Volunteering

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,

DSCN2329my 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)

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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

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About shazruns

I have been running since 2004 when I decided to do the Race for Life, as a close friend was terminally ill with cancer. Following that I did a couple of 10km at Leeds castle and Sandringham. Then in 2005 ran my first London marathon, then another in 2007 in blistering temperatures. I have entered the London marathon every year since but have been rejected, am now find maintaining my fitness & motivation hard, so when the email came through about Janathon I thought why not! Am hoping this helps with fitness, motivation and weight loss!! Wish me luck!
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5 Responses to Volunteering

  1. Beautiful photos, love your parkrun location. Husband and I volunteered at our Launceston parkrun yesterday. Such a fun thing to do, love cheering everyone on, but I know what you mean about the responsibility! We have some new permanent parkrun markers made of stone which takes the stress out. I saw that parkrunners worldwide should top 37,000 this weekend, wow.

  2. Red Hen says:

    Stewards do have a great responsibility. Good on you for volunteering.

  3. zoecakes says:

    Killerton parkrun looks lovely and well done (and thank you) for volunteering! 🙂

  4. plustenner says:

    well done you! it sure looks gorgeous – and madam got a PB!!!

  5. abradypus says:

    I was just thinking “I don’t remember a cattle grid!” when I realised that you’re back on the proper course. Doh!

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