Whilst I enjoy running at Dulwich parkrun I do find volunteering particularly satisfying and this week was no exception.
It is great to have a chance to chat to the volunteer team and during that 30 minutes or so we do get to know more about one another than you would if you were simply chasing them round our 3 lap course.
This week, 3 of our volunteers, Andy, Giles and Peter were running half marathons today, Sunday, at Kingston, Windsor and Ealing. As they were having a rest day to gear up for their events they volunteered at parkrun instead of running, which was greatly appreciated.
Welcoming first-timers is also rewarding and it always amazes me that every week there are more and more people who have committed to getting up and out early to join us. This week there were 14 people running their first ever parkruns. To motivate you all I can tell you that if you come back next week you may well get a PB: of 17 runners running their 2nd parkruns this week, 12 got PBs (2 were already very quick and 3 ran their first runs at other parkruns).
And talking of PBs, Asa Burnett, this week's first finisher has run at Dulwich 6 times - no PB possible on your first run of course but Asa has improved his time each week from 19:04 to 17:11 with NO LESS THAN 5 PBs.
And it is not just parkrun newcomers who get PBs. Jo Quantrill was one of our 60 PBs this week. Jo, who runs regularly at Banstead Woods, was running her 270th parkrun with us and got herself a new fastest time and an age-graded score of 85.40%. Well done, Jo!
Whilst PBs are great confidence boosters just taking part is better than not taking part and everyone is rewarded with points towards our annual points competition. Our birthday is the 2nd Saturday in April so we are just about halfway through the Dulwich parkrun Year - a good time perhaps to look at our points tables. Points are awarded each time you run and for volunteering up to 3 times a year
Top of the men's points table are Jack Harrison (1468 points), Oliver Wyncoll (1398 points) and Anthony Prangley (1138 points)
Top of the ladies' points table are Victoria Donlevy (1240 points, Olivia DelCarlo (1234 points) and Sarah Manley (1144 points)
Run with us regularly and you will soon be catching them up!
Next week is parkrun's 12th birthday,
so another excuse to come along and bring a friend to make it a huge celebration of the fact that we can run a free, timed, 5k in so many parks in the UK every Saturday morning.
Hope to see you there..............