Duke of Edinburgh Blog on Volunteering

Lucy, who is currently volunteering with us to gain the service element of her Duke of Edinburgh Award, has written this short blog about volunteering. If you feel inspired to get involved, please let us know below or by emailing whitleybayoffice@parkrun.com

"parkrun is so much more than a run in the park; I volunteer on a weekly basis along with the other marshals, cheering on runners and congratulating them at the end is just part of the role, you feel a great sense of achievement (perhaps as much as the runners do) when everything goes to plan. My favourite job it timing because although it is a lot of responsibility, I enjoy seeing all the people finishing, especially if it's their first run!

What better way to start the weekend with fresh air, sun and smiling faces and ending it with a coffee all in the space of an hour?

parkrun isn’t a race: it’s a run, walk or jog affair and this is shown massively through the volunteers at Whitley Bay. To participate in the parkrun, you don’t actually need to run at all, so whether you are injured or new to the area it’s a wonderful way to contribute to the well-being of your community.

When I first saw parkrun I never imagined all the hard work and effort that goes on behind the scenes, and by taking park you too could learn to appreciate the hard work. It takes a lot to run the event each week, so go on, take the first step to start your volunteering at the Whitley Bay parkrun."

Thank you Lucy!