Clarisford parkrun

Runners in Killaloe Ballina will soon have a brand new challenge on their doorstep as the global running initiative: parkrun comes to Clarisford Park on Saturday 25th October!

parkrun is a free, timed, weekly 5km run which is open to everyone, local and easy to take part in . Each week, the run will commence at 9:30am. People of all abilities and fitness levels are encouraged to take part; from those taking their first strides in running to long time runners; from youth to the experienced; everybody is welcome.

Since its inauguration 10 years ago, the parkrun revolution has spread across the world to 10 countries including the US, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand and recently hit the 6 million run mark! Momentous landmark aside, an average Saturday morning sees over 70,000 runners and 5,000 volunteers take part in parkruns globally. There are now over 700,000 known runners who have participated in a parkrun.

Supported by Clarisford Park, Clare Sports Partnership and Healthy Ireland, the Clarisford course is a 4 lap route of the newly developed 10ha Park set on the banks of the River Shannon with mature woodland, playing fields and a running/walking trail. The course commences at the main gate entrance, following the woodland road to the perimeter trail path of the park.

Director of Clarisford Park and Chair of Healthy Ireland, Keith Wood said; “We are delighted to welcome parkrun to Clarisford Park. Reducing inequalities to actively engage in sport & recreational activity has been a core value in the development of Clarisford Park and indeed the Healthy Ireland initiative. parkrun is an exciting opportunity to improve on health, well-being and quality of life and will hopefully be a catalyst for an improved healthy lifestyle for all the people of Killaloe Ballina.”

Caroline Madden, Event Director for Clarisford parkrun said “parkrun is a fantastic initiative which caters for all levels of runner, from those starting out to those who want to use the event as a time trail to increase pace. It is a great way of committing yourself to a weekly run in a fabulous setting with the motivation and fun of fellow runners, and best of all its free!”

Clarisford parkrun commences on 9:30am, Saturday 25th October at Clarisford Park, Killaloe. Register for free at – Print out barcode – Turn up, Run & have Fun!

Clarisford Park – Autumn Clean Up

All hands on deck! Big Thank You to Tyrone & all the volunteers at Clarisford Park last Saturday…The Park is looking great! 

New Seating at Clarisford Park

New picnic benches and wheelchair friendly seating  have been placed at Clarisford Park and Clarisford 3G in recent weeks. The seats are designed to enhance the natural environment and offer an attractive rest stop for users of Clarisford Park.

The products are made from 100% recycled materials, eco-friendly and look great so take a rest and enjoy the surroundings of Clarisford Park.

Colour Killaloe Fun Run at Clarisford Park

Take Part in the Happiest Run of your Life at Clarisford Park, Killaloe on Sunday 21st September 2014

Colour Killaloe is all about promoting Health, Happiness and Positivity, so take part in order to raise funds for GROW Ireland and you can hop, skip, walk, run , crawl, or anything yourself into colour. GROW is a Mental Health Organisation which helps people who have suffered or who are currently suffering from Mental Health Problems. Members are helped to recover from all forms of mental breakdown or indeed to prevent such happening. GROW has a national network of over 130 groups in Ireland and its principal strength is the support members give each other from their own experience in matters to do with mental health.

Take part to raise funds, Take part to remember a friend, take part for fun or to end stigma…. Together we can make a difference!!!

For Further Information and Registration please see here.

Clarisford Park – LIVE!

Clarisford Park is an example of how Sport and Recreation can facilitate change in community lives, grow friendships, develop social relationships and flourish community spirit into undertaking new initiatives to improve health and wellbeing.

As a community group, we are very proud of what has been achieved at Clarisford Park but we are also very proud of the young and the old, the clubs and local community, the runners and the walkers who have embraced the ethos of Clarisford Park and take pride in using the facility for all sport and recreational activity. 

Local Clubs, Teams, Groups and Community Members met with Peter Murphy from Derg Productions in recent weeks to share what Clarisford Parks means to them  – See what they said here!

 Clarisford Park – The Story