News - 23rd March 2022

People of parkrun brought to you by Vhi

Padraic Gilligan People of Parkrun (1)

Name: Pádraic Gilligan


Occupation: Chief Marketing Officer


Local parkrun: Bushy Park Terenure


How did you get involved in parkrun?

My daughter Orla cajoled me into doing it.


What do you love about parkrun?

The community.


Who do you participate with?

Usually my daughter Orla but when they’re in Dublin or we’re in Kerry I do it with my grandsons!


Any parkrun milestones / achievements you would like to share?

Over 100 parkruns done.


How has parkrun impacted positively on you?

It has given me a new lease of life in my 60s and connected me with a warm, friendly, encouraging community.


What have you missed most about parkrun?

The community.


Who is your dream parkrun buddy?

My children and grandchildren.


What was your best parkrun experience?

My first one back after lockdown – ran a very unexpected PB.


What was the funniest parkrun moment?

They are all fun!


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

Try it, even as a walker. We’re a friendly, welcoming crew. It’ll get you out of bed for 9:30 on a Saturday morning and maybe you’ll have one less glass of wine on the Friday night!


Anything else you’d like to share?

My Dad was from Offaly and worked as a landscaper in Bushy Park. I wear an Offaly GAA county jersey every week in his memory.



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