Operation Transformation returns – monthly newsletter 5 September 2016

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Operation Transformation returns

 

Welcome to the latest parkrun Ireland newsletter. Next week we once again welcome Operation Transformation to parkrun as Celeb OT kicks off with visits to Lough Key, Naas, Shanganagh and Ballincollig.

The emphasis is on walking, you don’t need to run, and this is the message we always try to communicate. At parkrun, we welcome all abilities and in particular we love to see first timers looking to get active and become part of the parkrun community.

All events, not just those with RTE visiting, will meet and greet you and make you feel welcome, so if you are one of those people who have registered for parkrun and haven’t managed a first visit yet then this is your best opportunity.

We are hoping to see lots of first time walkers next Saturday, and maybe even the Irish weather will be welcoming!

Happy parkrunning,

Matt Shields
parkrun Ireland Country Manager


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.


Intersport

free ASICS headphones!

Whether you like listening to music whilst running, walking or doing cartwheels, we have a fantastic giveaway this month that you won’t want to miss!

Intersport have teamed up with ASICS to offer parkrunners an exclusive FREE pair of ASICS headphones. All you need to do is pop down to your local Intersport store (find your nearest store here) and show us your parkrun barcode - #DFYB!

The exclusive ASICS headphones are in store now and are free for all parkrunners whilst stocks last. They are limited edition so act fast to avoid disappointment…once they’re gone, they’re gone!

Don’t forget, you can still claim 10% off* running products in store by showing your parkrun barcode – an excellent reason to have a quick browse while you’re picking up your headphones!

We look forward to seeing you in your nearest Intersport soon, and in the meantime keep sending us your pictures via Twitter @IntersportIE #loveparkrun and like us on Facebook to keep up with what’s going on.

See you at your next parkrun!

* Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer or promotion.


feedback from the field

Noleen Condron FFTF

I completed my 10th parkrun recently and I’m totally addicted to it! It sets me up for the week. In my 63 years I never thought I would run one. 10 people came with me last week, with more to follow in the weeks ahead.

Noeleen Condron

I’m so delighted that there has been a parkrun in Falcarragh since January, and I go every week unless there's a very good reason not to.

I even managed to run one in Cookstown one weekend when we were down. It really does set you up for the weekend, always pushing yourself that wee bit every week, meeting the same people and having a chat, and there's always lots of visitors.

And thanks of course to the wonderful volunteers that make it possible. You can tell I do love my parkrun! 

Mary McGee

It's been a while since I did parkrun. I had decided during the week that I was doing it this week no matter what. Got up and the weather was bad. I was planning a handy pace with the dog.

He doesn't mind the weather, but when we were getting ready I could tell he was thinking ‘are you serious - are we really going for a run in this?’.

We got there and if anything the weather was worse. Once you get going it all changes, all those thoughts of 'what the heck am I doing here', just disappear.

Then when you are finished, it's not a sense of smug achievement, just a feeling of being healthy and having a good start to the day. What a great thing parkrun is!

David Flynn‎


POTM Doohan

parkrunner of the month

Name: Melissa Doohan
Age: 27
Home parkrun: Lough Key
Occupation: Laboratory Technician
Number of runs: 31
Favourite volunteer role: Marshal

What do you do at parkrun? Every Saturday morning I don my apricot parkrun top and arrive in the picturesque Lough Key, where I meet the other enthusiastic members of Lough Key parkrun core team! We are truly lucky to have such a wonderful group of volunteers who make parkrun happen, including my 15-year-old sister-in-law Saoirse Roddy who is only one week away from earning her 25 Club volunteer shirt. Well done Saoirse! Once I've run I always hang around at the finish funnel to cheer on every single parkrunner, I get so enthusiastic sometimes I actually jump around!

How has parkrun changed your running? parkrun has changed my running to no end, I have gone from a time of 30:07 to a wonderful 24:46. Without the support of parkrun and its runners, volunteers and everything it embraces, I would not be running today. It has changed my life, not just my running. I am so happy to have been introduced to the fabulous world of parkrun and hope to achieve my 50 Club membership by this Christmas!

What do you like about parkrun? The sense of satisfaction you feel when you know you have made the effort to get up on a Saturday morning, run 5k and do it in such a welcoming a supportive atmosphere with no pressure. Since being introduced to parkrun in October 2014 by my parkrun fanatic sister who is a regular Roundhay parkrun attendee, I have managed to introduce my sister and mother-in-law, brother and many work colleagues, who have also never looked back! Deirdre Parnell our report writer once wrote: "Lovely Melissa Doohan who embodies the spirit of parkrun."

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment: The day I finally achieved my New Year's Resolution/target to achieve a sub-25 parkrun by Easter 2016 with only one day to spare! I achieved this as a parkrun tourist in the beautiful Woodhouse Moor parkrun while on a visit to Leeds; with the much needed support of my sister Alexandra Watson Usher, the person responsible for my parkrun addiction. There were no words to describe the feeling I got when I crossed that finish line with the timekeepers cheering me on, knowing that I had finally reached my target with one day left until Easter!

 

reigniting my love for running – monthly newsletter 4 August 2016

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David Gillick is a two-time European 400m indoor champion, World 400m finalist, Irish 400m record holder, Olympian, and Masterchef winner. He retired from running a few years ago but came back to running competitively this year for “fun”, and that extended all the way to the European Championships in Amsterdam. David explains how taking part in parkrun has helped to reignite his love of running.

 

My event on the athletics track is 400 metres. So running a parkrun - a distance 12 times my event - was alien to me for almost 15 years. Why on earth would I want to run 5000 meters?I wasn’t sure what would happen when I hit the 410 metre mark!

 

Well, it started about two years ago. I had been retired from athletics for about a year and I was struggling with the transition from full-time sport into full-time rest of my life.

 

I was rudderless as to where I wanted to point the ship, and to make matters worse I stopped exercising on a regular basis and it was having a massive negative impact on my mental state.
One Saturday morning I decided to do this parkrun I kept hearing about. It was in my local park in Marlay and I recognised a few people. I turned up and instantly felt very uncomfortable.

 

One person mentioned you should ‘win’ this. I got nervous and wondered why I was there. It felt almost like I was back on the competition track. However, standing on the start line I noticed the relaxed atmosphere and jovial voices around me and it became very apparent that this was fun, and so it was.

 

I enjoyed my first parkrun and decided to do it again the next week and try to improve my time. My wife Charlotte also got involved and soon we would both be waiting in anticipation for the results email to come in on Saturday afternoon. Unknowingly at the time, parkrun ignited my passion for running once again, when I didn’t think anything could. I liked the fact that it kick started my Saturday.

 

I felt better about myself for doing some early morning exercise and I looked forward to it. I would get a small bolt of butterflies, but I liked it... it made me feel alive. I now had something to target on a weekly basis, and it felt great to be home by 10.30 on a Saturday morning enjoying breakfast knowing that I had accomplished something.

 

Then last October I decided I wanted to really improve my 5km time. I targeted a sub-18 minute run, which meant I needed to start doing some training. In late December I found myself back training, but 400 metre training, and in May of this year I ran my first 400m race since 2012.

 

Things progressed and I went on to represent Ireland at the European Championships in Amsterdam, finishing 5th in the 4x400 metre relay and narrowly missing out on Olympic qualification.

 

More importantly for me and my family I have steadied the ship and the mental mooching spent running around Marley on a Saturday morning has put me in a place I thought I could never find. Running is something I have been doing since I was seven years old. 

 

It’s part of me and I’m grateful that there was a platform for me through parkrun to reignite my love for the sport and experience everything that is great about it. And in the same park where it all started for me back in the summer of 1990. Happy parkrunning,

 

 

To find out more about David’s running journey you can follow him on Twitter and read his blog for RTE where he will be reporting trackside from the Rio Olympics.

  

 

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

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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.

 

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

So what are you waiting for? Email your nominations today.

 

 

why we #loveparkrun

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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.    

 

event news

new events

Oranmore – 6 August

Edenmore junior – 28 August

 

anniversaries

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

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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.

Eddie O’Carroll

 

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!

Statia O'Carroll

 

parkrunner of the month

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Name: Michael O'Brien

Age: 54

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!

 

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

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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.

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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


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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
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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

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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


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