Name: Rachel McEntee
Local parkrun: Navan
Number of parkruns completed: 46
How did you get involved in parkrun?
I completed 2 parkruns around Christmas 2016 but didn’t really get going until August 2018. My Mam, Doreen, broke her collarbone that July and couldn’t drive or run so I brought her to parkrun. Walking turned to running, I started my own 5km training and I haven’t looked back since.
What do you love about parkrun?
I love the community spirit of it all. No matter where you are, you’re always welcome at a parkrun.
Who do you participate with?
Usually Mam and our parkrun tourist group (Ida, Kathleen and Petula) but the community spirit means you participate with everyone.
Any parkrun milestones / achievements you would like to share?
I hope to reach the 50 mark in the next couple of weeks. I’ve also completed 10 parkruns in different locations around Ireland.
How has parkrun impacted positively on your family outside of 9:30am on a Saturday?
Personally, it gets me out and about. I’m able to forget all the stress and worries from the previous week and focus on home. I’ve also made new friends from parkrun.
Do you have a health or fitness goal?
I’d love to hit the 25 minute mark for parkrun at some point. I’m also working on increasing my distances at the moment and some day hope to complete a marathon (2 years ago, I would never have said that!). But really as long as I’m healthy that’s the main thing!
Who is your dream parkrun running buddy?
I run with them all every Saturday.
What was the funniest parkrun moment?
Finding out what the PB really stood for in Team PB, a great group from Navan parkrun.
What advice would you give to someone who’s never been to parkrun?
Do it! You don’t have to run it, you can go completely at your own pace. Because of the community spirit, you will be welcomed no matter where you are.
Don’t be afraid to volunteer either!
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