News - 3rd January 2018

People of parkrun: Sarah O’Connor


Name: Sarah O’Connor


Age: 19


Occupation: Studying to be a teacher in St. Pats, DCU.


Local parkrun: Johnstown parkrun, Wexford.


How did you get involved in parkrun?

I got involved through my local club. My local club is St. Martins, Wexford and we have participated together as a team on many occasions.


What do you love about parkrun?

I love parkrun because it’s held in my local area. It brings all the community together on a Saturday morning in a very enjoyable way. Everyone enjoys taking part because the venue is so beautiful and it’s something we take for granted.


Who do you participate with?

I participate with my Mam. She started taking part in parkruns before I did and she encouraged me to go along with her. She runs it nearly every Saturday morning and I try my best to go with her whenever I can.


How has parkrun impacted positively on your family outside of 9:30am on a Saturday?

parkrun certainly has had a positive impact on my family. My Mam and I are instantly in a better mood after we finish and that filters through the rest of my family when we get home.


Do you have a health or fitness goal?

I would like to be able finish in a faster time. I set a goal a few weeks ago and I am slowly getting closer to it. It is a great way of keeping my fitness up in the winter months when I am not playing camogie and it helps make the preseason training much easier.


What advice would you give to someone who’s never been to parkrun?

To go along, there is no pressure to finish the parkrun in a fast time. You can run or walk it and it is a very enjoyable morning!

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