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…

Kevin Seaward
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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Read more › News - 17th December 2016

A metaphor for life

On a spring morning in 1985 I did what around 500 people now do every Saturday. I wandered from my home in Coventry to the Memorial Park, and I went for a run.   It was a far cry from three years earlier in a packed Bislett Stadium in Oslo when I had one of…