Name: Oonagh Guilfoyle
Occupation: Claims Assessor
Local parkrun: Kilkenny parkrun in the Kilkenny Castlepark
Number of parkruns completed:
Officially I have completed 31 parkrun’s to date, although realistically I have probably completed near 50 I’d say, I was brutal to bring my barcode when I started!
How did you get involved in parkrun?
I have always enjoyed running and have been a member of the Kilkenny fit for life club for a number of years. After the birth of my second child I found it hard to make fit for life in the evenings so started to go to parkrun on a Saturday morning. Started off walking with the kids in the buggy but after a few weeks started running with them and haven’t looked back since.
What do you love about parkrun?
I really love the atmosphere and the sense of community at my local parkrun. Everybody is so friendly and encouraging. It’s a great way to start our weekend and it’s become part and parcel of my children’s routine each Saturday.
Who do you participate with?
I run each week with my two children, Dylan who has just turned 4 and Heidi who is 2.5 years of age. I have a double buggy and its quite a good buggy for running so we are making good use of it.
Any parkrun milestones / achievements you would like to share?
I have officially completed 30 parkrun’s in Kilkenny and represented Vhi at Mount Lucas parkrun Co Offaly for their very first parkrun when they started on the 01 July 2017, Dylan and Heidi joined me for this parkrun too.
How has parkrun impacted positively on your family outside of 9:30am on a Saturday?
I really believe it’s important to instil a healthy and active lifestyle in children from a very early age, so it just becomes the norm. parkrun has contributed hugely in instilling this in my family. My children look forward to the parkrun every Saturday morning and in fact they “practise” their parkrun around our kitchen or in the garden most evenings. My four year old asked for a running belt for his fourth birthday so he could wear it to parkrun!!
Do you have a health or fitness goal?
I’m currently training for a local 10-mile road race in November and hoping to complete a half marathon in December. Apart from that I just aim to stay active fit and healthy with my family. Long term I would love to complete a marathon although I think I’ll leave the buggy at home that day!!
Who is your dream parkrun running buddy?
I couldn’t pass my children Dylan and Heidi, still working on getting their Daddy to join us!
What was your best parkrun experience?
Running my first parkrun with the children in the buggy, it was a great sense of achievement. I let Dylan run in to the finish and it was as good as an Olympic medal to him!
What was the funniest parkrun moment?
I have had a few hairy moments coming down the hill in the Castlepark where there’s been a few speed wobbles usually followed by the children shouting at me to run faster!!
What advice would you give to someone who’s never been to parkrun?
Just give it a go, you won’t look back. Regardless of your age, level of fitness or ability, everyone is welcome at parkrun. Walk, jog, run, sprint, anything goes. It can be as competitive or as uncompetitive as you want it to be. Everyone is always so encouraging and the tea and chats after are great too!
parkrun is a great resource to have on our doorstep, its free, it’s fun its healthy it’s so enjoyable, join the craic!
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