Stealing Ben's line from last week Hello Sloughbottomers!
Ben is too busy (apparently!) to write a run report this week so it’s fallen to me. Now being as I wasn’t actually at Sloughbottom this week and am your volunteer coordinator let me assure you from the start it may be volunteer-call heavy.
Firstly let me welcome Chris to our core team…you will no doubt have all seen Chris helping us set up in the morning he has now been coerced (ahem... he has now volunteered) to be on the team with us full time. He was shadowing Miranda this week as Run Director so watch out in the next few weeks as he makes his RD debut.
212 of you jogged, walked and ran Sloughbottom parkrun this week, and, in excellent news for Chris, 212 of you started and 212 of you finished! As volunteers we really do care about your safety and welfare. We have been busy this week attaching stickers to the defibrillator so that it can be easily grabbed in an emergency (let’s hope we never have reason to use it)
Lots of the core team were missing this week due to be involved in various aspects of the Round Norfolk Relay (RNR). This is a 17 stage relay race around the perimeter of Norfolk; 198 miles in 24 hours. I was lucky (I think that’s the word?!??) enough to be one of the timekeepers awake for the entire duration. Ben (the aforementioned normal report writer) was doing a sterling job of marshalling a car park on a wonderfully sunny Norfolk beach, Radley was busy following a whole bunch of runners as a support driver and Hugh tells me that he was marshalling in Wells, although last I saw of Hugh he was leaning against a fence enjoying an ice cream at least the size of his head!
The reason I tell you about the RNR is it gave me the same lovely feeling I get after volunteering at parkrun. There are lots of different roles that we need to fill every week so there’s a role for everyone. My personal favourite is timekeeping as I love watching everyone finish…that feeling as we cross the line seeing everyone’s smile as they realise it is finally over! Marshalling always leaves me with that feel good factor as I shout encouragement at parkrunners at 9.00am on a Saturday morning.
I told you being as I am volunteer coordinator it may be volunteer heavy but I love absolutely love parkrun be it running volunteering or ensuring that the defibrillator has made it to sloughbottom on time. If I have managed to encourage anyone else to sign up please do email me email@example.com and I will find you a role that you will love as much as I love mine.
This week's top team of volunteers was:
Tina POTTER • Martin George ROPER • Ian GARDNER • David (Bod) HOUGHTON • Richard BEASTALL • Caroline HOUGHTON • Ed TURNER • Ben KENDALL • Sophie KENDALL • Karl PEEBLES • Brooke CLARKE • Mandie THORPE • Philip CALEY • Amy WINTER • Chris RICHARDSON • Miranda ELLIS • Steven CLEVELAND • Katie FENN • Michelle WARD • Cathy AMBROSE • Salina JONES • Elliott COX • Frances COOKE
The full results and a complete event history can be found on the Sloughbottom parkrun Results Page.
See you all soon at sloughbottom