S-miles all round as Tralee parkrun turns three

Ann Hussey,Pat Sheehan and Fiona Reidy who took part in the 'Tralee Parkrun' on Saturday.
Ann Hussey,Pat Sheehan and Fiona Reidy who took part in the 'Tralee Parkrun' on Saturday.

Fergus Dennehy

It was a very happy birthday for the organisers and volunteers of 'Tralee parkrun' who this past weekend celebrated the third anniversary of the group's founding.

In the three years since then, the members of 'Tralee parkrun' have become much more than a weekly 5km running club - they have become a community, they have become friends, they have become family.

With this in mind, over 280 members of the running family came together last Saturday morning and did what families do on birthdays; they celebrated the occasion with gusto, fun and a lot of laughter.

Siobhán Kearney was one of the main organisers and she said that it's madness to think that it's been three years already.

"Oh my God, it's fantastic. It's been a wonderful three years. We started slowly and it was a gradual build up at first, but we are really riding the crest of a wave at the moment. There is a great feel good factor about the 'Tralee parkrun' at the moment," she said.

With over 20 volunteers helping out on the day, Siobhán says that everyone got to enjoy their favourite 5km route, but with a twist.

"The highlight of the day was that we got to run our usual route, but in reverse. It was lovely to have a change of scenery," she laughed.

Never a group to let a moment pass without a bit of fun, a number of lighthearted awards were given out on the day, with Derek Griffin taking home the title of 'Most Forgetful Runner' and Risteard Pierse and his dog Leo named as the "Favourite Parkrun Couple". It was back to the Brandon Hotel after the race for a feast of coffee and cakes - and of course lots of chat. If you are thinking of taking part in 'Tralee parkun', head over to the group's Facebook page and find out how you can register for the free 5km run.