Another fantastic parkrun with 155 runners, a great volunteer team and some variable weather. As always a big thank you to our volunteers, who this week were:
Peter hooley, Andy Elder, Damian Williamson, Neil Dyer, Heather Todd, Alice Hooley, Michael Taylor, Eric De Greef, Melanie Wells, Lorna Reavley
Why not volunteer yourself, e mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
As the day started and I got on my bicycle, a hailstorm descended upon me. Arriving at the equipment store, I could barely open my cold hail batterred hands. I'd be lying if I said that at that point I didn't question why I had bothered to get up at 07:45 on a Saturday. However, shortly thereafter a few fellow runners appeared and an offer to carry some of the equipment was eagerly accepted by me.
When I arrived at the start point, I was pleased to see all the volunteers were there, and although cold, their enthusiasm warmed my heart and I remembered why I enjoy parkrun so much.
I think I actually enjoy volunteering more than I do running. While you are on the sidelines stressing about the equipment, you hear people's personal stories, here's a few highlights:
- A mother waiting for her 14 year old to finish and see if she can beat her 24 minute record.
- A gentleman finishing full run who was walking just a few weeks ago and the clothes hanging lose to show that the weight is just dropping off of him.
- A buggy runner, the daughter of whom had decided to get out and give it a go herself taking him from 9 minute miles to near 90 minute miles, but non the less still sporting a beaming smile from ear to ear.
Results are in the system and should be with you soon. Have a great weekend.
Pete and the team