AN AVERAGE of around 100 runners have been taking part in the Strabane Parkrun around Holy Cross College since it was set-up eight weeks ago.
The free and timed 5k event is one of thousands which take place every Saturday morning in towns and cities across the world. It has been a huge success in Strabane thanks to the runners, walkers and the volunteers who help out weekly.
Now event director, Keelan Begley, is working hard to maintain its success and has appealed for more people to come forward to act as volunteers.
“It’s great to see so many people enjoying the Strabane Parkrun each week and we’re just looking for a few more to join our core team of volunteers,” she said.
“Parkrun is a great way to start a Saturday morning and, whether you’re running, walking or volunteering, there’s a great atmosphere, craic and camaraderie among all of us.
“What we’re trying to do is recruit some more people to help out either as marshals along the 5k course, those scanning the barcodes at the finish or helping to process the results.
“We can then call on them when required.
“Our day normally begins with a briefing at 9.10am and finishes no later than 10.30am.
“Hopefully, some of those who are running or just want to help out will come forward and help to make the Strabane Parkrun an even greater success.”
Parkrun takes place in 21 countries world-wide and the Strabane version, was recently featured in a special documentary ‘Our Lives’ which followed Olympic medalist, Kelly Holmes, as she explored the rise of Parkrun and the mental health benefits of running.
The Strabane route takes runners and walkers around 3.75 laps of Holy Cross College.
• Anyone who wants to volunteer can do so by registering their interest on the Parkrun website