18 January 2020 – Medina IOW parkrun number 445

Hello people of the Medina parkrun.  I would say all the names but still can't believe how many people go to parkrun each week as I never used to go regularly, unlike my friend Gethin who is always there.  Between us, I think that he is forced by his dad, John, each week otherwise he will have to wash the dishes.  

 As I am sure you are aware there are currently a few people volunteering at parkrun for their Duke of Edinburgh awards. I am currently doing my bronze Duke of Edinburgh award along with Jackson Hill, trying to catch up to my sister, who is doing her silver Duke of Edinburgh award. I have been doing all the different roles at parkrun and I hope Joy will let me do more in the future. So far, my favourite must have been timekeeping (hint hint Joy). On days that I felt like running I have been doing either set up or close-down as this allows me to run and volunteer. Through this experience I have realised how much hard work and effort goes into setting up and running parkrun and may I say how lucky we are that people will give up their spare time so we can run.  I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has volunteered. It is crazy how we have such a friendly and caring community.

Well done to the 30 people who got pbs today and I will say how happy I am to see how popular parkrun is as today 404 people turned up.  That's the 3rd highest ever at this event. Also, a huge thank you to the 29 people who volunteered.  It wouldn't be possible without you.

Hopefully I will see you all next week and I hope that the numbers keep rising.

Benjamin Van der Helstraete