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Dungannon Park parkrun quick off the starting blocks!

20 September 2018

A new free sporting event has been quick off the starting blocks as over 110 participants walked, ran or jogged at their own pace round the 5k course at Dungannon Park this Saturday past.

Supported by Council Outdoor Recreation staff and run by a committed team of 25 volunteers that co-ordinate it each week, Dungannon Park parkrun is a timed 5K run, that takes place every Saturday at 9.30am.

112 people ran, jogged and walked the course at the weekend, with personal bests from 31 participants including Dungannon’s Little Running Club regulars Ryan McGuigan, Damien Bell, Oliver McHugh and Gemma Fields. Samuel Todd ran his 50th parkrun, and managed a PB to boot!

Deputy Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Frances Burton, who was in attendance to start the race on Saturday past, said, “Initiatives such as parkrun are extremely important in the contribution they make to the health and wellbeing of current and future generations. Of course, in common with other parkruns in the Mid Ulster District, Dungannon Park parkrun would not be possible without the incredible work from the core team of volunteers who so generously give of their own time each week to support the event, and who therefore deserve a special word of thanks.”

All parkrun events are free to join and participate in. Participants must initially register before their first run. They then bring along the printed bar code they receive, and can then take part every week. You can find out more about the course and register online at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/dungannonpark/ or call into Dungannon Park reception.

Organisers are always looking for additional volunteers to assist on the day so if you are interested then email dungannonparkhelpers@parkrun.com or look at the Dungannon Park parkrun Facebook page online.

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