News - 29th January 2020

What we love with who we love

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The Sandersons are a family of four who love parkrun! Mum Jessica tells us how parkrun is the thing that enables them to do what they love with who they love. 

 

This spring we set ourselves a challenge to complete as many different parkruns in Ireland as we could throughout the summer and we have enjoyed so many days and weekends out exploring different parts of Ireland because of this.

 

The kids (aged two and four) enjoy the runs from the cosiness of the buggy while I huff and puff my way around the different courses. We will be continuing our parkrun tourism journey again next spring – until then, we’ll be staying closer to home so our biggest one can enjoy the start of his own parkrun journey at our fantastic local junior parkrun in Ballincollig.

 

Pre-babies, my husband and I were very much into sport but since they had been born, we hadn’t been able to find a balance between that and family time until we started parkrun.

 

parkrun allows me to do what I love with who I love. I’m now training towards our first buggy half marathon and it all started at parkrun.

 

Over the summer parkrun has helped motivate us to explore more of Ireland. We’ve visited towns that we’d never have seen otherwise. We have taken the ferry and bus to run around the very beautiful Bere Island, we’ve run along the stunning Inch Beach in brutal wind and went on to spend the day visiting Dingle and seeing their resident dolphin Fungi.

 

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Most of our runs have been followed by playground stops and brunches at the very least, and the people we’ve chatted to and met along the way have been so welcoming and friendly too.

 

If you’re thinking about parkrun just do it! Walk it, run it, volunteer at it. With your babies and children, with your partners and friends, with your dog or alone.

 

It is so inclusive and so enjoyable. The community spirit is fantastic and whether it’s your first or 100th time, you’ll be made to feel welcome.

 

When we’ve volunteered, we have done so as a family, the children have come along to marshal and it’s helped us in setting a good example to them in so many different ways.

 

parkrun has also played a big part in enabling me to get myself back into fitness after having children. This has been essential for me, both mentally and physically.

 

Jessica Sanderson

 

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