News - 11th January 2017

parkrun around the world – Marlay parkrun in Ireland

Colm photo

I’ve been involved with starting up parkrun in Stockholm but never actually experienced one outside of Hagaparken until this New Year’s Eve when I was back in my native Ireland with the family. Dublin’s Marlay Park had more than 450 runners on New Year’s Eve (and nearly 700 last week) and the funny things was, despite the bigger numbers, the feeling was just the same as Hagaparken. There was an open and friendly atmosphere and nobody took it too seriously. On the starting line, the guy to my right began chatting with me and told me to keep an eye out for the uphill over the fourth kilometre and off we went. The photo is taken shortly before the finish when my daughter Sandra jumped up for a hug. A nice way to come across the finish line!

There are 16 park runs in the Dublin area today and Marlay Parkun has been going for nearly four years. It’s inspiring to see what can happen with parkrun when you give it time for the word to spread. And while Marlay Park is a very pretty and nice park to run in, I still think Hagaparken is more spectacular.
See you there on Saturday!
Colm O’Callaghan
Haga parkrun

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