Name: Mick Clohisey
Occupation: Athlete / running coach
Local parkrun: St Anne’s parkrun, Dublin
How did you get involved in parkrun?
I got involved in parkrun as I always see everyone running when I’m doing my own training. I have a good few friends who do parkrun every week and they really enjoy them. After doing the London Marathon in April I said to myself I’d like to be part of it so I jumped in. It’s great to be able to run around my local park at Anne’s in a 5k and see all the local people, it’s a real community feeling.
What do you love about parkrun?
I love the buzz of parkrun and the relaxed laid back approach of the runs. The volunteers, walkers and runners are so enthusiastic and it’s great to see people at all levels of running enjoying a 5k every week whether that be for fun or trying to better themselves.
Do you have a health or fitness goal?
My training these past few months has been geared towards the World Athletics Championships in London on 6 August where I will run the marathon for Ireland.
Who is your dream parkrun running buddy?
What was your best parkrun experience?
I have only done one parkrun but I really enjoyed it. I coach a group of athletes who regularly do parkrun up in the Anne’s Park and it was great to see them all out there running well and supporting each other. It’s the friendships and cheering people on that makes the event so brilliant.
What advice would you give to someone who’s never been to parkrun?
It suits runners of all abilities, there is no pressure, you can run, sprint, jog, walk and you will feel a great sense of achievement after it. It brings you back to the simplicity of running – just you and the optional watch. I think it’s a great way to get out moving and hats off to all the volunteers who do a great job. The website is incredible, it tracks your participation and your improvement. I’m looking forward to my next one!
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