John O Brien (2)
Read more › News - 18th December 2019

John O’Brien is our Vhi parkrun Hero winner for November

The Vhi parkrun Hero award for the month of November has been awarded to John O’Brien from Donabate 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 participants or volunteers.   John…

Read more › News - 18th December 2019

parkrun celebrates two year success of events on custodial estates

Across the world on a Saturday morning, residents in prisons, young offender institutions, and correctional facilities are walking, jogging, running and volunteering in a groundbreaking initiative that is changing the lives of prisoners and staff alike.   Two years on from the first event, we take a look at the phenomenal success of parkruns on…

Read more › News - 17th December 2019

An invitation to Christmas Day parkrun

Traditionally, Christmas is a time when people come together to spend time with friends and family. Sadly, we know that too many people will spend the festive period alone this year.   parkrun has always been about community and bringing together people from all walks of life, and at this time of year, we all have…

Read more › News - 12th December 2019

People of parkrun brought to you by Vhi

Name: Lucy Lambe Age: 61 Occupation: Foster Carer Local parkrun: Marlay, Cabinteely, Bushy Number of parkruns completed: 90   How did you get involved in parkrun? I did my 1st parkrun in Marlay on 9th March 2013 after having breast cancer and needed to try and lose the weight that I had put on during…

1847093 Cork group
Read more › News - 4th December 2019

Run For Fun Programme 2019 Update

Vhi would like to express a huge congratulations to the young people from Just Ask Homework Club in Dublin and Mayfield Foroige Youth Project in Cork for their dedication and commitment to the Vhi & Irish Youth Foundation (IYF) Run For Fun programme.   Last weekend a group from Just Ask Homework Club completed their…

Ireland Bushy
Read more › News - 3rd December 2019

Where it all began

Joy Cox tells us the story of an Irish homage to Bushy Park, Teddington – where parkrun all began.   Five years ago, Gráinne Kelly (Event Director) and others set up Kilkenny parkrun based in the beautiful surrounds of Kilkenny Castle park. Amongst the core team and participants many friendships have evolved and resulted in…

Paula Browne
Read more › News - 3rd December 2019

That same feeling

Paula Browne began parkrunning after her sister decided to run the Vhi Mini Marathon. Now firmly in the parkrun family, Paula tells us how she loves the inclusivity of Saturday mornings.   In 2015 my sister said she wanted to run the Vhi Mini Marathon and so my running journey began.   I began to…

Read more › News - 27th November 2019

The best medicine

Anne Marie Channon experienced severe heart problems, encouraged by her son and GP she went along to parkrun and now describes it as the best medicine. Here she tells us more.   Hi my name is Anne Marie Channon, from lisronagh, Clonmel. I’m now 48 and have just completed my 21st parkrun in clonmel.   On…

Rachel McEntee
Read more › News - 27th November 2019

People of parkrun brought to you by Vhi

Name: Rachel McEntee Age: 27 Occupation: Teacher Local parkrun: Navan Number of parkruns completed: 46   How did you get involved in parkrun? I completed 2 parkruns around Christmas 2016 but didn’t really get going until August 2018. My Mam, Doreen, broke her collarbone that July and couldn’t drive or run so I brought her to parkrun. Walking turned to…

Read more › News - 20th November 2019

Five tips for parkrunning in cold weather

There may be moments during the winter months when you’re standing on the start line of your local parkrun in the cold and rain, questioning why you decided to get out of your warm bed!   But winter parkrunning isn’t just for those hardy souls – anyone can walk, jog, run and volunteer in deepest…

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