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Tuesday 17 October 2017

Canadian tourist Tara packs a parkrun into her Irish visit

Tara Jean, visiting from Canada, joined her friend Gavin Hughes at the event. Photo: Fergal Phillips
Tara Jean, visiting from Canada, joined her friend Gavin Hughes at the event. Photo: Fergal Phillips

The autumn chill didn't deter the 144 runners at Cabinteely's parkrun at the weekend.

In fact, the cool temperatures were perfect for running.

Gavin Hughes (28), from Glenageary, ran alongside his friend, Tara Jean, from Canada, who's a parkrunner at home.

"She's what's known as a parkrun tourist," said Gavin.

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"She was very happy to take part in the event while away on her holidays."

Gavin said he also loves to take his running shoes with him whenever he's abroad.

"I've taken part in several parkruns when I was in Wimbledon and also in Vancouver," he said. "Your barcode is valid anywhere across the world and you get such a great sense of the community whenever you do it abroad."

Despite having taken up running only 18 months ago, Gavin said he's hooked.

"When I started, it took me more than 40 minutes to complete. Now I'm down to 23 to 24 minutes," he said.

The fastest man in Cabinteely on Saturday was Gary Mason (19.33) and the fastest woman was Clare McCarthy (21.23).

Mother and daughter Lisa and Mairin Shine took part in the 5k run at the weekend. Photo: Fergal Phillips
Mother and daughter Lisa and Mairin Shine took part in the 5k run at the weekend. Photo: Fergal Phillips
Susanna Murphy, Ronan Cunningham and Rachel Murphy turned out for the Cabinteely parkrun on Saturday. Photo: Fergal Phillips
Susanna Murphy, Ronan Cunningham and Rachel Murphy turned out for the Cabinteely parkrun on Saturday. Photo: Fergal Phillips

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