Mum of two, Nicola Somers, stepped out for the 2017 Operation Transformation Nationwide Walk/Run at Porterstown parkrun last Saturday.


Nicola took part with her sister Hilary at Porterstown park in west Dublin and chose to walk the 5k parkrun route. They joined 200 other parents, grandparents, runners and joggers on an unusually mild January morning, for the OT Nationwide Walk/Run, organised by Porterstown parkun in association with Fingal County Council’s Sports Office.


We asked Nicola to tell us a bit about her experience:


“We often go for walks in the Phoenix Park with the kids flying ahead on their scooters but I was watching Operation Transformation, when I heard about the Nationwide Walk and decided that it was the motivation I needed to kick start my regime after Christmas.


At the moment, I’m reasonably fit so I decided I would walk the 5k route. I try and go for a walk two to three times a week but it’s hard when you are working long hours and have small kids.


There was a large turnout but I thought the walk was very well run, the route was really accessible, with an even path and good signposting. I was surprised to see so many families out for the walk, which was lovely to see.


After we finished the walk, there was tea/ coffee at the finish line, which we were not expecting at all and it was a nice touch. It gave me the opportunity to the chat with other walkers and runners, and that’s where I heard that Porterstown parkrun will be doing a couch to 5k next week. I am definitely thinking about joining it as I think the couch to 5k plan will help me reach my jogging goals. Hopefully the weather will be kind!”


Porterstown parkrun’s Operation Transformation Ambassador, Larry Healy was delighted to see all the newcomers and old faces at Porterstown Park. He told us:


“I was really pleased to see so many people turn out for the event on Saturday, it really was the perfect way for people living locally to kick start their ‘get fit’ New Year resolutions. Everyone who came along had the opportunity to really see first-hand how parkrun works.


This year we are hoping to roll out the OT 5k plan again to budding runners and use Operation Transformation’s cardio plan to inspire more walkers to get involved. Last year when I volunteered during Operating Transformation it was very satisfying seeing people who found it difficult to run a few hundred meters in the beginning able to run 5km after six weeks.


We would like to extend a big thank you to all those who turned up for the walk & fun run, the parkrunners, Fingal County Council’s Sports Office and to all our hard working volunteers – they all helped make it a memorable event for all the right reasons.