Following a unanimous decision we have voted for Una Ní Chribín as St. Anne's parkrunner of the month for August. Since her defection from Malahide to St. Anne's, Una has been a regular runner of the course, a regular volunteer for the run in a multitude of roles and she was also the first multiple winner of the now famous "#98" token.
in the events where dressing up in costumes was to the fore, Una was most likely the supplier of tutus, boas and many other items.
So we say congratulations Una on being the latest member of the club, it is wel deserved and topped off by running your 50th parkrun today.
Read more about Una's parkrun experience below.
Name: Úna Ní Chribín
Club: Running chick with Forget The Gym.
Home parkrun: I have two homes, Malahide and St Annes.
Occupation: Public servant (shh)
Number of Runs: 49
Favourite Volunteer Role: Marshalling, I get to cheer and shout without anyone telling me to be quiet. Most of the runners like a cheer along the way.
What do you do at parkruns?: Steal token 98, take photos and organise skipping with the funnel rope. – I run too.
How has parkrun changed your running? It's hard to believe now but the coaches had to coax me to park runs. Then I refused to register for the first few months. I've changed from a self-conscious "unknown" runner to completing 49 official runs, while also enjoying being the park run poet and the token 98 bandit . Park runs now helps every stage of my training, whether using it for "speed" work, preparation for a longer run or to simply chat with some running buddies. The coffee afterwards is always good.
What do you like about parkrun?: The camaraderie. Parkruns are for everyone. The young, the not so young, the sprinter, the crawler. Everyone is encouraged to reach individual goal in a friendly and supportive way. Park runs are usually where our coaches bring the newcomers for their first 5k. I love the excitement and emotions that is built around those events. Who doesn't remember their first 5k.
Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment?: The funniest moment has to be winning St Anne's first ever "token 98" award. The thief proof token is still the "must win" prize for a lot of regulars and causes many a bewildered look from newcomers.