Olivia pictured with her friends Michael, Mary and Sinéad.

Profile of a parkrunner – Meet Olivia

Meet Olivia Lernihan who has been participating in Mount Lucas parkrun since 2019.

When did you first complete a parkrun?

I first turned up in Mount Lucas in July 2019, and completed my first parkrun with my husband and kids. I am now approaching my 50th parkrun. Although my times have not improved over that time, I treat it as a social occasion. It is time to meet new people, share a passion and meet up with friends.

What is your favourite thing about the parkrun?

The parkrun is always there, it is also the only time I run with other people and that makes me faster. It gets me out of bed, I really feel I have achieved something. Also the mix of people that attend each week from Gaisce students from our local post primary school volunteering, to the weekly regulars such as Michael Cronly, Mary Rowan and Mairead Scally gives it a different atmosphere.

What is your favourite parkrun memory?

The 200th Mount Lucas parkrun stands out in my mind, the party atmosphere, chats, coffee with a great sense of celebration. It oozed a community spirit with a competitive spirit also. The clapping and cheering everyone in afterwards adds to that community spirit.

What words best describe Mount Lucas parkrun?

Friendly feel good factor. I really feel welcome. There is no pressure to run, walking is fine, and it doesn’t matter how long I take. I leave feeling on a high with a brilliant sense of achievement. It is great to be part of something that is enjoyed by so many. Most importantly I enjoy the feeling of belonging, warm welcome from Mary Dunne each Saturday, chat with Louise Kennedy of what has happened since last Saturday and the discussion of plans for the weekend.

Anyone thinking of doing a parkrun as the phrase says “Just do it.” Everyone is friendly and encouraging. The feel good factor you get is amazing. All completed by 10am on a Saturday morning.