News - 31st March 2021

Great inspiration

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Ali O’Brien can’t wait to be back at Waterford Nature parkrun, until then she is busy organising and enjoying (not)parkrun with three neighbouring parkrun communities.


My parkrun story started back in 2015 at the then Johnstown parkrun in my home county of Wexford. I ran with my Dad, finishing behind him jogging in the middle of the pack.


When I heard parkrun was starting in Tramore, Waterford I joined up straight away and truly got the parkrun bug.


I completed my 50 parkrun milestone there and met with the lovely Sanctuary Runners group. The Sanctuary Runners run with asylum seekers in Direct Provision and I’ve met some lovely friends through them.


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When Tramore parkrun announced that there was a new parkrun starting closer to home in Waterford City I jumped at the chance. It was lovely being involved in the creation of Waterford Nature parkrun from the start, even getting to measure out the new course!


I’ve become Co Event Director for this parkrun and have gained so much from this, such as the confidence to do the parkrun brief (I’m not a fan of public speaking!) and a big group of friends from the core team and volunteers. I can’t wait to get back there.


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To keep me going until parkrun is back, I was asked to join in with ‘home’ parkrun, an initiative set up by Glengariff parkrun. Waterford Nature, Clonmel, Templemore and Glengariff parkruns take it in turns to host the ‘home’ parkrun. We receive photos and times from all over the world and compile them together to produce our own ‘home’ parkrun results every Saturday parkrun day. It has been very positive, receiving the photos every week is a highlight.


Most parkrunners take part in (not)parkrun at the same time and recently we received lots of photos of people in red taking part in the virtual Operation Transformation 5k too. I myself had to rummage through my (many) running clothes to dust off my 50 parkrun milestone t-shirt to take part too.


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It was great inspiration for a wet and windy Saturday!


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