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Name:                     Liam Acheson

 

Age:                          83

 

Local parkrun:    

If you are looking for me on Saturday morning I can be found at the first corner of Marlay parkrun in all weather conditions. Despite having never run at parkrun, those that know such things tell me I have volunteered over 130 times. I am normally one of the first members of the parkrun team to arrive at Marlay Park, where I prepare the finish funnel before making my way to the first corner to take up my usual marshal position.

 

Number of parkruns completed:   0

 

How did you get involved in parkrun?

As a regular walker in Marlay Park, I often stopped to watch my son in law take part in the parkrun. Before long I started helping out.

 

What do you love about parkrun?

I enjoy watching all the runners go by, as a marshal at the first and last corner, I get to see everyone twice, just after the start and just before the finish. I love parkrun as a social occasion where I meet great friends every Saturday morning.

 

Who do you participate with?

Most weekends I attend on my own, however on occasion, I am joined by my daughter and son in law who take part in the 5km from time to time.

 

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

After parkrun, I go for my own 5km walk around the park and try to get out for a long walk on two other occasions during the week.

 

What was your best parkrun experience?

On my 82nd birthday, unbeknownst to myself, the run director mentioned that it was my birthday. When the first runner passed I thought I heard him say Happy Birthday, only to hear the next runner say the same, followed quickly by a crescendo of birthday wishes from the runners as they passed.

 

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

If you run, come along! if you do not run, come along, there is always something to help with, volunteering at parkrun is a great experience that I would recommend to anyone.

 

Submit your own ‘People of parkrun’ Q&A here darragh.collins@teneopsg.com

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