When I took part in my first parkrun back in January 2016 I vowed to volunteer after every 10th run. This Saturday was my 21st run and true to my word I was volunteering for the second time. This time I was Last Runner Marshal or Tailrunner – which meant I got to volunteer and run – the best of both worlds!!
At parkrun, there is always a marshal who runs at the back behind (or with) the very last participant. Whether they are walking or running, the tail runner always comes at the back. It is quite satisfying to help someone run ‘a little bit further’ (if they want to) and encouraging them while at the same time not being pushy. I also enjoyed the fact that I wasn’t pushing myself really hard, and running at a leisurely pace – usually I am trying to get somewhere near my PB.
There is always great support at parkrun from the volunteers and and it is great to give something back by becoming a volunteer yourself. If you have ever considered it, I urge you to have a go – you will be welcomed with open arms.
See also – parkrun – it’s free and it’s fun