Ellen, Sean, Darragh & Emer Lynch
Name: Ellen Lynch
Home parkrun: Tralee, it's my favourite
Number of runs: 61
Favourite volunteer roles: Truthfully, all of them once I can chat & have fun. Volunteering at Junior parkrun is most enjoyable, the children are super.
What do you do at parkrun? Chat, meet friends, make new friends, have coffee & cakes and try to run the 5k while chatting! Volunteering is always lots of fun
How has parkrun changed your running? I never ran until I joined parkrun. I started the 5k parkrun last year by walking and gradually improved to running and walking. Sometimes I can run it all! I don't ever feel that I have to compete with anyone except myself and I just love getting over that finish line.
What do you like about parkrun? Everything! The friendships, the banter, volunteering, meeting new people, travelling to other parkruns, the fun, the encouragement, the music, the milestones and mainly the people... in Tralee parkrun we are like family. Also, it gives Sean, Emer, Darragh & myself a chance to enjoy time together. I love running with Sean, it's our catch up time.
Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment? Lots of great moments from fancy dress, Christmas morning parkrun, New Years Day Double and running my 50th with Darragh & Sinead, even completing the full 5k without stopping but the most beautiful day was in the snow with pristine paths (thanks to Tony & Pat Sheehy), the park looked like a scene from "Frozen", icicles on the trees and the grass glistening, it was magical.
How did you get involved with parkrun? Tony & Mohamed were singing the praises of parkrun, especially Tralee parkrun, so Emer & I decided to give it a go. Sean & Darragh joined soon after. We have all been hooked since!
Name: Sean Lynch
Home Parkrun: Tralee
Occupation: Portering Manager
Number of runs: 37
Favourite volunteer roles: Marshal, token sorting
What do you do at parkrun? Run a little, sweat a little, ache a little, laugh a lot!!!
How has parkrun changed your running? It hasn't really because I never did any running until I joined up but it definitely introduced me to running at a pace I am comfortable with.
What do you like about parkrun? It keeps me some little bit in shape especially over the winter. The cup of coffee afterwards is always something to look forward to. However, the best thing is the friends I have made along the way. The parkrunners are amazing people who will always encourage you and there is always such a banter. The trips abroad to other parkruns are always something to look forward to.
Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment? I would have to say the park run in the snow during last winter was the most spectacular and most memorable. The park looked amazing that morning.
How did you get involved with parkrun? I definitely got the bug from Ellen. She persuaded me to go the first day and I have not looked back since.
Name: Darragh Lynch
Home parkrun: Tralee
Number of runs: 64
Favourite volunteer roles: Token sorting because I can do my run and then volunteer after.
What do you do at parkrun? I do my 5k run, chat with some people and go for tea and coffee afterwards in the Brandon.
How has parkrun changed your running? I never really liked running until I started Tralee parkrun. I did two 5k's with my school and I found them very tough. Now, I love running and try to get out three or four times a week.
What do you you like about parkrun? I like that it is not competitive and the other runners and volunteers give lots of encoragement.
Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment? Trip to Bushy parkrun as I got to know lots of new people. How did you get involved with parkrun? I was in the middle of my junior cert exams and my mom made me go for some excercise.
Name: Emer Lynch
Home parkrun: Tralee
Number of runs: 49 (50th on Saturday!)
Favourite volunteer roles: Loved volunteering as a VI guide and hope to do it again. Also I love marshaling on a Sunday morning at the junior parkrun as you get to encourage and cheer on all the children. Looking forward to trying out other volunteer roles that I haven’t already done.
What do you do at parkrun? I run and volunteer. It’s a great excuse to get up early on a Saturday morning and get some exercise! I like to volunteer too because without volunteers, parkrun would not happen!
How has parkrun changed your running? Before I started parkrun I was very unfit and wasn’t doing much exercise. But now I feel guilty if I miss parkrun any week! It has changed my lifestyle completely and now I feel much healthier, fitter and happier after starting parkrun.
What do you like about parkrun? Of course I like how great parkrun is for both your physical and mental health. However, the best part for me is meeting and socializing with people and I enjoy going for the cup of tea and catch up after the run with everyone.
Most memorable or funniest parkrun moment? One of the funniest parkrun moments was when we were visiting Bere Island parkrun. I was volunteering as a Tail Walker and because it was taking us a good while to finish, for the last few minutes someone had to take over my role where we had to run to the finish line and run to the bus because the ferry was leaving. Nearly 20 of us all crammed into a mini bus and the driver flew down the narrow bumpy roads while we were trying to hold the door of the bus closed. It was a great trip that I will always laugh about!
How did you get involved with parkrun? One day my mom suggested that we tried parkrun out some Saturday morning as people in the hospital were always talking about how great it is. So I convinced her that we would give it a go and we haven’t stopped going since then!