National Activity Plan Released

The National Activity Plan was released by Healthy Ireland this morning in  Ballybrough North Dublin with Minister of Health Leo Varadkar.

The objective of the plan is to get the nation active and parkrun is an activity specifically mentioned as the type of initiative Healthy Ireland are supporting.

Matt Shields country manager for parkrun commented.

“Today’s announcement is a tremendous stride forward in emphasising that collaboration is the key to making active and healthy lifestyles a habit for hundreds of thousands of inactive people. Employers, schools, sporting groups and community initiatives such as parkrun all have a crucial role to play in promoting the benefits of physical activity, and the emphasis on targeting disadvantaged groups and young people echoes the objectives of parkrun Ireland.

"We are delighted that parkrun Ireland has been identified as an effective example of how to create a fun and welcoming environment for people of all ages and abilities who want to take part in regular exercise. In addition to the health benefits, feeling part of a community, increased social interaction and learning new skills through volunteering all contribute to a person’s overall wellbeing.”



parkrun Ireland announce official partnership with Intersport UK & Ireland

parkrun Ireland, who deliver free timed runs at 40 locations around the country each weekend, is proud to announce that it has commenced a three-year partnership with international sporting goods retailer Intersport.

Since the first parkrun in Ireland was established in the grounds of Malahide Castle in 2012, parkrun Ireland quickly developed into one of the country’s leading providers of grassroots physical activity.

Intersport is a retailer of performance sports equipment and apparel with more than 61 affiliated retailer stores in Ireland, and are a trusted source of expert advice to sports consumers. Intersport’s mission ‘Sport to the People’, recognises its customers’ passion for sport and the essential role that the community plays within sport and physical activity.

Intersport’s investment will assist with the establishment of new parkrun events while supporting existing event teams with essential kit. Additionally, Intersport will be providing exclusive offers to parkrun Ireland’s rapidly expanding community, which currently stands at 75,000 registered participants and is growing fast.

The hugely successful RTÉ programme Operation Transformation, which helps get sedentary adults active, will this season include sessions that are capable of being completed at local parkrun events. Operation Transformation camera crews will attend various parkruns around Ireland and feature some participants on the show.

parkrun Ireland’s Country Manager, Matt Shields said:

 “parkrun Ireland and Intersport are kindred spirits that put local communities at the heart of everything they do. We are proud to be associated with an organisation that has a wide-reaching network of local independent retailers, which will provide a huge benefit to our rapidly growing community of parkrunners.

“It’s crucial to parkrun Ireland that we only partner with organisations that share our passion for breaking down barriers and making it possible for everyone to take part in physical activity, and Intersport certainly share this vision.”

General Manager of Intersport UK & Ireland, Tom Foley added:

“parkrun has been a key player in promoting running as an accessible participation sport to the expanding community of runners throughout the UK

and we are very happy to see this expand and grow in Ireland too. The parkrun model of local volunteers delivering weekly runs to people of all ages and abilities in their local community fits perfectly with the Intersport philosophy.

“We are excited to see this partnership come to life and develop these running communities further together – encouraging more people to get their running shoes on.”

 parkrun Ireland has been identified as a key initiative by Healthy Ireland as part of the National Physical Activity Plan, which it is expected to be published early in 2016. parkrun Ireland is considered to have further potential for enhancing the health of communities all over Ireland and works in tandem with Sport Ireland, who support the establishment of new events through their network of Local Sports Partnerships, and with other key local stakeholders such as Athletics Ireland, local authorities and public agencies.

Healthy Ireland is about building mutually-reinforcing and integrated strategies to encourage, support and enable people to make better choices for themselves and their families. parkrun Ireland and other Healthy Ireland supported initiatives aim to empower individuals and communities to take responsibility for their own health and wellbeing.



SMS Results for Ireland

We are delighted to announce that SMS parkrun results are now available in Ireland. This enhancement is brought to you by Philip Lee so if you are on twitter send @philipleelaw a big thank you. Up to now SMS results for parkrun have only been available in the UK so great that Ireland is the second territory worldwide to get this enhancement.

To opt in to receive SMS results click the edit profile link on any results or volunteer email and then enter your mobile number


New Events For June

We have a very busy June coming up with three events scheduled to start. First up is Tymon park on the 14th June. This is a two lap fairly flat course on the city side of the park. Following week will be Oldbridge Drogeda a one lap grass course with a great post event cafe. Then finally Waterstown parkrun Palmerstown on the 28th. This is all good bitmac paths around a two lap loop along by the Liffey with a short climb back to the finish. Facebook sites are all live so watch these for further information

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