It was a weekend of firsts, England won their first Cricket World Cup, Lewis Hamilton became the first driver to win 6 British Grand Prix’s, Simona Halep won her first Wimbledon singles title, the men’s Wimbledon singles final was the first to be decided by a final set tie-break and I was Whitstable parkrun run director for the first time.
I hadn’t planned on being a run director at parkrun on a Saturday, but somehow with a little encouragement from Dave and Jacky I found myself on the volunteers list and penciled in for the 13th July. With some help and guidance from my fellow run directors I put together a pre-run brief and was kind of ready for my role.
parkrun morning, I arrived nice and early where I could see things starting to take shape, volunteers already setting up, more and more volunteers and runners starting to arrive. Marshals were sent out around our 2 lap course and as 9am got closer Jacky welcomed those runners new to Whitstable parkrun.
It was then over to me to welcome everyone to Whitstable’s 463rd parkrun. I started off with a thank you to Whitstable parkrun for what it has helped me achieve with my running, I mentioned some parkrun and local events news and Bob Pullen talked about this year’s Whitstable Carnival. Back over to me and I went through this week’s milestones, where we were able to congratulate Deborah Hill, Karen George, Rachel Hughes and Jamie Turner for reaching their 50th parkrun and Tilly Roffe on reaching her 100th parkrun, well done everyone. Before making our way down to the prom I ran through this week’s pacers and tail walkers.
Down on the prom I went through the safety part of the pre-run brief, where I encouraged you all to run a little slower, got you all to wish each other luck before 3.. 2.. 1.. GO.
It then all went a little quiet, whilst everyone was running I got to chat to some of the volunteers and people who had come along to support. The first few runners seem to run past with easy, then more and more runners ran past. It wasn’t long before volunteers where all in place to welcome home our runners. As the first few runners crossed the finish line it was still quiet, but it wasn’t long before the finish funnel was busy with more and more runners crossing the finish line.
Around the finish funnel people gathered to chat about their run, it sounded like it was tough from the black and white café to the finish. As our tail walkers finished everything was then taken down and packed away. It was then over to the Marine Hotel for a coffee, process the results and update the volunteers list.
Everything seemed to have gone well and I must thank everyone that had helped, ran and supported at this week’s Whitstable parkrun. If it was your first parkrun I hope you enjoyed it and if you want to try something new for the first time why not put your name down on the volunteers list.
Lastly I would like to thank everyone for their kind comments on my first experience as Whitstable parkrun run director.