Name: Clare Noone
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!!
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