Name: John Molloy
Occupation: Retired Accountant
Local parkrun: Kilkenny
Number of parkruns completed: 201
How did I get involved in parkrun?
I retired in 2011. One of the things I was sure I wanted to do was to get more exercise. My son challenged me to take part in the Nore swim that year. With about 4 months to go, I trained and completed it. He then said that I could do a triathlon, at which I laughed. I started running and rediscovered the joy, the feeling of wellbeing and the satisfaction when I finished. At that time my son Eoin told me that parkrun was starting in Kilkenny so I “signed up” in 2015 and I have been running ever since.
What do I love about parkrun?
It is such a fantastic idea. It motivates me to get up early every Saturday, whatever the weather. To think that it is taking place all over the world at 9:30 every Saturday morning. I have met people from the USA, Australia, many European countries and from all over Ireland. In addition, my children and grandchildren, as well as my partners’ children / grandchildren have run with me. What a feeling of pride! Even one grandson, Jack, who is away travelling this year, has continued his recent parkruns in New Zealand.
In addition, it warms my heart to see young couples running with their children (some in buggies) – what a great example they are giving to their children. And Kilkenny Castle Park is such a special place.
Who do I participate with?
I love meeting up with new people at the start and sharing stories at the end. I usually run at my own pace and often fall in with others along the way. parkrun is for everyone. I compete only with myself always trying to do a little better time than the previous week. Looking for that wonderful PB.
Any parkrun milestones/achievements you would like to share?
Reaching my 50th run was special as I didn’t think when I started parkrun I would get to that. Running my 200th parkrun in July 2019 was extra special – so many people and family members showed up – even my 4-year-old granddaughter ran one lap and finished with her dad.
How has parkrun impacted positively on your family outside of 9:30am on a Saturday?
Getting involved with my children and grandchildren gives us a shared interest.
Do you have a health or fitness goal?
While recovering from surgery and chemotherapy last year my goal was to get back to walking/ running as soon as possible. The medical staff told me that my recovery was greatly assisted by my level of fitness. My goal is now to stay doing what I am doing for as long as I can.
Who is your dream parkrun running buddy?
Betty, my partner who has supported me through my recent illness.
What was your best parkrun experience?
Walking the full 5 Km after completing my chemo treatment last year
What was the funniest parkrun moment?
While explaining the route to a new visitor I told him to “just follow those in front”.
He replied, “there won’t be anyone in front”! I never saw him again!
What advice would you give to someone who’s never been to parkrun?
Sign up. Show up. Take it at your own pace. You will reap the benefits and make friends.
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