News - 25th September 2019

parkrun, Bipolar and me

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Lucy from Norfolk has been part of the parkrun family since 2014, and what she loves most is volunteering.


As someone living with Bipolar Disorder, Lucy explains why volunteering at parkrun has been so important for mental health, and why Saturdays are the highlight of her week.


I did my first parkrun at Sheringham in autumn 2014. A friend had mentioned parkrun and that they enjoyed their event so I thought I’d give it a try.


A few runs, a few injuries and 12 months later I decided to get back into parkrun, nearer to home at Holkham, also in Norfolk.


I volunteered before running the route as I wasn’t feeling too confident. I needn’t have worried, because I was made to feel welcome by everyone from day one. 




I would recommend volunteering to everyone, it feeds the soul and most Saturday mornings I have tears of laughter rolling down my face before the first finisher has crossed the line!


parkrun, and in particular, volunteering at parkrun has had a hugely positive impact on my mental health. Living with bipolar disorder can be challenging, but parkrun is the perfect medication, as are the great friends I’ve made at Holkham parkrun.


I will be completing my 100th volunteering stint in a few weeks, having completed all roles in all weathers and various outfits!




I had hoped to hit 50 parkruns as well as my 100 volunteer milestone this year. The magic 50 target will be an ambition for 2020 instead. Also an ambition will be a sub-40 parkrun, but that will happen when it happens!  


I love my home parkrun because of the people, the location, the atmosphere and the positivity that surrounds a happy parkrun event.


I wouldn’t be anywhere else on a Saturday morning.




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