park runner profile – Emma Kilmurray

Here's a really lovely parkrunner profile from Emma Kilmurray with some extra special news at the end....


I first got into parkrun when I moved to Harrogate in 2015. I'd been playing netball for years, but the house move meant leaving my club and my husband persuaded me to try running instead. The first time I went to parkrun on The Stray I was nervous about whether I'd be able to run the distance, but everyone was so friendly and encouraging - it didn't matter one bit that I walked some of it. A few years down the line and my local parkrun is now the slightly hillier Conyngham Hall.

parkrun was the start of what has become a new hobby for me. It's built my confidence, not only in terms of my running ability but also through meeting lots of lovely new people. Last year I joined Knaresborough Striders, a wonderfully welcoming and inclusive club. Being part of parkrun and Striders has helped me get to know Knaresborough really well and feel part of the community.

My favourite volunteering role is marshalling. It's great to see everyone running past, saying hello to new and familiar faces and cheering those on who need a little boost.

Saturday mornings have looked a little different lately, not only because of lockdown but also because my husband and I are expecting twins later in the year. Running has given way to walking for the time being, but I'm looking forward to getting back to volunteering and running when time allows!

Favourite photos:

Me with my oldest school friends at Fountains Abbey parkrun. We live dotted across the UK, but when we meet up once or twice a year we always make sure we fit in a parkrun. It's fun visiting different parkruns, even if it's somewhere you've never been before it somehow feels so familiar. 


Marshalling last summer. I like this spot next to Mr Squirrel as you get to see everyone enjoying the down hill bit!


Thank you Emma and huge Congratulations!

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