Oughterard 170318

Facilities

There is ample parking space available at this parkrun, located in a rural village in County Galway. For those living in the village the park is within walking distance, and there is a bus service from Galway for those wishing to travel from further afield. There are toilets available in the GAA clubhouse close to the start line.

Course

The course consists of three laps made up of two concentric loops around the park. The first, shorter loop is flat, but the back section of the outer loop is twisty and undulating, which makes for a very fun run, but probably not the best place to attempt a PB. The course is entirely laid out in loose gravel. There are some nice, big mature trees at the back of the park, and the rest of the park has some open playing fields.

Coffee

Down the street from the parkrun is a thatch cafe/pub where parkrunners go for coffee after the run. There is a warm welcome and a hearty breakfast to be had there.

X Factor

This parkrun is located next to Lough Corrib, the largest lake in the Republic of Ireland. There are lots of sights to be seen in the area, including castles and great vistas. This parkrun is also located close to an Ghaeltacht offering you the chance to work on your Irish if you so wish. Mostly, though the surroundings are lovely, the encouragement offered by the parkrun volunteers and spectators as you run around the course made this a special event for me.

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