Highbury Fields parkrunner profile – John Roback


This week our featured parkrunner is one half of our Event Director team, John Roback.

Since August 2013 John has volunteered at 227 parkruns & junior parkruns in the UK and further afield; Highbury Fields, Highbury Fields Juniors, Jersey (Channels Islands), The Waterfront Juniors (Jersey, Channel Islands), Dulwich, London Fields Juniors & Fletcher's Cove (Washington DC, USA).

We asked John a few questions about his parkrun story:

Why did you start volunteering at Highbury Fields parkrun? My wife Deborah had no intention of leaving me in bed on Saturday mornings when she was volunteering or running at parkrun.

Why have you volunteered at other parkruns? If family & friends are running at other parkruns, I'll volunteer as a way of being involved in their morning.

What do you get out of volunteering at parkrun? It's the feel-good factor of doing something for others in the community.

Have you ever or will you ever run, jog or walk a parkrun? It's been 6 & a half years - let's say I'm still thinking about it. I don't like to rush these things.

What is your favourite volunteer role? Barcode scanning as it is a great opportunity to have a  chat with some of the parkrunners.

What's it like being a co-Event Director? I imagine it's about the sharing of ideas & responsibilities with another person of equal position. However, my co-Event Director also happens to be my wife of almost 35 years, so I'll leave you to figure out how that actually works.

What sport/exercise are you interested in? I'm a keen badminton player & reluctantly go to the gym as a means of keeping fit.

Anything else you'd like to add? We have a great core volunteer team at Highbury Fields who are experts at enabling new volunteers, be they runners or non-runners, so please give it a go!

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