Kyla Park first started volunteering at Chester parkrun as part of her Duke of Edinburgh award. Since then she has volunteered over 100 times and been the youngest Run Director ever at the Chester event.
One Saturday morning my family and I took our dogs for a walk and saw lots of people walking, jogging and running towards us. We asked a marshal what was going on and that’s how I first heard about parkrun!
After chatting to the marshal some more about the volunteering opportunities at parkrun, I realised it could be the perfect way to complete the volunteering section of my Duke of Edinburgh award (DofE), particularly as the Chester parkrun course is just across the road from my home.
My favourite volunteering roles include time keeping and token scanning, anything that keeps me in the middle of all the action!
Once I had done enough parkrun volunteering sessions to satisfy the requirements of the DofE, I didn’t want to stop. I enjoyed it and the Chester parkrun team were giving me more opportunities to try different roles such as giving the first time runners brief or being the Run Director. I’m sure that giving briefs like this is great practise and has built my confidence for when I need to give presentations at school or for when I’m interviewing, in the future, for university or job roles.
I have now been involved in Chester parkrun for four years and have just celebrated my 18th birthday there! So far I have not been persuaded by the rest of the core team to have a go at the 5k as a participant, but maybe the ‘peer pressure’ will see me have a go one day!
What I enjoy most about volunteering at parkrun is seeing the progress that people make. It is great to see familiar faces each week and to make friends with the parkrunners.
We have a close knit team of volunteers at Chester and we have a good laugh on a Saturday morning.
Now I just need to build the courage to complete the 5k myself!
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