1) Tell us a little about yourself?
I'm Bob Wylie, I am a Run Director and Co-Event Director here at Kirkcaldy parkrun.
During the week, I work in Information Security / Technology for the NHS.
I am married to the lovely Wendy, and we have a 2-year old daughter, Grace
Outside parkrun I enjoy American Football and I played Flag American Football with Kirkcaldy Bulls for a number of years.
2) When did you start parkrun and why?
Wendy had joined Leven Las Vegas and started running at St Andrews parkrun. I went along a few times and really enjoyed the concept of parkrun - this was back in September 2012.
I realised after a year or so of very irregular parkrunning, that it was taking us longer to drive to Craigtoun than it took us to complete the course. I wanted to get involved in starting an alternative, local parkrun and ended up spearheading the idea.
Kirkcaldy parkrun started on 14th February 2015, but it must have taken around 18 months in the planning - the journey was tough, but a chance discussion at a local running race presented a funding opportunity that really got things moving. I am very grateful to everyone who helped start up Kirkcaldy parkrun and also to those who are now actively involved contributing to its success.
3) What are your parkrun stats? X runs in y locations, z volunteering, PB of ??
139 parkruns in 7 different locations with 145 different volunteering sessions recorded
PB has been sitting at 23:40 for a while, but I'm way off that pace
4) What do you love most about Kirkcaldy parkrun?
I love the fact that we've managed to get around 200-250 people attending every week!
We've come a long way since the initial planning when we thought that 50 would be a good turnout.
There have been a handful of very emotional startlines too - they will forever be in my memory.
5) What does parkrun mean to you?
Saturday. What else (did) people do on a Saturday?
Well, sometimes it also consists of the following, but I love every minute of it really:
- Wednesday - sorting kit and checking emails
- Thursday - organising the rota and sending out the appeal for volunteers
- Friday - starting to panic and not sleeping
- Saturday - parkrun day.
- Need to leave the house earlier to check for ice etc...
- Jings that's a big crowd!
- Coffee, haggis rolls and shortbread
- Fix the results
- More coffee
- Sunday - checking no-one has complained about the results,
- Monday - give the kit to someone else...Let them worry about next week
6) What’s your favourite volunteer role and why?
Not sure I have a favourite, but this photo I took in 2015 of my dearly departed Grandmother, sums up parkrun volunteering. It allows everyone to get something out of parkrun:
7) What’s been your favourite parkrun tourism and why?
Ganavan Sands. There's a sign at the start that says 'Steep Hill'. They are not kidding!
8) What’s your funniest or best parkrun moment?
A wee gentle trot around the park, my wife said. Then she turned on the sprint with about 30 metres to go! I wasn't best pleased - but seen the funny side of it when I was shown this photo: