News - 16th February 2022

People of parkrun brought to you by Vhi

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Name: Olivia Porter


Occupation: Student Dietitian


Local parkrun: Gorey parkrun


How did you get involved in parkrun?

I came across the Gorey parkrun Facebook page one day. I was curious and was trying to get into running at the time so I decided to give it a go!


What do you love about parkrun?

I love the inclusivity of parkrun – how it’s for everyone, regardless of your background or ability, whether you’re doing a 20-minute run or an hour-long walk!


Who do you participate with?

I generally go by myself but have met so many lovely people through parkrun, both at my home parkrun and through parkrun tourism.


Any parkrun milestones / achievements you would like to share?

I hit my 50th parkrun milestone in November 2018 and my 25th volunteer milestone in December 2019. I’m looking forward to hitting my 100th milestone this year, after staying at my 90th parkrun for a lot longer than expected with COVID-19!


How has parkrun impacted positively on you?

parkrun has definitely made my running experience a lot more social than it would otherwise have been!


What have you missed most about parkrun?

The pre-parkrun chats and parkrun tourism!


Who is your dream parkrun running buddy?

Somebody who is even half as excited about parkrun tourism as I am!!!


What was your best parkrun experience?

Volunteering as a Visually Impaired Guide Runner for the first time was my best parkrun experience. It pushed me out of my comfort zone and I learned a lot from both the Visually Impaired training and the experience itself!


What was the funniest parkrun moment?

It’s hard to pick one but many laughs have been had during pre-event chats!


What advice would you give to someone who’s never been to parkrun?

It’s for everyone – do it once and you’ll be hooked. Whether participating or volunteering, parkrun is bound to get your weekend off to a great start!

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