As the warmer weather approaches and the evenings get brighter, it has us thinking about the great memories that we have all built over the years through parkrun. We know that you are all longing for the day when you’ll be able to return to your local parkrun again, and hopefully, as brighter days lie ahead it won’t be too long before that happens. We asked various parkrunners from around Ireland what exactly it is that they love about parkrun. Here are some of the interesting responses we got back!
“The best of craic every Saturday morning with my parkrun friends. It gets me out of bed and motivated. A great feeling!” – Brendan Branigan, Oldbridge parkrun
“I love that it’s a run, not a race! I love that there are so many parkruns to do in Ireland and different countries across the world. It’s great that it is timed so that you can try and better yourself each week if you wish to. I love the fun and excitement when people achieve personal bests and milestones. The encouragement that run directors, volunteers and fellow parkrunners give to each participant whether it’s their first or 200th parkrun is amazing. I think that it’s great that parkrun is for all ages and that you can walk, jog and run the 5k. I believe that it is very good for the community as it caters for everyone and people from all walks of life meet up to join others with a passion for running! Most of all I love catching up with my parkrun family afterwards over a tea/coffee to catch up on the events of the morning and plan some parkrun tourism!” – Lisa Cumiskey, Ardgillan parkrun, Balbriggan
“I love the simplicity, the inclusiveness, how it brings people together in the most unexpected ways and how it grows to become a community within a community. There are so many ways to be involved and part of it and it is completely up to the individual what parkrun becomes to them”. – Lisa Kennedy, Carlow Town parkrun
“Well, not the running bit, that’s for sure! But I’m even getting to like that part too. Mostly, the buzz in our Town Park every Saturday morning. And of course, Bere Island!” – Tony Higgins, Tralee parkrun
“I love the people. I love the fact that no matter who you are or how fast you can run or walk a parkrun we are all there for one purpose and one purpose only and that is to put aside all the things going on in our lives and simply enjoy a run or walk with likeminded people. I love that I can have great conversations with people thrilled that they managed to walk 5k while also having a great chat with someone who just missed breaking the course record by 1 second!” – Peter Travaskis, River Valley parkrun, Swords
“Everyone takes part of all shapes and sizes and are really enthusiastic about looking after their physical health. Also, that there is a junior parkrun available that my daughter has attended, and really enjoyed it.” – Tracy Harford, Ardgillan parkrun
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