Dundalk parkrun is cancelled on 2021-03-06 – COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Operation Transformation starts on a high.


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

Katarina Sidorova I, Ciara Matthews

Run report by Sean Carroll


International parkrun day 2016

There was excitement in the air as Dundalk parkrun hosted its own celebration of International parkrun day on Saturday 1st October. This marks 12 years since Paul Sinton-Hewitt established parkrun for the first time at Bushy Park, Teddington in the UK. Dundalk parkrun started on 6th June 2015, and since then 1,206 different runners have completed 5,453 runs between them. This week’s parkrun in Dundalk saw an impressive 136 athletes run, jog and walk the course in ideal conditions supported by 16 volunteers. We had hoped the lure of cake at the finish line would entice people out of bed this morning and it seems to have worked. Once again our volunteers gave up their Saturday morning to help with the smooth running of the run and without them there would be no event.

Cathaoirleach of Louth County Council, Paul Bell, attended parkrun starting the run briefing by congratulating everyone on taking part in the run. He praised the efforts of all the volunteers weekly for helping the local community get active. That parkrun was a huge asset to Dundalk it self which was seen by the huge crowd that had attended. Paul also had the honour of starting the run off on a special day for parkrun globally . Saturday saw a number of first timers including local TD Peter Fitzpatrick Peter is a keen athlete as evidenced by his involvement in organising Fitzer’s 5k every February in Dundalk. At the start line, he remarked how parkrun is a great idea for the local community to get fitter. He reminded everyone that the core aim of parkrun is the enjoyment of running. We could not agree more! Indeed, we encourage everyone to register with us and come some Saturday morning to take part in some way. It’s not just for runners.

The finish line was buzzing with excitement as finishers celebrated with tea, coffee and cake, which were served by our wonderful volunteers.


Dundalk parkrun celebrates its 1st anniversary

Last Saturday DKIT sports grounds was filled with a party atmosphere as Dundalk parkrun celebrated its first anniversary.  The sun was shining it was a beautiful morning for over 150 people who attended the event of which 90 where parkrunners, 21 volunteers and lots of supporters to cheer on the runners and walkers. The morning began with Sarah Mc Eneaney, Event Director and Michael Parks, Run Director presenting the four winners of the parkrun points competition which is based on runs for the year. Athletes build up their points through regular participation either running the event or volunteering. This year the 1st lady was Brenda Hill, with Niamh Fennell taking the Female Junior title. In the men's it was Patrick Kirk from the Cooley Men's Shed and Male Junior was Oisin Hughes from Blackrock AC. Prizes presented where kindly donated by Elave, Paypal, Catherine Mc Eneaney, Patricia Flynn, Paul Merriman and Colin Leahy for which the core group are very grateful. With a huge cake awaiting the finish of the 5km run, the parkrunners lined up for the start and off they went. Jim Gonnelly from the North East Runners led the pack and it was also Jim who 12 months previously set out the route for the event. Each lap the the runners and walkers where cheered on by all the volunteers and supporters. Everyone made it to the finish line at their own pace and we had Colm Bellew from Fingal Triathlon Club as first Male finisher and Leah Mooney from St Gearlds Ac first lady home. Leah is one of our regular juniors and at 12 years of age is not only improving but has to be a future star in athletes for this country.  As everyone finished and made their way back to the start line, cake, buns and biscuits awaited them kindly provided by the regular parkrunners with teas and coffees thankfully provided by DKIT. Everyone mingled, chatting and sharing their parkrun stories. Milestone certificates where also handed out to the newest members for the Junior 10 club who where Alex Hill, Luke Finlay and Leah Mooney. Janet Mooney also received her 25 Volunteer certificate as she is one of photographers. Everyone seemed to have a fabulous morning as Dundalk parkrun continues to grow bigger and stronger.  Sarah mc Eneaney would like to say thank all parkrun's volunteers on Saturday and the past 12 months also many thanks to the the core group Michael Parks, Andy Califf, Janet Mooney, Gareth Kelly, Rhiannon Barry, Sinead McMahon and Rory McClean who put in huge work to help run parkrun weekly.


parkrun #37 hits 150 park runners

What an amazing turnout for Dundalk parkrun #37!!!

Despite the showery conditions 150 parkrun participants turned out to take on the 5K 3 lapped course at the DKIT.
This Saturday was National Fun Run Day across all parkrun locations and also marked the final day of the Operation Transformation 6 week programme. We were delighted to have Wayne Mackin, Louth Sports Partnership representative to say a few words and present Mary Maher Dundalk parkrun Ambassador with a presentation picture for all her support and help over the past 6 weeks.
Dundalk parkrun core team would like to say a very special "thank you" to the 14 strong volunteer team who also turned out this morning to help to make the event possible.
To help kick start proceedings today, Dundalk parkrun had 2 very special guests from Dundalk FC - Michael and Ciaran O'Connor. IT was a great honour to have the O'Connor brothers on site, with Michael leading the participants across the start line.
Overall, it was a great morning out which was followed by Tea and Cake as it was Carmel's second last parkrun as Event Director. Sarah McEneaney will take on this role from March. Sarah has been involved from the start of parkrun and her commitment and passion for parkrun is second to none. We are delighted that Sarah has agreed to take the role. The event is in very safe hands.
A big thank you to everyone who turned out this morning to participate. Congrats to everyone who completed the 6 week OT programme.
Until next Saturday - keep on moving.

Dundalk parkrun – Keep on moving!

Congratulations to all 90 Dundalk parkrun participants who faced today's blustery weather to run/walk the 5K course. Well done to the 24 first timers, Operation Transformation participants and a big cheer for the 23 people who secured a Personal Best time! 

We were delighted to welcome parkrun tourists all the way from Larne, Co Antrim who are taking part in tomorrow's Dune Half Marathon and fancied getting in some training before hand. Also to Niamh Crisp O'Brien from London who was accompanied by her Aunt. Well done to all.
Next Saturday is the final Saturday of the Operation Transformation 6 week programme so to mark this occasion, Dundalk FC Players Ciaran and Michael O'Connor will be on site to cheer everyone on. Lets hope the sun comes out to say "Hello".
Again a huge thank you to all our amazing volunteers - you know who you are. Without your support and enthusiasm it would be impossible to run the event. THANK YOU. You ROCK!
To everyone who is participating in tomorrow's Dune Half Marathon - Best of LUCK.
From all in Dundalk parkrun Core Team
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