News - 18th December 2017

People of parkrun: Louise Heraghty


Name:  Louise Heraghty 

Age: 35

Occupation: RTE Weather Presenter 

Local parkrun: Fairview 

Number of parkruns completed: 10

How did you get involved in parkrun?

I was helping a few ladies to complete a ‘Couch to 5k’ programme a few years ago and we finished the course by taking part in parkrun. I’ve also completed a few with my running club DBRC. 

What do you love about parkrun?

I love that it is accessible to everyone, non-competitive and the volunteers are so encouraging. 

Who do you participate with?

Different friends and others from my running club. 

Any parkrun milestones / achievements you would like to share?

As I’ve only completed parkrun while coaching others or during pregnancy I haven’t exactly aimed for any 5km PB’s but completing the course at 31 weeks pregnant in 36 minutes was fairly impressive. 

How has parkrun impacted positively on your family outside of 9:30am on a Saturday?

It sets myself and my partner up for the day if we compete together on a Saturday morning, we feel happier, healthier and fitter and it’s nice to set weekly goals to complete it. 

Do you have a health or fitness goal?

At the moment, I would like to continue jogging and exercising for as long as possible (I’m 33 weeks pregnant) so that I can be fit and healthy for baby’s arrival and hopefully have a quick recovery. 

Who is your dream parkrun running buddy?

I’ve always loved Sonia O’ Sullivan and would love to run with her (even though she would leave me for dust!). 

What was your best parkrun experience?

Probably my first one in Hartstown a few years ago as the girls I was coaching completed their first ever 5km run on a cold and frosty morning. It was freezing but we loved the experience. 

What was the funniest parkrun moment?

Seeing the winner of a recent parkrun and his partner cycle by me on a tandem bike after the race. Those who run and cycle together stay together… ha ha. 

What advice would you give to someone who’s never been to parkrun? 

Definitely give it a go you will not be sorry. It is a very welcoming event and a great way to meet other runners. 


I really think parkrun has had a hugely positive effect on people who take part. I hear more and more stories of first timers who would never have dreamed of entering a race before and the junior parkrun is also a great initiative. With the increasing numbers taking part and ever-increasing venues, it can only get better.


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