Self proclaimed ‘parkwalker’ Harry came along to Dundalk parkrun for the first time on 2 June 2018. Harry is visually impaired so his arrival provided the perfect opportunity for newly trained VI guides to put their skills into action. Run Director Brenda Hill tells us the story.
Harry arrived at Dundalk parkrun for the first time on 2 June 2018. The newly trained VI Guides were a bit nervous as this was their first time to guide. But from the beginning Harry made it so easy for everyone. VI guide Sean guided him that first day and none of us have looked back since.
The Dundalk team have been happy to see Harry at parkrun nearly every Saturday, only missing weeks due to course flooding and holidays. He is always in good form and chats to his guide that week and to anyone who passes him. He always has a smile and a big hello for everyone and enjoys relaying all that has happened to him over the past week, including if he is still top of the pool league and how his beloved Liverpool FC are doing.
Harry is a parkwalker and proud to be one. If you ask him he will say he goes to parkwalk every week and not parkrun! Brendan, one of his guides, has got him to run up to the finish line on occasion and these are usually the weeks he gets a new PB. He has now reached his 50 milestone and he is very proud. As Harry would say – “I am happy to be here”. And we guides and all at Dundalk parkrun are very happy he is here.
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