Bushy parkrun Dublin parkrunner Evonne Hogan tells us how Saturday mornings are a time she gets to meet people she wouldn’t have met otherwise, and be an integral part of her local community.
My parkrun story starts in 2013 when I took part in the first Marlay parkrun.
I only ran intermittently following that as post marital bliss and studying for a Masters Degree whilst working full time took their toll.
Then I heard that a new event was starting in Bushy Park. It has always been my favourite park and is also ideally situated being very close to where I live. My first Bushy parkrun Dublin was in March 2017, event number three.
I loved it so much I didn’t go back for six months! Only joking- outdoor swimming had also become a big part of my life and it took me a year or so to work out a way to balance it all.
I have now run over one hundred parkruns, with sixty of those being in my beloved Bushy Park.
The volunteers were so friendly and encouraging I decided I would volunteer myself. I now am a regular volunteer there and occasionally at Deerpark junior parkrun too. The Bushy parkrun Dublin crew are now like a second family.
I was especially honoured to be asked to join the core team as Run Director this year but I thought you needed to attend a special course to be a Run Director! I now try to alternate volunteering and running each week and I cannot emphasise enough the impact parkrun and Bushy parkrun Dublin have had on my life.
Volunteering also allows me to be socially inclusive in my local community and meet people I probably would never meet otherwise. I love that I can run with my husband Dave and Basil our dog who joined the family in January; Basil can be heard during every briefing heckling the Run Director!
It was amazing to see all the parkrun volunteers at the finish of the Dublin Marathon and to be able to share my experience with both my own family and my Pprkrun family too. In fact all Bushy parkrun Dublin Run Directors either ran or volunteered on the day which was a very special experience.
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