Volunteering is fun and you still get to run!

Portsmouth Lakeside parkrun #153

Yesterday saw me complete my 25th volunteer role at my home run at Portsmouth Lakeside. We got there nice and early to help with Pre-event Setup, which meant I could do a warm up run whilst doing a volunteer role and also get my weekly parkrun in afterwards.

Once we had completed our volunteer duties we jogged back to the start to find the runners arriving and lots of friendly faces to chat to.

The start area at Portsmouth Lakeside is arranged into finish times so the faster runners can get to the front whilst the dogs/kids/slower runners can start towards the back of the pack. Once in the start area the run brief is delivered - a plea for volunteers very much the focus this week - and with a 3,2,1 we are off.

The route takes you along a path to the tax office and return (see what I did there? Tax....return....I can only apologise) back towards the start before taking a left turn to take you behind the lake. There is a turnaround point at the end and you then run back to repeat the way you have come. There is an underpass just before the tax office which is a breeze the first time around and somehow becomes two mountains on the return leg! Otherwise the course is relatively flat with a mixture of path and hard packed trail underfoot. There are plenty of marshals along the route to cheer you on and help you navigate cyclists and fishermen.

Yesterday I was one of 27 volunteers at Portsmouth Lakeside. There are a multitude of roles to chose from including Pre-event Setup, Car Park Marshal, First Timers Briefing, Timekeeper, Barcode Scanning and Marshal. Oh and Run Report Writer of course.....a great way to get a volunteer credit by just describing your parkrun experience. A massive thank you to all of the volunteers who make parkrun possible. It couldn’t go ahead without them. If you want to volunteer you can message the Portsmouth Lakeside parkrun team via Facebook or sign up for the volunteer email.

So onto some results....
305 runners ran at Portsmouth lakeside yesterday of whom 29 were first timers at lakeside and 11 were completely new to parkrun - welcome to the madness.
46 recorded PBs yesterday, well done to you all!

The 27th of April will see Portsmouth Lakeside parkrun celebrate their 3rd Birthday with a Princess and Pirates fancy dress theme. Also the 4th May offers a Star Wars (May the 4th Be With You) fancy dress theme! Who doesn’t love a run in fancy dress?? Look forward to seeing you all again at Portsmouth Lakeside soon.

Run Report by Pauline Dorn