2018 was a most difficult year for the Letterkenny parkrun community owing to the sudden and unexpected death of one of its most respected members, the late Art Mc Grath.
Art was hugely liked by all at parkrun, where he was very popular among all who made his acquaintance and his passing came as a tremendous shock. He is deeply missed and is often mentioned in conversation. He will be remembered at parkrun for many years to come.
The sadness of the year has been somewhat alleviated by a rise in numbers taking part in the weekly races.
The figures for those taking part in 2018 were just 51 short of 4000 for the whole year.
Some 3949 people joined the events this year, compared to 3279 for 2017 which is an increase of 670 people or 20% up on last year’s figure.
The committee hopes to continue with the workplace invitations in 2019 where a particular workforce is asked to attend on a specific day to give parkrun a trial by walking, jogging or running the 5k course in the hope that they will enjoy it and return again to take part.
The target for 2019 is to reach the figure of 4500 for the year which is only an additional 10 people taking part per week for 2019.
If you are reading this article and have been putting off coming to take part in Letterkenny parkrun now is the time to make a new years resolution and make a start towards a healthier, happier lifestyle by coming along to the 5k held each Saturday in St. Conal’s Complex at 9.30am.The entry is free and parking is free for participants up to 11.00am.
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