In this week’s people of parkrun entry, we hear from Sarah McEneaney from Dundalk IT junior parkrun. She tells us all about her parkrun achievements and what she loves most about parkrun!
Name: Sarah Mc Eneaney
Local parkrun: Dundalk IT Junior Parkrun
How did you get involved in parkrun?
Setting up Dundalk parkrun in 2015 to bring parkrun to my town, as the Drogheda parkrun was the nearest one before that.
What do you love about parkrun?
It’s friendly, not competitive and free.
Who do you participate with?
I volunteer weekly with core members, my partner Colin and friends.
Any parkrun milestones / achievements you would like to share?
I have 168 volunteer roles and 15 runs done. I’m very proud to volunteer to help others take part. I have currently changed jobs to give me my Saturdays off, so hoping I can run on Saturdays and volunteer on Sundays.
How has parkrun impacted positively on you?
It’s given me confidence, but I’ve made friends for life from it and that’s the best part of it. We would never have crossed paths otherwise.
What have you missed most about parkrun?
Meeting everyone weekly. It has been sad coming back and finding out some people have lost friends and relatives over lockdown.
Who is your dream parkrun running buddy?
My bestests from parkrun, Brenda and Debbie, but we have never run together. I walked on parkrun with Debbie.
What was your best parkrun experience?
The first event of junior parkrun was my best experience. We had hoped to start in 2020 but COVID-19 delayed it. It started in August 2021, and it was brilliant. The kids’ faces, smiling and laughing even in the rain made it worthwhile.
What was the funniest parkrun moment?
It was one of our Christmas parkruns and everyone dressed up. One man had an inflatable Santa outfit, and he is a very thin fit man so when he struggled to get the costume on it was hilarious. It’s a great picture of us.
What advice would you give to someone who’s never been to parkrun?
Try it – you have nothing to lose but everything to gain.
Anything else you’d like to share?
parkrun is not just a weekly event it is an emotional support group for many. I’ve seen and heard people’s stories and a lot of people depend on parkrun for that morning for free space from their head, worries and life.
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