Run Report 3rd Vicarstown junior parkrun

Another beautiful morning in Vicarstown for run no.3 of junior parkrun.Oisin Jago was given a run for his money by Robert Hackett and Aidan Clinch,but he managed to hold out and finish first for the 3rd week in a row,and a new pb to boot.!Grace Meade from Portlaoise AC was first girl home,followed closely by Rosin Bland.Well done to all the girls!Local boys Arron Foley,Adam Murray and Rurai Jago are steadily working their way up the finishing table-all with new pb's today.Well done boys.
We had 67 athletes,17 volunteers,14 first timers,16 new pb's,and one dog.We had 14 families all running together and supporting one another-they were : The Hackett's,Dundon's,McLoughlin's,Browne's,
Gormans,Delaney's,Crean's,Gannon's,Lynch's,Keatley's,Sheridans Mezzapelle's ,Whearty's and the Rings.We had Caroline Lynch (ED of Tralee junior parkrun)and her lovely family who came all the way from Kerry to run in Vicarstown-now that is dedication!
Thanks once again to the wonderful volunteers,without who we couldent manage.
Mary o'Dwyer(run director),,James McGovern,Heather Crean,Francis Lalor,Edel Delaney,Suzanne Scully,Shirley Crean,Ann Simpson,John Scully,Yvonne Hennessy,Sean Sheridan,Elaine Browne,Caroline Lynch,Liz Jago,Mary Meade,Kathleen Sheridan and Majella Fennelly.
Looking forward to seeing you all again next Sunday


Run Report 1 Vicarstown junior parkrun

Sunday July 30th saw the inaugural junior parkrun in Vicarstown. The sleepy canal side village with just a dozen houses, a pub and a church welcomed 98 junior parkrunners for our first event. Weather conditions were near perfect for the picturesque out and back 2K run along the bank of the Grand Canal. Vicarstown may be small but community spirit is massive. Not only did the local community get behind us but also the Laois Athletic Community with all the clubs in the county represented and the Saturday parkrun community who also turned out to lend support. James McGovern did a great job as run director and John Scully who is responsible for bringing both parkruns to Vicarstown was on hand to make sure everything ran like clockwork.

Most children hadn’t a clue what to expect from parkrun, but judging from all the smiling faces crossing the finish line, we don’t think they were disappointed.

First boy home was Oisin Jago In a comfortable 7:28. Niamh McDonald was second across the line and first girl in 7:52. Although parkrun is non-competetive and open to all children of all abilities (between the ages of 4-14), we anticipate some battles in the Sundays ahead.

Thanks to parkrun Ireland’s Paul Richardson who came down on the day to give us a dig out. Thanks to an Cathaoirleach Padraig Fleming and councillor Tom Mulhall for officiating. But mostly thanks to our wonderful volunteers, who we hope will return again and again.

James McGovern, John Scully, Majella Fennelly, Sean Sheridan, Cathal Connaughton, Edel Delaney, Margaret Connaughton, Kathleen Sheridan, Karen Connolly, Shirley Crean, Susan Dunne, Emer Liston, Mary Dwyer, Deirdre Hartigan, Ester Luttrell, Mary Fahy, Yvonne Hennessy, Claire Browne, and to our super SVT Community Sports Hub Junior Sports Leaders.

Kathleen Sheridan (Event Director)

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