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Friday 28 April 2017

'I couldn't run', says Irene as she joins sixth event this year

Irene Cooney, Sharon Woods, Killian Mullen and Linda Beatty at the Parkrun in Tymon Park, Tallaght. Picture: Damien Eagers
Irene Cooney, Sharon Woods, Killian Mullen and Linda Beatty at the Parkrun in Tymon Park, Tallaght. Picture: Damien Eagers

A Dublin woman has said she "spent my life telling people I couldn't run" - until she joined her first Parkrun a few weeks ago.

Irene Cooney (48), who lives in Dublin city centre, ran her third parkrun on Saturday morning in a frosty Tymon Park in Tallaght.

It was her sixth run of the year since joining the Paul Brennan Memorial run on New Year's Day.

Hard

Irene said her aim is to complete 20 runs this year, despite it "limiting her Friday night plans".

The Bank of Ireland employee said she finds the run "really hard", but has already taken a minute off her time.

"I turned to my friend yesterday and I asked her does it get easier and she just said no," she said.

Irene said it was her personal trainer Michael English who said she should get involved with the five-kilometre runs.

Anthony Kearney (50), from Tallaght, said: "People should get and get out to the parkruns.

"Nobody is judging anyone and the runs cater for all levels.

"There was plenty of heat in the sun. This is my third run and my target now is to do the Great Ireland run in May."

Sue Vincent and Anthony Kearney Picture: Damien Eagers
Sue Vincent and Anthony Kearney Picture: Damien Eagers

Anthony, who was doing the run on his own, added: "I'll try to get my wife down too."

Teacher Aoife Buckley (34) said she got involved "to get her fitness levels up" ahead of her new Gaelic football season.

The Firhouse resident said "the runs are a great motivator" even though she "has always hated running".

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