Name: Sean Heneghan
Home parkrun: Castletown parkrun
Occupation: Team Manager
Number of runs: 43
Favourite volunteer role: Pre-event Setup
How has parkrun changed your running: I run everyday before work but being around others at parkrun has helped me improve my pace. The other runners are so friendly and help us to keep pace. Years ago I could easily run a sub-20 and this is an aim I set myself since starting. I thought it would be easier since I could do it before. The challenge still remains.
First parkrun: 21/05/2016
What do you like about parkrun: I love that a similar minded group of people to myself get out of bed early on Saturday and enjoy a good run/walk in a lovely location. I like the non competitive nature of the event and that each of us have our own reason for wanting to be there each week. The event is so well organised and a great community event.
Most memorable or funniest parkrun: I have two that come to mind. The first is personal and bitter sweet. At an event last October I was within the last kilometre and could see the finish line. I really pushed myself up to that point. My mother and sister had passed away the month before and running each day helped me cope with the double loss. On this day I looked up to the sky and asked them to give me the energy to beat my personal best time. Their intervention helped me to beat my best time by only one second and somehow I feel I owe them one.
The second is that my wife Jean and son Naoise were picking blackberries in Castletown and I stepped on a wasps nest, they swarmed and I got stung a few times. I decided not to run the next day and to marshal instead. Guess where I was positioned to marshal? Yep next to wasps nest!
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