First Parkrun draws the crowds to Lough Key Forest Park

Athletics Lough Key Parkrun

First Parkrun draws the crowds to Lough Key Forest Park

The inaugural Lough Key parkrun was a huge success last Saturday in Lough Key Forest Park with 152 runners and walkers taking park.

The sun for the inaugural Lough Key 5k run which was run on a one lap course starting near the Zipit course and the park centre. The runners head to Drummans island where they complete a lap before heading to the right.

Like all parkruns, Lough Key attracted runners and walkers of every ability to take part and everyone was very welcome. Each event is based in a unique location like a park, beach or promenade. All events are organised by a group of dedicated volunteers.

Parkrun is a simple concept: turn up every Saturday and run 5km. It doesn’t matter how fast you go. It doesn’t matter what you’re wearing. What matters is taking part.

All events are organised by a group of dedicated volunteers. People are also urged to become involved as volunteers. Every time you volunteer you earn points towards your volunteer t-shirt and without volunteers parkrun could not exist.

Parkrun is all about inclusiveness and wellbeing. The format of parkrun is so simple: take part wherever you want, whenever you want.

Register once online at http://www.parkrun.ie/register/. You will receive a printed barcode which you must print off and take to each parkrun with you. Without a barcode you will not be included in the results emails.

There will be a 5k free timed parkrun every Saturday at 9.30 am in Lough Key.

In Saturday’s event, Kevin McGloin of Sligo AC was first over the line in 18.25 with Matt Shields of North Belfast Harriers second in 18.28. In the last, Cora Regan was first in 22.31, Ann Wynne second in 22.58 and Roisin Wynne third in 23.03. Full results and a complete event history can be found on the Lough Key parkrun Results Page.