Pegasus parkrun’s couple volunteers for this week!
Name: Jackie and Simon Hancock
Home parkrun: Pegasus
Occupation: Early intervention teacher (Jackie) and IT geek (Simon)
Number of Runs: Jackie: 58 – Simon: 59 (as of 18th Feb)
Number of times volunteered: Jackie has volunteered a total of 55 times currently but some were double duties! and Simon has volunteered 25+
Favourite volunteer role: (Jackie) Results processor or Marshall “I love cheering people on and seeing the results go through – and fixing any issues becomes a challenge!
(Simon) Barcode scanner – “because I’m good at it!”
We volunteer at parkrun because: We appreciate how much our wonderful Event director puts into each week at parkrun and like to support him as he’s a top bloke! We also like to give back to the runners/walkers/wheelers/joggers who turn up every week – without them we would not have a parkrun to volunteer at for our run!
One thing we love about parkrun is: The crowd that run and the friends we have made – there is an increasingly large group of us that go for coffee afterwards at our local coffee shop (The Flat White) and do the Stuff Saturday quiz together – lots of laughs and entertainment (Simon often ‘guarantees’ he knows the answer when he has no clue – it really is an emperor penguin you know…) Also the support and encouragement – from the fast runners to the slowest walker – everyone is encouraged and celebrated the same, there is always a crowd to cheer people over the line no matter where they finish; and people who support us with our running, if we want to be pushed there’s always someone willing, but if we want to have a leisurely one we can and there is always someone to help out or talk to!
Our most memorable parkrun moment was: getting our 50th run together (and with two of the lovely friends we have made since starting parkrun), and both managing PB’s on the day! Oh and getting my 25 volunteer t-shirt!
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