Name: Andrew Spence
Age: 71 years
Occupation: Retired pilot
Home parkrun: Uvongo
Running club: South Coast Striders
Trail or road: Cross country!
Number of parkruns: 180
How has parkrun changed your running: Very positively. I have made many new friends and being an ardent running enthusiast it has enhanced my fitness level. parkrun has pushed me to running harder at cross country where I currently hold the KZN record for my age group.
Favourite volunteer role: Timekeeper
Number of volunteering occasions: 30
Why should other volunteer: Quite simply without volunteers parkrun would not be viable. Runners gain huge benefits in so many ways by participating, that helping on the odd occasion is no hardship and is in fact immensely satisfying.
Most memorable parkrun moment: Every run is memorable insomuch that the enthusiasm of both young and old is so apparent, especially when a PB is achieved!
What his fellow volunteers say about him: Andrew has been with Uvongo parkrun from the very beginning. He is a professional athlete competing in cross country at a provincial and sometimes even national level. He has achieved a personal best of 20:02 at North Beach while his Uvongo pb is 20:38. His highest age grading is 84,49%! Andrew is always friendly and willing to help others with information regarding the sport of running. Andrew has volunteered many times and is always helping with the odd job like fetching cones, packing up etc. Andrew Spence is a Uvongo parkrun icon.
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