Our next profile is of parkrunner and volunteer, Lee Patten.
Lee has run a total of 179 parkruns, 154 of those at Raphael. He has also run at 9 other events, including Maldon Prom and Hackney Marshes parkruns.
Lee has volunteered for us on 22 separate occasions, including pacing for us 6 times as part of our popular Chase the Pacer events. And once he's finished his own 5k, he stands on the course somewhere, encouraging and supporting other parkrunners as they finish theirs.
Thank you for all your support of Raphael pakrun, Lee!
Here's Lee's profile. Enjoy x
Name: Lee Patten
When did you take part in your first parkrun event at Raphael?
What made you come along that very first time? How did you hear about parkrun? Did someone encourage you to come along?
For the weeks previously we had been running Harrow Lodge but Raphael sounded perfect as it meant I could run with the buggy with my toddler daughter Lilly and with Tommy who was only 6 years old then.
I love parkrun because...
I’ve always loved running myself even since I was a kid and it keeps me fit for football which I still play. The kids run it with me too and it’s a great way to start the weekend and burn the energy built up over the working week. It’s great to catch up too with the many friends I’ve made over time as well. People who I’d met years ago and not seen for ages suddenly appearing at parkrun!
Which is your favourite volunteer role and why?
Volunteering with Les on the hill as not only does it give us a chance to catch up with the weeks events in the SAL it gives me many opportunities to cheer on the runners as everyone is guaranteed to pass 3 times.
Anything else? Such as who you come along with, favourite Raphael parkrun memory, favourite part of the course, milestone memories, fun facts about you...
My favourite park run memory was the last time I beat Adam Coals (pre his Ilford A/C days!)...seriously parkrun is a great way to bring the community together, all the fancy dress runs have seen some great outfits over the years.
My daughter ran her first 5k on her 4th birthday and my son who has just turned 11 has run over 200 times which is more than me.
The best thing about Raphael is no matter how many tourist park runs I do none of them beat the home one.