Parkrun Volunteers

volunteerI’ve been itching to get back to Parkrun for weeks now, but with the injury still not one hundred percent healed, I don’t want to risk making it worse by running on the inclines. However, after reading my local Parkrun’s race report last week, in which they made a plea for volunteers, I decided to do my bit for the cause and earn my right to run.

Parkrun is, of course, completely free of charge, but there is a rule somewhere that says you are supposed to volunteer three times each year in return for your free run. I doubt if this rule is enforced and, from what I’ve seen of the volunteers at my local park, I doubt it would ever need to be. But it got me thinking that maybe it wouldn’t be such a bad idea to get some volunteering done before I return to running in the park.

So, this morning I headed out half an hour earlier than usual on a Parkrun day to join the rest of the volunteers for our pre-race briefing. Unsurprisingly, they were a friendly bunch, from complete beginners like myself to seasoned runners – some were even volunteering and running today!

I was assigned to barcode scanning duty, which was much easier than I thought it would be. The best part though, was chatting with other volunteers and seeing people finish their run with huge smiles on their faces.

I even bumped into an old friend who I haven’t seen in about a year. He doesn’t do the Parkrun very often, but just happened to choose today to get back into it – a perfect excuse to hang around afterwards for a well earned coffee and flapjack!

I won’t be volunteering next weekend as I’m doing a Santa Dash on the seafront, but I will be doing it again soon.

Oh, and did I mention that you get points for doing it?


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7 responses to “Parkrun Volunteers”

  1. playfulpups says :

    Good for you for getting involved! Good luck with your Santa Dash!!

  2. kerrielouisebrown90 says :

    I’ve looked at doing a park run! I’m going to leave it till I’ve completed my C25K plan, but I have read up on our local one. There was nothing about volunteering 3 times a year, but I guess it is nice to give it a go.
    Good luck with your Santa Dash! 🙂

    • theblogrunner says :

      Thanks Kerrie. I’m ridiculously excited about the Santa Dash!
      Parkrun was my end of C25K goal, so I’d definitely recommend it. I wish I’d volunteered sooner though as it’s much easier to get chatting to people while you’re standing around than when you’re running. 🙂

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