Brought to you by our friends at Vhi, in this week’s people of parkrun entry we hear from Belinda Kelly, an Accounts Admin from Knockanacree Woods parkrun.
Name: Belinda Kelly
Occupation: Accounts Admin
Local parkrun: Knockanacree Woods parkrun, Cloughjordan, Co. Tipperary
How did you get involved in parkrun?
A friend encouraged me to come along and I’ve never looked back.
What do you love about parkrun?
I love everything about it really, the concept, the people, the whole lot. Our trail at Knockanacree Woods is so beautiful, and it’s just good for the soul. I also love how you rise to meet the challenges and overcome them. I was so self-conscious about jogging as I never had done so before. But you soon realise that nobody minds because we are all on our own journey.
Who do you participate with?
My partner Padraig has now joined in, and I run with some friends also.
Any parkrun milestones / achievements you would like to share?
I have 25 done now and looking forward to the next 25!
How has parkrun impacted positively on you?
It has had a positive impact in every way. Physically and mentally and, dare I say, almost spiritually in the connection with nature it brings in our wooded trail run. I was floundering a bit post-menopause, and parkrun has really helped with my health and confidence. So happy to have found it!
What was your best parkrun experience?
I have enjoyed them all to be honest. The winter and early spring ones sound so still in the woods, it’s magical!
What was the funniest parkrun moment?
Falling over in the middle of a run, I was absolutely mortified at first but I got up and dusted myself off and finished.
What advice would you give to someone who’s never been to parkrun?
Just go. Don’t be intimidated by it, it’s all-inclusive, for all paces, and all walks of life. Remember it’s for walkers too so just be yourself and enjoy it. The parkrun community are so welcoming and helpful.
Anything else you’d like to share?
I truly enjoy and look forward to parkrun each Saturday!
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