Thursday 17 October 2019

Freezing fun for all the family at Shankill morning parkrun

Maureen Walsh, Killiney and Margaret Duffy, Greystones
Maureen Walsh, Killiney and Margaret Duffy, Greystones
Alexandra Crampton and Sarah Endersen, Shankill
Siobhan Butler pictured with Fionn Butler
Maeve Healy and her mum Fedelma
Lynn Nalty and Jill Bolton
Sean Nolan, Glasthule and Sarah Whelan

It was a day for families and couples to get out and get active at the Shankill parkrun in Shanganagh Park at the weekend, and they didn't seem to mind the cold.

Sarah Whelan (28), from Glasthule, Co Dublin, was out braving the icy conditions to run with her boyfriend Sean Nolan.

"It was a bit cold out, but it beats the rain any day," she said.

"With the cold you can wrap up warm and fight against it, but it's the rainy days that are harder to get up out of bed for."


She said that the couple do the parkrun as often as they can to keep their fitness levels up.

"Myself and my boyfriend did a half marathon in September, so up until that we were just trying to get to that level of fitness.

"It's nice to get up early on a Saturday morning and to get your day off to a good start," Siobhan Butler (49), from Shankill, Co Dublin, was also out running with her husband and four children.

Siobhan has been running for years but both she and her husband Fionn (48) wanted to get their four children interested as well.

"I do running anyway as a sport. We just wanted to get our kids involved because they all do tennis and football as well on a Saturday.

"It's a social thing we can all do as a family - we start our Saturday off with that and that's how our day goes on. Up and out early."

Braving the cold wasn't a challenge for Siobhan, who enjoyed the day regardless of the icy temperatures.

"It was cold but you warmed up, it was lovely and fresh, it was really, really nice. Very sociable as well."

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