Highbury Fields parkrunner profile – Tynan Parker

Introducing 13 year old Tynan, junior parkrunner and member of London Heathside running club. Tynan is a regular at Highbury Fields parkrun, as well as the junior Sunday event. Keen runner Tynan has some very impressive parkrun stats - a PB of 19.11 at our 5k event and a junior parkrun 2k PB of 6.58.

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When and where did you start parkrunning?

I did my first parkrun at Highbury Fields back on Christmas Day in 2016.

What prompted you to join parkrun? 
Our friends Tina ( who was dressed as a Christmas pudding and turkey hybrid) and Jeff (her husband) had given us the idea to run at Christmas. It wasn’t my favourite idea, so I wasn’t in the best mood. Yet my dad still managed to encourage me to run the full 5 laps and I finished in around 27 minutes. Finishing the run was my favourite part of the day and always will be.

What did you think after your first parkrun?
Although getting up early made me moody, the fun of people cheering you on was great. After doing more and more and realising that everyone is so friendly, I started to enjoy myself. Enjoying myself enough to put myself through the misery of a PB effort!

What’s been your most memorable parkrun?
This has to be Highbury Fields’ 8th birthday, which was full of people dressed in ridiculous 80s clothing including Danny Olive’s long wig and Lycra clothing!

What do you like most about parkrun?
The people. Everyone is friendly, though you sometimes get a parkrunner or member of the public who complains, but you have to forget about them. Apart from them, there are people who will make you laugh and others who will cheer you on.

Volunteering at parkrun - your thoughts?
I have volunteered a couple of times and I enjoyed it. There’s no pressure and if you mess it up (Editor’s note - it is very hard to “mess up” so don’t let that put you off volunteering!) one of the core volunteer team will always make sure it gets resolved (Ed - there’s always a way!!).

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How are you coping without parkrun?

I haven’t been able to chase my dream of getting the junior parkrun record. I was doing lots of tiring track training and just as I was getting used to it, Coronavirus said no! However I have been doing hill work as well as long and tempo runs to prepare me for cross country season.

Any other thoughts?
I really like the different t-shirts you get for milestones, I feel like it gives park runners a thing to aim for. Editor's note for those that don’t know, there are milestone t-shirts for 50, 100, 250 and 500 runs, as well as for volunteering at 25 events.

I would like it if there were pace makers more often.