Name: Niall Coppinger
Occupation: Insurance sector
Local parkrun: Bushy Dublin parkrun
Number of parkruns completed: 62
How did you get involved in parkrun: I turned up out of curiosity with no expectation whatsoever.
What do you love about parkrun: Its welcoming friendly inclusive vibe.
Who do you participate with: I generally turn up to run alone but at the finish line it’s like I’m talking with lifelong friends.
Any parkrun milestones of achieve you would like to share: I’ve been fortunate to experience parkruns in far flung places from San Francisco to Bere Island, and have a few others on my ‘to do’ list, from the east of Europe to the west of Ireland.
How has parkrun impacted on your family outside of 9:30am on a Saturday: Most of my siblings are involved in various parkrun events, as runners and volunteers so, there’s always some lively conversation when we meet up. It has definitely brought us closer as a family.
Do you have a health and fitness goal: I was already very athletic before parkrun. Now I’ve been able to incorporate parkrun as one of my key weekly training sessions.
Who is your dream parkrun running buddy: I’ve a passion for baseball and most of those superstars are generally unfit, so I’d like to escort Derek Jeter, ex New York Yankee, around our home parkrun. He can buy the coffee afterwards!
What was your best parkrun experience: Arranging to meet a Twitter ‘follower’ and fellow Leeds United supporter at her home event, Temple Newsham, Leeds for the first time. We were like long lost cousins after we first greeted each other.
What was your funniest parkrun moment: Listening to the pre-run briefing at Bere Island parkrun. An experience I’d recommend to everyone.
What advice would you give to someone who’s never been to parkrun: Try it, you won’t regret it. I promise. My word is my bond.
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