Lesley Falkous is Run Director and Volunteer Coordinator at Druridge Bay parkrun in Red Row, Morpeth in Northumberland.
I got involved with Druridge Bay parkrun as soon as I heard a rumour of a local event being discussed. I had taken part in Workington parkrun on several occasions whilst on holiday and loved the whole concept of likeminded people coming together and running as one on a weekly basis.
It’s one of the best things I could have signed up to. I acted as Run Director on my first volunteer stint and have never looked back. We have been up and ‘running’ (No pun intended!) for 4 years now and most of my friends are people who I didn’t know pre-parkrun.
It’s brought the whole community together and I now can’t imagine life without parkrun.
Druridge Bay parkrun is a mix of everything you want in a run. It’s a beautiful two lap undulating course of Ladyburn Lake. We have a very friendly course where there will always be someone to chat to on the way around, followed by a social coffee in our on site cafe.
We love visits from Tourists and enjoy hearing where you are all from during our briefing. To encourage tourists to visit Druridge Bay it would be that you’ll not get a more beautiful run with the most wonderful volunteers.
Ladyburn provides stunning views of nature and wildlife while you run with weekly appearances from the local Swans and the odd glimpse of Deer through the woods.
Druridge Bay has a cafe on site within the Visitors Centre which provides the most wonderful hot chocolate with all the trimmings, not to be missed!
We continued with parkrunner of the month at Druridge Bay and have a trophy which the lucky nominee gets to take home for the month to celebrate how much we appreciate them at our event.
Another thing we pride ourselves on at Druridge Bay is having a photographer every Saturday, we love seeing your happy smiling faces week after week.
We have an amazing core team of 44 volunteers who are slotted in on a rolling basis which means its very rare we ever have to give a shout out for extra volunteers, but when we do someone is always willing to step in.
We’ve been very fortunate that we’ve had support from some inspirational youngsters completing Duke of Edinburgh which means our volunteers get to run more frequently.
But our biggest shout out has to go to Ian Mackenzie who volunteers three weeks of every four at Druridge Bay parkrun come rain hail or shine.
Having only ever ran the event once as Tail Walker he has volunteered on over 160 times at Druridge Bay. His one weekend off per month he heads over to Newbiggin-by-the-Sea parkrun to volunteer there.
Ian is a true gentleman who gets genuine enjoyment from helping others. We couldn’t be without him at Druridge Bay.
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