Queen Elizabeth parkrun

The one without any running! I’ve had a busy couple of weeks running having run a marathon, a 50 mile ultramarathon, a couple of 10k races and a scoring a cheeky parkrun course PB last weekend. This week I’m taking it easy and volunteering at Queen Elizabeth parkruns 4th anniversary event and giving up my run to rest and help out. Sometimes it is best to listen to those around you and take the foot off the gas for a week and chill. It also gives me an extra week to decide what’s next for me in parkrun terms having complete my #parkruncornetto word spell challenge.

As it was their 4th anniversary there was plenty of cake afterwards and theme for the day was #dfyb don’t forget your barcode! Check out the awesome cake above! There was a great turnout this morning with 154 runners present, outside of the “New Year’s Day double” thats the highest attendance to date for a normal Saturday.

James Leighton, the ED, had also prepared jumbo laminated barcodes for all the volunteers. Before you ask, yes they do scan! He’d also arranged for his DofE volunteer force (and others) to be pacers. This is not a task I would take on at the best of times but definitely not at QE. It’s a tough hilly course and pacing it is going to be incredibly tough. That said I believe all the pacers did their job fantastically and were right on the money.

I disappeared off to my marshal spot at the top end of the course early on. It’s the highest part of the course and 3km in. I saw the first runner at about 12 minutes and then a steady stream thereafter. I always try and be loud and encouraging and full of good cheer. Hopefully the majority of people appreciate it, I know I do when I’m suffering at the top of a hill!

I do really enjoy volunteering and have now filled 58 volunteer roles at parkrun, spread over 49 separate occasions at 16 different locations. A breakdown of the roles I have undertaken can be found below:

  • Finish Tokens: Once
  • Funnel Manager: Once
  • Marshal: 17 times
  • New Runners Briefing: Once
  • Number Checker: Once
  • Other: Once
  • Pre-event Setup: 10 times
  • Run Report Writer: 18 times
  • Tail Runner: 4 times

This is where I’ve been and performed a volunteer role so far. Havant is my home run and Waterlooville Junior is my kids home run.

  1. Havant : 4 times
  2. Waterlooville Junior : 24 times
  3. Portsmouth Lakeside : 5 times
  4. Queen Elizabeth : 4 times
  5. Worthing : 1 time
  6. Fareham : 1 time
  7. Clermont Waterfront : 1 time
  8. Lee-on-the-Solent : 1 time
  9. Salisbury : 1 time
  10. Bognor Regis : 1 time
  11. Osterley : 1 time
  12. Newbury : 1 time
  13. Reigate Priory : 1 time
  14. Reading : 1 time
  15. Kingston : 1 time
  16. Aldenham : 1 time

Even as a parkrun tourist there are volunteer positions you can fill. I always check the future roster of any parkrun I’m planning on visiting and drop them an email to see if there is anything I can do to help out. There are no difficult volunteer roles really, it may seem daunting but most of them are really really simple to do. Give it a go, you will enjoy it. It’ll be my 50th occasion volunteering tomorrow and I can’t wait. #loveparkrun

I still have no idea where I’m going to go next week, but I have a week to mull it over. See you soon.

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2 Responses to Queen Elizabeth parkrun

  1. Rebecca says:

    How did I not see you at Lee-on-the-Solent. Volunteering is so rewarding. I absolutely love it.

    • PJ says:

      It was a miserable day when I was last at LotS, I was laughing and joking with my friend Paula at the finish. I do need to make a return visit though it does seem way too busy for my liking these days.

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