Name: John Hutchins
Local parkrun: Castlehaven, Co.Cork
Number of parkruns completed: 119
How did you get involved in parkrun?
My eldest daughter, Siobhan, is very involved in Kingscliff parkrun in Australia. She actually lives in Queensland, a thirty-minute drive away. She saw that Castlehaven were starting up a parkrun. She realised it was a good way for me to get fit and keep me fit!
What do you love about parkrun?
I love that it is a gathering of people from all walks of life who can come together on a Saturday morning to run, jog or walk 5k. There is the challenge, the banter, camaraderie, encouragement and that sense of achievement when you cross the finishing line.
Who do you participate with?
My sister in law, Mary. We meet on the dot of 9ish (West Cork time) even in the worst of weathers. We achieved the ’100′ milestone on the same day.
Any parkrun milestones / achievements you would like to share?
I was the Run Director on the same day my daughter Siobhan was also a Run Director on the other side of the world.
How has parkrun impacted positively on your family outside of 9:30am on a Saturday?
My family realise how much I enjoy my parkruns and encourage me to keep a healthy lifestyle. They are proud of me.
Do you have a health or fitness goal?
I want to make sure I am still fit and healthy for the day when we can all meet again at the start line on a Saturday morning.
Who is your dream parkrun running buddy?
As I am accident prone, it has to be the Road Runner; to protect me from Wile E. Coyote.
What was your best parkrun experience?
In Christmas 2019, my daughter Siobhan completed her first parkrun in Australia and at the same time, I completed my 100th parkrun in Castlehaven.
What was the funniest parkrun moment?
When I was in Australia, I was overtaken by a mother pushing a double buggy!
What advice would you give to someone who’s never been to parkrun?
Come along and meet the people. You are part of a local group, and you are part of a global community. Enjoy the atmosphere!
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