Lucan celebrates ‘biggest losers’ 2019

by Padraig Conlon

Lucan Operation Transformation recently gathered to celebrate another successful year for this ever-growing local group.

Finnstown Castle Hotel was the venue for the group’s awards ceremony last Saturday (16th) night as their “biggest loser” 2019 was announced.

And there was a surprise in store when the results were announced and it seemed a tie breaker would be needed!

It all came down to a straight-out head to head between Aisling O Connor and Maryline Watters with both ladies tied for joint first place. When they were revealed to be so close after the final results were tallied up it was decided both would be declared the winner.

Group co-founder and local councillor Liona O Toole explained why Lucan Operation Transformation keeps growing in popularity. “Apart from everyone getting fit and losing weight there’s also a great social aspect to the group,” she said.

“I started this group in 2014 with Susan and Helen and since then we have had overwhelming returning members and new members.

“We do our optional weigh in every week and there is a prize for the biggest loser.

“Well done to our winners of Lucan’s Operation Transformation 2019 biggest loser Aisling O’Connor and Maryline Watters.

“As both girls were so close in the final count Finnstown kindly offered a prize for both!”

“We cannot thank our sponsors enough Finnstown Castle Hotel , for refreshments on our awards night and the prizes, and SuperValu Lucan , for their water and oranges every week enjoyed by all our walkers.

“Also Weston Hockey Club and Lucan Harriers for their support and South Dublin sports partnership for their support over the years.

“To all our volunteers involved in so many ways, making this group possible.”
Liona is delighted with all the people the group has inspired over the last six years.

“To look at some of the members today many that have come from never walking or running distances of 4.5km and 5.5km, to a group of them doing weekly parkruns, half marathons, full marathons, mini marathons, Fit4Life and so much more,” she said.

“Parkruns has allowed for so many of our walkers get involved in weekly runs,

“The runs all year round have encouraged our members to get involved in so many of our running groups around the area.

“Although we have officially finished our walks and weigh ins, our members still meet once a week and continue the walks all year round.

“I look forward to our walks next year 2020 when Operation Transformation returns and in meantime wish every the best as they keep up the good work!

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