parkrun Ireland Country Manager Matt Shields tells us how your #parkrunresolution can be the gift of helping others.
I began running at 11 years old when I went to secondary school. Being small in height, and lacking the ball-handling skills for other school sports it was great to find an activity in which I could hold my own. I worked hard and, as I got older, my running improved.
Over the years, I achieved various goals and represented my school, running club and country teams. At the time this gave me a lot of pleasure. I used to think that everyone had the option to run.
This changed when, in 2010, I first got involved in parkrun. I learned that there were barriers that I never knew about or understood. Barriers that prevented many people from being active.
I got involved in helping people overcome those hurdles through parkrun, and programmes like Couch to 5k. Helping people achieve something they never believed possible gave me greater pleasure than earlier goals linked to my own performance.
In January and February, as part of the #parkrunresolution, we would love existing parkrunners to support those less active. You can support family members, neighbours, friends or work colleagues to take their first steps.
Depending on the fitness level and ability of each person, they could choose to walk, jog, or run. You may decide to build up over eight weeks to complete a 5k run each on an individual basis.
The benefits, both mentally and physically, will be considerable, but it doesn’t end there. If you support others, you will reap the rewards of giving and helping others fulfil their parkrun resolutions.
That is something that will stay with you forever.
My name is Christine and I ran/walked my first parkrun in 2017 in the early days of Bundaberg parkrun. After I had my two children I found it really tough getting back into anything that fitted into the ‘mum routine’. Lack of activity and just general social involvement was starting to impact on my…
My name is Rachel and I live in Western Australia. I started running in early 2012, at the age of 43, as it seemed like a good activity to assist with weight loss. As someone with severe hearing loss, it can be quite daunting joining in community events, especially organised things that you haven’t…