Catherine Dempsey, pictured right receiving her VHI Hero Award, was convinced by a friend to try out New Ross parkrun for the first time on St Stephen’s day in 2015. Not only did she discover a love for parkrun, Catherine’s ‘parkrun family’ helped her during the most difficult times.
Going to that parkrun on St Stephen’s day in 2015 was the best decision I have ever made.
This year I completed my 100th parkrun, and have volunteered more than 30 times. I so love the parkrun movement.
I’m not a runner and parkrun has never been about the running to me. I’m a run/walker, and I get just as much out of volunteering as I do when I cover the 5k.
I’ve made so many friends at parkrun. Friends who I now call my ‘parkrun family’. During my time since starting parkrun I’ve been through some really tough times. There have been some difficult family illnesses and two bereavements. I found that just being a part of the parkrun community, with my ‘parkrun family’, on a Saturday morning helped me so much during this really hard time. It wasn’t that I spoke to anyone about it, it was more about being in such a feel good environment.
It meant more than a thousand words to me.
It was a huge honour to receive the VHI parkrun hero award. But I can honestly say that for my small contribution to parkrun, I have got back a millions time more.
Caroline Kennedy tells us about the integral part Templemore parkrun has played in her cancer recovery journey, and breaking that 35 minute barrier. On the last weekend in June 2017, I became very ill and was given a bowel cancer diagnosis just a few weeks later. The chemotherapy followed, culminating in me undergoing extensive surgery…
Name: Brighid Smyth Age: 54 Occupation: Head of Corporate Communication, Vhi Local parkrun: St Anne’s parkrun Number of parkruns completed: 83 in 16 locations How did you get involved in parkrun? I ran my first parkrun on the 28 September 2013. At the time I was training for the 2013 Dublin City Marathon…