkrun brought to you by Vhi

Name: Celine Buckley Age: 48 Occupation: Teacher Local parkrun: Castlehaven Number of parkruns completed: 151     How did you get involved in parkrun? A meeting was held at Castlehaven GAA Club, discussing the possibility of starting a parkrun. I had never heard of parkrun before this. I was drawn in immediately when the ethos…

Catherine Dempsey
Read more › News - 30th July 2019

More than a thousand words

Catherine Dempsey, pictured right receiving her VHI Hero Award, was convinced by a friend to try out New Ross parkrun for the first time on St Stephen’s day in 2015. Not only did she discover a love for parkrun, Catherine’s ‘parkrun family’ helped her during the most difficult times.   Going to that parkrun on…

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