Last Saturday, the 9th January, saw 350 people tackle the chilly, but sunny conditions in the Operation Transformation 4km walk around the Dun Laoghaire coast. Organised by the 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.
People of all ages and fitness levels wrapped up and put on their runners to take part in the 4km walk around The People’s Park, Newtownsmith and the East Pier. With smiling faces and laughter throughout, the participants received a hot cuppa at the finish line for their efforts. There was a real sense of community spirit that shone through on the morning.
RTÉ's Operation Transformation teamed up once again with Sport Ireland and the Local Sports Partnerships by organising a number of special National Walks which took place in Counties all around Ireland.
Speaking after the event Shane McArdle, Co-ordinator of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Sports Partnership, expressed his delight at the turnout. “It was great to have so many people take part and have fun while getting exercise. Walking is easy and free and the success of this event shows that there is a huge demand in the community to get out and be active in a manner that fits into your lifestyle”.
A big thank you has to go out to all the volunteers who helped on the day and of course the County Councils Parks Department.