Cork City gets its first ‘parkrun’

Athlethes in parkrunNext Saturday, 26th September 2015 will see the global phenomenon of ‘parkrun’ come to Tramore Valley Park, Cork with a route that will circle the entire park. ‘parkrun’ is the latest in a number of new events set to take place at Tramore Valley as it transforms from the former Kinsale Road landfill into a major regional public park spanning 70 hectares.

The event takes place every Saturday morning at 9.30am and is FREE! It is supported locally by the HSE’s Health Promotion & Improvement Department, Cork City Council and Cork Sports Partnership.

‘parkrun’ is a global network of weekly 5km timed runs or walks in local parks that take place each and every Saturday morning all year round. Currently there are around 700 ‘parkrun’s worldwide, with almost 1.2 million people taking part in events since its inception.

Health Promotion Officer with the HSE in Cork, Clare Deasy said “The runs and walks are open to all ages and abilities, they are free to enter and the focus is one that encourages participation -not competition. There are no prizes and results are age graded. Events are timed each week with results uploaded to the ‘parkrun’ Ireland web site where runners can track their progress.”

All participants must register for the event on www.parkrun.ie/tramorevalley/. Once registered, participants receive a unique barcode that enables them to take part in any of the global events without having to re-register. Volunteers are at the heart of ‘‘parkrun’’ and its success and regular participants are encouraged to give something back a few occasions a year and support the core event team.

Earlier this year, following an initial agreement in 2014, the Healthy Ireland section of the Department of Health and the HSE allocated further funding to ‘parkrun’ Ireland. The partnership aims to empower communities to make Ireland a healthier place to live and in particular hopes to encourage individuals and families to lead an active lifestyle.  There are currently 36 events in Ireland and it continues to grow. Three of these are already in Cork County in Clonakilty, Bere Island and Macroom. All of the Cork runs take place each Saturday morning at 9.30am

For more information on the Tramore Valley Run including how to get there and description of the course log on to www.parkrun.ie/tramorevalley/.

For more info on getting active log onto www.getirelandactive.ie

Last updated on: 21 / 09 / 2015