Fresh from the rigours of the Longford Marathon, the focus on health and wellbeing continues on the second weekend of the month courtesy of a novel 5km event.
Spearheaded by Dromard’s Kevin Kane, Longford parkrun has attracted a steadily-growing fan base since its inception .
Now, Kevin is hoping to add another facet to the event on September 10 next by hosting an aptly named ‘Parish parkrun’ initiative.
“I'm hoping to get 10 runners from each parish in Longford taking part in it,” he said, before inviting those intent on participating to consider wearing their local GAA club's colours.
Entrants are free to run or walk and with no cover charge in place, Kevin is quietly hopeful of a healthy turnout in ten days' time.
For those keen to match or perhaps eclipse their personal best, this Saturday's parkrun will see the onset of a 'Pacer Saturday'.
As many as eight pacemakers with time ranging from between 19 and 30 minutes will be on hand to assist runner s who are anxious to test themselves.
In a further boost, runners and walkers will be able to avail of a 'social breakfast' with a 15 per cent discount on the proviso they bring their respective race barcodes with them.
Kevin said the aim of next weekend's spectacle is to uphold the recent feel-good factor the town and county is currently basking in.
“I want to contribute to the community cohesion that's there especially after the Longford Marathon,” he said.
“Friendly dogs on leads and buggies are always welcome.
“Children U11 must be accompanied by a parent and over 11s can either run or walk themselves.”
Kevin also extended the same open arm invitation to avid walkers in light of the pletiful numbers that attend the weekly parkrun in The Mall.
It all gets underway on Saturday September 10 at 9:20am.
To register, log on to www.parkrun.ie