Normally on a Saturday afternoon, the run director for the week would be thinking about what to write in that week's run report (or trying to convince someone else to write it!) Obviously due to lockdown, this hasn't been an issue for us recently. But today's run report is a special one...
Gabriel volunteered with us for his Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award. He had completed 11 weeks of the 12 weeks he needed for the award when parkrun paused for lockdown. But we like to think creatively at Chipping Sodbury parkrun so we suggested that Gabriel wrote a run report for his final volunteering session. And here it is! Thank you Gabriel for all your time volunteering with us and for writing about it in this report. We hope it inspires lots of other people to volunteer with us when parkrun returns.
My experiences as a DoE parkrun volunteer
When I first approached Chipping Sodbury parkrun via email, I got a response within 24
hours and that really set my mind at ease knowing that I had my volunteering section sorted.
It was really nice when I turned up for my first volunteering session. Everyone welcomed me and gave me lots of encouragement and supported me throughout the whole run. At the start of every run they were very helpful, explaining to me what my role was and why it was important to make sure I did it correctly. The only pain was getting up early on a Saturday morning to meet everyone at 8.15!
It was really nice volunteering at parkrun as all runners and volunteers all say thank you and give you lots of praise and make you feel part of the team! parkrun is really organised and well prepared and so I know every week what I am doing and so when I arrive I know who to find and what to do for my new weekly role. Also when I am really busy with school sport matches that may appear last minute, parkrun are always really understanding and find a replacement.
I would recommend anyone doing DofE to volunteer with parkrun as you meet lots of
people in your community and feel like you have done something good with your life.