Limavady’s first ‘parkrun’ gathers pace

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Limavady’s first weekly parkrun has been hailed a success after almost 100 runners put their best foot forward for the inaugural event, writes Sheena Jackson.

While most runners were local, from around the Roe Valley, the free event also attracted runners from Larne and Belfast.

95 runners participated in the first Limavady parkrun. (Photo: Dessie Loughery)

95 runners participated in the first Limavady parkrun. (Photo: Dessie Loughery)

Kieran Coyle, event director, was overwhelmed so many people supported the first Limavady parkrun, which involved three and a half laps of the Backburn Path. In particular, he was delighted to see people who had only started running in the last couple of weeks take part.

“I was astonished. I couldn’t believe it, because for some of the runners the most they had run was two miles,” said Kieran.

“We also had a mother and daughter who had never run before. There was also a lady who, for the first time, was running in front of other people.

“It was great and, as I said before, it’s just you against the clock.”

Kieran said feedback has been positive, and he thanked all seven volunteers who helped make the event happen.

“Everyone loved it, and I’m still buzzing about it,” said Kieran.

Among the 95 runners was Eithne Doherty from Magilligan.

“I think it’s great that you have a free, timed 5K on your doorstep every Saturday, if you want it,” said Eithne, after the run. “It was tough, but I’ll definitely go again.”

The parkrun starts at 9.30am each Saturday from the Backburn Path. Prior to starting, participants are asked to go to the Roe Valley Leisure Centre to submnit their barcode. Anyone new to parkrun must register at parkrun.org.uk/limavady/ to get a barcode and their time will be recorded. The site has results from each event and details of other parkruns.