2nd March 2019 brings a fine addition to our parkrun family with the introduction of Park Walk.
We have always welcomed walkers at parkrun and very especially at Castletown, but from this week, and for the next 6 weeks, walkers will get an extra special VIP introduction to the Castletown parkrun family.
We have three Park Walk leaders ready to greet first-timers to parkrun and to keep everyone company on the 5k journey too.
When walkers arrive at Castletown, all you have to do is keep an eye out for the Park Walk banner. You can be sure your leaders won't be far away.
Let us tell you a little about your volunteer leaders...
First up is Brigitte SPRINGFIELD-MITCHELL (pictured below with her usual friendly smile and sporting the Tail Walker Hi-Viz here).
Brigitte tells us her parkrun story...
My parkrun experience started after a few drinks on New Years Eve 2017, when friends of mine (Mary and Tom Lawlor) suggested I join them on the weekly parkrun in Castletown. Having never ran in my life, I tried my best to run, but found that running was not my calling. HOWEVER... as I moved from running to walking , I realised that parkrun is not about running, but about being active as part of a community where I get to have a laugh and a chat in the beautiful surroundings of Castletown. I now walk every week and have made many new friends. For me, achieving a good time is not important, but the achievement of walking 5k is.
Next up, we have John and Kim O'LONE.
John and Kim are devoted to their families. Kim often says she's got two families of which she's very protective. Her first is her biological family. Second is her parkrun family. Suffice to say that's enthusiastic enough to ensure anyone new to parkrun and Park Walk will be very well looked after.
John says "Two and a half years, 134 runs and approximately 140 times volunteering between us both, we can honestly say we love parkrun and all it encompasses. We have met so many wonderful people and reconnected with old friends. It’s not always easy getting out of bed on Saturday morning but crossing that finishing line and heading off for a well earned coffee is a great feeling, the body has been exercised and the mind refreshed. As my (John) arthritis progresses I know I’ll never be a runner but each week I get out there and set my own pace and know I’ll never be last home there’s a ‘tail walker’ for that! 3 years ago I was overweight and wouldn’t walk 500 m to the local shop, now that’s all changed thanks to parkrun.
What do YOU need to do?
Pop your printed barcode in a zip-lock bag to water proof it, or better still, laminate it. Soggy barcodes won't scan after parkrun and you'll need your barcode to get 10% off in the cafe afterwards.... yum!!!
Follow the instructions above and you can't go wrong! But do give yourself plenty of travel time to arrive safely in time for the introduction and safety brief which takes place at 9.20am. We do expect higher no's this week, so car-pool if you can. It will be much appreciated. (Note - parking on grass is not permitted).
Bring your best smile and you won't go wrong! We are really looking forward to meeting new faces on Saturday. See you all then.