Read more › News - 3rd November 2021

Every parkrun has its own personality

The first ever parkrun on the island of Ireland took place on Saturday 6 November 2010.    Now, eleven years on, Country Manager and Ambassador Matt Shields talks us through some of the highlights.   This weekend is the eleventh anniversary of parkrun on the island of Ireland. The first event took place at Waterworks…

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Read more › News - 24th March 2021

I thought I would give up

Gillian Roden was convinced by friends to sign up for a couch to 5k programme.   After graduating the programme at Waterworks parkrun, she fell in love with the parkrun community and now thinks it’s the best way to start any weekend.   I signed up for Jog Belfast at the Girls Model School in…

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Read more › News - 17th March 2021

Knowing we could do it

Denis Loughran started out as walker. 100 parkruns later he set his sights on starting to do a bit of running, and joined a couch to 5k programme.   Now he has gone on to complete a 10k. Here he tells us more.   I joined the Waterworks parkwalk in October 2016 with the intention…

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Read more › News - 8th March 2021

In it together

Denise Rainey went along to parkrun to keep her Dad company. Starting off as a walker, she’s now gone on to complete numerous 10ks. This is her journey.   In September 2016 my Dad Denis decided he was going to join parkrun and participate in the pilot of parkwalk, so I thought I would keep…

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Read more › News - 23rd February 2021

You can

Grainne Stephens has a message for anyone who thinks they could never complete a 5k – you can. Encouraged by her mum, she’s now a regular at Waterworks parkrun. This is her story.   I started the Jog Belfast Programme in January 2018. In summer of 2017 I became very unhappy with the way I…

Read more › News - 28th September 2018

Uniting communities: Waterworks parkrun

The Waterworks is a park located in North Belfast, an area that is made up of a patchwork of estates comprised of both catholics and protestants. Unlike West Belfast which is predominantly catholic or East Belfast which is predominantly protestant, North Belfast reflects each tradition. Thus the level of cross-community conflict within North Belfast has…

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Read more › News - 25th July 2018

‘Walk@parkrun’ #ParkWalk

‘Walk@parkrun’ #ParkWalk is an initiative in Northern Ireland to engage people of all fitness abilities. It’s incorporated in conjunction with nine Northern Ireland parkrun events and is funded under the Active Clubs Programme by Sport NI and Big Lottery NI.    Two participants in the scheme, Paul Greene and Heather Patterson, explain the impact that…

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Read more › News - 2nd February 2018

The running road to recovery

This time last year I was running  parkrun as part of the training for my first marathon. I was happy, carefree and enjoying the weekend runs in the Waterworks. A few weeks later I received the devastating news that I had breast cancer.   Recalling the days after my diagnosis I was shocked and frightened…

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Read more › News - 4th August 2017

From Cave Hill to Sugar Loaf

I never really dreamt of running in the Olympics. No more than any other young athlete growing up in Belfast did. I was going to be a footballer. Play professionally and drive a sports car. Why not?   The lure of football waned shortly after joining St Malachy’s College and I found myself attracted to…

Read more › News - 1st July 2017

From small acorns grow mighty Oak trees

Rosy Ryan took part in Waterworks parkrun for the first time on an icy New Year’s Day in 2015. She had no idea how far 5k was, and was the final finisher, but was instantly hooked by the support she received from fellow parkrunners.    Later that month Rosy was diagnosed with incurable cancer. Determined…

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