Buncrana parkrun celebrates its first anniversary this Saturday. Since it started, over 600 people have taken part, including many visitors from across Ireland, the UK and further afield.

Parkrun has 1451 free events worldwide and like all the others, Buncrana's is a 5km route that takes place every Saturday starting at 9.30am.

It is open to everyone, whether they want to walk, run, push a buggy or walk their dog. It starts at the Tip O’Neill memorial on the shore front, and goes along the shore path to Porthaw beach, and then back to the start.

There is no time limit, everyone goes at their own pace and for those that want to know their time they can get a timing barcode by registering at www.parkrun.ie/register.

Buncrana parkrun means different things to different people. Some people think it is a great way to start a Saturday. Others enjoy the social aspect both before, during and after the event, for example the optional discounted refreshments afterwards in the Fisherman’s Wharf.

Participants have hailed the event for a variety of reasons, such as helping them get back into exercise, making new friends, helping improve mood and general health and of course the wonderful scenery that lines the route.

Parkrun spokesman Jason Le Masurier said: "Get up and get out on a Saturday morning and do something that is guaranteed to improve your quality of life.

"Participation is free and non-committal - just join in on Saturdays if and when you are available.

This Saturday, our first anniversary - as well as having a cake in the Fishermans’ Wharf - we are making it a fancy dress event (fancy dress optional) We look forward to seeing you there!"

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