Christmas and New Year Run 2019/2020

We will be having a special Christmas Day run this year, starting at 9:30am.

Feel free to dress up in your Santa, Elf or any other Christmas outfits! This is not a day for PB's, with the emphasis firmly on the fun and community aspect of parkrun.

We will be also having a New Years Day parkrun, starting at 11am - PLEASE NOTE THE TIME WHICH IS DIFFERENT FROM OUR NORMAL PARKRUN START TIME!!!

Buncrana will also be hosting an eariler New Years Day parkrun, so for those committed parkrunners there is the chance to do the double on this day. Please no rushing between events, stay safe on the roads.


Run Reports are on Facebook


Just to advise that our run reports are now being published on Facebook, along with any photos taken from the event. We have found that Facebook is by far the platform with the biggest engagement from parkrunners, hence our decision to stop publishing run reports on our website.

Our Facebook page can be found here:

Kind regards,

Derry City parkrun team.


10th March 2018 – Family Run and Fancy Dress

As part of Mother's Day celebrations, we will be hosting a Family Run on Saturday, March 10th @9:30am. We encourage all parkrunners, new and regular, to bring a family member or friend along of all ages and abilities.

Fancy Dress encouraged but entirely optional, and most importantly...YES THERE WILL BE CAKE :-)

Box of chocolates awarded to the best fancy dress as voted by the Run Director on the day. So start preparing those costumes!

Please note that all under 11s must be within arm's reach of a parent, guardian or other designated adult of the parents' choice during the run. Further advice and guidance for child participants can be found here:

For newcomers remember to register and bring your barcode along with you beforehand. You can register here:


ICE Details

Hi, can you please take a minute to check that you have your emergency contact (ICE) details entered into your parkrun profile. If you believe you have already completed this, it may be worth checking to see if the information is still accurate.

Log in to your parkrun profile here:, select 'Update' and you can then enter a contact name and number as well as any medical conditions that may be of importance.

Hopefully we will never need this information, but should an emergency occur then it means we can act on this quickly.



2018 – Happy New Year!

Hello fellow parkrunners,

I thought I'd take the opportunity to wish you all a Happy New Year for 2018! For me, looking back through the highs and lows of 2017, Derry City parkrun has remained a constant in my weekly schedule. It has been a chance to meet like-minded runners, make new friends, try to get a little fitter, and most importantly to have fun.
As a relative newcomer to Derry City parkrun (with 39 runs to my name at this event), I have been made to feel very welcome. I believe that there is no better community than the running community, and Derry City parkrun has proved this to be the case. As your new Event Director, my aim in 2018 is to continue to build on the great success that this event has been in 2017, and hope to make others feel as welcome as I have been.

I would like to take the opportunity to express thanks and gratitude on behalf of all the Derry City parkrun community to Gerard Harkin who recently retired at the end of 2017 as Derry City parkrun Event Director. His contribution to Derry City parkrun has been outstanding, doing much work behind the scenes to keep this event up and (literally!!) running. Gerard has also played a key role in building the friendly atmosphere and sense of community that makes this event so great.

And it goes without saying, special thanks to the core team of volunteers who have offered up their time throughout 2017 to keep Derry City parkrun open (they know who they are!). Without their personal contributions, this event would not happen every Saturday.

On that note, it is essential that we increase the volunteer pool in 2018 to allow more of the core volunteer group the chance to run. From my own personal experience, I have found volunteering to be thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding, and I have made good friends through doing so. I would encourage all regular parkrunners to consider volunteering on occasion (perhaps once every 6 weeks or so?) to help strengthen the volunteering team and make this amazing event sustainable for the future. Also if you have picked up an injury or other reason you can't run, then please consider volunteering as an alternative. There are a variety of roles on offer, and training will be provided. And for the parkrun t-shirt collectors amongst you, there is an exclusive t-shirt presented to those who have volunteered 25 times. It's really easy to register to volunteer, and your help and support will be really appreciated:

· Firstly you could opt in to receive volunteer emails in your parkrun profile. That way you will receive our email about organising the volunteer group.

· Check the volunteer roster on the Derry City parkrun website to see available opportunities:

· Drop an email to stating when and what role you would like to volunteer for. That's it!

Don't forget you can also talk to the Run Director before or after a run to see if there are any volunteer opportunities available either on the day or in the coming weeks.

If I could ask one more thing from you in 2018, it would be to spread the word about Derry City parkrun to family, friends, colleagues, fellow club runners, and try to encourage someone new along in 2018. All great parkruns build numbers through word of mouth, and this is something we can all play a part in.

Could 2018 be a year for a new event record? There were no new event records in 2017 and times stand as follows:

· Female record: Catherine Whoriskey - 17:41 (Event 178: 03/12/16)

· Male record: Scott Rankin - 15:27 (Event 176: 19/11/16)

We did see our largest ever attendance with 207 runners for our 200th event at the end of May 2017.

For stats fans, all Derry City parkrun event statistics can be seen at the bottom of our website:

Just to mention that the new Derry City Junior parkrun kicks off this year, starting next week on Sunday 7th Jan @9:30am. Note that this is a different course, with a different start and finish point. Also it has a different Event Director and is managed by a different core team of volunteers. Please check the junior event website for further details:

Finally, may I wish you all a PB filled, injury free 2018, and I look forward to seeing you on Saturday mornings!

Happy New Year,

Justin Walker


New Year 2018

Hi all,

Just to notify you that there will NOT be a parkrun in Derry on New Year's day.

For those interested in kicking off the New Year with a parkrun, the nearest in the area is Buncrana, see their website for further details:


200th Parkrun At Derry City

Saturday 29th April 2017 is a landmark for our local parkrun. It will be our 200th run. We would like as many runners and walkers as possible to attend this grand occasion.

Parkrun has been in the city since the summer of 2013. Two local runners hold the male and female records for the course, of which we are very proud. However, I must stress that parkrun is not a race; it is a free timed 5k event which you can run every week against the previous week's time. It is age categorised and gender categorised so you can see how you are doing on your own or in a comparative group. Or, you can choose to ignore the statistics and come and just run for fun!

In any case, we would be privileged to have you along on Saturday.

See you there.



100th Parkrun At Derry City

What a fitting tribute for the 100th parkrun that we have the biggest crowd so far. 136 runners and what an amazing morning. There were buns too and a smile on every single face. We have such a special bunch of loyal runners and in a special City with a shared love of running. Great to be a part of it all!


Christmas 2014 & New Year 2015

Folks I'im Pleased to announce a Christmas Day and a New Years Day parkrun in Derry this year, usual place @ 9.30am , woo hoo!!!


Volunteers Needed!!!

Are you interested in helping out as a volunteer at your local parkrun Derry?

We are always thankful of the help we receive from our team of volunteers but there will be weeks when we need that extra little bit of help and cover. parkrun Derry is a free event, and it remains like this across all parkruns because of the support we get; so by volunteering you are enabling others to enjoy their run and if we share this about then we will always be able to keep parkrun Derry as a main feature of the local running scene.

If interested please get in touch via the facebook or email details on the parkrun Derry website and we will gladly find you a job!!

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