4th May 2019

Written by Ruby Cryer - a Silver Duke of Edinburgh Volunteer

Saturday 4th May saw 415 runners set off on a run in the sunny but also cold morning. Due to last weeks run being cancelled, it was great to see so many familiar as well as new faces turn up raring to go.

Today there were 67 runners who got new personal bests and 70 first timers!
Will Bray from Team Bath Athletics Club came 1st with a run of 18:06
The first female was Rosie Sexton with a time of 20:07
Today was Will Somerville’s 100th run, Colin Hitchin and Poppy Corripio-Dieppe’s 50th run
Well done everyone!

It was also great to see our friend Andrea Harding, running on her 50th birthday as part of her training for her first triathlon at Westonbirt at the end of May and also getting a PB.

I have been volunteering at parkrun for 6 months, as I have been working towards my Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Before this experience, I had never really heard of the Bath Skyline parkrun and would never have realised how much effort, work and time goes into the parkrun each week; ensuring that both volunteers and runners feel welcomed and comfortable.

When I first joined parkrun, I was extremely nervous due to the shy person that I am, however, as soon as I arrived I felt very welcome and happy in helping out. parkrun has helped improve my confidence massively, not only with meeting and talking to new people but also with working with others to complete our role to the best of our ability.

During my parkrun experience, I have been able to try a wide variety of skills including, marshalling, timekeeping, barcode scanning and even writing the run report! Despite the early mornings, I have extremely enjoyed volunteering at parkrun and will definitely still keep coming to help volunteer in the future. It may have even convinced me to start running it!

My favourite aspect about the parkrun is seeing so many people; adults, children and even dogs, come together to run 5k on a Saturday morning, and seeing all the smiles as everyone crosses the finishing line.

Because of this experience, I would highly recommend volunteering at parkrun.

Thank you to all the volunteers for being so welcoming and helpful.

Ruby