Annual 5k Run at Darndale Park

by Rose Barrett
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Hundreds of runners of all abilities and ages will descend on Darndale Park for the second annual ‘Get The Message Out Darndale Another Way 5K’on Saturday, April 29 at 11am, writes Rose Barrett.

Darndale’s famous community spirit is evidenced at the free event, which forms part of the Get The Message Out (GTMO) campaign to steer young people away from addiction and crime and support those determined to exit that lifestyle.

This event is for all, regardless of age or ability with a 1k fun run commencing at 11.15am for children under 13 years.

Last year’s inaugural event was an outstanding success, having attracted a huge number of participants. The event is spearheaded by local man, father and ex-prisoner Ger Redmond who says sport and fitness helped turn his life around following the birth of his son, and prompted him to become a Get The Message Out Ambassador.

He said: “This event has the capacity to influence lives. Sport is a wonderful way to heal both the physical and mental. This event is growing, and I hope it will form part of the community calendar for many years to come.

Ex-prisoner turned professional triathlete and Get The Message Out Ambassador, Ger Redmond, from Darndale, has organised a second annual 5K fun run at Darndale Park on Saturday, April 29 (11.00am) as part of the Get The Message Out campaign, which provides supports to steer local young people away from addiction and crime.

“I would love to see it leading to the formation of a club which would see locals come together to run, jog or walk, discuss their lives and achieve goals they never thought possible.”

According to Dr Jack Nolan, Chair of the Darndale Economic and Social Plan implementation group*, such events are needed to show communities affected by drugs that they are not forgotten.

All pre-registered finishing runners will receive a medal, t-shirt and goodie bag; last year’s participants are encouraged to wear the t-shirt they received in 2022.

Get the Message Out is seeking to recruit volunteer stewards for the event, so if you have a couple of hours to spare on the day, please email: [email protected] To register for the event, see

*The group was initiated by Dublin City Council and its implementation Oversight Group (IOG) is supported by the authority.

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