Kathy Endersen is an avid parkrunner and CEO of the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon
Family Members: Kathy Endersen, Lar Endersen, Sarah Endersen, Laurence Endersen
Local parkrun: Shanganagh Park, Shankill
How often do you take part in parkrun together as a family? We try to get there every week but usually two of us will definitely be there.
What do you enjoy about taking part in parkrun as a family? It’s a very positive experience to run together as a family and as a parent it’s important to be active so that your kids see how it’s done! I would hope in years to come that my kids will wake up on a Saturday morning and want to start the day with a jog.
How did you get started in parkrun? Our children run with DSD AC and this club helps with the Marlay parkrun so that would have been our first experience and then Shanganagh started up near us so we had no excuses as it was right on our doorstep!
How has parkrun impacted positively on your family outside of 9:30am on a Saturday? It’s always a great conversation item and especially when you have teenagers. We’ve all increased our running in order to check back on a Saturday to see if our times are improving.
What do you love about parkrun? The community running together is really a very positive experience. I love the start time being early as well so I can’t think about backing out!
Any parkrun milestones/achievements you would like to share? Sarah (16) has achieved her 50 parkrun t-shirt recently and Laurence (14) got under 23 mins recently so he was delighted with that.
Who would be your ideal parkrun running buddies? I work with the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon so when we go out running as a team at the parkruns the other girls are great company and really motivate me to go faster. I have run my fastest times with them.
Which family member is the most likely to drag you out the door to train?! Definitely, my husband Lar lays the guilt on!
What was the funniest parkrun moment? Sarah trying to take a video running under the Shanganagh birthday balloons in April. That video had to be retaken a few times!
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