Scenic lake route enjoyed by Operation Transformation walkers

Over 670 people took part in the Operation Transformation walk held in Clonmel last Saturday morning.

Over 670 people took part in the Operation Transformation walk held in Clonmel last Saturday morning.

On a very cold damp morning over 670 men, women and children took part in Operation Transformation walk organised by South Tipperary Sports Partnership. The walk was one of 40 walks organised in conjunction with RTE’s television programme Operation Transformation. The new route for the walk was well received by all.

Valerie Connolly, Sports Co-ordinator with South Tipperary Sports Partnership said ‘This is a very important event in the promotion of healthy living and the pursuit of exercise and it is fantastic to see so many people of all ages participating in this year’s event. This year we had young children right up to people in their 80’s taking part.’

A warm up was conducted by walking leader Geraldine Houlihan that got everybody psyched up for the walk ahead. Mayor of Clonmel Billy Shoer officially started the event at 11am from the Clonmel Park Hotel. The walk was led off by walking leaders Mary Flynn and Geraldine Houlihan along a 5k route around by Marlfield and returning to the Clonmel Park Hotel where participants enjoyed fruit and water which was kindly sponsored by LIDL.

The walk was a huge success and enjoyed by all with many comments such as ‘that was brilliant, delighted I took part; great to get the family involved; loved the route especially down by the lake, great start to the year I will keep it up; it would be great to have this event every week‘.

Mayor Billy Shoer said ‘It was a wonderful sight to see so many people taking part in the event especially so many families’ He went on to congratulate all participants who turned out on the day.

Minister of State for Tourism & Sport Michael Ring also got involved with Operation Transformation where he launched a new iPhone app featuring 400 Irish activity trails while leading a walk in his hometown. The new iPhone app has details of more than 400 walking and cycling trails around Ireland, and will make it much easier for everyone to get out and enjoy one of Ireland’s many recreational trails. The Irish Trails App is free to download from the App Store

STSP would like to thank Operation Transformation, Irish Heart Foundation, An Garda Siochana, South Tipperary Civil Defence, Clonmel AC, Clonmel Park Hotel, LIDL and all the volunteers and marshals for their assistance in making the day a resounding success. A special thanks to Mary Flynn and Geraldine Houlihan who lead the participants safely along the route.