Yann O’Carroll is 19 years old and lives in Tralee, Co. Kerry. He loves parkrunning with friends, and welcoming new parkrunners at the First Timer’s brief, here he tells us why he gives parkrun ten out of ten.
My name is Yann O’ Carroll and I am 19 years old. I live in Tralee, Co. Kerry where I am a student at Kerry College of Further Education. I did my first parkrun in October 2017 with Milosz, a friend from Poland who is a very fast runner.
Now, I usually go to parkrun with my Dad and sometimes with my brother Lucca but I do not stay with them as I join lots of other people to run. Everyone looks out for me so I feel safe. It’s a very friendly place to be.
I really enjoy parkrun and do it every week except when I am away in the summer. I love meeting new people at parkrun and have made lots of friends including my pacers (they know who they are). I always try to get a new PB but it’s difficult as I like to stop and chat with people I meet on the route.
I have completed 78 parkruns (all in Tralee) where I also enjoy volunteering, especially welcoming new people at the First Timers’ briefing and I also enjoy token sorting over breakfast. I will soon get my purple T-shirt for volunteering.
parkrun keeps me fit and helps me to stay healthy along with basketball, yoga, pitch and putt, cycling, swimming and Special Olympics. I also have a healthy diet unlike my Dad who cannot resist the post parkrun treats!
I love sprinting past the finish line to music like Abba (thank you Tony) and an audience. What I do not like is running in the rain but it very rarely rains in Tralee for parkrun (thanks to Pat) and even when it does, my friends keep me going!
My new PB which I got on the 4 January 2020 thanks to friends, Ellen and Daniel, is 33.30. My dad and I were also nominated parkrunners of the month for December 2019 in Tralee and I am very proud of that.
For 2020, I hope to continue parkrun with my friends in Tralee.
The best thing about it is you can run or walk or talk or do all three. I would give parkrun ten out of ten.
Yann O’ Carroll
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