parkrun - my 50th parkrun :)

parkrun - my 50th parkrun :)

I am really sorry this is really late, I finished at parkrun and then took the left over cakes home with me, went shopping for a spag bol and to make a stir fry for that night's tea, then had to pack my bags for a full day of volunteering on the sunday I was extremely busy over the weekend but so glad I managed to get everything done and I enjoyed myself as well over the weekend,

The friday before the parkrun I got all my ingredients and utensils out to do some baking, with my arm in a splint it turned out to be harder than I thought it would be to do some baking but in the end I managed to bake 2 lots of cakes, 1 set of dairy free and egg free/vegan cupcakes and some ordinary chocolate fairy cakes, I made sure they cooled before I put the lids on the containers and then once they was cool I put them in the fridge to keep them fresh, they didn't turn out to bad even if I do say so myself,

I then had to clean everything which I did, then had some tea and afterwards starting packing things for the parkrun before going bed, I remembered my barcode and made sure I put in the 2 t'shirts that headway was kind enough to send to me for phil and will, put in spare clothes and my new trainers which I have took a picture of them whilst they was still clean, will upload a picture of them soon,

I get to bed around 10, manage to get up at 5 the next day after waking up in a panic at 3, didn't want to go back to sleep thought I wouldn't get up in time but I did, so I got up showered, changed, ate some breakfast, double checked I had everything and then set off at 7,

I got to the start for 8am and stood around chatting to everyone who was there, 2 lovely volunteers had gone out of their way and baked some delicious cakes for my 50th parkrun, we waited for the run director who had the keys and then we went to work well once the cakes was put to one side near to where the cakes would be put,

I did half of the cones because I am lacking the use of my right arm since it's been put in the splint for 2 weeks so another lovely volunteer lent a hand and put out the other half of the cones, I put the 2 starting cones out and everything else had been done and dusted since I couldn't work that quick, went over to see the cakes with phil who had turned up who was lovely enough to bake some delicious brownies,

I then get to meet Will who also ran with me and phil, phil, will and i spoke about things, then will and phil went off for a warm up lap, will then went to the new runners briefing and I went and had my photo took with all the other volunteers,

We then all got together and listened to the run brief and then made our way over to the start, we all ran together which was nice since will runs at heaton park parkrun in around 20 odd minutes I can't remember how many minutes he actually did say, but because he didn't know the route,

It went pretty well apart from I struggled quite a bit keeping up with Phil as he was running a little bit to fast, will just ran at a slower pace to keep up with me when usually he's around 10minutes quicker than me, I managed a sprint finish at the end, but struggled all the way through, my head just wasn't with it on saturday think I was far too excited and I did a huge mention at the run brief so was a bit embarrassed there as well,

I came in with a time of 37:42 so didn't manage a pb on my 50th but I got around the course with will and phil and got to meet ali off the headway forum from here which is ali and she is in the photo as well as phil and will, phil is to the right of me (to the left of me on the photo), ali is stood next to me on the right of the picture and then will is stood next to ali and is the shorter of the 2 guys on the photo,

I had an awesome day, it was fantastic had so many people coming up to me, congratulating me, giving me hugs and making sure I was ok, and I had a good day/good parkrun which I did, couldn't have asked for a better parkrun family than I do, I got speaking to the run director on saturday and I was astonished and proud of what the run director said to me, I thanked him at the end with putting on the runs each week and told him that I'm extremely grateful, I sent them an e-mail and they put it in to this week's run report which this is the link for:

parkrun.org.uk/bolton/news/

the e-mail I sent them is at the bottom of the first run report you come to,

I hope you all have had a great weekend, I've had a ton of experiences this week with volunteering and I'm extremely grateful to be able to class you all as my running family :) so thank you,

Take care,

Siobhan xx

Edit: on the sunday I volunteered at queen's park junior parkrun from 8:40 til 9:30 then shot off to go help out at great run local from 10:40 as it'd changed time for yesterday from 9:30 to 11am start, was there until almost 12pm, then went had some dinner in bury and then shot off on the metrolink to get to my 3rd volunteering event of the day at an event called tour de manc, it was a cycling event that happened around manchester the cyclists had the option of a 100km route or 100mile route, I helped out from 2pm til nearly 6pm it was an amazing opportunity and I've been asked to come back again next year to volunteer there again :) can't believe it, I sent them an e-mail thanking them for allowing me the opportunity of volunteering with them and gave them my up to date phone number, got a reply back today saying they will definitely want my help again next year since I used my innitative and helped when they needed help without being asked for the help, so I started folding napkins and then within and hour went from napkin folding and tea making to opening up medals and handing them out with a good bag, congratulating all the cyclists as they came across the finish line :) it was an amazing opportunity that I am so grateful that I put myself forward for :)

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  • I'm so impressed with your achievement. What a lovely celebration with your park run friends. A great weekend!

  • Thank you :) x

  • Great write up, well done on your 50th park run. Doesn't time fly. It'll be your 100th next. Take care rfc x.

  • Thank you :) x

  • Congratulations Siophan X

  • Thank you :) x

  • Congratulations Siobhan! 50 parks runs is awesome! As well, 3 volunteering events in one day is just amazing. Happy running πŸƒπŸΌπŸ˜Š

  • Thank you :) x

  • Congratulations on your 50th parkrun Siobhan! It sounds like you had a brilliant day and a very busy weekend!

    Here's to many moreπŸ…πŸŽ–πŸ°πŸ©πŸΎ

  • Thank you :) x

  • Many congratulations Siobhan. That's an amazing achievement, amongst your many others! What a lovely photo too 😊 You look like the cat that got the cream 😺xxx

  • Thank you :) x

  • Fantastic Siobhan! I'm exhausted reading your weekend schedule,you cram so much in and volunteer in a selfless way to help others. You should be very proud of yourself and I know we are proud of you here! πŸ˜†

  • Thank you :) x

  • Fantastic Siobhan. What a brilliant weekend! I'm in awe of you - 3 volunteering events in 1 day is amazing, not to mention 1 armed cake making. πŸ†πŸŒŸ

  • Thank you :) x

  • Many congratulations Siobhan! X

  • Thank you :) x

  • What a busy busy weekend ! Makes me tired just reading it , Brilliant ! Plus you did it all to help others , that is so generous and kind of you Siobhan. You are such a lovely lady xxx

    Many Congratulations on your 50th parkrun , what an amazing achievement

    Well done !

    Here's to the next 50 ! :-) xxx

  • Thank you :) xxx

  • Thank you for all your lovely replies, I'm really sorry I'm responding to everyone's comments quite late, I hope you are all well,

    I had a great time, was a bit overwhelmed due to the amount of attention I got, yep time does fly when you are having a great time, it's only 49 more parkruns until my 100th parkrun :)

    Take care everyone,

    Siobhan xx

  • Congratulations, Siobhan! Sorry I am late to this post! Are you going to get a parkrun 50 t-shirt now?! You've earned it! wiggle.co.uk/parkrun-womens... :)

  • It's funny you should mention about the milestone t'shirt, my 50 t'shirt came through the post this morning :) even though I keep trying to say it's a 40 t'shirt not sure why must be my weird brain lol, I'm going to be wearing the t'shirt next saturday with pride :)

    Take care,

    Siobhan x

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