parkrun #139

With storm Dennis hitting the South Coast we did not know what weather to expect but with an early inspection it was decided to go ahead. Other local parkrun’s had been called off the day before, but we are fortunate in being inland with certain weather protection around the course and we are relatively flat. Many tourists attended with around 190 people taking part.

An important part of parkrun is the first timers briefing which this week was done again by Allison Evans who is visually impaired, it was appropriate that Allison did this as we had Mark Brocklehurst a parkrun ambassador doing VI guide training after the event which was well supported. Having done this training myself it makes you appreciate how difficult it is if you have sight loss, and how to apply instructions on a regular basis going around the course, we do need more people with this training so this was invaluable.

The hut we use has proved invaluable in storing equipment and being able to coordinate volunteers in the dry before the event. The ground has been wet for a few weeks so we are always making sure the funnel setup is safe for the finishers. The volunteers who set up and take down the funnel are so important to us, it is a job that is done early and if windy we tweak the design especially for any key signage that is required.

A good day, nice to see so many local visitors especially those from Seaford. We have a couple of students with us using parkrun towards their DofE (Duke of Edinburgh) award, volunteering within a group can help young people gain essential life skills something other young people who regularly support us are finding. This is great to see and thanks to all.