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Monday 18 June 2018

Storm Brian's bluster fails to spoil the parkrun fun

Neil O’Brien with his sons Oisin and Seimi at the Waterstone Parkrun on Saturday
Neil O’Brien with his sons Oisin and Seimi at the Waterstone Parkrun on Saturday

Two tiny personal trainers spurred their dad on as he pushed them round a parkrun course.

Neil O'Brien (45) loves to run 5km every Saturday morning while pushing sons Oisin (3) and one-year-old Seimi in a buggy.

Not even the wind and rain of Storm Brian could deter Neil from his regular parkrun at Waterstown Park in Palmerstown at the weekend.

"Go faster, Dada, go faster," is the usual chant from Oisin as the kids enjoy the excitement of going for a spin.

Snowsuits

"The boys love it. It's like having my own coaches to spur me on," said Neil, who had both children well wrapped up in snowsuits during the run.

Neil, a biochemist living in Ballinteer, is often joined by partner Fionnuala during the weekly runs.

It was a family affair also for Sarah O'Donnell (35), who was the first woman to finish in a time of 26 minutes and 48 seconds.

She was followed by her sister Lisa (32) in 28:50 and their mother Ann (71) in 29:33.

The O'Donnells are from Ballyfermot, but Sarah now lives in Lucan, and Lisa in Mullingar.

"I used to power-walk with my mother, but then we started to jog when she was 65," said Sarah. "We've done a lot of parkruns together. We love the friendly atmosphere."

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