After the London Marathon last weekend, I am partaking in a week of no running, so this morning I volunteered at Killerton Parkrun. I showed up at 8:30 and was given my map,
my instructions, high viz arrows and warning tape. Oh my goodness and I thought marshalling was standing at a corner giving directions, (which I knew I would be good at) I did not realise it would be so involved with so much responsibility. I was terrified as I set off up the hill. Panic set in that I would not get everything done in time so broke in to a run, so much for a run free week, but was glad to note that the legs were in working order and did not feel too bad. I was very relieved to find the first post which I velcrod an arrow to, then I found the others and the two gates I had to open and the cattle grid which I put tape across, no broken legs on my watch. Phew made it in time before the horn blew signalling the start. (pictures below show my position)
Then I was worried I put the arrows the wrong way sending the runners in the wrong direction. I imagined the run write up ‘detour causes slowest times for park run runners’ I was extremely grateful to see the first runners approaching me on the left, but then as my luck would have it, two ladies on horseback coming from the right!!!! I shouted warnings to both, the horses pulled to the side and when there was a break in the runners they went on their way. The rest of the runners came by it was lovely that so many of them said thank you I loved it! Must volunteer again soon.
I leave you with some photos of the scenery at Killerton on a lovely Saturday morning