Highbury Fields parkrunner profile – The Bevan Family

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This week we are happy to introduce you to the Bevan family - mum Mary, dad Peter, teenagers David and James and 10 year old Jonah.

Between them they have notched up an impressive 240 runs since starting parkrun in 2017 (Peter is currently just short of his milestone 100 shirt on 97), and 72 volunteer credits. Peter and James are currently neck and neck in the hunt for PBs - their times are a single second apart at a speedy 21:06 for Peter and 21:05 for James!

Here they tell us their parkrun story.

When and where did you start parkrunning?

We started parkrunning at Highbury Fields a few years ago and it quickly became a family affair with some or all of us running and/or volunteering most weeks.

What prompted you to join parkrun?

We joined parkrun at the recommendation of Jonah’s primary school headteacher who is a keen runner and who saw Jonah enjoying running at sports day. We then got into volunteering and getting involved.

What did you think after your first parkrun?

How friendly and user friendly it is! In fact what we like most about parkrun is how everyone is welcome and it doesn’t matter what standard you are at.

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Volunteering at parkrun - your thoughts?

Volunteering is always a great way to be involved - there is lots of friendly support for new volunteers from the experienced volunteer team [Editor's note: anyone wishing to volunteer is always given full training before the event starts] and there are plenty of different roles to fill!

Editor would also like to say that James has undertaken his Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme by volunteering at parkrun, which has seen him on Highbury Fields helping out week after week, come rain or shine and taking on every role available - well done and thank you James!

How are you coping without parkrun?

We miss the friendly faces every Saturday morning and look forward to all meeting again as soon as possible.