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Tuesday 20 November 2018

Drimnagh in party mood as it celebrates millionth parkrun

Minister of State for Health Promotion, Catherine Byrne enjoying the Brickfields Drimnagh park run to mark Ireland's one millionth parkrun.
Minister of State for Health Promotion, Catherine Byrne enjoying the Brickfields Drimnagh park run to mark Ireland's one millionth parkrun.

A feeling of achievement was in the air at Brickfield Park in Drimnagh when 129 fitness fans took part in a parkrun.

Saturday's event - and others island-wide - helped the popular weekend pastime clock up its one millionth finisher.

Balloons marking the landmark statistic were displayed at the starting line, adding to the buzz.

Bonding

As the 5km run kicked-off, Kildare woman Shar-on Ashmore stood out from the rest.

With a pink strap around her waist and a big fluffy dog at the other end, she took off like a bullet.

Speaking to the Herald, the running enthusiast said her dog Misty can't get enough of the weekly event.

"I bring her out on runs whenever I can and there's never a bother on her," she said. "It's a great bonding experience for us both.

"As soon as I mention parkrun, Misty starts getting really excited and can't wait to get started.

"People also can't get enough of her and she just loves being fussed over."

The dynamic duo finished the course in an impressive time of 29.29.

Minister of State for Health Promotion Cath- erine Byrne was also there with her runners on.

"Promoting physical activity and getting people out and about across the country is a step that is crucial in creating a healthier Ireland," she said.

"The parkrun initiative allows people of all abilities to get involved."

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