News - 3rd February 2020

Being outside helps us recharge


Nauzika is a visually impaired runner who enjoys parkrunning with her family at Ballincollig parkrun. Here she tells us about the family’s journey to the 50 club.


I started running a few years ago but it wasn’t too regular.


As a fully blind runner I always need a guide. It’s usually my husband but sometimes my ten-year-old son guides me.


Early last year my husband heard about the parkrun in Ballincollig from one of his colleagues. We decided to go along and give it a go and immediately fell in love with the atmosphere.


It’s so good to be with other people and families doing some physical activity. And it’s great to see all age groups taking part, from babies in prams to elderly people – some of whom are outpacing us! But we don’t mind, we’ll get there eventually.


It’s much more motivating to run with our fellow parkrunners than alone, and it makes it easier to do the 5k distance.


When we went to Ballincollig parkrun for the first time we were greeted by the organisers. They saw that I needed guidance and offered us yellow guide bibs to wear.


I can’t praise the volunteers and the effort they make every week, from the briefing to the results processing.


I also like how they encourage us all along the route, taking and sharing photos on their Facebook page.


We started the parkrun as a family with our children who were aged eight and nine back then. In the beginning they needed to stop regularly, but gradually they got much better and now we struggle to keep up! It teaches kids to make an effort and have endurance.


parkrun has become a regular activity in our lives and part of our weekend routine.


Being outside and running with my family helps me to recharge physically and mentally.


And, after last week, we are now the proud owners of the red 50th parkrun milestone t-shirts.




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