Gala parkrunner of the month
This month, we wanted to send all you parkrunners a reminder about Gala parkrunner of the Month.
There are thousands of dedicated participants and volunteers taking part in the parkrun Ireland phenomenon, and we would like to reward parkrunners for their commitment and participation that help to keep parkrun Ireland going every week.
The Gala ‘parkrunner of the month’ award is a wonderful opportunity to recognise the people who make parkrun in Ireland so great. The award is open to runners, walkers and volunteers and the voting app on Facebook is designed to allow members of the parkrun community across Ireland to nominate individuals for the title of Gala parkrunner of the Month and the chance to win a €50 voucher for Gala stores.
How does it work?
parkrunners can submit nominees for the Gala parkrunner of the month byemail. A shortlist of nominees is then created and users are able to vote via the Facebook app which goes live during the third week of every month.
So what are you waiting for? Email your nominations today.
why we #loveparkrun
In July Intersport proudly launched the second in a series of videos to celebrate our partnership with parkrun.
The video sees staff from Intersport retailers across the UK and Ireland trying out the latest running shoes from Nike and giving a big thumbs up to parkrun - it’s clear that #weloveparkrun all over Ireland! Tom Foley, Head of Intersport UK & Ireland, explains how Intersport and parkrun are two brands sharing a very strong community feel and ethic, making our partnership a perfect match.
We are proud to work together to make a difference to communities in every corner of the UK and Ireland, and we are delighted to support parkrun in what you do so well, every week. Remember that you can claim 10% off all purchases at Intersport with your parkrun barcode, as an ongoing parkrun partnership price #PPP.*
We have lots of new season running gear in store, whether you’re looking for new running shoes, a technical T-shirt or the latest capri tights find your nearest store and come to see us. Don’t forget your barcode! #DFYB
Keep the pictures coming on Twitter @IntersportIE #loveparkrun and like us on Facebook to keep up with what’s going on. See you at your next parkrun.*PPP valid at all participating Intersport stores; see our website for details. ** Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer or promotion.
Oranmore – 6 August
Edenmore junior – 28 August
Bere Island – 27 August
If you would like an event in your area and are keen to be involved please get in touch. We would love to hear from you.
parkrun Ireland statistics (including junior parkrun)
Number of locations – 56
Total unique runners – 70,659
photo of the month
A pipe band contest taking place at the same time as Malahide parkrun in July!
feedback from the field
I have completed 107 parkruns at my local event Castle Demense, in Macroom, County Cork. Recently I was visiting my sister in Kilrush County Clare, and I ran the wonderful parkrun at Vandeleur.
I received a great welcome and did my best time this year. I am a late convert to running yet I am really enjoying it, especially meeting the many regular runners and visitors to Castle Demense parkrun.
It is a very challenging course (oh those hills) yet the sense of achievement when you complete the run is marvellous. Keep up the good work at parkrun and a special word of thanks to Yvonne and Vincent for all they do at Castle Demense.
Thinking of going away on a parkrun weekend? I highly recommend Bere Island for the lovely welcome we experienced from everyone, especially Brendan and Edel Murphy at Lawerence Cove Lodge who are also fellow parkrunners.
Just have to do more parkruns to work off all the scrumptious home baking!
parkrunner of the month
Name: Michael O'Brien
Home parkrun: Tralee
Occupation: Environmental, Health & Safety Specialist
Number of runs: 37 in total, 33 at Tralee
Favourite volunteer role: any but I aim to volunteer more.
What do you do at parkrun: run and when finished I do the last lap with my wife Dawn to encourage her.
How has parkrun changed your running: In May 2012 I was diagnosed with colon cancer. Under the fantastic care of Mr Kevin Murray and his team I received radiotherapy and chemotherapy followed by surgery and a temporary ileostomy stoma. After another round of chemo and a stoma reversal I returned to work in August 2013.
In one of my regular check ups, Mr Murray asked if I was exercising and I told him I was running. He suggested going to the Tralee parkrun which was starting soon and his wife, Siobhan, was setting it up. My wife and I ran in the inaugural Tralee parkrun Jan 2015 and now we look forward to every Saturday morning for the run in the park. As my job involves promoting wellness I organised a team challenge at BorgWarner (formally Beru) to encourage our staff to join the Tralee parkrun community.
Several members of staff took up the challenge and still attend including my good friend John Conway who was our parkrunner of the month in January 2016. Park running has motivated me to run more and I moved up to a 10k in January this year. I hope to do a half marathon later this year and hopefully a full marathon next year but I will always do the Tralee parkrun whenever I can on a Saturday morning.
I am 3 years into the 5 year post cancer monitoring and thanks to Mr Murray and his team I am pleased to say I am still cancer free and loving life including Tralee parkruns!
What do you like about parkrun: Hearing my wife say when we finish "I'm glad you made us get up this morning and do the parkrun!"
Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment: finishing up the hill at the Halifax, England parkrun which was called Ecky Thump hill! It reminded me of our Yorkshire roots! Also, a couple of weeks ago I thought I was doing really well when Kevin Murray passed me out on my third lap only to find out afterwards he was a late starter!