A local community group reunited this week for their annual get together of fitness and fun.
Lucan’s Operation Transformation held their first weekly walk on Monday from the Weston Hockey clubhouse with over 100 people of all ages turning up.
Since starting in 2014 the group has grown in numbers and many of its members have achieved great results, progressing from walking with the group to parkruns and marathons.
“I can’t help but do it every year because it’s absolutely brilliant fun,” says group founder and local Councillor Liona O Toole.
“We started on Monday for the 6th year running and once again had a great crowd turn up.
“We have so many people return each year because they find it so beneficial and they enjoy it so much.”
Liona explains how the local group came about.
“In 2013 prior to being elected, through my volunteering with my local schools parents associations, sports clubs and other community groups, I could see that there was a demand for a walking group in Lucan.
“As the TV programme Operation Transformation was so popular around the New Year every year, I decided to setup Lucan’s Operation Transformation.
“The first set of walks in January 2014 following the TV programme was a huge success with over 200 walkers taking part in the first year.
“We now run the walks on an annual basis starting in January every year.
“The success of the walking group has led to some members now regularly walking throughout the year and others have taken up running through running clubs and Griffeen parkrun.
“A number have successfully completed races from 5ks up to Marathons.
“Many that met for the first time six years ago are still running together. Everyone is welcome and it’s free of charge.
“Aside from getting fit and losing weight there’s also a great social aspect to the group.”
Lucan’s Operation Transformation 2019 meets every Monday at the clubhouse opposite Supervalu in Griffeen Park @6.30, last walk leaves at 7pm.