As one of the run directors for the Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park junior parkrun, when I'm not volunteering as the RD I'm trying to have a go at all the other roles. This week was my first time as the tail walker and I can highly recommend it, though there is running as well as walking! It's one of the most enjoyable roles I've volunteered for so far, you get a chance to chat with runners and their families, offering encouragement to keep them going.
Our event on the 2nd February was our tenth event and it also marked the 1,000th kilometre run by our runners. As a small way of marking these milestones we were delighted to be able to hand out water bottles to all our runners, provided by the Sheffield Hallam University Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre. The AWRC is based at Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park (the large wooden clad building at the start of the blue running track) and they have also carried out the national research for parkrun looking at the benefits of parkrun. So thank you once again for their support. You can find out more about the parkrun research HERE
We were also supported on the day by a number of volunteers from the English Institute of Sport Sheffield. The EIS is at the far end of our course and also where we encourage people to join us after the event in the cafe. Thanks to them for helping us out on the day.
As an event team, we're delighted with the progress made since our first event in November. It's great to see so many happy faces each week, regardless of the weather, from our volunteers, our runners and their families. Our 10th event saw 50 runners taking part, with 11 joining us for the first time, 2 running their first ever parkrun and two people achieving their 21st junior parkrun marathon milestone. We are continuing to be visited by parkrun tourists and as far as we know the Reed family, joining us from Market Harborough in Leicestershire, travelled the furthest for this event. We hope everyone enjoyed the day and we look forward to seeing people at future events.
junior parkrun can't take place without volunteers so if you'd like to volunteer for future events you can find more details HERE. Tail walking is great fun, but every role is enjoyable, so why not get involved?