Run Report by Marina Semple, DofE Volunteer
The crisp September morning in Rye Farm Meadow was the site of the 364th Abingdon parkrun, which this week saw 315 people run, jog or walk the course, including visitors from Ashton Court, Osterley, Basingstoke, Beckenham and Didcot, 16 first-time parkrunners and 67 new personal bests.
Having participated in a couple of parkruns myself, when it came to choosing an option for volunteering for my Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award, I figured that volunteering for parkrun would be an excellent way to give back to the community.
I have been a track runner for a few years now and initially started parkrun as a way to boost my endurance in order to help with my track events. However, as well as this, parkrun is a great opportunity to meet new people as the whole town comes together to do some exercise, and I have really enjoyed supporting my friends and teachers as they run their 5K.
I also think that it is so important that as many people as possible get out and about as possible, because doing sport is so good for you!
As part of my volunteering, I have been the funnel manager, timer, handed out and scanned tokens, and whilst at times it felt like a lot of pressure, I have taken away a lot from the experience. It has also made me appreciate how much organisation parkrun takes and also how much it means to people - I remember one week, a couple who had met at parkrun made all of their wedding guests run the course before they headed of to their wedding!
Overall, I would definitely recommend getting involved in parkrun, whether it be as a runner, tail-walker or finish token-support person.
This weeks's first finisher was Alex Cummings from Hermitage Harriers RC who ran a 17 minute 5k.
Congratulations to Yolanda Owen who completed her 50th park run today and to Fiona Topp who completed her 100th.
Fiona Topp's 100th parkrun (Photo: Fran Long)
The event was made possible by 23 volunteers:
John HARVEY • Brian EVANS • Caroline SCOTT-LANGLEY • Mike SHEPHERD •
Abdul OKORO • Clive WILLCOCK • Steve NEWMAN • Duncan HEPBURN • Anne
BUCKLEY • Rose BUCKLEY • Mark OWEN • Don OLDCORN • Stuart WATTON • Keith DUNNETT • Mike PICKETT • Karen OLDCORN • Clare ALDERSON • Lynne DUNNETT • Simon BURBIDGE • Thomas HAYES • Marina SEMPLE • Erwin LAM • Skye MCSORLEY