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Latest Laois Event: Vicarstown Parkrun celebrates 9th Birthday
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Latest Laois Event: Vicarstown Parkrun celebrates 9th Birthday

Over 130 runners and volunteers involved on the day at Vicarstown

Over 130 participants and volunteers gathered in glorious sunshine on the Barrow Blueway on Saturday morning for the weekly 5k parkrun, to celebrate the 9th birthday of the event.

There have been quite a few changes in these last 9 years. 

  • A new course on the Athy side
  • No more wet shoes on the grass, the new Barrow Blueway surface is complete
  • “Headquarters” is now established at the SVT Canoeing and Kayaking Clubhouse
  • An established group, with about 75 participants every week.

This week was a bit special, the 9th birthday brought people from far and wide.

First finisher was Kristian Redmond, Oughaval AC – showing his good form that helped him and his Oughaval teammates capture team gold at the Laois Novice and Laois Intermediate Cross Country. He was closely followed by Stephen Conroy and Riley Connolly, both St Michaels AC, and both setting pb times in the process.

First Lady home was Maria Cuddy Portlaoise AC, with Kate Connolly and Della McLoughlin in close proximity.

It not all about being in the top 3 either – pb times were posted by 16 participants, right down through the field.

Over 130 participants and volunteers gathered in glorious sunshine on the Barrow Blueway on Saturday morning for the weekly 5k parkrun, to celebrate the 9th birthday of the event.

As usual the catering was of a very high standard, thanks to Noeleen Condron and her team of volunteers.

In addition we had a special birthday cake (kindly supplied by Stradbally Fayre) to mark the special occasion.

Vicarstown 5k parkrun takes place every Saturday morning at 9:30 am

In addition, Vicarstown is one of the locations that also hosts the junior 2k parkrun on Sunday mornings.

Since the event commenced in October 2014, there have been 388 events held.

A total of 3,311 people have participated, with 21,266 finishing times, and achieving 3,348 pb times

Vicarstown was location number 18 in the Republic of Ireland when we commenced in 2014, there are now 105 parkrun locations along with 37 junior locations also.

The course records are

Female record:Kate MCDONALD Ballyroan Abbeyleix and District – 17:33 – Event 370 ( 3 Jun 2023)

Male record: Ben NORRIS , UK – 15:40 – Event 368 (20 May 2023)

Age graded record: Catherina MCKIERNAN, former World Cross Country Silver medallist – 93.07% 17:48 – Event 235 (20 Apr 2019)