Offaly's Mount Lucas parkrun off to super start in 2019

Justin Kelly

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Offaly's Mount Lucas parkrun off to super start in 2019

Offaly's Mount Lucas parkrun off to super start in 2019

Mount Lucas parkrun, located between Daingean and Edenderry, got off to a flying start in 2019.

There was a special New Year’s Day run, which attracted over 70 runners, joggers and walkers, all keen to kick start their New Year.

There have been similar numbers since, and it’s a really successful event as the only parkrun in Offaly. The first parkrun took place on July 1, 2017, and it has secured its place as 'the' Saturday morning running event in Offaly.

As the founder of this event, Pippa Hackett, who is the Green Party candidate for Laois-Offaly and the Edenderry local area, said “I'm really proud and humbled to know that there are so many people coming to the wind farm in Mount Lucas - volunteering, running, jogging and walking, with their friends and family. It's the beginning of a new year, and anything that gets a community connected, motivated, and happy, can only bode well for the future."

“We’ve been supported from the start by Bord Na Mona and the staff at Mount Lucas, as well as Offaly County Council. We also have a wonderful group of volunteers, with the list now exceeding 40 people. Indeed, the volunteering is as much a part of the parkrun experience, as the exercise," Pippa said.

"Everyone is welcome, and get a range of participants, from first timers to competitive athletes. It’s particularly brilliant to see families exercising together. As everyone is so supportive and friendly, it makes for a really great event. Regardless of what the weather throws at us, we will endeavour to put on this event each and every Saturday morning at 9:30am."

To make it even more enticing, it is all for free.

You simply have to register once, and then you can take part in any of the parkruns around Ireland, and indeed worldwide.

Check out www.parkrun.ie/mountlucas for more details.

“I'm looking forward to seeing Mount Lucas parkrun continue to grow. People have made new friends and acquaintances, and have made improvements to their physical fitness. What could be better than that?” Pippa concluded.