Former Event Director Martin Black, now a parkrun Ambassador and an active parkrunner when circumstances allow, very kindly wrote a Run Report for us after yesterday's event.
Saturday saw my first running return to parkrun since International Women's Day in March 2020. I made it back to Highbury Fields on its first event following Lockdown in July to carry out my favourite volunteering role of barcode scanning. But due to family care issues that have arisen in the past year, yesterday was the first opportunity to actually run at a parkrun event. And a joyous occasion it was. Taking full advantage of the new course I finally bettered my PB set in May 2013. But that wasn't the reason for my joy. No that was from catching up with so many members of the parkrun community that I had barely seen the past 20 months. Unfortunately I couldn't spend as much time chatting as I would like and certainly no post parkrun coffee. Since turning up at Highbury Fields in December 2011, it has been the community spirit that has kept me coming back to parkrun. The friends I have made here over the years have been very important to me and have been even more so the past 20 months.
The spur to organise things so I could attend was to celebrate Kathryn Donkersley's 250th parkrun. A milestone, like so many others, delayed by more than year. Kath, as well as a regular at Highbury Fields, is a stalwart at juniors at Highbury Fields and Caledonian Park. During lockdown Kath created the Cally-Camden (not) parkrun route. She started running it on her own but as rules allowed more than 2 dozen of us would run it at some point over the following 12 months.
Also reaching milestones this week were Jeff Eaton (50), Roisin MCKEON, Mark Benjamin JACKSON, Paul GOODSTADT, Frances AMBLER, Shiobain O'CONNOR (25). Yes 25 is now a milestone and qualifies for a purple t-shirt! Log on to your profile to see your milestone progress and t-shirts that you can order (you will find a link to your profile at the bottom of your results or volunteer thank you emails).
As always a huge thank you to this week's volunteers:
Melanie ARMSTRONG, Ben BOND, Amna BUSHRA, Alex CHASE, John EVESON, Luke FRANKLIN, Michael GRAY, Lucas GRELA, Stephen HEY, Thomas HILL, Sean HODGES, Alice KANU, Colleen KRENZER, Paul MAKIN, Ella MARSHALL, Joseph OLIVE, Julian OYESIKU, Chris PEACOCK, Lizzy POLLOTT, Adrienne QUARTLY, David RANK, Deborah ROBACK, John ROBACK, Theresa WHITE, Emma WRIGHT
It's wonderful to see so many new volunteers (as well as long standing ones!). I'm biased of course as I'm more likely to be seen in hi-viz than in running kit at parkrun. There is so much to gained from volunteering that I would entreat everyone to give it a go. It should be seen as a positive act and not giving up a run/walk. Of course if you are not able to volunteer at parkrun then that's fine, there is certainly no obligation to do so. I would recommend listening to Jaz Banger (Head of HR & Volunteer Management at parkrun) in the 8th October Free Weekly Timed podcast to get some more positive messages on volunteering which you can find here
I hope to see you all soon,