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Sunday 17 December 2017

'With so many people there it made by first parkrun easy'

Fran Courtney, Amanda Young, Ian Dutton, Ann Battersby & Pam Scanlon taking part in the Parkrun in Waterstown Park
Fran Courtney, Amanda Young, Ian Dutton, Ann Battersby & Pam Scanlon taking part in the Parkrun in Waterstown Park
Sisters Jennifer Roe & Nicola Roe

What better way to get rid of the January blues than a bracing run through a Dublin park?

Parkruns in Dublin have continued to grow in popularity as more people look to get fit.

First-timer Claire McDonnell said doing a parkrun was "tough but enjoyable".

Claire (29) and Damien O'Flynn, both from County Kerry and living in Chapelizod in Dublin, completed their first parkrun when they togged out and headed out to Waterstown Park in Palmerstown.

"I found it quite tough but there were so many people of all ages running it made it feel easier," said Claire.

"It was a new year resolution. Damien took part to give me a bit of support. I'm really looking forward to doing it every week."

Eoin O'Brien (35) completed his 36th parkrun yesterday and pushed his 19-month-old daughter Fia in front of him in a running buggy the whole way. Eoin and his wife Aoife are regular runners in the weekly event.

"The parkruns are very sociable," said Eoin.

Pam Scanlon, a member of Waterstown Warriors Running Club, said she enjoyed being a member of the volunteer team at Saturday's event.

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