Wednesday 23 October 2019

Johnstown parkrun set for special guest

VHI ambassador David Gillick is calling on walkers, joggers and runners to join him at the Johnstown parkrun on Saturday, November 25, when the sponsors will host a special event to celebrate their partnership with parkrun Ireland.

Local communities are supported in organising free, weekly, timed 5k runs every Saturday at 9.30 a.m., and parkrun events are open to all ages and abilities.

In addition to the normal parkrun that will take place at Johnstown Castle, Olympian Gillick will be on hand to lead the warm-up for participants before completing the 5k course alongside newcomers and seasoned parkrunners alike.

Vhi will be helping participants refuel after their morning exercise and providing refreshments in the relaxation area at the finish line. Free massage balls will be given out on a first come, first served basis, and a qualified physiotherapist will also be on hand to guide participants through a post-event stretching routine.

Johnstown parkrun event director, John Dier, is extending a warm welcome to newcomers. 'The community at Johnstown parkrun prides itself on being welcoming to all, so if you've never completed a parkrun before or have just let your parkrun habit slip, I'd encourage you to give it a go this weekend,' he said.

'Vhi will be providing an extra level of support to participants and volunteers so Saturday is a great opportunity to get active! Just register at and we'll see you at the beautiful Johnstown Castle for what should be a brilliant morning.'

'I'm really looking forward to helping and encouraging everyone in Johnstown on Saturday morning,' David Gillick said. 'This is a brilliant way to get some exercise, socialise and generally get your weekend off to a great start.

'I'm a regular parkrunner myself, completing the course with my family when I can. In Johnstown on Saturday morning you'll see walkers and runners of all ages and abilities so don't worry if you haven't run or walked 5k previously.'

Over 100,000 registered participants have run more than 3.6 million kilometres at parkrun Ireland events since it started here in November, 2012. Originally launched in the U.K. in 2004, parkrun is the single biggest participation running event globally with nearly three million registered participants and an average of 165,000 weekly participants.

To register for a parkrun near you visit New registrants should select their chosen event as their home location. You will then receive a personal barcode which acts as your free entry to any parkrun event worldwide.

Wexford People