I woke up this morning to the wind blowing an absolute Hooley! I put on my warm, waterproof clothes and made my way to Fareham Parkrun to don the high viz as a run marshal. Tomorrow I have local race (The Purbrook 5), and as I have just returned from injury, I thought I would give my legs a break today. It’s also Volunteer Week! 🙂
Fareham is my home parkrun and there are a lot of familiar faces, I usually run this course but it’s important that we all do our bit – did you know that if you volunteered at your local Parkrun, just once a year, Parkrun would never need to request for marshals. Parkrun can’t take place without the volunteers so it’s an important job, it’s also really rewarding..
Arriving at 8.30am, I was given a large high viz, emergency contact information and a ‘KEEP LEFT’ sign (which was fun taking to the check point in the storm!). My spot today was at the 2KM point whereby there is absolutely no protection from the wind, so I took the full force of its fierceness. The views were amazing though!
Today was a little bit muddy with some puddles. Neil Driscoll (from the Fareham Crusaders) couldn’t resist showing everyone how it’s done. The Fareham course is quite flat but there is an incline at the end, it feels a lot worse than it is – especially if you’ve gone out hard in the first two miles or so.
My job today was to make sure that everyone kept left and that everyone was safe. There was one fall today and the runner was directed to Kirsten at the next check point for some plasters from the trusty first aid kit.
I really enjoyed encouraging the runners, having a little chat with some of them and pumping out my 90’s dance music! It certainly made the runners smile! Vengaboys anyone?!
I love how friendly the runners are, and it made me recognise just how important it is to acknowledge and thank the supporters – which I do always try to do when I can breathe adequately!
It’s so easy to volunteer, simply opt in to the volunteer emails on the Parkrun homepages to find out when your local run is in need of support. If you would like to volunteer on an Ad Hoc basis, you can email your local Parkrun and they can tell you the spots they need.
Happy Parkrun! Oh and don’t forget your barcode! 😊
May your miles be long and your injuries few