Ronald Hogan didn’t even know there was a park in nearby Poppintree, let alone a parkrun.
After discovering his local event, he’s made lots of friends and never looked back.
A colleague in work had mentioned events called parkrun, so I looked it up on the internet to get some information about it and see whereabouts these events happen.
I typed in my location and found out that Poppintree parkrun was the nearest parkrun to me.
I didn’t even know that there was a park in Poppintree never mind that they actually did a parkrun there.
The amount of people I have spoken to that have said the same thing to me is unbelievable.
I decided I would go along to see what it was all about.
I drove to the park the following Saturday and when I was getting out of the car I saw two runners so asked them did they know where the parkrun was on.
They were very friendly and told me all about the parkrun and how it all worked as we walked the half kilometre to the start.
The Run Director also asked was there any first timers and I got a round of applause as I put up my hand. The encouragement on each lap of the course from all the volunteers was amazing.
I have since completed over 120 parkruns with well over 100 of these at the lovely Poppintree course. I have volunteered some weeks also and am close to getting to the 25 volunteers milestone.
I get so much encouragement when I am running the course and it is nice to be able to encourage other runners and walkers on the days that I volunteer.
I have made friends with a lot of people at the parkrun and a group of us did some longer runs together in order to prepare for the Dublin Marathon last year.
The parkruns are great for everyone from people just looking to do a regular walk each week to people preparing for a marathon.
I am really delighted that I discovered parkrun and always encourage other people to take it up.
I look forward to many more years of doing regular parkruns.
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