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  • Northside West

Local runner is a Parkrun hero

Saturday, 22nd December, 2018 9:00am
Local runner is a Parkrun hero

Pictured at the Progression Unit Parkrun launch in Mountjoy Prison are (l-r) Parkrun Hero Ken Coakley, Thomas Hynes of Bohemian Foundation and Shelbourne midfielder Oscar Brennan,

Local runner is a Parkrun hero

Pictured at the Progression Unit Parkrun launch in Mountjoy Prison are (l-r) Parkrun Hero Ken Coakley, Thomas Hynes of Bohemian Foundation and Shelbourne midfielder Oscar Brennan,

A LOCAL volunteer was recognised for his outstanding contribution to the community by being named the Vhi Parkrun Hero for October.

Ken Coakley has been a key member of the Poppintree Parkrun team since 2014 and this year he became involved with helping to set up a Parkrun in Mountjoy Prison – the first prison Parkrun in the Republic of Ireland.

Ken is well known for supporting Parkrun participants every Saturday morning and has assisted local marathon runners with their training as well.

The Vhi says he’s a strong believer that Parkrun can make you both physically and mentally stronger.

“An influential member of the local community, Kenneth continuously goes above and beyond to encourage others to lead a fitter, healthier and happier lifestyle,” a Vhi spokesperson said.

The monthly Parkrun Hero Award rewards inspirational, hardworking and dedicated members of the Parkrun community who embody the ethos of Parkrun or have made an outstanding contribution - be they participants or volunteers.

Winners are awarded a €250 One4All voucher and plaque courtesy of Vhi.

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