Heidi Morrison from Rossmere junior parkrun in Hartlepool tells us how her event came to fruition, and why the community has embraced junior parkrun…
I was never a runner until I had major surgery in 2012 for my Crohns Disease. Following recovery, I was almost dragged along to a local parkrun and instantly fell in love with the social aspect, the love for running followed but it has always been the volunteering that has done it for me!
Five years after my first parkrun experience, I am now an Event Director, Run Director and Outreach Ambassador for junior parkrun in the North East. Seeing the children achieve week after week makes me immensely proud!
Our event takes place in Rossmere Park in Hartlepool. In terms of the course, I tell them it’s the best. It’s super pretty, super easy and well, it’s just super!
We have some landmarks. I’m convinced the kids would say ‘Stevo’! He is one of our volunteers and is warm up king. I’m sure the kids think he stands still on the warm up spot all week til they arrive again and is part of the furniture!
If we’re talking non human then I suppose I have to say the gorgeous lake that we run around. The animals that live in it are a talking point and we all fight for the marshal points around it when we’re volunteering!
All junior parkruns are friendly and fabulous places to be and Rossmere junior parkrun is no different!
We are a smaller parkrun in terms of numbers but our welcome is far from small. We treat our tourists like they’re part of the parkrun family which of course they are!
We’re a very friendly parkrun ready to welcome our tourists when they visit.
I have praise for the changes I see in quite a few of our regulars. One example is 13 year old Alex. Alex was spotted by myself and my Husband at a Secondary School during a takeover day. During a mock junior parkrun, I could see that he had such a natural running ability and spoke to him afterwards.
Since then, he has gone on to take part in Rossmere junior parkrun regularly, has joined the local Harriers group and is performing amazingly in the schools and county cross country events. He has really found a passion for running and has inspired others around him at junior parkrun.
Julie McGlynn first heard about parkrun through British friends at the school where she works in Bangkok. Now with three generations of parkrunners in the family, Julie tells us about being reunited with the community at Lancaster parkrun during summers back home. It was three years ago since we found out about parkrun….
1. The promoter is: parkrun UK (company no.09411750 whose registered office is Lower Deck, Unit 3, Phoenix Wharf, Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, TW1 3DY) 2. The competition is open to residents of the United Kingdom, with UK addresses, aged 18 years or over except employees of parkrun UK and their close relatives and anyone…