Name: Lloyd Hamilton
Local parkrun: My local parkrun is Shankill but I like to run in Marlay. It’s great to be able to see the same people week in week out and it’s closer to my friends.
Number of parkruns completed: 17
How did you get involved in parkrun?
I’d been away for a year and been looking for a way to keep my fitness up when I got back, I heard about the parkrun through a friend and we looked up our local one. It was summer when we started and a good buzz so I try to get out as often as I can.
What do you love about parkrun?
I love that there’s a real sense of community on a Saturday morning, it’s like “oh yeah man, I feel awesome, I am high on endorphins.” I love that it means you’ve a good reason not to go wild on a Friday night too, it sets the weekend up brilliantly for me.
Who do you participate with?
I run with my friends, Stephen and Conor, and with the wind. I do like to run with the wind at my back.
How has parkrun impacted positively on your family outside of 9:30am on a Saturday?
I love how I feel every time I complete the run. I have gone there of my own volition and I just feel great after. it helps give me a clear head during the week and I know that being outdoors and part of a positive community certainly benefits my mental wellbeing.
What was your best parkrun experience?
My best one was at the end of summer last year, it was that nice autumn weather that everyone just loves, long shadows and long strides. I was feeling fit and got my PB, so fair play to me.
What advice would you give to someone who’s never been to parkrun?
It’s a great way to get fit and get active and feel a real sense of community. It’s great to start the weekend with a bang and there’s no better way to do that than at a parkrun. Get involved.
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