Read more › News - 8th August 2018

Farewell to an unsung hero

My first memories are of bright sunshine, blue seas and strange accents. I belonged to Patricia who is now the Event Director of Lough Key parkrun. When we moved from Australia to Ireland she no longer had any need for me so I was stashed away in a dark attic. I thought life was finished….

Melissa D Lough Key 100
Read more › News - 7th February 2018

Melissa’s magic milestone

Saturday, 20 January marked a big celebration for me this year: it was the date that I finally completed my 100th parkrun and become the first parkrunner at Lough Key parkrun to join the parkrun 100 Club.   Reaching the 100th parkrun is a big milestone. It even comes with its own special black t-shirt…

Read more › News - 14th December 2017

Smoking man to marathon man – all thanks to parkrun!

31-year-old Dean Beirne credits Lough Key parkrun with transforming him from a 20-a-day smoker to a 3:18 marathon runner in just three years. This is his story:   parkrun has changed my life dramatically since running my first parkrun in October 2014 at Roundhay parkrun in Leeds. It was not a planned visit – my…

Cathy Weston
Read more › News - 3rd August 2017

An enormous amount to gain

I used to be what you could call a ‘winter athlete’. My friend Ann and I would join the gym for three months – from November to January – and go a few nights a week. We also did some walks around the local roads, but any little excuse would mean I would not go….

Carrick on Shannon AC
Read more › News - 6th July 2017

Carrick On Shannon AC ‘takeover’ at Lough Key parkrun

Carrick On Shannon AC is an athletics club based in Co. Leitrim that caters for athletics in the Carrick-on-Shannon area, including the areas of Leitrim Village, Gowel, Kiltoghert, Jamestown, Kilnagross, Cortober, Boyle and parts of North Roscommon.   The club, which was founded in the early 1970s and is based 17 kilometres from Lough Key,…

Pat and Magellan Heffernan FFTF
Read more › News - 8th November 2016

Feedback from the Field

When planning our weekend trip to London we said it would be great to do a parkrun. Definitely we have the running bug! Bushy parkrun was the original and is the largest of the parkrun community which started in October 2004. The biggest attendance there was 1,705 runners. So we started looking at how to…

Melissa Doohan running in her apricot shirt
Read more › News - 10th October 2016

Gala parkrunner of the Month

Name: Melissa Doohan   Home parkrun:Lough Key parkrun   Melissa runs with her husband Dean, and encouraged her mother-in-law Lorraine to join parkrun. Lorraine is now up to running the full 5k, having never run before she started parkrunning at Lough Key! Melissa is positive and energetic and promotes parkrun to other people wherever she…