This was the first time I had ever been to a parkrun and it was a lovely warm sunny Saturday morning and Round Table (of which my dad is a member) had volunteered to help. I was therefore also helping out! I didn’t know what to expect having never been to a parkrun before.
As I arrived, there were plenty of volunteers and Round Tablers in high viz jackets, setting up and trying to understand their jobs, funnelling, token collecting etc.. Even at 8:30 there were some keen runners beginning to warm up before the run.
There was an attendance of around 400 people which really shows how great these events are for local communities. Some people were taking it very seriously, some were just there to have some fun and get some exercise.
When the run had started, it was a great feeling cheering the runners as they started off, the claps, the cheers, the smiles and the panting dogs were all part of it, and the run really showed to me people’s persistence and the ‘never giving up feeling’ inside all of us. It was nice to get the occasional thank you from the runners – from those who could find the breath…!
As I said before I would encourage people to help out at a parkrun as they are a great way to meet new people or old friends, and the feeling of helping and cheering so many different people was very rewarding. Each run needs 30-40 volunteers.
Round Table (with some help from 41 Club and Tangent) provided around 20 of those volunteers.
Market Harborough Round Table are a group of 25-40 year old men who meet up one night every 2 weeks to either have a laugh and do something fun or plan and help others in and around the town of Market Harborough. In June we run 'It's a Knockout' at the Harborough Carnival. In December, you'll also see our members manning the Santa sleigh, loved and cherished for years by the local community in Desborough and the customers of Sainsburys.
There are about 10 members already in Market Harborough Round Table from all walks of life. Join us, get involved with your community & make lasting friendships.
Come along to one of our nights out to see what we are about. Friends, Banter & the odd beer (or 2).
As long as you're a man older than 18 and younger than 45 – you can join.
Fleur Kellie (aged 12)