Name: Tracy Harford
Occupation: Civil Servant
Local parkrun: Ardgillan parkrun
Number of parkruns completed: 1
How did you get involved in parkrun?
I have been training for the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon as part of Team Herald with my sister Megan, and being advised by Vhi Support Team member, Louise Heraghty throughout the last number of weeks. She advised us to try out parkrun to help us with our training so we got a morning that both myself and my sister, Megan, were free to take part. We went to Ardgillan and took part which was brilliant, tough but brilliant.
What do you love about parkrun?
Everyone takes part of all shapes and sizes, and are really enthusiastic about looking after their physical health. Also, that there is a junior parkrun available that my daughter has attended, and really enjoyed it.
Who do you participate with?
Megan and I participated with my local running club, Balbriggan Roadrunners.
Any parkrun milestones / achievements you would like to share?
No, unfortunately as we have not done many as of yet.
How has parkrun impacted positively on your family outside of 9:30am on a Saturday?
I always encourage my children to exercise regularly and explain to them how important it is, as it helps towards sleep, alertness and most importantly, their mental health. My children play football and dancing so they are very active children. They take part in cross country with their school also.
Do you have a health or fitness goal?
We exercise for our mental health, and to ensure we always look after ourselves with cardio and physical health.
Who is your dream parkrun running buddy?
I love running with my sister Megan.
What was your best parkrun experience?
We conquered Ardgillan which was definitely an experience, as everyone warned us about ‘the hill’ at the finish line!
What advice would you give to someone who’s never been to parkrun?
To go at your own pace to start off with, and build up your energy as time goes on. Don’t rush off too quickly, and enjoy the atmosphere.
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