Pauline Robertson is an accountant with the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon and her dream parkrun running buddy is Bruce Springsteen!
Name: Pauline Robertson
Local parkrun: Marlay Park, Dublin
Number of park runs completed: 27
How did you get involved in parkrun? I’m a member of DSD Athletic Club and they let all members know as they were keen to support it. DSDAC have a team of volunteers who take a warm up every Saturday at the Marlay parkrun.
What do you love about parkrun? I love the fact that everyone out running or volunteering is so friendly. Because it is at 9:30am in the morning, I get to have my run, catch up with some friends and I can still plan to do other things with the rest of my Saturday. I also love that my children can run with me too if they feel like it. It’s not competitive which is really nice. I’m not tied to Marlay Park as there are quite a few other locations near to me that also do parkruns.
Who do you participate with?
I generally just turn up to Marlay parkrun and I’m guaranteed to meet someone I know there! Lately, I have been running with my daughter Aoife who is training for this year’s Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon.
Any parkrun milestones / achievements you would like to share?
I was delighted to run my first ever sub 21 min 5k at Marlay parkrun. My daughter ran it for the first time a couple of weeks ago without stopping at all which was brilliant.
How has parkrun impacted positively on your family outside of 9:30am on a Saturday?
When we do parkrun we always run it so it has helped to keep us fitter. My daughter enjoyed volunteering recently and that introduced her to the idea of ‘giving back’ to the community. My son sometimes does a parkrun when he is trying to keep fit for his hockey. Because running is my favourite thing to do, it’s nice that my family have such easy access to it too.
Do you have a health or fitness goal?
Running with DSDAC, I target certain races every year. I’m always delighted if I improve my time on the previous year. Ultimately, my aim is to keep fit enough so that I can keep enjoying my running.
Who is your dream parkrun running buddy?
What was your best parkrun experience?
When I ran the sub 21 I bumped into a friend from DSDAC at the end and I was able to tell him!
What was the funniest parkrun moment?
When I was doing Cabinteely parkrun with my daughter and we spotted a photographer in the distance. We were walking and she perked up and jogged past him smiling and immediately started walking again once the picture had been taken…there are lots of hills in Cabinteely!
What advice would you give to someone who’s never been to parkrun?
Give it a go and even if you are not into running you will most likely enjoy the social side. There’s just a feel good atmosphere at all parkruns. There’s a real community feel to it.
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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…