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Thursday 8 December 2016

RTE's Kathryn leads by example as she joins in with locals on fun run

Kathryn Thomas with members of Sloggers to Joggers club from Swords. Photo: INM
Kathryn Thomas with members of Sloggers to Joggers club from Swords. Photo: INM
Laura Doyle from Wexford and Alison Markey from Swords at the finish of the Operation Transformation run at Malahide Castle last saturday.
Cormac, Rose and Anne Marie McGahan with Deirdre, Gareth and Eoin Gibney from Ashbourne at the finish of the Operation Transformation run at Malahide Castle last saturday.
Ruth, Liam and Emma Brady and Alicia Reed from Malahide at the start of the Operation Transformation run at Malahide Castle last saturday.

RTE presenter Kathryn Thomas was on hand to motivate participants in the weekly Malahide Parkrun.

The Operation Transformation presenter joined runners on the 5km route on Saturday morning and had some words of encouragement for those taking part.

Bride-to-be Alison Markey attended the run with her best friend Laura Doyle, who was running her first 5km.

"I'm getting married in June so I'm on a very strict wedding dress regime," she revealed.

"I'm following Operation Transformation at the minute. I love it, I'm addicted to the show," she told the Herald.

"Kathryn ran past looking beautiful and we were there with big red sweaty faces," joked the 27-year-old.

Habit

Alison has been taking part in the weekly runs since January 2015 and also runs 5km every lunchtime.

"I try to do the Parkrun every week to hit a faster time. My fastest so far is 25.02," she added.

Also taking part on Saturday was Meath mum Ann Marie McGahan.

She travels with her friend and children from Ashbourne to the run every week.

"It's a great facility, Malahide is really nice and Parkrun is really professional.

"It's great that it's on every week because you can make it a good habit.

"Kathryn ran it which was great, just to see her participating and giving a good example to everybody.

"She looked great... hopefully in six months we'll look like her," she added.

The RTE host was wrapped up warm as she tackled the route in the grounds of Malahide Castle.

Before the race she gave runners a short pep talk.

"She gave encouragement in the beginning to everyone and she has a very positive outlook," Ann Marie said.

Meanwhile, dad Liam Brady and his wife Ruth took part in the run with their daughter Emma (9).

The Malahide native has more than 70 Parkruns under his belt.

"It's a great stress-buster and it's great family time too," he said.

"It's a good way to get your day going on a Saturday and you feel the benefits of it all day. I really love it," he said.

It is free to register for Parkruns and details can be found at www.parkrun.ie

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