Worsley Woods parkrun is cancelled on 26 September 2020: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Meet the volunteers- Jenny

This week's volunteer doesn't really need introducing as she's one of the most familiar faces at Worsley Woods. In case any of you don't know her by name- this is Jenny. 20200911_224615 20200911_224749

 

1. When and why did you first choose to volunteer with parkrun?
It was my new year's resolution for 2015; get out & meet new people. So a chilly January morning saw me standing in the middle of a field shouting words of encouragement. Over the next 250 Saturday mornings I think I have covered most of the roles available.

2. Which is your favourite volunteer role at parkrun?
Barcode Scanning, being able to put names to faces once I became a regular. Closely followed by the game of token sorting over a well needed coffee at The Coffee House or The Honeypot cafes in Monton.

3. What would you say to someone who is unsure if volunteering is for them?
Talk to someone who is in Hi-Vis either before or after your run/walk/jog, some roles only need action once everyone has set off so they will have time for you. I think funnel managers are great to start as you see everything, keep clapping and smile, plenty of 'well done’s' are greatly received too.

4. What are you doing when you're not at parkrun?
When away from work I am often found on 2 wheels, another, more recent New Year's resolution.

5. What song would be your parkrun anthem (either for volunteering or walk/jog/running)?
‘Moving on up’ by Mpeople; parkrun is such a positive event, inspiring everyone to go outdoors on a Saturday morning.

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Meet the volunteers- Ian

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I first became aware of parkrun when I was on the loop line one saturday morning and was passed by all these runners, I wondered what was going on. I was then away in Majorca and people ran past our hotel on the boardwalk and it made me think I could do that, it looks good. So when we returned on the friday night I signed up to Parkrun and had a go the next day, what a great move! Am a make the numbers up runner and won't ever be better than that but LOVE the community spirit, exercise and friendliness of the whole set up, so many new friends been made, even though lots of them are 'parkrun friends' without me knowing their names

1. When did you first volunteer with parkrun?
I started running in 2016 and volunteered not long after first run as had a race that afternoon, swimming rather than running and didn't want to be tired.

2. Which is your favourite volunteer role?
No favourite, I have enjoyed each role I have had. Was down to funnel one day and I thought it would be a bit boring but found it great as you get to see everyone so no missed hellos and watching all the different experiences of the run from total exhaustion, through pride at finishing and affirmations of friendship with fellow runners, to marvelling at the relaxedness of some of the runners that I can't even imagine running as fast as.

3. What would you say to someone who's thinking about volunteering at parkrun?
Volunteering adds another layer to the parkrun experience and is a great way to feel more 'joined in'. Support is always there when you're not sure and everyone is so friendly. As well as having a full explanation of the role from the organisers help comes from your fellow marshals like you would get from friends rather than formal 'training", a sense of belonging to the team seems instant.

4. What are you doing when not volunteering at parkrun?
When not at park run most of my interests are exercise based. I still try to compete at swimming, outdoors mainly, and enjoy cycling, indoor rower and walking. I love to food shop and messing around in the kitchen is always time well spent.

5. What would be your parkrun anthem?
I have never run with music, I'm keener on enjoying the fuller experience (as I see it) and being aware of my surroundings. I also can't follow a beat to save my life so don't get any help from the metronome type effect. I do enjoy jazz and soul but music has never been a 'thing' for me.

 

Meet the Volunteers- Carolyn

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1. When and why did you first choose to volunteer with parkrun?
I joined parkrun in 2013. I live just 3 miles from Worsley Woods, via the loop line, so it is my home parkrun. I also love the course. I started volunteering soon after I joined because I wanted to give something back. I know how important the volunteers are. Without them we'd have no parkrun.
2. Which is your favourite volunteer role at parkrun?
That's hard, because I've enjoyed all the roles I've done so far. Marshaling is great because you get to cheer people on and give them a boost up hills, or to the finish. I also like barcode scanning because you can congratulate everyone who has finished their run. I used to help out at a local junior parkrun too, and I loved tail walking, complete with my rainbow tail. The kids liked trying to pull it off!
3. What would you say to someone who is unsure if volunteering is for them?
Don't worry, all training is given on the day, non of the jobs are hard and you'll have loads of support from your fellow volunteers. Adam, Jenny and the team are very friendly! You'll also get a great buzz from doing it. ☺️
4. What are you doing when you're not at parkrun?
Running!! I'm a freelance illustrator by day, which gives me the freedom to train for races when I want to.
5. What song would be your parkrun anthem (either for volunteering or walk/jog/running)?
I don't run to music, I like to be able to hear what's going on around me, but I used to love hearing the theme to Chariots of Fire as we set off at Worsley Woods. That was some years ago now!
 

Meet the Volunteers- David

David1. When and why did you first choose to volunteer with parkrun?

I've no idea when, but its about paying back the parkrun community in time, which is something that money can't buy

2. Which is your favourite volunteer role at parkrun?
Any role

3. What would you say to someone who is unsure if volunteering is for them?
Pick a nice day and give it a go

4. What are you doing when you're not at parkrun?
Eating breakfast!

5. What song would be your parkrun anthem (either for volunteering or walk/jog/running)?
It's got to be Paint it Black by The Stones or Chariots of Fire

 

Meet the Volunteers- Andy

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1. When and why did you first choose to volunteer with parkrun?

My first ever parkrun was in April 2012, I think the 7th event at Worsley Woods, and I volunteered for the first time later that year, simply because it was and is only fair to give something back to something that gives you so much pleasure. Usually when I volunteer it is following a ‘big’ night the night before, and I know volunteering is the better option than running!

2. Which is your favourite volunteer role at parkrun?
I enjoy marshalling most, giving encouragement to the runners, particularly to my friends who are taking part

3. What would you say to someone who is unsure if volunteering is for them?
I would simply say if you enjoy parkrun you ought to help out occasionally…and it really is good fun. Do it with a mate if that helps.

4. What are you doing when you're not at parkrun?
I work for a local brewery, and am a season ticket holder at Anfield, the home of the Premier League Champions

5. What song would be your parkrun anthem (either for volunteering or walk/jog/running)?
‘You’ll Never Walk (or run) Alone’

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