St. Annes parkrunner of the month – Congratulations Denis Murphy

Name: Denis Murphy

Club: Crusaders A.C.

Age: 55

Home parkrun: St. Anne's.   Also involved with Albert College junior parkrun.

Occupation: Oldest student in town!

Number of Runs: 53

Favourite Volunteer Role: I enjoy them all but timekeeper is probably my favourite - it's great to have a close-up view of all the finishers.

How did you find time to write a thesis in addition to being awesome?: I couldn't have done it without a lot of support and encouragement. Being a marathon runner helped too, long runs are great for thinking about work and life in general.

Favourite flavour of Pringle: Original, BBQ or Anna? Ha ha! There's only one Anna Pringle. She can be a bit salty though.

What do you do at parkruns?: If I'm marathon training I often do the parkrun at marathon pace or slightly faster, or slower as part of a longer run. On the odd occasion that I go for a PB, there is usually someone at St. Anne's willing to help out with some pacing, especially on the last Saturday of the month. Helps to push through the pain!

How has parkrun changed your running?: It has made me much more appreciative of the people behind the scenes at every event

What do you like about parkrun?: The sociability is fantastic. Have made quite a few good friends through parkrun. It's also brilliant to see the joy on the faces of the junior parkrunners. Doing parkrun tourism is fun too - always friendly and a good way of meeting like-minded people in far-flung suburbs and towns.

Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment?: Getting lost in the woods on the way to the first ever Irish parkrun in Malahide. Plus I'd forgotten my barcode. Learned my lesson that day!