News - 23rd September 2020

People of parkrun brought to you by Vhi

image0

Name: Clare Noone

Age:  37

Occupation: Secondary School Teacher

Local parkrun: Lough Key parkrun

Number of parkruns completed:   89 plus a few!

 

 

How did you get involved in parkrun?

I went for the first time with my Dad, Anthony – he used to be faster than me! I had been running around my village in the dark, running with my couch to 5k app. I suffered through the first few runs and then, when I completed 5k for the first time without stopping I was delighted!

 

 

What do you love about parkrun?

I love trying to catch the people in front of me! I know it’s what everyone says but I have made some wonderful friends through parkrun and it has opened many new hobbies for me like Athletics Clubs and now completing triathlons. I absolutely love it.

 

 

Who do you participate with?

I go with my friend Majella – we are great friends and have completed many runs together both in Lough Key and further afield. I would also attend with two special women –  the two Ann’s and the ever-motivating Tracey and her son, Ian. My cousin Paul and his new wife Aisling have been a great addition to the running team as well. I have to mention my Dad, Anthony, as well – he even waits at the finish line for me!

 

 

Any parkrun milestones / achievements you would like to share?

I really enjoyed my 50th parkrun! It was made very special by all my good friends. I also really enjoy doing the volunteer Pacer role. I like to watch and help other people achieve their new personal bests. I will never forget when I ran my fastest time in Lough Key, it is a tough parkrun course and was an amazing feeling!  

 

 

How has parkrun impacted positively on your family outside of 9:30am on a Saturday?

parkrun puts me in a better mood – always helps the other family members who have to deal with me!

 

 

Do you have a health or fitness goal?

I used too but now I have achieved most of them. I’d love to someday hit below my personal best time in Lough Key… but that might be a miracle!

 

 

Who is your dream parkrun running buddy?

I already have the best running buddies – Majella, Ann Mc, Anne G, Paul, Aisling and my Dad. I’m very lucky.

 

 

What was your best parkrun experience?

Honestly, I just love every time I finish a parkrun and get to see all the smiling faces. It’s the best feeling!

 

 

What was the funniest parkrun moment?

The time I decided I’d try for a new personal best with my Dad beside me. The two of us took off like bullets and when I got about 3km in I suddenly felt sick and had to stop and head off into the forest to regain myself. My Dad did not hang around to see if I was ok – he kept going! Sometimes it’s every man/woman for themselves! I did eventually forgive him and learned a valuable running lesson.

 

 

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

Just come along, take part and put a smile on your face!!

Share this with friends:

jim clinton 9

parkrun Jim

Jim Clinton is a devoted parkrunner. He was the first parkrunner on the island of Ireland to achieve the 250 milestone and is well known for his love of parkrun. Here ‘parkrun Jim’ tells us about his heart warming parkrun experiences so far.   My first parkrun was back in January 2011 at one of…

RunningBehind

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update 20 October

With the reopening of 12 events in Tasmania last Saturday, we saw over 5,000 different people walk, jog, run, or volunteer across 45 parkrun events worldwide. Although this represents only 2% of events, 5,000 participants is a significant milestone that took us five-and-a-half years to achieve the first time around.   Sadly, due to increased…