Many thanks to Stuart who is obviously a very accomplished volunteer, a Run Director and another example of the wealth of wonderful volunteers around the country at parkrun!
Name: Stuart Daniel
Home parkrun: Porirua (but originally from Ireland)
Occupation: IT Consultant
Number of Runs: 155
Number of times volunteered: 113 on 69 occasions
Favourite volunteer role: Timekeeper or photographer as you get to interact with everyone there (I also like results processing as I am a bit of a nerd)
I volunteer at parkrun because: Without the volunteers, parkrun does not happen. It is as much about volunteering as it is about running. I am one of the run directors at Porirua so get to be timekeeper/results processor every few weeks.
One thing I love about parkrun is: The social aspect of parkrun, training outside of parkrun, entering events with other parkrunners, meeting up for movie nights or meals and of course the coffee and chat after every event. “You can have coffee without parkrun but you can’t have parkrun without coffee” is the motto at Porirua parkrun. A lot of us at Porirua parkrun have taken on half marathons, marathons, ultras and half ironman distance triathlons as a result of the support we get from each other – running is as much about confidence as it is about ability.
My most memorable parkrun moment was: PB!!! After a number of weeks of intense competition between 4 of us some achieved a PB based on making use of the strengths of each of us; some were good at pacing, some were stronger on the uphill outward leg, some had better second half speed and some had a good finishing kick. I also love the dress up days because you get to act like an eejit without feeling out of place!!.
Megan Costello is the ED of Gisborne parkrun, which started in May this year. It’s situated in the far east of the North Island and is the first parkrun to see the sun worldwide! Megan tells us how she became involved in parkrun and setting up this picturesque parkrun: I initially became involved with parkrun…
There must be some very special dogs in Invercargill with fabulous owners! Here’s Fred, with his, sporting their tutus on what must be a recent 22 parkrun! Hi my name is Fred, I am the good looking one leading the way. I am a Yorkie Cairn cross and I was adopted from the SPCA…