News - 21st February 2018

People of parkrun brought to you by Vhi

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Name:Rachel Phelan 

Age:25

Local parkrun: I’m quite the well-travelled parkrunner – having attended the likes of Wexford, Ennis and Galway before, however Kilkenny and Dublin are my local and most frequent courses. 

Number of parkruns completed:12

How did you get involved in parkrun?

My boyfriend has always had a passion for running and suggested it might be something we could do together –helping us both increase our fitness in the process. It essentially started with me being dragged along to parkrun last year, but now I really do enjoy going. Not only are they great fun, but you also feel fantastic when you complete the course!

What do you love about parkrun?

What I love about parkrun is the fact that a group of friends can attend on a Saturday morning and compete at their own pace. There is no pressure attached and everyone regroups at the finishing line for a cup of tea. 

Who do you participate with?

Most weekends I go with my boyfriend Conor, but occasionally I have gone on my own. Although it is harder to go by myself, I still feel great when I have completed the 5k.

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

I feel that it provides us with added motivation to try get a run or two in during the week and maintain or improve our fitness in preparation for the parkrun on Saturday morning and that can only be a good thing. 

What was your best parkrun experience?

My experience as a volunteer, I was amazed to see how thankful runners were to the volunteers, at the end of the day the parkruns can’t take place without our volunteers or supporters like Vhi and we are all extremely grateful for what they do. 

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

Don’t be of the opinion “I’ll never be able to run 5k”, not everyone runs. Some people walk, I know myself there are times where I might stop and walk for a few minutes if I am feeling tired. It’s just about getting out and taking part. 

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