Name: Emer Lardner
Home parkrun: Tralee
Occupation: Computer Analyst/Programmer
Number of runs: 54
Favourite volunteer role: Any. It is lovely to be involved. Also, parkrun wouldn’t survive without its volunteers.
What do you do at parkrun: I generally arrive just in time for the briefing. I like to catch up with friends before the run, listen to the music, and then we’re off. I use the toll of the church bell on the third lap, and where I might be when it rings, as a gauge as to how I’m doing pace-wise. Thanks Pauline! If, for whatever reason, I am unable to run, it is great to be able to volunteer instead.
How has parkrun changed your running: It is the one run I do in the week where I feel I really push myself, not always consciously! Away from parkrun, I generally run within my comfort zone.
What do you like about parkrun? I love lots about parkrun!
Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment? Most memorable parkrun would be Philip Island parkrun, Australia. It was special to be accompanied by all my family living there, and extended family, including some who hadn’t run in years! The funniest would have to be the Halloween parkruns. Lots of people go to such effort.
How did you get involved in parkrun? In early 2015 I heard mention of this event that was commencing in Tralee Town Park. A weekly, free, timed, 5k walk/run. Would I be interested in doing it? My initial reaction was not overly positive – why would anyone want to do that??!! In the meantime, I had become acquainted with one Siobhan Kearney, a neighbour of mine. We had started meeting up occasionally for a run. I’m guessing Siobhan convinced (or maybe threatened!) me to give it a go. I have never looked back. Hard to remember Saturdays without parkrun.
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