Name: Emmett Dunleavy
Occupation: Running Coach @PerfectPacing
Local parkrun: Marlay
Number of parkruns completed: 8
How did you get involved in parkrun?
While living in London, the original parkrun started up in Bushy Park which was right beside our house. We incorporated the parkrun into our Saturday training sessions during the winter. So I was lucky enough to be part of the movement since its inception.
What do you love about parkrun?
The no pressure environment and relaxed atmosphere of the event is its biggest attraction. All abilities can take part in a relaxed setting that doesn’t have the same pressure as higher profile road, track or cross-country events.
Who do you participate with?
It’s usually with my wife Jill or some of the family. I also encourage many of the athletes I coach to take part.
Any parkrun milestones / achievements you would like to share?
Back in 2005, I very nearly finished ahead of Mo Farah at Bushy parkrun after a tight sprint finish. Both of us were credited with the same time but Mo came out on top. Unfortunately, our running careers have diverged somewhat since then! Here’s the results link.
How has parkrun impacted positively on your family outside of 9:30am on a Saturday?
My wife Jill encouraged her parents Pat and Eileen to take up running in recent months and they both do Ballincollig parkrun regularly. The event has been a great catalyst not only for their running but a general turnaround to much healthier lifestyles.
Do you have a health or fitness goal?
The Berlin Marathon on 24 September.
Who is your dream parkrun running buddy?
Nick Willis, a two-time Olympic medallist over 1500m.
What was your best parkrun experience?
Almost finishing in front of Mo Farah… I should have dived at the line!
What advice would you give to someone who’s never been to parkrun?
Just put on your trainers and commit to doing one. Nobody ever regrets going for a run, be that a parkrun or otherwise. This is the greatest sport.
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