Saturday 18th May 2019

Written by Daniel – a Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Volunteer

Running conditions on Saturday 18th May were good, as it was a dry day and the ground was firm under foot. This was reflected by 69 runners achieving a personal best. Of 381 runners in total, there were 29 first-timers and 31 ‘tourists’. The first male was James Reeder with a time of 16:42, and the first female was Rosie Sexton with a time of 20:17. Special congratulations to Richard Hill, a regular volunteer, for completing his 50th parkrun. Well done everyone!

I have been volunteering at the Bath Skyline parkrun since February as part of the work towards my Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award. Before becoming a volunteer, I had been a keen participant of the parkrun for several months. Back in August last year, one of my friends asked me to try and do the parkrun with her. I was hesitant, as I’d never done a long distance run, but the energetic atmosphere and friendly people brought me back for a second week. Over the following months, to my joy, I watched my times improve and the run became a little easier for me. It was an obvious choice for me to choose to volunteer at the parkrun as I really wanted to give something back to the parkrun community and learn what goes on behind the scenes. I have been involved in a variety of tasks, but my favourite position so far has been the timekeeping, as it’s really nice to see everyone celebrate at the finish. I am looking forward to being able to run again, but I will continue to volunteer regularly. It’s been a brilliant experience and I would strongly recommend volunteering at the parkrun to other Duke of Edinburgh students.