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Friday 28 July 2017

Transformation team complete the 5k test

On your marks: Dr Ciara Kelly and Kathryn Thomas get set for the 5k run in Phoenix Park yesterday Photo: Gerry Mooney
On your marks: Dr Ciara Kelly and Kathryn Thomas get set for the 5k run in Phoenix Park yesterday Photo: Gerry Mooney
Mark O'Regan

Mark O'Regan

More than 5,000 people joined the Operation Transformation team leaders on their final challenge yesterday - a 5km run in Phoenix Park in Dublin.

All the leaders, Chris McElligott, Marie Grace, Mairead Redmond, Sean Daly and Yvonne Keenan-Ross successfully completed the distance.

And thousands more Operation Transformation followers took part in parkrun 5ks at more than 60 locations around the country.

Presenter Kathryn Thomas said: "The Operation Transformation 5k was a huge celebration for all five of our leaders.

"They have been training and increasing their fitness for the last seven weeks and this was a real testament of how far they've come."

Minister for State for Health Promotion Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, who also took part said: "I am delighted to be able to support Operation Transformation and the very positive effect it is having in encouraging people across Ireland to get active."

Operation Transformation has teamed up with the parkrun organisation, and attendances at parkrun events nationwide has quadrupled this year.

There have been more than 15,000 new registrations with parkrun since the programme started in January, and last week alone there were 9,500 runners pounding the pavements in parks across Ireland.

Operation Transformation is now the biggest parkrun group in the world.

Sunday Independent

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