Parkrun to start in the Glen this Saturday

Parkrun to start in the Glen this Saturday
The Glen River Park, which will see its first parkrun this weekend. Pic: Larry Cummins

A NEW parkrun is kicking off in The Glen this weekend in what hopes to be a friendly competitor to the popular Ballincollig parkrun that takes place in the Ballincollig Regional Park every Saturday.

The Glen River Park will launch on at 9.30am on Saturday, November 24.

It is a free, timed 5k run that will take place every Saturday morning and is suitable for runners and walkers of all types.

Children under 12 are welcome with their parents or guardians, and dogs are welcome on short leads.

The event is being launched by a core group of volunteers in association with VHI, Healthy Ireland and Athletics Ireland.

Event Director Aisling Pierse said: "We can't wait to get this great community event started in the Glen River Park. This is suitable for everyone and is a great way to get into walking, jogging or running before Christmas.”

Ms Pierse also said the parkrun needs more volunteers to help out with the organising and running of the event. 

The Glen River Park is one of the city's most diverse wetland areas and has a beautiful pond and array of foliage and wildlife.

Local Fine Gael representative Julie O'Leary, who is involved in the volunteer group, said the event can shine a positive light on the amenity.

"Unfortunately the Glen River Park has been affected by antisocial behaviour in the past and hasn't gotten the attention it deserves," she said.

“We hope the parkrun can bring more people to the park and help us protect a great green space on the north side of the city."

The parkrun in Ballincollig Regional Park regularly draws 200-300 people, and the organisers are sure that this will be equally successful.

Parking is available in the following locations: 60 places are available across the road from St Brendan’s church, Blackpool, 20 places available Glen River Park car park on Ballyhooly Road and many more at Lidl Ballyvolane which is a 10-minute walk away, which organisers say can be used as a warm-up.

For more information log onto their Facebook page: @Glenriverparkrun.

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