We want to highlight some of our fantastic volunteers from our events across the Nordics. If you’re volunteer and want to say a little bit about parkrun, or if you have someone you’d like to nominate, please get in touch!.
This week meet Kenneth Dickinson, from Malmö Ribersborg parkrun!
Name: Kenneth Dickinson
Home parkrun: Malmö Ribersborg parkrun
Number of volunteer instances: 17
Most common volunteer role: Barcode Scanning (6 times) and Course Marshal (6 times)
How did you first hear about parkrun?
My brother, who lives in Melbourne, Australia, was visiting our parents in the UK last summer and we were meeting up. He has been a keen parkrunner for a year or two and he wanted to us to run together. To put it another way he wanted to race me. He told me about parkrun and told me we had a group here in Malmö, so I joined. I practised a lot during the summer, but when we met at Congleton parkrun in the U.K., he beat me by a mile. Unfortunately the timing system wasn’t working properly on the day and according to the stats I beat him, but that doesn’t count.
Kenneth timing at Malmö Ribersborg parkrun
Which is your favourite volunteer role and why?
My favourite volunteer role is marshalling at at the 2 Km point. I like to give the participants a bit of encouragement. When I ran at Congleton in the UK the volunteers were very enthusiastic, so I try to emulate them. I also have to make sure there are no bicycle/ runner collisions – clean sheet so far.
What do you enjoy most about volunteering at parkrun?
I think the parkrun concept is excellent. I like the way it is free for all and volunteer led. The things I like most about volunteering is supporting those people who are new to running and are courageous enough run 5 km on a Saturday morning. I want them to come back each week and experience the joy of fresh air and a jog.
And what do you like best about your home parkrun?
Malmö Ribersborg parkrun has many positive aspects to it. The organisers and participants are very friendly. The location is beautiful and it so handy to get to from many parts of the city.
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