Regular volunteer, Pat Brown, recently achieved her first parkrun 5k at her own pace, which has given her the confidence to volunteer as tail walker, a role which she is relishing. With parkwalk having launched, she is looking forward to walking at parkrun on Saturday mornings when not volunteering.
I started off volunteering at parkrun because my son’s family are all keen parkrunners and it was a good way to be involved in the event with them when we all went along to parkrun together.
Since moving to Warminster, almost three years ago, and finding my new ‘home’ event at Old Showfield parkrun I’ve carried on volunteering because I enjoy the fresh air and friendly folk. Without exception, the parkrunners and volunteers have been very welcoming to an in-comer.
At the end of August, while staying with us, my younger granddaughter suggested I did I parkrun with her to celebrate my 69th birthday and her move up age bands from JW10 to JW11-14.
I had been very ill earlier in the year and my parkrun friends had been so supportive, even when I just went along to watch, then to marshal again after I had recovered. I wasn’t sure I’d be able to make it all the way around the 5k course, but I did with a mixture of walking and jogging. The volunteers were great and full of encouragement and both my granddaughter and I really enjoyed it.
My confidence soared at completing the course and I’ve now had my first go at tail walking at my home parkrun. I enjoyed it so much that I’ve decided to do it once a month.
I’m looking forward to continuing in a variety of volunteering roles. A Run Report as ‘The view from the tail walker.’ might be on the cards!
I’m looking forward to ‘parkwalk October’ and if we have enough marshals I will join in for my 5k parkwalk. I’m in now for the long term, health permitting.
Get out there folks, whatever your age, ability and location. parkrun is great!
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