VICARSTOWN parkrun celebrated its fifth anniversary with run number 261 along the scenic Grand Canal last Saturday morning.
The event began with 47 people on 18 October 2014 and has gone from strength-to-strength since then. Almost double that amount took part in Saturday’s event.
Vicarstown parkrun was number 18 in the Republic when it began. Now, there are over 100 parkruns taking place every Saturday morning in the 26 counties.
The Vicarstown parkrun has seen over 2,100 visitors complete the event down the years.
John Scully has been the Vicarstown parkrun coordinator since day one.
“What makes Vicarstown interesting is that we have a junior two-kilometre parkrun on Sunday mornings for children aged from four to 14 years, along with the regular Saturday five-kilometre parkrun.
“Having the post-run refreshments in the old school in Vicarstown is a huge advantage that we have over many other events. Visitors say they rarely encounter anything like it at parkruns anywhere in Ireland.
“We are both lucky to have the facility and proud that this 150-year-old building of great architectural significance is looking so well. This always proves to be popular with regulars and visitors alike.
“We are also lucky to have a great bunch of volunteers who do the non-running work of timing, finish tokens, barcode scanning and results processing.’’
On behalf of the Vickarstown parkrun, John wishes to thank David Kinsella of Kinsella Financial, Portlaoise for sponsoring commemorative tee-shirts for the fifth anniversary and SuperValu, Portarlington for sponsoring the birthday cake.
Everyone is welcome to attend the Vicarstown parkrun to either run, jog or walk the beautiful course. The only person that you compete against is yourself. Your personal times are recorded and sent to you each week by email. Visit www.parkrun.ie for registration details.