News - 31st March 2021

Who would be your dream parkrun buddy? Vhi asks parkrunners!


In the absence of parkrun during the Covid-19 pandemic, it is safe to say that we all currently have a parkrun-shaped hole in our lives. We’re all longing for the day when we will be able to return to our local parkrun on a Saturday. Hopefully, with the promise of brighter days ahead, it won’t be too long before we can return to parkrun.


While we wait, we have plenty of time to daydream! We asked various parkrunners throughout Ireland, if they had the opportunity to complete a parkrun with anyone in the world, who would it be? Here are some of the interesting responses we got back!


“I’m an avid rugby fan I would pick Ronan O’Gara, former Munster and Ireland fly-half. If I were ever to do a parkrun with him, I’d love to find out more about his coaching principles as well as his thoughts on rugby tactics.” – Claire Ryan, Waterstown parkrun


“My twin daughters when they grow up!” – Darine Hynes, Tymon parkrun


“I would love to run with Bill Gates. I really admire him for his business acumen and his philanthropy.” – Jason Le Masurier, Buncrana parkrun


“Sonia O Sullivan and Eliud Kipchoge. I might as well aim high!” – Marian Fagan, Castletown parkrun


“As I am accident prone, it has to be the Road Runner; to protect me from Wile E. Coyote.” – John Hutchins, Castlehaven parkrun


“We were lucky enough to have Sonia O’ Sullivan join us at Glengarriff parkrun which was amazing. My dream running buddy would be Usain Bolt. I think that would be great fun!” – Pádraig O’Sullivan, Glengarriff parkrun


“I’ve three great buddies already – Cathy and Evelyn – two friends that have challenged, encouraged and chatted to me through all my runs, we’ve nearly solved all of life’s problems during our runs, and then there’s Adrian who pushes me to be stronger and faster “– Patrick Kelly McGarry, Lough Key parkrun


“I think it has to be the Red Hot Chilli Peppers!” – Ian Glennon, Strokestown parkrun


“My wife Carol!” – Ken Landy, Navan parkrun


“Paul Sinton-Hewitt is my dream parkrun buddy!” – Lucy Lambe, Cabinteely parkrun


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