The weekly Park Run in St Anne’s Park in Dublin on Saturday morning had a little more going on than normal with Olympians David Gillick and Mick Clohisey taking runners through a warm up and the VHI Relaxation area awaiting those who completed the 5K run.
The special event was to celebrate Vhi’s partnership with parkrun Ireland, and the two runners completed the run alongside more than 450 runners who had turned up for the free event.
To help participants refuel after their morning exercise, Vhi provided a selection of healthy snacks in the at the finish line. Free Thera bands were also given out on a first come first served basis and a team of physiotherapists were on hand to guide participants through a post event stretching routine.
“We are absolutely delighted to be supporting the growth of parkrun in Ireland,” said Declan Moran, Director Marketing & Business Development with Vhi.
“The success of parkrun lies in the simplicity and accessibility of these local community based events. Anyone can give it a go and all are welcome, from those who volunteer, to those who want to run, jog or walk it right up to the Olympians who participate and support their local parkrun.”
“At Vhi we are committed to helping our members live longer, stronger, healthier, lives and this partnership is helping us to do just that. I can vouch for the positive difference it has made to Vhi staff members and we see an increasing number attending parkruns on a regular basis and enjoying the many benefits associated with it.”
“parkrun is a brilliant way to get some exercise, socialise and generally get your weekend off to a great start,” added Gillick.
“I’m a regular parkrunner myself completing the course with my family when I can. In St Anne’s Park on Saturday morning we saw walkers and runners of all ages and abilities and it was a great morning.”
parkrun Ireland supports local communities in organising free, weekly, timed 5k runs every Saturday morning at more than 65 venues all over Ireland, with around 5,000 people of every age and ability taking part each week.
Over 100,000 registered participants have run more than 3.6 million kilometres at parkrun Ireland events since it started here in November 2012. It now takes place at 65 venues around the country.
Originally launched in the UK in 2004, parkrun is the single biggest participation running event globally with nearly three million registered participants and an average of 165,000 weekly participants.