Dundalk parkrunner Brendan Connolly has encouraged many friends and neighbours along to parkrun. Here he shares his own parkrun story.
I first started parkrun in 2018. I was recovering from a hip replacement operation and wanted to get back to fitness. I was talking to my good friend Sean McCann and he introduced me to parkrun.
At the time I was just looking to get back out walking or jogging so I could start back doing 5k.
But what I didn’t expect was to make such good friends. Life long friends that are there every week to chat to and have a laugh with.
The Dundalk team are there every Saturday morning, sun or rain, to go set the field up and make sure the path is clear and safe for everyone.
There are also Marshals at every corner to cheer you on and help you to push that wee bit harder.
And when we are all finished, we take time to talk to each other. So for me it’s more than just a 5k walk, jog or run. I have made life long friends too which I didn’t expect.
Sean and I have got many friends and neighbours to come to parkrun. Sharing lifts as well as encouragement.
My best time so far is 30.58 and I couldn’t have done it without the help of my parkrun family.
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