December parkrunners of the month – Yann & Gerard

POTM Dec 2019DSC_8219 O'CARROLL yann GerardNames: Yann O Carroll and Gerard O Carroll

Ages: 19, 58

Home parkrun: Tralee

Occupations: Yann is a student at Kerry College of Further Education in Tralee, Gerard is a lecturer in Early Education in IT Tralee

Number of runs: 76 each

DSC_6268 O'CARROLL Yann GODLEY Agnes Gerard-2Favourite volunteer roles: Yann especially enjoys meeting and greeting at the First Timer's Briefing. Gerard is flexible and enjoys most volunteer roles apart from that of fast pacer!TP175-339 O'CARROLL Gerard Yann-2

What do you do at parkrun? We try to run the best we can with a lot of help and encouragement from our new parkrun friends. We also encourage new people to avail of the wonderful opportunities parkrun offers to all.

D72_4826 O'CARROLL YannHow has parkrun changed your running? Yann likes to sprint at the finish line especially when there is an attentive audience and music. Neither of us had ever run before joining parkrun so for Yann, it is a good habit to learn early and for Gerard, better late then never!

What do you like about parkrun? It's a great reason to get up on Saturday morning. There are always friendly faces and encouraging voices. It is not a race and we feel very much part of the event by now. It's a safe and very sociable environment for Yann and we enjoy the post-run chats over breakfast.

TP155_0244 O'CARROLL YannMost memorable or funniest parkrun moment? One of Yann's best memories is getting his first T-shirt (white for 10 parkruns) from Gary. He also loves looking up the great photos that are posted after each parkrun on Facebook. For us both, the chance of getting that elusive new PB is always something to look forward to. For Gerard, who has a sweet tooth, the frequent availability of home baking after the run is always a temptation.

TP#143-195 O'CARROLL Yann FALVEY Stephen-2How did you get involved with parkrun? Milosz, an athletic friend from Poland introduced us, accompanied us and practically dragged us around the park to start! It's all his fault and he subsequently returned to Poland where he continues parkrun in Gdynia and where he will make us welcome should the urge take the Tpots to visit the Baltic coast (preferably not in winter he suggests).