Parkruns.........what are they??? Basically, they are free 5 km races which take place in parks all over the UK at 9am on Saturday mornings. Each race is timed and takes place on a variety of surfaces...from urban parks, country parks and seaside promenades to nature reserves, woodland and open fields.
The first event started in 2004, the second one in 2007 and by 2010, it had grown to almost 30 events. By mid 2011, it has grown to approx 80 events so it is obviously growing rapidly at present.
A novel feature is that no numbers are issued. Runners are identified by a barcode which they wear and are then scanned at the finish line.
To find out more about these races, you can find plenty of info on the series website at http://www.parkrun.org.uk/home
Would something like this work in Ireland?
You could certainly imagine that it would be successful in someplace like the Phoenix Park in Dublin considering the high number of runners in the capital.
What about elsewhere in the country? In Cork? Limerick? Galway?