News - 1st October 2019

A wonderful feeling

Margaret

Margaret Hanly is a regular walker and volunteer at Strokestown parkrun in Roscommon. 

 

Here she tells us how parkrun gives her such a wonderful feeling.

 

I knew nothing about parkrun when it first came to Strokestown. Patricia (one of Strokestown parkrun’s core team members) talked to me about parkrun and I decided to go for it.

 

When I am not volunteering, I enjoy walking the 5k. I enjoy being the tailwalker and still getting my 5k in.

 

It’s important for people to know that even though it’s called parkrun, you can parkjog, parkwalk and more!

 

I’d really encourage more walkers to get involved!

 

When my daughters came to parkrun they encouraged me to try jogging parts of the 5k. I’d never ran in my life… but now I try and jog a bit.

 

parkrun is not a competition, but you’re competing with yourself.

 

You’re hoping to get a Personal Best every time. What’s better than that text alerting you to having bested your old PB?

 

One of my favourite things about parkrun is that it encourages me to get up and out early on a Saturday morning.

 

I wouldn’t bother with a 5k if it wasn’t for parkrun, but it’s a wonderful feeling. I’d feel guilty not doing it now. It’s wonderful for mental health, for meeting friends, I love the social side of it.

 

I enjoy having a coffee in Strokestown Park House after every parkrun, where there are always lots of smiles and laughs to be had.

 

I think parkrun has been very good for the town and its people.

 

I haven’t yet ventured outside Strokestown for another parkrun, but I plan to do so before the end of the year.

 

I’ve been chatting to two parkrun tourists from Naas, and am making plans to visit Naas parkrun.

 

Margaret Hanly

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