The cold icy conditions did not deter 230 hardy parkrunners as Dundalk parkrun hosted its weekly event in the DKIT sport fields. However, it was not just any normal Saturday parkrun in Dundalk. The RTE cameras were in attendance to film Yvonne Keenan-Ross, who is a leader on the show “Operation Transformation” and parkrun's Ambassadors Mary Maher and Brendan Howard. Parkrun have teamed up with Operation Transformation to inspire people across the country to get fitter and out moving. Surely enough, people attended in their droves to smash our record attendance and an electric atmosphere ensued throughout the morning.
There were 230 park runners and walkers with 72 first timers in attendance. It is clear that the huge wave of new people were inspired by parkrun teaming up with Operation Transform and Yvonne’s attendance. New runners included people of all ages and abilities with people either walking, jogging or running the route all with the aim of becoming more active. The two parkrun OT ambassadors, Brendan who is the run ambassador and Mary the walking ambassador, were on hand to support our everyone. We had 8 personal best times on the day which is a real achievement given the conditions on the course.
Well done to Declan Toal, who was first male finisher in a time of 18.29 and Patricia Mulholland, who was the first female finisher across the line in 23.29. Well done to our 230 finishers who walked, jogged and ran the event. All the smiles were evident at the finish line! We hope that you will join us again at Parkrun. Be sure to check out Operation Transformation this week for coverage of our event. Again, Dundalk Parkrun would not be possible without our volunteers: Andy CALIFF • Sean Carroll • Anne DUFFY • Brenda HILL • Brendan HOWARD • Ciara MATTHEWS • Colm FERGUS • Conor HILL • Debbie MCKENNA • Janet MOONEY • Judith CHRISTMAS • Katarina SIDOROVA • Mary MAHER • Michael PARKS • Patrick O'ROURKE • Peter KIRK • Rory MCCLEAN • Sarah MC ENEANEY • Sinead MC MAHON
Run report by Sean Carroll