Monthly newsletter 5 July 2016

welcome to the newsletter


This month we meet two Gala parkrunners of the month, Intersport has a 10% discount offer exclusively for parkrunners, registration is open for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin Half Marathon, and RTÉ presenter Anne Cassin tells us what she loves about parkrun.

“Wake up. Come to. Think.

Ah, it’s Saturday, don’t have to go to work. Lie-on. Blink. Gawd.

I should get up, go to Marlay, and do the parkrun. Nah. Too sleepy. It’s nice here in bed.”

And so the internal conversation goes and it ALWAYS ends the same way. I get up, go to Marlay Park in South Dublin, run parkrun and I ALWAYS feel better after.

I’ve done 78 parkruns now, having come across the event when making a programme for RTÉ Nationwide in 2014. The colour and community participation of the event appealed to my television head, but after the broadcast I continued coming every Saturday morning. Two and a half years later, Marlay parkrun is solidly embedded in my weekend routine.

I’ve watched my 5k times improve – about 26 minutes on a good day! I’ve surprised myself by discovering a latent competitive spirit and I’ve enjoyed volunteering the times I’ve been on set-up and token-sorting duties. I would definitely urge others to do the same. I’ve deepened friendships and met new people. I’ve been part of a community event and improved my own fitness.

For mental and physical well-being you can’t beat parkrun. And it’s free!

Happy parkrunning!

Anne Cassin
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Were you a first-timer last weekend, did you run a personal best or do you have any other feedback? We would love to hear from you so please get in touch.

Gala parkrunner of the month


31-year-old Carla Gunning and four-year-old Zach have been participating at Castletown parkrun since January 2016. parkrun kickstarted Carla’s love of running and since being introduced to parkrun, Zach has joined a little athletics club.

Zach enjoys the role of parkrun marshal as he likes to see all of the runners in action and loves cheering them on. It is the positive, all-inclusive atmosphere and encouragement at parkrun that keeps Carla and Zach coming back every week.

Well done Carla and Zach – Gala parkrunners of the month!

enjoy 10% off at Intersport


What a month June was! It was fantastic to see so many parkrunners at our Intersport stores across Ireland, making the most of your 20% parkrun offer and chatting to us about your running goals and achievements. We hope that you are enjoying your new pieces of kit at your weekly parkruns!

We’re now into July and are delighted to confirm that parkrunners can continue to claim 10% off as an ongoing parkrun partnership price #PPP*. Simply show your parkrun barcode in store any time to claim your community offer.

With the longer days and (mostly) better weather, summer is a great time to get out there training. Why not treat yourself to some new high-performance gear and feel the difference – we’re seeing running shorts, moisture-wicking vests and hydration equipment flying off the shelves right now.

As always we are here to help with kit and advice about all things running. Pop into your local store for a chat (find your nearest store here) – and don’t forget your barcode #DFYB!

Remember to keep the pictures coming on Twitter @Intersport_UK #loveparkrun and make sure you 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.

rock ‘n’ roll Dublin half marathon


Ready for an extraordinary running experience? Sign up for the Affidea Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin Half Marathon, all new 10K and Family Fun Run on 7 August. The course is fantastic with live music every mile, a finish festival concert and brilliant medals.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin offers an entire weekend of running including a new Saturday 5K. Collect finisher medals for all distances, and an extra Remix Medal for completing the Saturday 5k and any distance on Sunday. That’s one weekend. Two races. Three times the bling!

There’s loads new this year. Aside from the new 5k and 10k distances, there’s a Saturday afternoon Pasta Party at Trinity College, a packet by post option for the half and 10k, race day pick up for the 5K and Fun Run. If you prefer to pick up your packet early and in person, you can do that too, at Trinity College on Friday and Saturday.

Save €2 using the online code parkrun. Click here to sign up or learn more.

new events


River Valley parkrun – 23 July
Oranmore parkrun – 6 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 – 68,760

feedback from the field


All of the staff, students and families from ABACAS Special School Kilbarrack would like to say a huge thank you to Aoife and all of the volunteers at Father Collins parkrun for their amazing hospitality on 11 June. Earlier this year Margaret, a teacher at ABACAS, decided to start a running group with a small number of students from our school. Our students have autism and complex needs – we hadn't dreamed that only a few months later they would be taking part in their first 5k. With Father Collins being our local parkrun and having previously ran there myself, we knew this would be the perfect location for the students to complete their graduation run. The main focus was to celebrate the amazing achievement of our students, but we have also been raising money to put towards a new school to replace the run down prefabs that are no longer suitable for the students. We gathered the troops and everyone at Father Collins welcomed us with open arms. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Father Collins is a lovely course and I cannot commend the volunteers there enough – every single one of them. Aoife, Al, Matt, Witek, Rachel and all of the volunteers who were so patient with us and give their time every week to ensure things go smoothly, you are all amazing. Thank you!
Sarah Coppinger


Bernie Hall and I are presently taking part in the Go Active Ireland 32 County Challenge. The challenge involves completing a timed run in each county in Ireland within the year. We have travelled the length and breadth of Ireland and have completed twenty counties. On Saturday 25 June we took part in Castletown parkrun in County Kildare. A great bunch of people where a warm welcome was extended to both of us together with folks from New Zealand, South Africa and Spain. This typifies the ethos of parkrun. It was a beautiful day and a scenic route. We enjoyed refreshments in the cafe after the run. It was a great start to our weekend as we stayed in Maynooth overnight and headed off to Dunlavin, County Wicklow for a run on Sunday morning. The weather was not as kind to us but the friendship and again good hospitality made up for that. We would highly recommend this challenge, but it is a big commitment and you will cover a lot of miles both by car and on foot.
Kathleen Murphy


Has parkrun had a positive impact on your life, or do you have a funny or memorable parkrun experience or achievement you'd like to share? If so, please pop us an email and we'll publish a selection in future newsletters.

parkrunners of the month


Name:  Ian and Deirdre Moss

Club:  None

Age:  53 and 51 respectively

Home parkrun:  Tralee

Occupation:  Driving Instructor/Nurse

Number of runs:  44/43

Favourite volunteer role:  We really don’t mind any role as all seem to have enjoyable aspects to them. Overall maybe pacing would come out on top, it’s a great feeling just to know you have helped someone get around the course and even better if they manage to get a PB.

What do you do at parkruns:  We have both done timekeeping, barcode scanning and pacing.

How has parkrun changed your running:  I think we both agree that parkrun has helped to push us more during a run. Prior to that we were quite happy to just saunter along at any pace, taking in the scenery and finishing when we felt tired. We often left the house intending to run 5k but extended this as we went along, depending on how we were feeling and finishing up having done 20k. parkrun has not only changed our running, it’s also part of our weekly routine. We have many a conversation about parkrun, analysing this and that and often laugh at ourselves; it’s as though we were preparing for the Olympics!

What do you like about parkrun:  We both really enjoy the camaraderie that seems to be such a natural part of parkrun. It’s been great meeting new people and getting involved in such a positive activity. It means a lot when people you hardly know offer genuine encouragement, particularly the volunteers at the start/finish, it’s often their support that keeps you going especially as we start the third lap. It’s great to start the day with parkrun as it seems to give you a boost for the rest of the day. It’s great for mind, body and soul. Also, now when we’re talking to friends or visitors at Tralee we make sure to tell them about parkrun as the atmosphere there definitely reflects Irish hospitality at its best. Recently I had told some Finnish visitors about this event, and they came along and thoroughly enjoyed it despite the heavy rain during the run. parkrun is such an inclusive event, from the elite trailblazers who do amazing times to the buggy pushers or dog walkers. It doesn’t matter, it’s all one community hoping to get to the finish line in one piece.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  We were in the UK the weekend after the Boston Marathon bombings and attended the parkrun in Valentines Park in Ilford. We weren’t in great shape having had a late night in London and worse still parkrun there starts at 9am! We had a sense of achievement even getting to the start line on time. On this occasion the run director was a fairly elderly man who respectfully suggested we start the parkrun with a minute silence in memory of the Boston Marathon victims. This was a very poignant moment that seems to capture the essence of what parkrun is all about. The run director’s associate then proceeded to tell us that this ‘elderly’ man was over a hundred years old and wouldn’t on this occasion be joining in on the parkrun as he was running the London Marathon the next day. Needless to say we were flabbergasted and humbled, we thought we were doing well to get to the start line, only to meet such a motivating character; so much so that Deirdre managed to get a PB thanks to the run director’s inspiration.

How did you get involved in parkrun:  Our introduction to parkrun was in the UK. We had never heard of it and were running in the park on a Saturday morning when we saw at least 200 people doing the same. We happened to be passing the start line when in the spirit of parkrun we were invited to join in. They explained how it all worked and were very encouraging and from that day we were hooked. The best news for us was when Tralee parkrun began as we enjoy it so much. A special thank you to Siobhan Kearney and everyone involved in bringing this event to Tralee.

Reminders

barcode reminder

barcode

Printed barcodes are used at all parkrun events to record your result. No barcode, no time, no exception. To retrieve and print your barcode, click here. To order a barcode wristband, which can also include your name, emergency contact details, and any medical conditions, please follow this link.
A percentage of all sales will go towards supporting the growth of parkrun in Ireland.
Don't forget your barcode #dfyb

All questions answered

Do you have a question about parkrun? How do I collect my club t-shirt? How do I get my barcode? All your questions are answered on our support site

Volunteering at parkrun

Every parkrun event relies on volunteers and in 2015 alone more than 6,000 of you came forward and supported your local event. Volunteering is a wonderful way to make friends, feel great, have fun and maybe even learn some new skills. If that sounds like it’s for you then please contact your local event team for more details.

Children at parkrun

We welcome children at parkrun. Please note that those under the age of 11 must be within arm’s reach of a parent, guardian or designated adult of the parents’ choice whilst attending 5k parkrun events. Children aged 4 to 14 can run unaccompanied at our junior parkrun events.

our sponsors

Healthy Ireland
Framework for Improved Health and Wellbeing in Ireland.

Healthy Ireland is the national framework for action to improve the health and wellbeing of people living in Ireland. Regular physical activity is the key to getting and staying healthy and the benefits of participating in physical activity and having an active lifestyles for health and wellbeing are well documented. Mass participation and community events have great potential to get and keep people participating in physical activity and we are delighted to be a proud supporter of parkrun. For more info please visit healthyireland.ie


Athletics Ireland
The National Governing Body for Athletics in Ireland.

Athletics Ireland is the National Governing Body for Athletics in Ireland. As an association one of its core strategic objectives is to promote health and fitness in the population as a whole and as such they support the weekly 5km parkrun events organised for runners of all standards. For more info please visit athleticsireland.ie


Gala
Your Local Market

Gala stores are renowned for one-to-one service and their commitment and support for local communities – a commitment that complements the ethos of parkrun Ireland, which welcomes everyone in the community to the weekly 5kms, from those taking their first steps in running to seasoned runners and athletes. For more info please visit gala.ie

Intersport. Sport to the people
Sport to the people

parkrun has been a key player in promoting running as an accessible participation sport to the expanding community of runners. 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 of bringing sport to the people. Together we look forward to encouraging more people to get their running shoes on. Find out more about Intersport

our supporters

Irish Sports Council
The Irish Sports Council plans, leads and co-ordinates the sustainable development of competitive and recreational sport in Ireland.

For information, please visit irishsportscouncil.ie


Philip Lee
Commercial Law Firm. Specialist Expertise – Strategic Approach – Sound Advice.

For information, please visit philiplee.ie


Leave No Trace Ireland
Leave No Trace is an outdoor ethics programme designed to promote and inspire responsible outdoor recreation through education, research and partnerships.

For information, please visit leavenotraceireland.org


 

Monthly newsletter 2 June 2016

welcome to the newsletter


This month Gala says thank you, Intersport offers 20% off to parkrunners, we ask you to complete a short survey, there’s information on receiving your results each week by text, you can join the parkrun team in the Dublin Race Series, and I look ahead to a great summer of athletics.

The attendance at parkrun since the new year has been fantastic, with an amazing 50% increase on last year’s attendance figures. All these new people participating at parkrun is at the heart of what we are trying to achieve, but the stats alone are not the full story. The average parkrunner participates at parkrun around six times, with many progressively branching out into clubs and other events. Coming up we have the mini-marathon with parkrun being recognised as an entry standard, and over the next few months we will see the build up to the Dublin Marathon in October. I read so many stories of people running their first half marathons and marathons having started their journey at parkrun, and this pathway is what we are proud to be part of.

It’s going to be a great summer for athletics, with the European Championships in July and the Olympics in August, so we can all look forward to being out there participating at whatever level we are at, and just being part of this great sport. So enjoy your summer and remember to come back to parkrun and visit your roots!

Happy parkrunning!

Matt (get in touch)

a big thanks


Last year, Gala launched its ‘Your Choice with Gala’ health and wellness strategy that was designed to promote healthier choices and lifestyles in Gala stores’ local communities. An integral part of this strategy has been Gala’s partnership with parkrun. As parkrun Ireland’s first commercial partner, Gala immediately recognised the beauty of the parkrun ethos, and its significant growth across Ireland is a testament to this.

With many parkruns taking place in our retailers’ communities and Gala known as being one of Ireland’s community convenience retailers, it’s this ‘fit’ with parkrun that makes Gala the ideal nationwide partner.

Since the start of the year, you may have noticed Gala branding popping up at your events. We are proud that parkrun Ireland’s hundreds of volunteers don our Gala-branded high-vis vests every week, and we’re thrilled to be supporting the thousands of senior and junior parkrunners that enjoy their weekly parkruns across Ireland.

We’d like to say a big thanks to YOU for participating and well done to parkrun Ireland and to all of the volunteers who make the weekly events such a success. Here’s to many more parkruns!

your barcode = 20% off


We are really enjoying being your partners and want to celebrate with you by offering parkrunners 20% off your running gear at Intersport.

If you’ve had your eye on a new piece of kit then now is the time to buy it! Simply head to your local Intersport store during June and show your parkrun barcode to claim your exclusive parkrun partnership price (PPP)*.

After June, parkrunners will then continue to be able to claim 10% off your running gear as an ongoing community offer #PPP.

Whatever you need to support your running, do come and chat to us – we love to hear what you’re up to and we’ve got plenty of advice for all levels of runner. Pop into your local store (find your nearest store at www.intersport.co.uk) and don’t forget your barcode!

Remember to keep the pictures coming on Twitter #loveparkrun and make sure you 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.

parkrun disability survey


Do you or a close relative have a disability? If so, we would like to ask you to complete a short survey to enable us to better understand who is participating at parkruns in Ireland and how can we encourage everone to take part.

text results


Do you get your parkrun results by text? If not, would you like to? Thanks to our supporters at Phillip Lee, you can activate this free service that sends your result straight to your phone each week!

Dublin Race Series


Looking for a challenge? Why not try out some new distances, and maybe build towards your first marathon. SSE Airtricity Dublin Race Series is a four race series running throughout the summer, that will see participants gradually increasing their mileage towards the 26.2 mark. The first run will start with the Irish Runner 5 Mile and progress up to half marathon distance in preparation for the Marathon on Sunday 30 October. When entering, choose ‘parkrun’ as your team so we can track your progress.

event news


New Events

Albert Park junior parkrun – 5 June
Ballincollig parkrun – 18 June

Anniversaries

Dundalk – 4 June
Killarney – 4 June
Tymon – 11 June
Griffeen – 18 June
Oldbridge – 18 June
Waterstown – 25 June
Athlone – 25 June
Castleblayney – 2 July

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 – 54
Total unique runners – 66,282

feedback from the field


I completed my 100th parkrun last month at Naas parkrun. I want to say a big thanks to all involved at parkrun Ireland, and especially to everyone involved at Naas parkrun. In my wildest dreams I never thought I would run 100 parkruns. The volunteers at Naas are a fantastic bunch of people, they are there every week through thick and thin, always encouraging everyone to enjoy themselves. I cannot thank these people enough for what they do. Once again a big thank you to one and all. Looking forward to the next 100 runs!
Sean


I want to thank you all very much for the parkrun last Saturday in Dublin. I am from Sweden and it was my first parkrun ever, and you all did a fantastic job. I was running together with my friends John and Carol Watters, and I will try to do it again next time I come over to your lovely country and city. Best wishes to all of you from Sweden!
Yogi Kvarnerup


Has parkrun had a positive impact on your life, or do you have a funny or memorable parkrun experience or achievement you'd like to share? If so, please pop us an email and we'll publish a selection in future newsletters.

parkrunner of the month


Name:  Conor Cassidy

Club:  None

Age:  17

Home parkrun:  St Anne's

Occupation:  5th year student

Number of runs:  57

Favourite volunteer role:  I enjoy barcode scanning, as you get to see all of the runners come in and it's (relatively) stress free!

What do you do at parkruns:  I usually get to the park at around 9:20am. I run around for a bit and pretend that I know how to warm up properly! I listen to the briefing and then I get ready for the two laps of pain!

How has parkrun changed your running:  I never ran before I started parkrun. In Transition Year one of my teachers suggested that I do parkrun for the physical challenge part of my Gaisce award. I managed to do the 26 weeks required and I have kept it up since. I now run a few times a week and have even done a few 10ks.

What do you like about parkrun:  I love the community that exists around the whole event. It's also great to see your progress each week and to compare yourself against other regulars. But the best part is that it's all free!

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  I busted my gut one Saturday morning and came in just ahead of a certain female parkrunner who had finished ahead of me every previous week. I thought I was great, until seconds after crossing the line I heard her say that she 'found that one tough' because she was five months pregnant. That put me back in my box!

Reminders

barcode reminder

barcode

Printed barcodes are used at all parkrun events to record your result. No barcode, no time, no exception. To retrieve and print your barcode, click here. To order a barcode wristband, which can also include your name, emergency contact details, and any medical conditions, please follow this link.
A percentage of all sales will go towards supporting the growth of parkrun in Ireland.
Don't forget your barcode #dfyb

All questions answered

Do you have a question about parkrun? How do I collect my club t-shirt? How do I get my barcode? All your questions are answered on our support site

Volunteering at parkrun

Every parkrun event relies on volunteers and in 2015 alone more than 6,000 of you came forward and supported your local event. Volunteering is a wonderful way to make friends, feel great, have fun and maybe even learn some new skills. If that sounds like it’s for you then please contact your local event team for more details.

Children at parkrun

We welcome children at parkrun. Please note that those under the age of 11 must be within arm’s reach of a parent, guardian or designated adult of the parents’ choice whilst attending 5k parkrun events. Children aged 4 to 14 can run unaccompanied at our junior parkrun events.

our sponsors

Healthy Ireland
Framework for Improved Health and Wellbeing in Ireland.

Healthy Ireland is the national framework for action to improve the health and wellbeing of people living in Ireland. Regular physical activity is the key to getting and staying healthy and the benefits of participating in physical activity and having an active lifestyles for health and wellbeing are well documented. Mass participation and community events have great potential to get and keep people participating in physical activity and we are delighted to be a proud supporter of parkrun. For more info please visit healthyireland.ie


Athletics Ireland
The National Governing Body for Athletics in Ireland.

Athletics Ireland is the National Governing Body for Athletics in Ireland. As an association one of its core strategic objectives is to promote health and fitness in the population as a whole and as such they support the weekly 5km parkrun events organised for runners of all standards. For more info please visit athleticsireland.ie


Gala
Your Local Market

Gala stores are renowned for one-to-one service and their commitment and support for local communities – a commitment that complements the ethos of parkrun Ireland, which welcomes everyone in the community to the weekly 5kms, from those taking their first steps in running to seasoned runners and athletes. For more info please visit gala.ie

Intersport. Sport to the people
Sport to the people

parkrun has been a key player in promoting running as an accessible participation sport to the expanding community of runners. 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 of bringing sport top the people. Together we look forward to encouraging more people to get their running shoes on. Find out more about Intersport

our supporters

Irish Sports Council
The Irish Sports Council plans, leads and co-ordinates the sustainable development of competitive and recreational sport in Ireland.

For information, please visit irishsportscouncil.ie


Philip Lee
Commercial Law Firm. Specialist Expertise – Strategic Approach – Sound Advice.

For information, please visit philiplee.ie


Leave No Trace Ireland
Leave No Trace is an outdoor ethics programme designed to promote and inspire responsible outdoor recreation through education, research and partnerships.

For information, please visit leavenotraceireland.org


 

Monthly newsletter 5 May 2016

welcome to the newsletter


This month we meet the first Gala parkrunner of the month, Intersport visit Lees Road parkrun, Grant Thornton invite us to take part in a corporate 5k challenge, and I reflect on an amazing first few months of 2016.

As we approach the end of spring and look forward to summer, it’s a good time to reflect on the post Operation Transformation period and look at how we see parkrun growing over the remainder of 2016. The giddy attendance highs of 9,000 runners, joggers and walkers each weekend during the show have now settled to around a steady 5,000 per week – which is still more than 50% up on the pre-OT figures. We are delighted that so many of these new parkrunners have remained in the parkrun community.

We also have lots of new events coming soon with Lough Key, Longford and Ballincollig parkruns scheduled to begin over the next two months. And just as exciting is the expansion of junior parkrun for 4-14 year-olds. Our third junior event is due to start in Albert College Park in Dublin on 5 June. We feel this initiative in particular will grow faster and faster as the year progresses. So if you are a parent and haven’t seen a junior event, we would highly recommend you try to visit one soon. They really are special, and we can guarantee you won’t have ever seen anything quite like it!

2016 has certainly got off to a flying start and we are optimistic that it will be the best year yet for parkrun in Ireland.

Happy running,

Matt (get in touch)

vote for parkrunner of the month


This month saw the launch of the new parkrunner of the month voting app from Gala.

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 by email. 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.

Voting for the first Gala parkrunner of the month has now closed, with Jamie Ryan becoming the first title holder.

13-year-old Jamie has been participating at Cabinteely parkrun since their first event almost a year ago. Lauded for his positive attitude, Jamie always arrives with a big smile on his face and gives everything to his run.

Jamie is a regular volunteer at parkrun events, adopting various roles from photographer to token sorter, marshal to barcode scanner. He is a great multitasker! Jamie’s enthusiasm and commitment to parkrun, both as a runner and as a volunteer, perfectly embodies the spirit of parkrun Ireland and he is a very deserving recipient of the first Gala parkrunner of the month award.

The Gala parkrunner of the month voting app can be found under the Gala parkrun tab on the Gala Retail Facebook page.

Intersport at Lees Road parkrun


Tom Foley, who heads up Intersport UK and Ireland, joined the Lees Road parkrunners on a glorious sunny Saturday in April, pictured with Run Director Mary and a young volunteer at the finish line. Tom also met Declan who ran his first parkrun that day after completing his couch to 5k programme.

We love working with parkrun as we are passionate about helping to make the world a healthier and happier place through physical activity. Running is one of the easiest and most accessible sports, and one that unites people across the nation – so let’s keep parkrun free and help more people, whatever their background, achieve their sporting goals!

As partners of parkrun we are great supporters of all sporting achievements within the running community, and there have certainly been plenty of these recently. Our congratulations go to Paul Sinton-Hewitt, founder of parkrun, for completing the Virgin Money London Marathon.

As always, we’re here to help with kit and advice about all things running. Pop into your local store for a chat – we’d love to hear what you’re up to. Click here to find your nearest store.

Make sure to tag us in your pictures on Twitter@Intersport_UK#loveparkrun and like us on Facebook to keep up with what’s going on.

See you at your next parkrun.

Grant Thornton 5k Challenge


The Grant Thornton Corporate Team Challenge, run in association with Athletics Ireland, is aimed at encouraging social running amongst the business community in Dublin and Cork.

Enter as part of a company team of four with three categories available: male, female and mixed. 5k is a great distance for beginners and experienced runners alike, so there is no excuse for you and your colleagues not to give it a try!

There will be team prizes for the top five in each category, and all participants will receive a goodie bag and technical t-shirt.

In addition, 10% of each entry fee will go to The Alzheimer Society of Ireland to support their work in providing dementia specific services and supports and advocating for the rights and needs of all people living with dementia and their carers.

The Grant Thornton Corporate Team Challenge 2016 dates are as follows:
National Sports Campus, Fingal – Thursday 9 June
The Mall, Cork – Wednesday 29 June
Docklands, Dublin – Tuesday 13 September

You can check out the event website and register here, and we’re also on Facebook.

event news


new events
Lough Key – 14 May
Longford – 21 May
Albert College junior parkrun – 5 June
Ballincollig – 18 June

anniversaries
Knocknacarra – 14 May
Castle Demense – 21 May
New Ross – 28 May

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 – 52
Total unique runners – 64,128

feedback from the field


My son Daniel has special needs and he and I run in the Tymon parkrun once a month. It's all about inclusion and Daniel loves it, and the community are great at saying hello and talking to him. Without parkrun Daniel wouldn't have this quality of life. I run most weeks and just love it! #loveparkrun
Sinead Tighe


Has parkrun made a difference in your running if so we would like to share your story? Drop us a short e-mail about your parkrun experience and we will publish a selection each month. No more than 150 words please.

parkrunner of the month


Name:  Conor McGlynn

Club:  Irish Life and Canada Life Running Club (a workplace running group)

Age:  31

Home parkrun:  Castletown

Occupation:  Office worker

Number of runs:  27

Favourite volunteer role:  Pacer is a nice one as you get to run as well. Also, I have been known to run and then do the second barcode scanner job. Pre-event set-up also allows you to run as you do the work early and you're finished before the start time of the parkrun.

How has parkrun changed your running:  Since Castletown parkrun started last year I have become a much more regular (and better) runner. Honestly it gets me out of bed on a Saturday morning! It's just four kilometres away from my house so I can cycle or jog to the start line.

What do you like about parkrun:  The friendly/community atmosphere is great! Also, the 5k format of parkruns is very versatile. You can run them hard if you feel good, or you can treat them as a training run at a steady pace if you want. Running or jogging before/after the 5k can get your distance up if you want to log some mileage. The use of Castletown House, which is the location for Castletown parkrun, is wonderful. It allows us to run on the trails and paths around the river and trees in the grounds of Castletown House. It's a beautiful place to run a parkrun. Some other amazing locations I've come across through parkrun are Waterstown Park, Dublin and Kilkenny Castle – all great places for a run.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  Doing the Saturday 26 December (St Stephen's Day) parkrun in Griffeen last year was a good one. Firstly I jogged over to Griffeen Park but I was a bit late so I missed the official start of the parkrun. My heart started pumping a bit harder when I could see all the runners moving already in front of me. So I had to quickly drop my coat and bag at the start and then run a bit faster than normal. The GPS watch I got for Christmas the day before told me I had ran my fastest 5k and 10k that morning – and the records stood for a few months after that. So the adrenaline from being late produced a good parkrun for me. After I caught my breath I met up with some friends and people I knew from Castletown parkrun so it was nice. I find that the parkruns around Christmas and New Year have a bit of carnival atmosphere as everyone is in good spirits.

Reminders

barcode reminder

barcode

Printed barcodes are used at all parkrun events to record your result. No barcode, no time, no exception. To retrieve and print your barcode, click here. To order a barcode wristband, which can also include your name, emergency contact details, and any medical conditions, please follow this link.
A percentage of all sales will go towards supporting the growth of parkrun in Ireland.
Don't forget your barcode #dfyb

All questions answered

Do you have a question about parkrun? How do I collect my club t-shirt? How do I get my barcode? All your questions are answered on our support site

Volunteering at parkrun

Every parkrun event relies on volunteers and in 2015 alone more than 6,000 of you came forward and supported your local event. Volunteering is a wonderful way to make friends, feel great, have fun and maybe even learn some new skills. If that sounds like it’s for you then please contact your local event team for more details.

Children at parkrun

We welcome children at parkrun. Please note that those under the age of 11 must be within arm’s reach of a parent, guardian or designated adult of the parents’ choice whilst attending 5k parkrun events. Children aged 4 to 14 can run unaccompanied at our junior parkrun events.

our sponsors

Healthy Ireland
Framework for Improved Health and Wellbeing in Ireland.

Healthy Ireland is the national framework for action to improve the health and wellbeing of people living in Ireland. Regular physical activity is the key to getting and staying healthy and the benefits of participating in physical activity and having an active lifestyles for health and wellbeing are well documented. Mass participation and community events have great potential to get and keep people participating in physical activity and we are delighted to be a proud supporter of parkrun. For more info please visit healthyireland.ie


Athletics Ireland
The National Governing Body for Athletics in Ireland.

Athletics Ireland is the National Governing Body for Athletics in Ireland. As an association one of its core strategic objectives is to promote health and fitness in the population as a whole and as such they support the weekly 5km parkrun events organised for runners of all standards. For more info please visit athleticsireland.ie


Gala
Your Local Market

Gala stores are renowned for one-to-one service and their commitment and support for local communities – a commitment that complements the ethos of parkrun Ireland, which welcomes everyone in the community to the weekly 5kms, from those taking their first steps in running to seasoned runners and athletes. For more info please visit gala.ie

Intersport. Sport to the people
Sport to the people

parkrun has been a key player in promoting running as an accessible participation sport to the expanding community of runners. 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 of bringing sport top the people. Together we look forward to encouraging more people to get their running shoes on. Find out more about Intersport

our supporters

Irish Sports Council
The Irish Sports Council plans, leads and co-ordinates the sustainable development of competitive and recreational sport in Ireland.

For information, please visit irishsportscouncil.ie


Philip Lee
Commercial Law Firm. Specialist Expertise – Strategic Approach – Sound Advice.

For information, please visit philiplee.ie


Leave No Trace Ireland
Leave No Trace is an outdoor ethics programme designed to promote and inspire responsible outdoor recreation through education, research and partnerships.

For information, please visit leavenotraceireland.org


 

Monthly newsletter 14 April 2016

welcome to the newsletter


This month Gala celebrates the Special Olympics, Intersport has an exciting announcement, there are places up for grabs in the Virgin Media Night Run, and Olympian Sonia O’Sullivan tells us what she loves about parkrun.

When I was a kid, running was nothing more than a mode of transport. My mother didn’t drive, so once my father had gone to work I either had to walk or run to get anywhere – and I soon realised it was much faster to run! Much of my childhood was spent running and walking up and down the hills in Cobh, which kept me fit without me even realising it.

Soccer was the most popular sport in the town and my father was the goalkeeper for the local team, which was doing really well at the time, so they were heroes to everyone and we followed the team every weekend. There wasn’t much sport for girls back then, so local community games and meeting with friends after school to do some athletics was what got me started in running.

It wasn’t long before I was running with the Irish schools team, which led to a scholarship to Villanova University where I spent four years competing and ultimately qualified for the Barcelona Olympics where I finished fourth in the 3000 metres. This was when I realised that I could be really competitive at the top level and could already see lots of areas where I could improve. From there I went on to win the 5,000 metre world championship, the world cross country title and a silver medal at the Sydney Olympics, which I count as some of my proudest achievements.

And then in 2005 I discovered parkrun.

There was only one event back then, in Bushy Park in London, which I knew well because I practically trained there every day. parkrun added a whole new element to my training routine and it was great to be running in the company of others. There weren’t many participants back then – around 30 people took part – and I remember leaving my gear and a change of shoes in the back of Paul Sinton-Hewitt’s car. How times have changed!

It took a while for parkrun to reach Ireland and I was so excited when it did. To see the growth and enthusiasm around the country is fantastic and a pleasure to be part of. parkrun is the best thing to get you out the door on a Saturday morning.

I fell in love with parkrun from the start and through it I have met wonderful people from all corners of the world. I love finding new parkruns when I’m in a new place, and I can’t wait to earn my 100 milestone t-shirt soon. People are so friendly and I always find it interesting to chat with those who finish just ahead and just behind. It’s great to see so many different people getting so much from such a simple concept and enriching their lives through the parkrun community.

My advice to people who are new to parkrun is to take it easy when you first start. Go along with a friend if you feel nervous, and remember that there is absolutely no pressure at parkrun. It doesn’t matter if you run or walk, you’ll see your improvements week to week and this will motivate you to keep coming back. Before you know it, parkrun will be a habit.

These days I run to keep fit but I still set myself little targets to train for, and I also do some swimming and cycling to help avoid injuries. I feel so good after a run. I run because I can and I like that hungry feeling you get afterwards – food tastes so much better when you’ve earned it!

Happy running!

Sonia O’Sullivan

Gala and SO Ireland journey begins


March marked the first step in the Olympic journey for Special Olympics athletes in Louth and Meath as they compete in the Special Olympics Area Event for Bowling at the Drogheda Leisureplex.

Taking place countrywide, thousands of athletes have been competing in 90 area events in multiple sports and the programme is the first step towards building the next team of Irish athletes to compete at World Games in 2019.

Special Olympics Ireland was joined by former Irish international rugby player and Special Olympics board member, David Wallace, and Gala Retail to announce Gala’s sponsorship of the all-island Area Events and a new four-year partnership.

Gala’s journey with Special Olympics Ireland begins by supporting the all-island Area Events, and the relationship will reflect the four-year Olympic cycle, with Gala’s sponsorship continuing until the 2019 World Summer Games. Gala’s support also includes the Ireland Winter Games (2016), the World Winter Games (2017) and Special Olympics European Games (2018).

Last year’s commitment to Team Ireland was a special partnership for Gala and from the outset, there were many special moments, right from the launch to the World Summer Games.

As an Irish-owned convenience group, with almost 200 Gala stores across the country, all of our stores and their communities know either Special Olympics athletes, volunteers or someone within the Special Olympics family. Therefore, it’s a partnership that resonates with the Gala Group, and one that we’re extremely proud to be associated with.

Gary Desmond
Gala CEO

especially for you…


Kit is key to feeling good while you run and we are always ready with the latest and greatest from the brands. We are excited to announce that the new ASICS Gel-Luminus is now available exclusively at your local Intersport store. In great colours for men and women the shoes have the next generation DuoMax system which provides greater comfort and enhanced gait efficiency while the technical mesh upper stretches in multiple directions to create a glove-like fit.

To complete the family of exclusive running shoes we also have the new men’s and women’s ASICS Gel-Glorify 2 and the Gel-Indicate 2. Whether you want unparalleled stability, unbeatable cushioning or a lightweight shoe to help you run longer and go the distance, we have the one for you so find your nearest store and try these little beauties on.

We are always looking for feedback and have the shoes out with reviewers and bloggers (search for #RunLonger on Twitter). Remember to follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook to keep up with what’s going on.

Virgin Media Night Run


Take your place on the start line at the Virgin Media Night Run in partnership with Athletics Ireland. Feel the heart-pumping excitement of night running. Take in some of Dublin City’s most iconic sites while you fill the streets, because they’ll be closed off and yours to conquer. Virgin Media Night Run will take place on Sunday 22 May 2016 at 9:30pm.

With a fast, flat course it’s the perfect opportunity for those seeking PBs!

For parkrunnners looking to make the step up to a 10k, it gives the perfect opportunity to have fun while helping a great cause, as Dublin Simon Community is the official Charity Partner for the Virgin Media Night Run.

This along with a high quality race top, chip timing, race number, finishers medal, goodie bag and an electric race atmosphere, this year’s run is not to be missed! Check out our Facebook page and click here to register.

event news


New Events

Mullingar – 23 April
Newcastle West – 23 April
Lough Key – 14 May
Longford – 21 May

Anniversaries

Knocknacarra – 14 May
Castle Demense – 21 May
New Ross – 28 May

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 – 50
Total unique runners – 62,046
Total distance run to date – 1,819,356km

feedback from the field


We were very saddened to hear of the recent death of Marlay parkrun regular and great friend, Karen Dexter. Karen and partner Chris travelled from Glendalough every Saturday morning to take part in parkrun and her love of the event and general joie de vivre became immediately evident to all who got to know Karen as both a runner and a volunteer. Over the past year Karen continued to participate in parkrun as a volunteer and many of you who did not have the pleasure of meeting her may well have been cheered on by Karen as a marshal or may have had a chat with her as a tail runner. In November 2014 Karen wrote to us to tell her parkrun story which you can read here. On behalf of Marlay parkrun we would like to extend our condolences to Chris and family.


Thanks to everyone at Castletown parkrun for making a few English tourists very welcome. The atmosphere was excellent and the course was beautiful. We will certainly recommend it to anyone we hear about who's visiting your neck of the woods.
Andy, Amy, Jamie and Adam.


I had a great time volunteering at parkrun as a first time marshal! For anyone who is thinking of volunteering but is nervous or unsure of what to expect, I was the same as you. But when you go there everyone is really friendly and you are well briefed on what needs to be done. It is great craic so c'mon guys volunteer – you won't regret it!
Paul Foy


parkrun has made a huge difference to my life. I was a marathon runner in my earlier years and a member of the Dublin City Marathon committee. Now in my sixties I noticed parkruns through Operation Transformation and was hooked. I took part in my first parkrun at Griffeen and have completed some in Sligo since then. To my great joy I discovered that the wonderful Patricia Kelly was in the process of setting up Lough Key parkrun and I joined the kickstart team. Our first run will be on 14 May. We are excited and nervous. Until then I will be taking part in Sligo parkruns in Cleveragh Demesne. parkrun is a wonderful concept. To be running again, however slowly, is a joy and thanks to the friendliness of the teams at Griffeen and Sligo I am encouraged every time I run. Here's to many more parkruns.
Deirdre Parnell


Has parkrun made a difference to your running or your life in general? If so, we’d love to hear about it! Please get in touch.

parkrunner of the month


Name:  Caitríona Costello

Club:  Unattached

Age:  40

Home parkrun:  St Anne’s

Occupation:  Currently on parental leave from the Higher Education Authority and fully employed with my four children!

Number of runs:  52

Favourite volunteer role:  Finish Tokens. I love being at the finish line to cheer the runners home and congratulate them. Everyone is always so delighted to cross the line and get their finish token.

What do you do at parkruns:  At home parkrun is known as "Mammy's parkrun" as it's my hour away every week and my husband, Fergal, takes the kids off to swimming lessons. I cycle to St. Anne's and usually get there around 9.10 so there's plenty of time for a few stretches and most importantly a catch-up with fellow runners. There are a few "die-hards" who like me rarely miss a run and I love the chat beforehand. After the run there's usually time for another quick chat and sometimes a coffee. Then it's back on the bike and off to see how the swimming lessons are going!

How has parkrun changed your running:  Before parkrun I just dabbled in the odd bit of running by myself. Since my first parkrun I've become much more aware of running times and distances and I really enjoy setting personal goals for myself and getting new PBs. As a result I've become much better at exercising and going for runs during the week. So parkrun has been hugely instrumental in me becoming fitter and faster!

What do you like about parkrun:  The friendships. There is always a great buzz and atmosphere at parkruns and everybody talks to and encourages each other. I have made some wonderful and special friends at parkrun whose friendships I value hugely throughout my life.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  Last December after a week of particularly bad rain, a stretch of the route at St. Anne's was completely water-logged and there was no way to avoid it. At the pre-run briefing we were warned about it but I was just expecting the puddles to be worse than usual after rain. But instead I found myself wading through freezing cold water more than knee-high deep for what seemed to be at least 20 metres! Definitely felt like it was parkswim at that stage. I remember thinking that it was crazy trying to run through that water in the middle of winter and no-one thinking straight would opt to go through it again, but instead would call it a day after one lap of the two lap St. Anne's route – but of course I'm hooked on parkrun so I did the second lap and so did every other runner too. For the record, the shoes dried out fine and survived to do many more parkruns!

Reminders

barcode reminder

barcode

Printed barcodes are used at all parkrun events to record your result. No barcode, no time, no exception. To retrieve and print your barcode, click here. To order a barcode wristband, which can also include your name, emergency contact details, and any medical conditions, please follow this link.
A percentage of all sales will go towards supporting the growth of parkrun in Ireland.
Don't forget your barcode #dfyb

All questions answered

Do you have a question about parkrun? How do I collect my club t-shirt? How do I get my barcode? All your questions are answered on our support site

Volunteering at parkrun

Every parkrun event relies on volunteers and in 2015 alone more than 6,000 of you came forward and supported your local event. Volunteering is a wonderful way to make friends, feel great, have fun and maybe even learn some new skills. If that sounds like it’s for you then please contact your local event team for more details.

Children at parkrun

We welcome children at parkrun. Please note that those under the age of 11 must be within arm’s reach of a parent, guardian or designated adult of the parents’ choice whilst attending 5k parkrun events. Children aged 4 to 14 can run unaccompanied at our junior parkrun events.

our sponsors

Healthy Ireland
Framework for Improved Health and Wellbeing in Ireland.

Healthy Ireland is the national framework for action to improve the health and wellbeing of people living in Ireland. Regular physical activity is the key to getting and staying healthy and the benefits of participating in physical activity and having an active lifestyles for health and wellbeing are well documented. Mass participation and community events have great potential to get and keep people participating in physical activity and we are delighted to be a proud supporter of parkrun. For more info please visit healthyireland.ie


Athletics Ireland
The National Governing Body for Athletics in Ireland.

Athletics Ireland is the National Governing Body for Athletics in Ireland. As an association one of its core strategic objectives is to promote health and fitness in the population as a whole and as such they support the weekly 5km parkrun events organised for runners of all standards. For more info please visit athleticsireland.ie


Gala
Your Local Market

Gala stores are renowned for one-to-one service and their commitment and support for local communities – a commitment that complements the ethos of parkrun Ireland, which welcomes everyone in the community to the weekly 5kms, from those taking their first steps in running to seasoned runners and athletes. For more info please visit gala.ie

Intersport. Sport to the people
Sport to the people

parkrun has been a key player in promoting running as an accessible participation sport to the expanding community of runners. 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 of bringing sport top the people. Together we look forward to encouraging more people to get their running shoes on. Find out more about Intersport

our supporters

Irish Sports Council
The Irish Sports Council plans, leads and co-ordinates the sustainable development of competitive and recreational sport in Ireland.

For information, please visit irishsportscouncil.ie


Philip Lee
Commercial Law Firm. Specialist Expertise – Strategic Approach – Sound Advice.

For information, please visit philiplee.ie


Leave No Trace Ireland
Leave No Trace is an outdoor ethics programme designed to promote and inspire responsible outdoor recreation through education, research and partnerships.

For information, please visit leavenotraceireland.org


 

Monthly newsletter 3rd March 2016

welcome to the newsletter


This month Gala introduces its Good 4 Me range, Intersport invite us to meet them, parkrunner of the month Andrew Hyland explains why he loves parkrun, and Bree Treacy from RTÉ tells us what’s next for Operation Transformation.

RTÉ Operation Transformation has just completed its very successful ninth season with thousands of people across Ireland taking on the challenge of following their favourite leader’s exercise and food plan in an effort to live a much healthier lifestyle.

Together the leaders lost 100lbs during their Operation Transformation journeys in a series that encouraged the nation to lose weight with the Million Pound Challenge, and get moving with a very successful partnership with parkrun Ireland. The initiative saw a trebling of the numbers attending parkruns on Saturday mornings and more than 15,000 new registrations since the beginning of 2016.

Over the past nine seasons Operation Transformation has proved to be a very powerful tool for change in the health of the nation and this year RTÉ has pledged to keep the campaign going right throughout the year, in an effort to keep people motivated on their journey to well-being.

For the next 12 months there will be regular updates on our leaders’ progress, new seasonal recipes and exercise plans and, most importantly, we will be keeping up contact with all the communities and groups who have been following the Operation Transformation plan since the start of the year.

Operation Transformation will be found at parkruns nationwide, major national events, on RTÉ Radio 1 and RTÉ 2FM and on RTÉ Television.

The Operation Transformation and RTÉ One Facebook pages, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat will be updated with interesting and engaging content. We will continue to link with communities and the activities of our groups and recognise their successes throughout the year. And we won’t be forgetting to track the country’s progress in ditching the collective spare tyre for the Million Pound Challenge.

With the help of our great partners at parkrun Ireland, Operation Transformation will be keeping the nation moving throughout 2016!

Happy parkrunning!

Bree Treacy
RTÉ

In the meantime, listen to 11-year-old Laura Walsh from Bere Island tell Louise McSharry and Karl Henry why she loves parkrun, 19 minutes into the show:

Gala offers shoppers healthy choices


Community convenience Group and sponsor of parkrun Ireland, Gala Retail, has teamed up with Unislim to launch a new healthy options range for its shoppers. Good 4 Me is a fresh offering of lunch options that are all under 400 kcals and taste seriously delicious!

Created in conjunction with Unislim and with the help of Irish dietitian Paula Mee, Good 4 Me includes sandwiches, wraps and baps that you can feel good about, as they’re all less than 400 kcals and most importantly, don’t compromise on taste.

Bursting with flavour, the deli lunch offering includes fire-smoked BBQ turkey and spinach salad wholemeal baps; New York deli roasted beef specials and teriyaki smoked salmon and spinach wraps. Thanks to Gala and its Good 4 Me range, finding improved lunch options that are yummy, on plan and are convenient is no longer a problem.

Initially being introduced into 20 Gala stores, Gala’s Good 4 Me range will be rolling out gradually in selected stores nationwide. For a list of participating stores, keep up to date with the Gala Facebook page.

Say hello to us in store!


Intersport is now officially connected to parkrun, and we would love to see you all in store over the coming weeks and months!

Our philosophy ‘Sport to the People’ recognises your passion for sport, and the huge role that the community plays within sport and physical activity. Being part of the growth of new parkruns across Ireland is very exciting, bringing sport to the people together.

We are passionate about sharing our expertise and knowledge, and you are guaranteed to get the best equipment and kit with the best advice. Alternatively feel free to just pop in for a chat and let us know how you did at your latest parkrun!

Intersport stores are at the heart of communities across Ireland, and we are looking forward to getting to know you and to sharing your parkrun journey.

Please visit www.intersport.co.uk for further information about Intersport Ireland and to find your nearest store.

event news


New Events
Dungloe, Co Donegal – 5th March
Vandeleur, Co Clare – 5th March

Anniversaries
Johnstown parkrun, Wexford – 5th March
Marlay parkrun – 12th March
Lees Road parkrun – 12th March
Castlebar parkrun – 12th March
Naas parkrun – 19th March
Cabinteely parkrun – 26th March
Shanganagh parkrun – 26th March

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 – 47
Total registrations – 98,376
Total unique runners – 58,807
Total Distance run to date – 1,674,785 km

feedback from the field


I recently finished my 87th parkrun at Naas. I never imagined in my wildest dreams that I would run 87 parkruns! The team leaders and all the volunteers at Naas are wonderful and they encourage everyone, young and old. The amount of new people I have met is fantastic and I look forward to parkrun every week. A huge thanks to parkrun Ireland.
Sean Carey


Has parkrun made a difference in your running or your life? If so, we would love to share your story. Pop us a short e-mail and we will publish a selection every month.

parkrunner of the month


Name:  Andrew Hyland

Club:  Fingal Triathlon Club/Raheny Shamrocks

Age:  16

Home parkrun:  St Anne’s

Occupation:  School

Number of runs:  56

Favourite volunteer role:  Token sorting. I still get to run and it’s in the warm cafe!

What do you do at parkruns:  When I arrive I'll usually do a quick warm up to get ready for the run. Then after the run briefing I'll go to the start line and get ready to go. After the run I might go to the market for a cake or two before heading off to train again.

How has parkrun changed your running:  Before parkrun I did no running, but after my first parkrun I started to train more and more as the weeks went by and slowly got better and better.

What do you like about parkrun:  It gives you a platform to improve your running as you can see weekly if you’re improving. You also meet other runners of your ability who you can chat to and run with.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment:  Finishing in front of my running partner. We were neck and neck until the last 200m when I decided to make an early sprint!

Reminders

barcode reminder

barcode

Printed barcodes are used at all parkrun events to record your result. No barcode, no time, no exception. To retrieve and print your barcode, click here. To order a barcode wristband, which can also include your name, emergency contact details, and any medical conditions, please follow this link.
A percentage of all sales will go towards supporting the growth of parkrun in Ireland.
Don't forget your barcode #dfyb

All questions answered

Do you have a question about parkrun? How do I collect my club t-shirt? How do I get my barcode? All your questions are answered on our support site

Volunteering at parkrun

Every parkrun event relies on volunteers and in 2015 alone more than 6,000 of you came forward and supported your local event. Volunteering is a wonderful way to make friends, feel great, have fun and maybe even learn some new skills. If that sounds like it’s for you then please contact your local event team for more details.

Children at parkrun

We welcome children at parkrun. Please note that those under the age of 11 must be within arm’s reach of a parent, guardian or designated adult of the parents’ choice whilst attending 5k parkrun events. Children aged 4 to 14 can run unaccompanied at our junior parkrun events.

our sponsors

Healthy Ireland
Framework for Improved Health and Wellbeing in Ireland.

Healthy Ireland is the national framework for action to improve the health and wellbeing of people living in Ireland. Regular physical activity is the key to getting and staying healthy and the benefits of participating in physical activity and having an active lifestyles for health and wellbeing are well documented. Mass participation and community events have great potential to get and keep people participating in physical activity and we are delighted to be a proud supporter of parkrun. For more info please visit healthyireland.ie


Athletics Ireland
The National Governing Body for Athletics in Ireland.

Athletics Ireland is the National Governing Body for Athletics in Ireland. As an association one of its core strategic objectives is to promote health and fitness in the population as a whole and as such they support the weekly 5km parkrun events organised for runners of all standards. For more info please visit athleticsireland.ie


Gala
Your Local Market

Gala stores are renowned for one-to-one service and their commitment and support for local communities – a commitment that complements the ethos of parkrun Ireland, which welcomes everyone in the community to the weekly 5kms, from those taking their first steps in running to seasoned runners and athletes. For more info please visit gala.ie

Intersport. Sport to the people
Sport to the people

parkrun has been a key player in promoting running as an accessible participation sport to the expanding community of runners. 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 of bringing sport top the people. Together we look forward to encouraging more people to get their running shoes on. Find out more about Intersport

our supporters

Irish Sports Council
The Irish Sports Council plans, leads and co-ordinates the sustainable development of competitive and recreational sport in Ireland.

For information, please visit irishsportscouncil.ie


Philip Lee
Commercial Law Firm. Specialist Expertise – Strategic Approach – Sound Advice.

For information, please visit philiplee.ie


Leave No Trace Ireland
Leave No Trace is an outdoor ethics programme designed to promote and inspire responsible outdoor recreation through education, research and partnerships.

For information, please visit leavenotraceireland.org


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