Name: Conor Cassidy
Home parkrun: St. Anne's
Occupation: 5th year student
Number of runs: 57
Favourite volunteer role: I enjoy barcode scanning as you get to see all of the runners come in and it's (relatively) stress free!
What do you do at parkrun: I usually get to the park at around 9:20. I run around for a bit and pretend that I know how to warm up properly! I listen to the briefing and then I get ready for the 2 laps of pain!
How has parkrun changed your running?: I never ran before I started parkrun. In Transition Year one of my teachers suggested that I do parkrun for the physical challenge part of my Gaisce award. I managed to do the 26 weeks required and I have kept it up since. I now run a few times a week and have even done a few 10ks.
What do you like about parkrun?: I love the community that exists around the whole event. It's also great to see your progress each week and to compare yourself against other regulars. But the best part is that it's all free!
Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment?: I busted my gut one Saturday morning and came in just ahead of a certain female parkrunner who had beaten me every previous week. I thought I was great until seconds after crossing the line I heard her say that she 'found that one tough' because she was 5 months pregnant. That put me back in my box!