Name: Anne Cassin
Age: Too sensitive a question!
Occupation: Presenter at RTE Nationwide
Local parkrun: Marlay, Dublin
Number of parkruns completed: 101
How did you get involved in parkrun?
I was making a Nationwide programme about Marlay House and Park about three years ago and found out about parkrun in the course of my research. I decided to incorporate parkrun into the TV programme and took part in it myself. I got a great reaction to the broadcast and I’ve been running the 5km pretty much every Saturday since then.
What do you love about parkrun?
The sense of well-being after the run, which in turn, lasts all Saturday. I also enjoy meeting the community of new friends I’ve met through parkrun.
Who do you participate with?
Mainly my girlfriends Mary, Máire, Carina, Edel, Audrey, Delourdes & Aileen. Niall and Terry!
Any parkrun achievements you would like to share?
Definitely my 100th parkrun. The Run Director gave me a great shout out before the run. My husband and daughter came with me, took lots of photos and then presented me with a photo collage for my birthday the following week.
How has parkrun impacted positively on your family outside of 9:30am on a Saturday?
I always come home in better form than I set out, irrespective of how fast or slow I run. I guess the experience of getting out in the fresh air to do physical exercise releases those endorphins and makes me a nicer person than usual. On the other hand my family’s eyes start to glaze over when I talk about my timings.
Do you have a health or fitness goal?
Who is your dream parkrun running buddy?
I always run on my own, but my ideal buddy would be to run with someone who is better than me and so I would strive to keep up with them. Not too much faster though or I’d just give up!
What was your best parkrun experience?
It’s always last Saturday and my most recent parkrun. After 101 runs, they tend to blur into one memory but what does stand out are the rare occasions when I feel strong for the whole run and not bursting my lungs at the end.
What advice would you give to someone who’s never been to parkrun?
Don’t be put off by the crowds (if you come to Marlay that is) and run as far as you can for as long as you can. Build up the runs slowly and in no time at all you’ll be at 50 runs and you can get your own parkrun t-shirt.
Anything else you’d like to share?
Most of the time parkrun is a social as much as an exercise event for me, but it has given me more profound comfort at times. It’s helped me through periods of loss and anxiety following the death of my father. Running in a big crowd allows one to be public and anonymous at the same time, therefore benefitting from the group experience.
My son Daniel was born with a condition called Sotos syndrome which is a rare genetic disorder. It causes Daniel to have overgrowth severe intellectual disability, visual impairment, and sensory processing disorder, severe epilepsy, feeding difficulties and challenging behaviour. Daniel is also incontinent and nonverbal. The early years were very tough coming to terms…
We’ve been so busy running that we’ve barely noticed the shops filling with twinkling lights and festive cheer – all trying to remind us that it’s only five weeks until The Big Day! Or, in parkrunners’ terms, five weeks until we don Santa hats for our Christmas parkrun and generally feel great for getting out…