The Coole parkrun team were delighted to restart their parkrun event. It was also an opportunity for them to remember a much loved member of the team.
Here they tell us more, and reflect on why parkrun really is for everybody.
To see the smiles and hear the laughs as we return to parkrun makes us get up out of bed on a Saturday morning.
Will we walk, jog, run or volunteer? Will we get a PB? parkrun means different things to so many people.
For some people, just being at parkrun is what is important.
What do they bring to parkrun? For one person, it was never about getting a Personal Best over the 5k course. It was to volunteer, to crack a joke, to put smiles on other people’s faces and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee after parkrun.
To restart Coole parkrun this weekend was a joy, but there was also a great sense of loss in the hearts of many there. One extra volunteer would have to be found this time, and an empty chair in the Tea Rooms would never be filled again.
Eamonn Broderick, a loyal and treasured Coole parkrun volunteer, lost a brave fight with cancer a year ago. We remembered Eamonn on Saturday at our restart. When his name was mentioned, a smile appeared on the faces of all of us who know him, but that smile was hiding a sense of sadness.
Marion, Eamonn’s wife, was present at our restart as she has been on so many other occasions, she herself also a treasured Coole parkrun volunteer. We paid tribute to Eamonn by presenting Marion with a framed photo of Eamonn being his typical self, volunteering at the Christmas ‘Coole Yule’ parkrun. We’ll never forget the sight of Eamonn carrying away the Christmas tree with his familiar jaunty stride after that festive event, volunteers scurrying after him, laughing all the way while picking up the baubles falling from the tree as he went.
Eamonn always had a smile on his face and a joke on his lips, ready to engage with enthusiasm with whatever was happening. He had a fabulous sense of fun, yet had a serious side too. He was a kind and generous man whose instinct was to look after people, and he did that so well. We’ll miss his larger-than-life personality around on a Saturday morning in Coole Park.
We had a post-event cuppa on Saturday with Eamonn’s photo taking pride of place amongst us. We are grateful for having had the opportunity to get to know him, and hope he keeps a close eye on proceedings in Coole parkrun!
God bless, Eamonn.
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