Name: Máire Kinsella
Occupation: Occupational Health Advisor
Local parkrun: St Anne’s parkrun
Number of parkruns completed: 15 parkruns – 13 St Anne’s & 2 Kilkenny
How did you get involved in parkrun?
I initially commenced the parkrun when Operation Transformation highlighted the event in 2016. I took a break for maternity reasons and returned in September 2018 – this coincided with my return to work and focus on a good work life balance.
I have completed my personal best to date in 30 minutes 37 seconds on the 7 December 2018.
What do you love about parkrun?
I struggled to get fit all my life and I love that really good parkrunners offer tips and support when completing the course. Every run is a personal success however it’s a lovely community event. I like recognising faces and a smile of encouragement from others helps me improve my performance. No matter when you finish there is support guiding you around.
Who do you participate with?
I go by myself and I meet another colleague, Tina.
Any parkrun milestones / achievements you would like to share?
My personal best of 30 minutes 37 seconds
How has parkrun impacted positively on your family outside of 9:30am on a Saturday?
It brings discipline and structure to my Saturday morning especially after a busy week working and caring for my young family. When I get home from parkrun the whole house is up and set to go for the day.
Do you have a health or fitness goal?
Throughout my teenage and adult life I have carried weight. I have two small children and I understand the value of being fit.
I would like to complete the parkrun in 29 minutes 30 seconds – I would like to have a normal BMI for my height. These are my goals for 2019.
Who is your dream parkrun running buddy?
Running with my children when they get older.
What was your best parkrun experience?
3 weeks ago, I was struggling to keep going and a fellow runner (who was very experienced) came from behind and she would not let me stop.
She broke the course down for me, ran with me and supported me the whole way around. I was most grateful and it really spurred me on. It was lovely that she gave of her time to me and I was very appreciative.
What advice would you give to someone who’s never been to parkrun?
Get out and go, you need to give yourself a few weeks to know the format, but it is a great way to start your weekend. Follow parkrun on Twitter and read emails as this will spur you on when you are fifty-fifty about going.
The Vhi volunteer staff takeover at St Anne’s parkrun last Saturday morning was a huge success with 547 participants walking, jogging and running their way around the 5k course. 49 first timers rocked up to try out parkrun and an incredible 94 people set new personal best times! Maybe having Olympian David Gillick leading a warm-up…
Regular parkrunner Ann Lynch can usually be found enjoying a 5k walk at Tralee parkrun on a Saturday morning. However this wasn’t always the case, 18 months ago Ann didn’t think parkrun was a place for her, until one morning she plucked up the courage to join the Tail Walker and tackle her first ever 5k. …