Name: Hilda Jones
Club: TpoT (Tralee parkrunners on Tour) & Born to Run (Tralee Marathon Club)
Home parkrun: Tralee
Occupation: Export Sales Co-Ordinator
Number of runs: 81
Favourite volunteer role: I thoroughly enjoy all volunteer roles as each one has their own reward and feel good factor. If I had to choose, it would be Timekeeper, you get to see positive energy and all kinds of wonderful emotions as each person crosses the finish line.......happy faces all round.
What do you do at parkrun? I could not have known that setting my alarm for 7.20am (on a Saturday) could be so life changing/exciting. I like to arrive @ 9am to do a little warm up (if I don't go chatting), hug lots of people, enjoy the pre-briefing banter and camaraderie with fellow parkrunners and volunteers. Stay quiet for the briefing, set the watch and off we go.
What do you like about parkrun? Everything ! I was always active in sport, playing Ladies Gaelic Football, Basketball etc., and parkrun enables me to maintain my fitness level in a non competitive environment with like minded people. The social aspect is another plus, the high fives, the support and encouragement, the funny chats over coffee (& lots of cake) and to have the best start to my Saturday. I have never regretted a parkrun. It has opened up a wide circle of friends, given me opportunities to travel to other parkruns with the TpoTs and not to mention....the PB that is just waiting to be beaten by a nano second !
Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment? To name just a few as there were many :
1) Berlin parkrun trip with the TpoTs - spending time away allowed us to get to know each other better and to realise how funny we really are!
2) When I realised my running gear was colour co-ordinated with 2 other parkrunners without there being a plan .... (ahem ....Kathleen Curtin & Mary Holly)!
3) When Billy Lyons of Billy's Corner called me Eileen for over a year !
How did you get involved in parkrun? I must thank dear friends Helen & Jemma for that as going along to check it out is where my parkrun story begins (& not forgetting you Josie). I was made feel very welcome by Run Director, Bridgie Moore and all the volunteers. I also instantly recognised people whom I would have known locally. It was like walking into a family celebration and there was an instant connection and like-ability factor.
Thank you Siobhan, Sharon, Caroline, Tony and all the core team for your hard work and for making Tralee parkrun the success that it is and long may it continue.