Why did you start parkrunning?
I'm quite new to running, I only really started last October after the realisation that I wasn't as fit as I thought I was whilst running for a train! I'd heard of Couch to 5K and thought I'd give it go. Nine weeks later I was taking part in my first parkrun in Leazes Park. Although I'm motivated enough to focus on a target like completing the Couch to 5K programme, I'm not sure I would have ran as many 5Ks since without the parkrun network. I love the idea that you can be anywhere in the UK (and other countries) and potentially not far from a friendly organised Saturday morning timed run. The community and volunteering network along with camaraderie that surrounds parkruns is fantastic.
Highlight of your running career so far?
I always feel a sense of achievement when I finish a 5K run and over time my stamina is improving and my times are getting faster. Its not always about pace, but I do get a buzz when I beat my own PBs. I hoping to do the Great North 10K this year so that's a highlight in the future!
As Urban Green Newcastle's Senior Ranger responsible for Jesmond Dene I am delighted that parkrun have found a home with us. Some may expect me to say that Jesmond Dene parkrun is my favourite, it's certainly up there, it's a challenge and that view is amazing! However, I'm equally fond of Gateshead and Windy Nook, my local, parkrun.
Favourite volunteer role?
Being still fairly new to parkrun, I've only volunteered twice, once as tail walker and once as a marshal. I enjoyed them both, I loved supporting those that wanted to walk the 5K and you get loads of appreciation as a marshal. Here's to trying out other volunteering roles in the next few months.