One of the reasons we are so pleased to profile Jonathan Pegg is that he always manages to appear in the finishing area at Highbury Fields just when he's needed most. It's like he has a sixth sense that we need an extra barcode scanner or finishing funnel marshal and suddenly there he is. Usually wearing a running shirt customised for the occasion.
Volunteering at Highbury Fields and other parkruns at 44 events (45 volunteering tasks) hasn't stopped Jonathan from also completing a massive 451 parkruns, making a lot of parkrun friends along the way.
When & where did you start parkrunning?
My first parkrun was at Banstead Woods parkrun number 99 on 11th April 2009.
What prompted you to join parkrun?
I saw the results for Banstead Woods parkrun printed in the local paper and thought I would like to do this.
What did you think after your first parkrun?
I absolutely loved it and went back to Banstead the following 2 weeks, had a couple of weeks off, then went back again on 30th May.
What’s your most memorable parkrun?
My most memorable parkrun to date has been my 250th at Banstead Woods.
What do you like most about parkrun?
I like the fact that parkrun is for the many not the few. Looking at my photos, they tell this story so well; groups of happy, smiling parkrunners united by something that appeals to us all.
Volunteering at parkrun - your thoughts?
I never realised how much enjoyment you can get and give by volunteering at parkrun until I tried it. Editor’s note: we have certainly appreciated Jonathan's appearances on Highbury Fields barcode scanning or finishing funnel marshalling after finishing his own parkrun, for which we are always so grateful.
How are you coping without parkrun?
In the absence of parkrun I am going out visiting different parks in my local area every weekend and sometimes during the week, to get my own unique parkrun experience.
Any other thoughts?
It is so good that parks have stayed open during the pandemic so that the general public still have somewhere to go in their spare time, to breathe fresh air and exercise.