Arriving down to the park, it was great to have the course set up by Sarah and Cathy. The first of their numerous volunteer roles they carried out this morning! Volunteers started to arrive and we caught up on the news since we'd last seen each other and tried to rescue Ryan's lego man that got stuck in our speaker a couple of weeks ago. He's still in there for the time being!
We still needed another 8 volunteers before our run could start and a huge thank you to everyone who stepped forward and helped out. A big congratulations to our wristband recipients this morning. We had Aria, Jonas and Orla receiving their half marathon wristband for their 11 runs completed. James and Finn collected their Marathon wristbands for 21 runs completed. It's always a favourite time of mine calling out all the names for the wristbands, the kids are always so proud of their achievements and rightly so.
Cathy delivered the first timers briefing before completing the course as tailwalker, Lynn briefed the marshals and Peter took the warm up before running over the start to begin the timekeeping. parkrun is such a team effort and couldn't possibly happen each week without the work and help of our volunteers.
Our high viz heroes this week were:
Brid BROGAN • Bruce THOMPSON • Carol HEALY • Caroline HYLAND • Cathy TRENAMAN • Clara GERAGHTY • Cormac O'CONNOR . Eamonn LANGAN • Ellen • Fergus O'DEA • Kelly ADMIRAND • Laura HUGHES • Lauryn • Leslie Lluyd HUGHES • Lynn FROST • Peter ADMIRAND • Safia K • Sameer RANE • Sarah TRENAMAN • Sean • Sean TWOMEY • Sonja HUGHES • Zieta O'HAGAN
In the blink of an eye the kids were off and soon on their way back after their 2km. We had 152 children running their parkrun and there were a couple of first timers and plenty of PB's. Lauryn and Safia began sorting the tokens after their run and soon Sarah, Sonja, Leslie, Sean began helping them and getting them ready for next weeks run. This is an area we really do need help in each week, so if you are waiting around for your kids to finish or want to help out with your child for a couple of minutes after your run, come over to us and join in. We'd really appreciate the help.
Time to take down the funnel and pen and pack away the gear for another week. Eamonn was on close down and transported the gear back to its home. Off to the coffee shop for myself and Sarah for the results processing
( Sarah now on her 4th volunteer role of the day!)
All done and dusted for another week and off to enjoy the rest of the weekend.
Volunteering is great fun and if you can help us out, email us at marlayjuniors@parkrun later on in the week and we'll sign you up! You won't regret it!
Thanks for coming out and choosing marlay junior parkrun for your sunday morning family exercise and time together.
See you next Sunday and have a great week.