Read more › News - 12th December 2018

parkrun Profile: Castlebar parkrun

Castlebar parkrun in Co Mayo launched in March 2014 and since then has welcomed 2,300 walkers, runners and volunteers. Event Director Maggie Heneghan, who has been involved since the beginning, tells us more about this beautiful parkrun.   I have been involved from the start of the event in 2014 and parkrun is my second…

Russborough parkrun in partnership with Vhi
Read more › News - 12th December 2018

People of parkrun brought to you by Vhi

Name: Olwyn Dunne Age: 52 Occupation: Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon Race Director Local parkrun: Cabinteely Number of parkruns completed: 76   How did you get involved in parkrun? I first ran Marlay parkrun in April 2013 and volunteered as soon as I could after that. I was very quickly put at ease by the team…

Read more › News - 6th December 2018

parkrun Wildlife

Almost 1,700 communities worldwide are now home to parkrun events every Saturday and Sunday, and just like the variety of parkrun courses, parkrunners come in all different shapes and sizes, ages and experiences, coming together every week for a walk, jog or run, followed by a coffee and a chat.   Whilst man’s best friends, the four-legged parkdogs…

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Read more › News - 5th December 2018

People of parkrun brought to you by Vhi

Name: Tony Higgins Age: 55 Occupation: Orthopaedic Surgeon Local parkrun: Tralee Number of parkruns completed: 127   How did you get involved in parkrun? My friend Siobhan Kearney, Event Director of Tralee parkrun (and now my parkrun boss!) asked me if I would like to help out at this new weekly parkrun by taking some…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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