On Saturday 25th November Bayside Tri Club took over the volunteering roles at Lee on Solent Parkrun.
For those that don’t know about Parkrun (where have you been????) Parkrun is anorganised free, weekly, 5km timed runs around the world. They are open to everyone, free, and are safe and easy to take part in. We are extremely lucky that we have 10 Parkruns within 15 miles of us. The runs couldn’t take place without the army of willing volunteers and runners are encouraged to volunteer whenever they can. There is a Volunteer club that rewards anyone who volunteers on 25 different occasions at any of the Parkrun events (5k or junior series). Those who reach this milestone can claim a free 25 volunteer t-shirt from the Parkrun Wiggle Store.
Lee on Solent Parkrun requires approx. 35 volunteers to ensure that the run goes smoothly. Roles include: Pre-event set up, First timers brief, Timekeeper, Funnel manager, Finish Tokens, Barcode Scanners, Tail Walker, Photographer, Report Writer, marshals and for special occasions pacers.
Bayside Tri members enthusiastically volunteered for the key roles and with some support from regular volunteers were able to fully man all marshal and volunteer roles.
Saturday morning was clear and sunny however the little bit of breeze that was there was extremely cold. Those there early helping to set up certainly needed their gloves and hats to keep the cold at bay but it was worth it so see the start line filled with so many local runners.
Club Chairman, Lee Rhodes, gave the pre race brief and managed to welcome a Parkrun tourist all the way from Chicago. At 09:00 the runners were raring to go and off they set, heading along the promenade towards the first turn point. Marshals were located at key points and encouraged all runners as they passed. A steady stream of runners returned past the start/finish point on their way to the second turn point.
As the breeze picked up and the temperature drop even further the first runners started to return to the finish line. First across the line was local runner, Lewis Banner (Stubbington Green Road Runners), in a time of 17:14. The finish line and funnel soon filled up and those bar code scanning were kept busy.
It total 327 Parkrunners completed the 128th Lee on Solent Parkun. There were 18 different clubs represented and countless PBs.
Bayside Tri thoroughly enjoyed taking part and giving something back to our local running community and we’ll definitely be back in 2018 for another takeover (maybe in the summer when it’s a little warmer!)
We’d encourage anyone interested to get involved in Parkrun, whether as a runner or as a much needed volunteer. The aim of Parkrun is to be inclusive an open to all which very much echoes our own Club ethos.
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