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Tuesday 25 July 2017

Festive fun sees dozens turn out for Christmas parkrun

Noelle Capewell from Ratoath pictured with Annette Conroy Blanchardstown and Rachel Hyland, Ashbourne pictured before taking part in the Parkrun in Hartstown. Pic: Frank Mc Grath
Noelle Capewell from Ratoath pictured with Annette Conroy Blanchardstown and Rachel Hyland, Ashbourne pictured before taking part in the Parkrun in Hartstown. Pic: Frank Mc Grath

There was festive cheer in the air as 66 fitness enthusiasts braved strong winds to take part in a 5km parkrun.

Christmas hats and T-shirts were the order of the day as participants put their best feet forward for the Hartstown event on Saturday.

The rain stayed away, but the wind made it "quite tough in parts" for those involved.

Noelle Capewell, from Ratoath, was the first woman across the line in a time of 21:34.

"It was fun. It was my first parkrun in Hartstown and, after going up now, I'd definitely be doing them more often," she said.

Brilliant

"It was brilliant, very festive. With the whole atmosphere on Christmas Eve, it was a great craic. The weather was lovely and crisp, it was cool but it was bright but very windy."

Stuart Kerr (50), from Drogheda, was there to support Rob Hale, from Clonsilla, who was celebrating his 50th parkrun.

"It was enjoyable. It's a good little 5km course. Everybody was going around with the Christmas hats on and there was the usual rigmarole with the mince pies and sweets," he said.

The parkrun kicks off every Saturday at 9.30am in locations across Dublin, including Tymon Park, Cabinteely, Waterstown, Shanganagh, St Anne's Park, Porterstown, Poppintree, Griffeen and Hartstown.

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