i joined the parkrun party in Durham back in 2015 and was grabbed by this amazing community and remain in love with this event to this day. Having both ran and volunteered at the event many time I was fortunate enough in 2017 to be asked to join the core event team.
I was Run Director today at Durham, a job which means it's my responsibility to ensure the event goes without a hitch! My other half says I was made for this role, organised, bossy and a voice like a fog horn. Every time i am run director I fall in love with Durham parkrun a little more.
A beautiful sunny morning saw 347 people come to the start. All ages and abilities side by side, equal levels of excitement and nerves. Standing above the crowd on the hill I am privileged to be able to see this special moment. Welcoming our visitors, first timers and the ever loyal Durham parkrun community and setting them off on their own personal journey to the finish is special moment.
It never fails to amaze me the fantastic community spirt at Durham. All the people who come along week in week out, to cheer each other, push each other to PB's, who bring their families and friends to just cheer and spread the love of parkrun. I personally love the buzz around the finish area, people congratulating each other, using the seflie frame to capture a visit and generally just smiling faces and the sound of laughter.
We had a rather special moment this week at Durham parkrun. A year ago to the day we welcomed Elvet Striders to do a volunteer takeover alongside a special DKMS charity event to aid one of the clubs longest standing members who was in need to a donor. Today that very member Shaun Roberts, completed his first parkrun since completing his treatment in a very respectable time of 23 minutes.
We also welcomed visitors from Troon, Brighton, London, Horsham and the members of Team Coco running club.
As ever it's not just the RD who enables parkrun to go ahead every week, it's the amazing volunteers. We simply could not do it without all. Many stepped forward after a last minute plea, sacrificing their own runs for the sake of others. If you have never volunteered before its such a special experience to see parkrun from a whole different view. One I personalove!
Thank you all, Jill (RD today at Durham parkrun)