The first Wakefield Thornes parkrun of 2020 and the one where I finally made it in the 50 club!!.
I first heard of parkrun in 2009. “Great idea I should try that sometime” I thought and duly registered for a barcode. However getting up early and travelling all the way to Leeds was all a bit too hard for a Saturday morning. I eventually made it to Barnsley in November 2013, but still this seemed a bit too much to do regularly, - maybe something to do with that hill?? It was only once Wakefield started in September 2014 that parkrun became a regular part of me. I was gutted to be away and miss the first one but I was at #2 and have been a regular ever since.
I’d volunteered at Barnsley when injured and being a regular part of the volunteer team at Wakefield has always been an integral part of parkrun for me. Put simply we can’t all run every week because without the volunteers to mark the way, make sure everyone is safe and do the technical jobs parkrun just doesn’t happen. What I didn’t expect was to enjoy the volunteering so much that I’d choose to do that more often than run.
Eventually they let me get my hands on a stopwatch and given a choice that’s where you’ll find me most of the time - I know it’s most people’s nightmare role but I love it! Seeing the final push to the line and the huge smiles of satisfaction when you’re done it’s such a positive and rewarding way to start the weekend. Over the years I’ve got to know many names, but if I don’t know your name yet I probably know your face or at least your trainers (since that where the timers are focussing their attention!) So yes I’m the one that gets annoyed if you cross the line twice or casually hang around the finish line, but only because I want the time to be right for everyone because I know it’s important to you (and as someone who also regularly processes the result, it can be a real pain in the ‘you know what’ to fix it when it goes wrong and much as I love parkrun I don’t want to spend my whole Saturday processing results).
My running and life have had some ups and downs in those 6 years but being part of the parkrun family has been a constant that’s helped me through and got me back up on my feet again (literally and metaphorically). I’m currently on my third return to running in those 6 years and I can honestly say that without parkrun I probably would have hung up my running shoes for good! Saturday morning whether I’m running or volunteering is my me time.
A big hello to the 26 of you who ran your first ever parkrun today. Congratulations! Welcome to the parkrun family, I hope you’ll come to love it as much as I do.
This week 366 people ran, jogged and walked the course. 29 people recorded new Personal Bests.
Massive thanks go to this week’s volunteers, I might have said already but IT DOESN’T HAPPEN WITHOUT THEM :
Sally Jane FOZZARD • Clare PECKETT • Andrew NICHOLLS • Donna ELLIS • Rachel CLARKE-WILLIAMS • Joanne BROOK • Julian BRIGGS • Tamsin COUGHTREY-SMITH • Emma WICKS • Catriona FURNESS • Holly BROOK • Emily BROOK • Shirley JONES • Deb NICHOLLS • Richard LEE • Deanne WHITEHEAD • Amelia LEE • Miranda BERRY • John WALKER • Thomas RANDALL • Esmé RANDALL • Fiona LEE • Thomas JAQUES • Edward BRIGGS • Philip WHITELEY • Michael DUNKLEY • Ruth HENDERSON • Adam BROWN • Jasper WILLIAMS • Martha DILLEY
Please, please, please give consideration to getting your name on this list. You can contact us on Facebook, email us email@example.com, talk to the RD at the finish to get your name down on the list or turn up at the stadium at 8:30. There are no pre requisites, you’ll be given full instructions how to carry out your volunteer role and you get to wear the coveted hi-viz vest.
Till next parkrun day ......