The parkrun movement which began in London in 2004 has gained worldwide popularity in recent years, and almost 43,000 running enthusiasts have taken part in weekly timed 5k runs in Ireland since the events were launched here in November 2012.
The proposed run route in Glengarriff is located within the village’s nature reserve, and the project is being explored with the support of both the National Parks & Wildlife Service and the national parkrun co-ordinator who will be present at the public meeting on October 6th.
If the planned parkrun gains local backing and full approval, Glengarriff will join the growing list of Cork locations where runners, joggers, and walkers can take part in the popular weekly timed runs each Saturday morning.
Successful events are already well-established in Macroom and Clonakilty, as well as on nearby Bere Island which celebrated its first parkrun anniversary in August with a visit from Declan Kidney. Cork city’s first event was launched on September 26th, and the parkrun movement in Ireland is clearly picking up pace.
“When a parkrun comes to a community, it inspires everyone, young and old, to get out and exercise”, explains Nuala Carey of Glengarriff Pharmacy. “There are real potential health benefits that come with having a local parkrun, and there’s a great social side to it all too. Parkruns are very friendly events which quickly become a focal point for locals and visitors alike.”
“The success of Bere Island parkrun has shown that tourists will travel across Ireland and from much further afield to collect an interesting and scenic parkrun in West Cork. The runs give tourists a really fantastic way to meet local people and to enjoy Beara’s spectacular scenery. A parkrun event in Glengarriff would encourage even more visitors to plan weekend breaks and holidays in our area throughout the year. While parkrun events themselves are free, they bring benefits to a wide range of businesses by drawing in a steady stream of regular visitors all year round.”
“A Glengarriff parkrun would help us cater to the growing number of activity-focused tourists interested in exploring the Wild Atlantic Way”, adds Aine O’Sullivan, Regional Development Officer with the HSE Community Games, “and would encourage more people to visit and appreciate the beauty of Glengarriff and our local nature reserve.”
“We’re inviting everyone in the community to come along to Glengarriff Community Hall on October 6th at 8:30pm to learn a bit more about the whole idea, and to help us explore the feasibility of establishing a parkrun here.”
For further information, contact Nuala Carey at 027 63744.