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Ready for the start

Volunteers with Niall Coppinger, Park Run Ambassador; Caroline Myers, Laois Sports Partnership chief operating officer and Helen Campion, co-ordinator at the launch of the Rathdowney Errill Activity Hub Junior Park Run at St Fergal’s College

THE St Fergal’s junior parkrun held its official launch on Sunday 16 October.

Forty-one children and 15 volunteers attended for the 2kms run in Rathdowney. Special guests were Niall Coppinger (national junior parkrun ambassador), Caroline Myers (Laois Sports Partnership coordinator) and John King (Laois county councillor).

The ribbon was cut by the children, who received their blue, half-marathon wristbands. The junior parkrun clubs reward those who have completed a certain number of junior parkruns. These mark significant milestones in the journey of junior park run participants.

Helen Campion, coordinator of the Rathdowney Errill Activity Hub, said: “We are delighted with the fantastic group of children and parents who took part in the official launch of our junior parkrun on Sunday. A big thank you to our committed group of volunteers, to Laois Sports Partnership, to St Fergal’s College and to St Brigid’s Camogie club for their support and the use of their facilities.”

The junior parkrun is on every Sunday at 9.30am. They welcome children from the ages of 4–14 years to take part in the 2kms run (2.5 laps of the walking track). The junior park run welcome all abilities, you can walk or run and it is all at your own pace. Participants can receive official times and track their progress once registered.

For more information on the St Fergal’s junior parkrun, email [email protected]


See our two-page spread from the launch in next week’s Laois Nationalist, on sale next Tuesday in all local stores or online here.


Photos: Alf Harvey


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