There are many great things about being a volunteer at Preston Park. I particularly enjoy chatting while token sorting. About two years ago chatting, is exactly what I was doing while marshaling on Monument corner (the bottom of the slope). A member of the public stopped to ask me what was going on. I explained what parkrun was, chatted in general about sport and thought no more of it. Today, that stranger, Louis Eastwood, ran his 59th parkrun with 51 of them being at Preston Park. I wonder how many other conversations had led to someone else giving it a go and then finding themselves part of the parkrun family.
Another volunter role I really like is the new runners briefing. Three weeks ago Louise Hayton and Graham Wright turned up, looking a bit nervous, which is probably how many of us felt as first timers They's been back every week since and have already knocked two and a half minutes of their pb. Congratulations to them.
If you haven't thought before about volunteering then I urge you to give it a go. Some roles, such as helping to set up are over by 8.45am. There are other roles, where you can still run and volunteer such as packing away, token sorting or even pace making. Roles, such as marshaling are part boss, part cheerleader, and you even get to shout "bollards" over and over.
We lso have a group of younger volunteers, who volunteer with us as part of the Duke of Edinburgh award. Hugh, who was funnel manager this week, has just completed enough stints for his silver award. I hope that some of you gave him a shout out as you finished the run. If you have teenagers who are interested in doing this then ask for Chris Archer on a Saturday as she organises the team and the waiting list.
If you would like to volunteer then please sign up on the white board outside the cafe or contact us through the Facebook page. Have a chat with someone wearing hi viz on Saturday to find out more, or find the Volunteer Coordinator after the run. They are the person checking in all volunteers from 8.30am outside the cafe.
So well done all of you who got out of bed on Saturday morning and ran or walked 5k. You are all fantastic; I know, I got to watch you run by. Particular thanks from me this week, go to Bernadette Pelling, a regular runner and volunteer co-ordinator. In the absence of a lot of the core team we did the results processing together and the timers were having a bit of a Saturday sulk. At one point we thought you might all end up with a time of 59 minutes! However, perserverance, a bit of wiggling wires and a lot of resilience led to the results published as normal. Here's hoping there weren't too many gremlins.
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Preston Park parkrun, Brighton Results Page.
The male record is held by Finn MCNALLY who recorded a time of 14:47 on 28th November 2015 (event number 133).
The female record is held by Katy HEDGETHORNE who recorded a time of 17:22 on 30th June 2018 (event number 265).
The Age Grade course record is held by Chris NAYLOR who recorded 91.10% (21:55) on 18th November 2017 (event number 234).
Preston Park parkrun, Brighton started on 20th April 2013. Since then 11,564 participants have completed 92,844 parkruns covering a total distance of 464,220 km, including 15,531