News - 4th September 2019

A new lease of life

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In April 2015, 71-year-old Mary was persuaded by her nieces to go along to St. Anne’s parkrun, Raheny. Here she tells us why it was, in her words, the best thing she ever did.


My brother’s daughters were regular parkrunners at St. Anne’s parkrun. In April 2015, after much persuasion from the girls, my brother and I arrived in the park, nervous and excited. We both truly feel it was the best thing we ever did.


It’s given us a new lease of life.


When Hartstown parkrun was set up we began running there instead as it was more convenient for us. It’s a great joy to be part of the generally much younger Hartstown parkrun group, they’re a really very friendly crowd and have made us feel so welcome.


Age is no barrier for us and my brother and I train with our coach John twice a week. I thought my PB of 23.24 was probably the best I could ever achieve, but he remains optimistic!


I’m now 75 and my brother is 79. I would encourage anyone, no matter what their age, to join a parkrun. You don’t have to run. You can come walk, jog, volunteer or just come and be a part of the community.


Older people living alone might not be inclined to walk without the safety of company, so a 5k walk at parkrun with a group is perfect.


I, for one, will continue to run as long as I’m able.


Mary Martin


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