Parkrun comes to Clonakilty

Posted on: 10th February, 2014

Category: News

Contributor: West Cork People

February 2014 will see Parkrun coming to the Show Grounds in Clonakilty where a new 1.25 km running trail has recently been constructed around the ground’s perimeter. This free weekly event is hosted by the Clonakilty Roadrunners AC and with full support of the Cork Sports Partnership. The event provides both locals and visitors with a safe and fun environment for the perfect Saturday morning jog or walk. Ladies and Gents changing facilities and toilets will be available on site and after the run runners will have the opportunity to catch up for a cup of coffee at the Coffee Dock in the neighbouring Quality Hotel to discuss their performance. Children are welcome to participate but must be accompanied by an adult.

“As someone who got into running to regain fitness, meet new friends and develop a family friendly social outlet, I was immediately drawn to the Parkrun model. The ethos of community participation in fitness combined with fun and friendship in a supportive, non-competitive, family friendly environment makes Parkrun unique in the running world.” said Brian O’Donnell, Chairman of Clonakilty Roadrunners AC.

Events are timed each week with results uploaded to the Parkrun web site where the eager runners can track their runs and progress. All participants – both walkers and runners must register for the event on www.Parkrun.ie/clonakilty. Registration is free and once registered participants receive a unique barcode that enables them to take part at any of the global events without having to re-register.

Walkers and runners of all abilities are encouraged to register and take part in the event. Parkruns are run in a friendly non-competitive environment, there are no prizes and results are age graded.

There is already a great Parkrun event in the Castle Demesne, Macroom (www.Parkrun.ie/castledemense) every Saturday morning and other potential sites are being considered.

For more information please contact the organisers at info@clonakiltyrrac.com.

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