Name: Celine Buckley
Local parkrun: Castlehaven
Number of parkruns completed: 151
How did you get involved in parkrun?
A meeting was held at Castlehaven GAA Club, discussing the possibility of starting a parkrun. I had never heard of parkrun before this. I was drawn in immediately when the ethos of parkrun was explained. I started to volunteer for each of the roles over the next few months. It was only when I looked after the results processing that all the pieces came together and it made sense how it all worked with timers and tokens. It was then I realised how fortunate that we, in a small community like Castlehaven, can host a parkrun every week and yet knowing that we have great backup support from the parkrun organisation if ever required.
What do you love about parkrun?
I love that we have a strong core group that attend every week, people actually say in advance if they are going to miss a parkrun as they know we will be wondering where there are.
We get a lot of parkrun tourists and people on holiday in West Cork, we love to have a chat after parkrun with a cup of coffee and hear about their local parkruns.
Who do you participate with?
Normally my husband or any of our children that are free on a Saturday morning, but everyone is so friendly in parkrun you will always hear a supporting voice near you, so I never mind going alone if my family are not free.
Any parkrun milestones/achievements you would like to share?
The morning I was doing my 100th run and I decided it would have to be in Castlehaven, my regular scenic parkrun through the woods along the harbour. I was trying to keep it quiet, until someone tipped off the run director and that was the end of that! It was lovely to hear all the good wishes for the next 100 as I went around the course.
How has parkrun impacted positively on your family outside of 9:30am on a Saturday?
We are more organised on a Saturday morning because of parkrun. We get some jobs done before the run and we come home energised and get through a lot more during the day. On Friday nights we generally plan out how Saturday morning will work. It can be very busy with children’s activities around the same time as parkrun but we always seem to make it work.
Do you have a health or fitness goal?
To get my 250th tee-shirt in two years time and to be still doing parkrun when I am 80!
Who is your dream parkrun running buddy?
The Healy sisters – they are an inspiration locally and I might get a few tips on improving my speed.
What was your best parkrun experience?
The last parkun before Christmas 2018. Three of our core group of runners engineered it so they would all be completing their 100th parkrun together. Their families including grandchildren were all along to support them and we celebrated together afterwards with coffee and cake. This was then followed by a delicious Christmas breakfast hosted by another parkrun regular in her home where we celebrated all over again.
What was the funniest parkrun moment?
The morning we all decided to dress up and do parkrun in our Halloween costumes. There really were bears in the wood that morning! It was great fun trying to figure out who was running. Some could only be identified afterwards when we were having coffee (by their stories, many of which couldn’t be repeated in a family publication).
What advice would you give to someone who’s never been to parkrun?
Try one, but do it really easy, then try another one and beat your previous time by as little as one second. Enjoy that great feeling when you get a text saying you have a new PB. This will motivate you to do yet another parkrun. It can get addictive when you keep getting a new PB text.
parkrun is a walk or run, whatever you want it to be. The only person you are competing with is yourself. It is a great way to meet people and everyone is very friendly. All ages and abilities are welcome and you can even bring your dog if you like.
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