News - 22nd May 2018

The Habermayers at Ballincollig parkrun

Habermayers

The Habermayer family have been enjoying their Saturday mornings at Ballincollig parkrun for the past few weeks. The weekly parkrun is particularly important to mum Nauzika, as she is totally blind as the result of a condition developed age 24.

 

Nauzika and her husband Peter have run in the past, and their children David (9) and Livia (8) are keen swimmers and footballers, but the family wanted an outdoor activity they could all do together. A work colleague suggested to Peter that parkrun might be worth checking out.

 

While Nauzika can undertake short journeys on foot such as the school run with the use of her cane, she requires a guide when she is running. At parkrun Peter runs by her side, using a guide rope, with Livia acting as an additional guide out in front.

 

Prionnsias O Keeffe, who was at Ballincollig parkrun on the Habermayer family’s first morning, had attended one of the recent guide training for Visually Impaired runner and walker sessions at parkrun. When he realised Nauzika might need additional assistance due to her Vision Impairment, he approached the family when he saw them arriving. Peter and Nauzika were pleasantly surprised with the welcome they received, and Peter was particularly impressed with the guide hi-vis vest offered to him to wear when running. As he explained, it means people are much more aware of Nauzika and he needing to be side by side, and needing a bit of extra space. Livia was also seen sporting her guide vest when she ran the following week.

 

Nauzika and Peter were full of praise for Ballincollig parkrun, the great atmosphere there, and excellent organisation of the events. They are seeing improvements in their fitness, but the biggest advantage is being able to run together as a family. They have already started encouraging friends to join them on a Saturday morning.

Share this with friends:

Join the discussion:

Padraig Brogan and Rachel Heffernan - Copy

Erris parkrun Event Director named Vhi parkrun Hero

Padraig Brogan, Event Director at Erris parkrun in County Mayo has been named a Vhi parkrun Hero as he picked up the award for May.   The monthly award recognises and rewards inspirational, hardworking and dedicated members of the parkrun community who embody the ethos of parkrun or have made an outstanding contribution – be…

parkrun_200618_900x416 (1)

Intersport getting ready for 2019

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at Intersport? We always provide the very best service and products to you, the parkrun community (and yes, we love what we do!), and you’ll find our teams getting together at all hours for meetings, brain storming and a fair few runs! Last week at the…