Dog’s Name: Maggie
Owners Name: Michael Clancy
Local parkrun: St. Anne’s parkrun
Tell us about your dog? My dog Mags is an amazing athletic breed of a cross between a Spanish Pointer and a Beagle. She can run smoothly over the ground and loves a massage after a workout!
Tell us about yourself: It’s my 60th birthday this week and I will celebrate it by running a parkrun. My son Sean and I are parkrun tourists, so we will head off somewhere. After retiring totally from running 25 years ago it is fantastic to run again with so many beautiful parkrunners who are friendly and enjoy the joy of doing 5k for their health.
How often do you bring your dog to parkrun? Mags goes to a lot of parkruns with my wife just to enjoy the park and has completed a few with me. She has done a parkrun Freedom Run too. Mags loves the atmosphere all the way around the course running in a big pack.
What is your favourite place to walk, jog or run with your dog? We are blessed to have St. Anne’s, Dollymount and the Clontarf Seafront near us.
What was the funniest parkrun moment? When someone asked me about my PB recently…I said “15 mins 30 secs”…yeah…that was my time in 1984!
What advice would you give to dog lovers who have never been to parkrun before? Make sure the dog is familiar with crowds and have a proper harness to control it at all times.
Has your dog ever embarrassed you? Yes! Mags is known to love sweaty runners so we have to mind her on a hot day after a parkrun!
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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…