Well, it's certainly been a long time since we've had to write a 'proper' run report (147 days ago fact fans) and things have definitely changed a bit, including no actual parkruns
However, whilst things are definitely not back to normal, yesterday HQ set out their draft framework for any possible restart of parkrun (you can read the full framework here: https://volunteer.parkrun.com/principles/open-with-covid-19-management-system
Please note there is no date for any restart but the RDs and I will be reviewing the proposals in the coming weeks to ensuring we are ready. Rest assured, we will always have Beeston parkrun's best interests at heart!
In the meantime, whilst we may not have been parkrunning on a Saturday, we've definitely been missing you all and have been doing a few things behind the scenes....Yes, the tokens have been sorted and new numbers applied
We've also been able sign off our Duke of Edinburgh volunteers who all just managed to complete their required volunteer hours before lockdown in March. So it's a massive thank you to Freddie, Matthew, Lucy, Lara and Isak who were regularly on the volunteer roster in the final months of 2019 and early 2020. In fact, Lara recently sent us the following about her time volunteering
'I started volunteering at Beeston parkrun in November of 2019 up until March 2020, due to Covid, parkrun was unable continue, though I would have loved to have volunteered for a lot longer. However my experience at Beeston parkrun was more than enjoyable, meeting new people and just being able to help down at parkrun each week was the highlight of my weekend.
The weather varied over the 5 months I was volunteering from freezing cold misty morings to rainy dull days, but no matter the weather there were volunteers down at Beeston Weir fields to run parkrun, to help out each week and to cheer on each and every runner. I loved my volunteering experience down at parkrun and can’t wait to be back! '
So parkrun will be back, things will need to be slightly different but vaguely the same as well. We look forward to welcoming runners, walkers and volunteers alike on a Saturday morning. I'm sure we'll be able to share more details in the coming weeks and months, but until then
Alison and the Beeston RD team