Name: Kenny Franks
Occupation: Operations Manager
Local parkrun: Templemore
Number of parkruns completed: 18
How did you get involved in parkrun?
I lived in Kildare for a number of years and moved back home in 2014. Having attended parkruns in Marlay Park, Naas and Clarisford I was keen to setup a parkrun in Tipperary. In January 2014 with the help of Tipp Sports Partnership and County Council we managed this and have been going strong ever since.
What do you love about parkrun?
I love the fact that anybody of any age can participate. I also love the community aspect of parkrun.
Who do you participate with?
Initially on my own but my sisters join me now and also my sister in law.
Any parkrun milestones / achievements you would like to share?
In December 2017 I was contacted by Joan Ryan a parkrun ambassador for VI ( Visually Impaired ) runners. Joan introduced me to Johnny McInerney from Thurles who completed his first parkun on 6th January 2018 and last weekend he completed his 67th parkrun!
Ensuring that the parkrun has remained and continues to grow in Templemore is another achievement we are proud of and thanks to all our volunteers who have made this possible.
How has parkrun impacted positively on your family outside of 9:30am on a Saturday?
Yes it definitely has. Ali and I have 2 young kids, Thomas 6 and Emily 3. Sometimes they come when I am volunteering. They know what parkrun is and no doubt they will be future parkrunners!
Do you have a health or fitness goal?
In general to eat healthy and exercise regularly. I recently signed up to raise money for GOAL and I am to run 5km every day in July!
Who is your dream parkrun running buddy?
My wife of course! I would love to have been fit enough to run with David Gillick last weekend!
What was your best parkrun experience?
I was away on the weekend that Johnny completed his 50th parkrun but knowing he had done it was really special. I have had a few people come up to me and say they started walking when the parkrun came to Templemore and now they are running and well on their way to achieving 100 parkruns!
What was the funniest parkrun moment?
It wasn’t funny at the time but our 3rd parkrun our 300 tokens fell on the ground 10 minutes before the finish of the run. Not sure how we managed it but we got them back together in time for the finish!
What advice would you give to someone who’s never been to parkrun?
Come and give it a go. It’s a great way to meet similar minded people in your community on a weekly basis. It’s fun and friendly and I’ve no doubt you will be made welcome.
I would really just like to thank all the volunteers in Templemore. We have had over 145 different people who have volunteered since we started. They have ensured that the parkrun will continue in Templemore.
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