News - 19th August 2020

People of parkrun brought to you by Vhi

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Name: Jason Le Masurier

 

Occupation: Professional speaker and civil engineer

 

Local parkrun: Buncrana, Co Donegal

 

Number of parkruns completed: I have taken part in 21 different parkruns locations all over the world. A great experience!

 

How did you get involved in parkrun? My wife and I were involved in setting up parkrun in our local town Buncrana.

 

What do you love about parkrun?

There are so many things I could list, but I mainly love the community spirit that parkrun creates. It also has a positive impact on people’s physical and mental health.

 

Who do you participate with?

My wife Liz.

 

Any parkrun milestones / achievements you would like to share?

After I was involved in an accident in 2008, I was told that I would never be able to walk again. I defied those odds and ran my first parkrun in Tralee in 2013. That is one of my greatest achievements. Along with that, I am really proud to be involved in the setting up of parkrun in Buncrana – it has helped form a new community group in the area. I also won the Vhi parkrun Hero of the month!

 

Do you have a health or fitness goal?

My main goal would be to reduce my personal best time. When it comes back, after the pandemic, I also hope to run the Dublin marathon, so my goal would be preparing for that.

 

Who is your dream parkrun running buddy?

I would love to run with Bill Gates. I really admire him for his business acumen and his philanthropy.

 

What was your best parkrun experience?

I loved taking part in the parkrun in my favourite city – Christchurch, New Zealand. In general, I have enjoyed meeting all the new people and making new friends through parkrun after moving to Buncrana in 2016.

 

What was the funniest parkrun moment?

The fancy dress parkrun is always great fun. Once, we found a stray cow on the track – I think we all have some funny memories of that day!

 

What advice would you give to someone who’s never been to parkrun?

Please come along whether it is to run, walk or volunteer. You will be made feel very welcome and you will become part of an international community. Wherever you go in the world, you will be able to take part in parkrun. You will find a group of friends who you have something in common with.

 

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