Name: Ken Landy
Local parkrun: Navan parkrun
Number of parkruns completed: 40
How did you get involved in parkrun?
My wife, who works in health promotion, was asked by a work colleague if she would be interested in starting up a parkrun in Navan. After a meeting was held in Navan with parkrun country manager Matt Shields it really seemed like an exciting adventure to bring to Navan. Matt explained what parkrun was all about, and we were delighted to be bringing this to Navan.
What do you love about parkrun?
I love that parkrun gives families a healthy, sports activity to participate in together. There are very few sports or events that allow this for families.
Who do you participate with?
Usually everyone is pretty much in front of me now at this stage but when my wife and our dog Skye wait for me we all run together.
Any parkrun milestones / achievements you would like to share?
Still waiting on my 50th parkrun but Carol my wife recently reached her 50th on our 200th parkrun at Navan. A proud occasion for Navan parkrun, which started on 17/Oct/2015 and is nearly four years old.
How has parkrun impacted positively on your family outside of 9:30am on a Saturday?
The friends we have made through parkrun are truly amazing and just walking down the street in Navan and people say hello because they recognise your face is truly special and it’s something you don’t appreciate when you start up any event.
Do you have a health or fitness goal?
Just to keep active and mobile as long as possible. Health and fitness is everything in life.
Who is your dream parkrun running buddy?
My wife Carol.
What was your best parkrun experience?
Our first parkrun in Navan was one never to be forgotten. Only for Eoin Fegan from Malahide parkrun who held our hand throughout it could have gone differently but when the results were published we all got a great buzz from what we had just achieved.
What advice would you give to someone who’s never been to parkrun?
Bring along a friend or family member to your first parkrun, someone to laugh alongside and maybe compete with each other. By bringing someone along, you are giving them the gift of being a part of something, being part of the community, getting fit and all for free.
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