Rachel Day has run 56 of her 93 parkruns around Highbury Fields but sadly (for us) moved to Norfolk (pre-pandemic) before reaching the 100 parkrun milestone.
She has also completed 53 volunteering tasks at 44 events, all but one of them being at Highbury Fields parkrun or Highbury Fields junior parkrun (the 'one' was at Catton parkrun in Norfolk).
Rachel's infectious smile and happy demeanour is remembered as fondly as her hotdog and mustard fancy dress outfit.
What prompted you to join parkrun?
I signed up for parkrun and got myself a barcode long before I finally made it to Highbury Fields parkrun many years later in September 2016. A friend of mine talked about her local parkrun and it sounded like a way to motivate me back into running.
What did you think after your first parkrun?
I was amazed that such a well-run event was happening every week led completely by volunteers. The friendly welcoming atmosphere could be felt as soon as I arrived.
What’s your most memorable parkrun?
One of my most memorable may have been tail walking in the rain while very inappropriately dressed in 70s gear, made all the more pleasant by a lovely chat with regular parkrunner Manal. The editors think that the parkrun when Rachel was dressed as a hot dog with mustard was pretty memorable too!
What do you like most about parkrun?
The people of course! When I decided to leave London, I knew that one thing I would miss the most would be rolling out of bed on a Saturday, hungover or not, with the knowledge that I'd be spending the next hour or so in great company while getting in some good exercise, breakfast and coffee!
Volunteering at parkrun - your thoughts?
I love volunteering as much as I do running at parkrun (sometimes more!). It's a great way to feel more involved and get to know people better. I loved learning how it all worked and I was genuinely flattered when I was asked if I would join the core team! Editor’s note: any time you want to make a guest appearance back in the core team you’ll be welcomed with socially distanced open arms!
How are you coping without parkrun?
I miss the smug feeling you get after a Saturday morning parkrun and running alone or in small groups is just not as much fun!