Kevin O’Shea is our Event Director at Fingal Bay parkrun and reflects on his journey from reluctant runner to leading his event.
On a nice sunny parkrunday in March 2014 I lined up not knowing what was in store for me… “park run was only 5k’s” I thought. My 84-year-old mother was doing it so it should be easy.
It was not. I am not a runner and I soon found that out, but I kept coming back and soon I had done 100 parkruns. That was a nice surprise.
I then started travelling to discover new events and became a parkrun tourist but missed a few because the travel director is not as keen on parkrun as I am!
I had done some volunteering, then I was asked to be a Run Director. “Right” I said reluctantly. It is so different being involved than just turning up to run.
Now I’m the Event Director of Fingal Bay parkrun and have a great group of RDs to help me. We recently had a reunion of RDs past and present (pictured) which we held at Fingal a few weeks ago.
It is wonderful to see first-timers turn up and enjoy themselves with all the regulars. And mum is still running!
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