GALLERY: Successful Parkrun held in Offaly

Justin Kelly

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Justin Kelly

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Offaly’s first parkrun was held at Mount Lucas Wind Farm on Saturday last, July 1. The event was organised by local runner Pippa Hackett and was a huge success.

The parkrun event is a free, weekly, 5km timed run, which takes place in different venues around the world. Currently there are 100 parkrun venues on the island of Ireland.

Pippa commented, “I have run around Mount Lucas Wind Farm on many occasions, and it struck me as an obvious location for such an event.”

These events take place around the world in pleasant outdoor surroundings at 9:30am every Saturday morning. They are open to everyone, they are free, and are safe and easy to take part in. People of all abilities are encouraged to take part - from those taking their first steps in running to seasoned athletes. There is a great community atmosphere at these events, and they can become an important and very fulfilling part of a weekend.

* parkrun Ireland in partnership with Vhi, added their 64th event on Saturday, July 1st, with the introduction of the Mount Lucas parkrun. parkruns take place over a 5km course weekly, are free to enter and are open to all ages and abilities, proving a fun and safe environment to enjoy exercise. To register for a parkrun near you visit www.parkrun.ie. New registrants should select their chosen event as their home location. You will then receive a personal barcode which acts as your free entry to any parkrun event worldwide.

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