Name: Brendan Branigan
Local parkrun: Oldbridge, Drogheda.
Number of parkruns completed: 53
How did you get involved in parkrun?
parkrun was mentioned by a few of my friends and neighbours over a time. I was slow to try it because I knew nothing about it. Now, we all do it from time to time. My only regret is that I did not get involved sooner!
What do you love about parkrun?
The best of craic every Saturday morning with my parkrun friends. It gets me out of bed and motivated. A great feeling!
Who do you participate with?
My buddy Malachy and I ran our first Marathon together 35 years ago. We took a long break from running but we’re back now and we are both converts to parkrun.
Any parkrun milestones / achievements you would like to share?
I want to do 500 before I retire or whenever I achieve it.
How has parkrun impacted positively on your family outside of 9:30am on a Saturday?
I love seeing my nieces and nephews running. Even my Dad tried it, aged 85! We have a common interest to chat about. We are active in sport, not just casual observers.
Do you have a health or fitness goal?
I want to stay active for the rest of my life, whether that is running, walking or cycling. Next Spring, I hope to start cycling to parkrun, instead of driving.
Who is your dream parkrun running buddy?
My daughter Eva, aged 11.
What was your best parkrun experience?
A new personal best on my 50th parkrun.
What was the funniest parkrun moment?
I tried to encourage our parkrunners to dress up for Halloween. Only 3 of us dressed up. I felt a bit odd running around as Elvis in muck but it was great fun and I found out that I wasn’t the only Elvis fan there.
What advice would you give to someone who’s never been to parkrun?
Try it or come along and see what it’s about. You have nothing to lose.
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