Name: Barry Hurley
Occupation: Global Demand Planner
Local parkrun: Avondale Forest
Number of parkruns completed: six
How did you get involved in parkrun?
Once we heard a parkrun was going to be set up in Avondale my family and myself – have immediately started attending. It’s a lovely way to start a Saturday morning. This has then expanded to helping the odd time as a marshal.
What do you love about parkrun?
I love the fact that we get up and out of the house and all four of us get a good dose of fresh air. The little pop up café afterwards is a real treat for us all and is used as an incentive to get up and do parkrun.
Who do you participate with?
My wife Ellen and I push my two-year-old daughter in a buggy. My six-year-old son does the first loop also and then usually stands with his granddad stewarding.
Any parkrun milestones / achievements you would like to share?
We’ve finished two parkruns with a puncture. Funny thing is, my running time has never suffered.
How has parkrun impacted positively on your family outside of 9:30am on a Saturday?
I’m noticing that my son is getting fitter at doing the runs. Also, after the fresh air in the morning my daughter usually gets a good afternoon sleep.
Do you have a health or fitness goal?
To be able to go for runs with my family (without having to push the buggy).
Who is your dream parkrun running buddy?
Anyone who is willing to push the buggy
What was your best parkrun experience?
The very first parkrun we did as a family was pretty special.
What was the funniest parkrun moment?
The Halloween dress up parkrun is one of the funniest. Seeing Deadpool and a nun side by side from the start line just set the morning up brilliantly.
What advice would you give to someone who’s never been to parkrun?
Never worry about the run its self, just get yourself to the start line and everything else falls into place. Everyone helps each other along and you’ll be amazed at the amount of good vibes at 9.30 on a Saturday morning.
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