News - 13th July 2022

One parkrun at a time

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Nick was diagnosed with depression in his twenties. He took antidepressants with alcohol, leading to a dependency which he was not able or prepared to acknowledge. It was in 2015 that he finally addressed the issue.


I attended residential rehab which was a huge help. It was then in August 2015 that I discovered parkrun. I first went to Marlay parkrun and struggled to finish. My goal was to complete the course without stopping.


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This new parkrun routine was an important element to my recovery regime. Those few hours preparing for parkrun and completing the event were vital hours when I was not thinking about or drinking alcohol. I liked that I could be fairly anonymous due to the large attendance at this venue. As my confidence grew, I began attending the smaller neighbouring parkrun at Bushy Park and began integrating with the core team there.


My favourite role is pre-event set up and I am now a familiar face to all in this community and I have made friends for life through parkrun.


I have also made use of opportunities for parkrun tourism throughout Ireland. I set up my own business in Dublin where I provide ‘street art’ running tours, guiding visitors around the city via its many interesting and provoking murals. I am now at seven years of sobriety and the joy of parkrun has played a massive part in that. My next goal is to complete 250 parkruns and 50 volunteer stints. One parkrun at a time.


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