Hardy gang of Park runners confronted by a white Green

Mary McElligott, Rory Reen, Ann Kerins, Teddy Foley and Tom O’Flaherty ready to warm up on Saturday’s Park Run
Mary McElligott, Rory Reen, Ann Kerins, Teddy Foley and Tom O’Flaherty ready to warm up on Saturday’s Park Run
Taking part in the Junior Park Run on Sunday morning’s milder conditions were, front from left, Isaac Vickers and Kevin O’Shea; back from left, Jessie and Cara Ní Loingsigh, Tiarnan O Loingsigh and Ryan Vickers
Having a great time at the Junior Park Run were Paddy, Isabelle and Robbie Larkin, Sadhbh Cahill and Ann Heaslip

Fergus Dennehy

There's always one person you know who will wear shorts, no matter what the weather - rain, hail or snow - well, that is unless you are part of the Tralee parkrun.

The weekly event, a 5km run/walk held in Tralee Town Park every Saturday and Sunday morning, prides itself on its impeccable record of defying Mother Nature every single week - the parkrun has never been cancelled - and Storm Emma was to be no different.

After an early morning route inspection by the Kerry County Council and two of the parkrun stalwarts, Pat Sheehy and Tony Higgins. With a little bir of elbow grease, everything was soon in perfect condition for the Saturday morning run, much to the delight of the 128 runners that braved the cold.

The light peppering of snow throughout the park offered runners a fresh set of scenery on the usual route, thus ensuring that the 163 parkrun outing will be one long remembered.

Unfortunately, while much of the snow had receded by the the time it came to the Junior parkrun on Sunday, there was never the less great excitement on the morning; the young runners helped to celebrate National Tree Week.

With Mayor of Tralee, Norma Foley, in attendance, the group helped to with the planting of a very special tree as a celebration of the town park and their junior parkrun community.

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