I have often been bemused to see that parkrun tourists who come to Tøyen parkrun will clap as they go past the volunteers. Standing as a volunteer and being clapped by parkrunners who are putting in the hard work seems strange at first. Afterall, it is my job is to clap for them! However, as time has gone past I have grown to really appreciate it. Afterall, we are all in it together. Volunteers and parkrunners. We are a big community and everyone has achieved something by participating in the event!
Having been a parkrunner in the UK, I have noticed that clapping the volunteers does seem to be a «thing.» And i like that. Recognising those that wear yellow vests in order to put on the event and acknowledging that we are all participants that day, whether we run like the wind, walk or scan barcodes. It is just so very «parkrun.»
So my challenge to you this weekend when you go past a parkrun volunteer is to give them a little clap, give them a high five or even just a little smile. Trust me, it will be well received!
Välkommen till Badhusparken parkrun i Östersund i norra Sverige. Detta är nästan världens nordligaste parkrun, bara Festningen parkrun i Trondheim ligger (snäppet) längre norrut. Banan går mitt i stan, med start och mål i Badhusparken som har ett fint läge längs med Storsjöns strand. Efter en kort “dit och tillbaka”-del öster…
Welcome to Badhusparken parkrun in Östersund in the north of Sweden. It’s very close to being the most northerly parkrun in the world, but Festningen parkrun in Trondheim retains that honour (just!). It’s another parkrun located right in the heart of the town, with the start and finish in Badhusparken, which occupies a…