Durham parkrun #395

Durham parkrun #395

It was a cold start to parkrunday, but the forecast rain hadn’t arrived although the grass was very damp from the overnight downpour. I’d planned to mark my 100th separate parkrun volunteering day by taking on tasks I had never done before so I signed up for tail walking and here I am writing the run report!

After witnessing the amazing first timers briefing by Davie Black at Edinburgh parkrun in August I also put myself down for first timers briefing, but I have never been able to get as many laughs as Davie does. I’d just finished my briefing wearing the orange tail walking bib when a regular at Durham parkrun came up and introduced herself to me and thanked me for volunteering as tail walker. She explained it is good to know someone is at the back with you, and she was worried because she hadn’t seen many people this morning who are usually around her. I explained she had nothing to worry about and I was right, after the start I didn’t see her again.

Jill was RD this week and in her very organised way we were all ready, and she was doing her briefing at 8:55. She set us away at 9:01 and caught out a number of regulars who turn up at 9:05 and still catch the start. It was a strange experience starting at the back, but it showed how big parkrun actually is and the wide variety of people who come along. It really is open to everyone and everyone is made to feel included.

I was tail walking with Nicola, Jane and wee Finlay and for the first km we were continuously caught up by parkrunners who had been caught out by the on time start. Finlay kept us entertained all of the way round by singing nursery rhymes and the odd chant of “Scotland, Scotland”. I’ve been singing “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” to myself for the rest of the day.

A great part of tail walking is that you get to speak to all of the marshals who have given up their Saturday morning to make sure parkrun can go ahead. They all show what parkrun is about and all cheered on the 401 parkrunners who passed them today.

We had one person in the field celebrating a milestone today, Sam Keenaghan has now ran 50 parkruns and qualifies for her new t-shirt! Well done Sam!

The wet grass didn’t slow people down with 71 people getting new PB’s at Durham today.

We had 28 amazing hi-viz heroes at Durham parkrun this week and if it wasn’t for the volunteers we couldn’t put parkrun on. I’ve enjoyed trying out new roles today and I will definitely be tail walking again in the future. Every volunteer role is easy and if your are unsure someone will explain it to you and show you what you need to do. If you want to volunteer in the future email durham@parkrun.com and the RD for that week will reply to you.