News - 4th January 2023

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Name: Martin E Probert

Occupation: Retired

Local parkrun: Claremorris, but it might change soon!


How did you get involved in parkrun?

I needed to find something that my wife and I could do together to try and keep the effects of ageing to a minimum.


What do you love about parkrun?

The weekly sense of achievement and being able to be involved in something positive. Without it, the weekend feels empty.


Who do you participate with?

My wife Irene and thousands of other parkrun enthusiasts.


Any parkrun milestones / achievements you would like to share?

I waited patiently for run number 250 as I was stuck on 249 when Covid-19 resulted in everything being put on pause.


How has parkrun impacted positively on you?

I have definitely become fitter and have realised and accepted my limitations. parkrun creates a weekly highlight and talking point during the week, while the tourism element has let us see a lot of South Africa and a fair bit of Ireland already.


Who is your dream parkrun running buddy?

My wife, Irene.


What was your best parkrun experience?

I have two, one of which was hiding under a trampoline as the hailstones crashed down and the other breaking the 44-minute barrier for the first time!


What was the funniest parkrun moment?

Finishing an event with running shoes much bigger than when we started due to all the mud stuck on them.


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

Just get there! There is no special equipment required and no need to feel inadequate or intimidated!

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