Last Saturday, the 12th January, saw over 230 people take part in the local Operation Transformation Walk on the iconic East Pier and along the Dun Laoghaire coast. Organised by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Sports Partnership this event was part of a National initiative to promote the message that walking is a fun way for people to get active as part of a healthier lifestyle.
All ages and fitness levels put on their runners and turned up to take part in the 4.5km walk from the People’s Park, along the East Pier and around Newtownsmith. RTÉ's Operation Transformation teamed up once again with Sport Ireland and the Local Sports Partnerships by organising free public walk events which took place in every County in Ireland.
The atmosphere was full of energy and positivity from the fun warm up, to the starter hooter set of by An Leas Chathaoirleach Cllr. Mary Fayne, to the finish area back in People’s Park where a hot cuppa awaited. Most importantly the rain held off and everyone left with a feeling motivated to start an active 2019.
Speaking after the event Shane McArdle, Co-ordinator of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Sports Partnership said “the importance of a healthy lifestyle is well proven that getting more exercise improves both physical and mental health. A big thank you has to go out to all the volunteers who helped on the day, the County Councils Parks Department and Sport Ireland. “
Trained walking leaders were also present on the day for a helping hand and to provide motivation where needed. This public event will now be followed up with a 5-week walking programme in Dun Laoghaire where adults can get a bit more active in a social setting.