The inclement weekend weather might not have been at its most inspiring, but it would seem the local running scene is thriving.
Hence the success of parkrun, an international running/walking event, which is now in its ninth week in Longford and it is slowly building a following.
The brains behind bringing the project to Longford is Dromard native Kevin Kane and he is hoping parkrun’s weekly Saturday morning run will entice even more participants to get their runners on.
“It was a very wet parkrun last Saturday at The Mall, but this did not dampen the spirits of the 44 runners and walkers taking part,” he told the Leader.
“The rain poured down, yet everyone enjoyed themselves from the 11 volunteers to the 44 participants.”
Participants from all over the Shannonside region took part and tourist runners from Dublin, Kildare and London were also present to join in the fun.
Kevin said besides the weekly event’s obvious health and fitness benefits, it’s economical side was already proving a hit with entrants.
“The best thing about parkrun is that it is free exercise and you get a chipped time every week.
“There are walkers, runners, dogs (on leads) and parents with buggies also taking part.
“It removes all barriers to exercise. It is for everyone from novices to olympic runners.”
parkrun is held every Saturday at The Mall starting at 9:30am.
To register, simply log on to parkrun.ie and bring your barcode on the day. It couldn't be easier and it's a great start to the weekend. w
For more, click into Kevin’s Longford parkrun Facebook page.