Last Saturday a small army of BAC members helped out with a club takeover of volunteering duties at Bedford Parkrun. Accompanied by assorted friends and family members, duties from pacing to timekeeping and barcode scanning were entrusted to experienced Parkrunners and newbies alike.
Julie Spavins said: “This was the first time I have volunteered to help at the Parkrun, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I convinced my other half and two granddaughters to come along as well, and we had a marvellous time cheering on the runners.
“We were up at the cafe, trying not to get run down on the last corner, and this gave us an opportunity to chat to some of the regular marshals who really do a fantastic job. As a note, one of the marshals did say how great it was to have so many willing volunteers, there have been a few occasions where they’ve had to consider cancelling due to the lack of marshals.”
Last Saturday’s run – the 384th in Bedford – saw 368 runners and walkers take part, despite at times adverse weather, testament to how integral the events are to Saturday mornings in the region.
Parkrun takes place at hundreds of venues in the UK and overseas every Saturday morning at 9am. BAC members can regularly be found at local runs in Bedford, St Neots, Great Denham, Wimpole, Letchworth and Stevenage.
See here for more information about Parkrun, and huge thanks to the team behind Bedford Parkrun for hosting us.