I was planning to run our local parkrun today but they emailed around that they were short of volunteers. I spoke to my 8yr old daughter who was going to run with me and as we had run 4.8 miles on thursday she was keen to help. So today we turned up at 0830 for duty. Appropriately dressed in neon tabards we hot footed to our marshalling post, a narrow bridge at halfway ish. At 0900 they started and 7 minutes later round came the bike with the first runner, my goodness was he quick! It was another minute before there was an onslaught of 700+ runners who had to pass us twice. We clapped and we shouted encouragement for 50 minutes. Each runner was amazing for being there and not in bed. There were fit youngsters running speeds I could only dream of, older generations of runners who inspire me, parents with kids setting healthy examples, runners with buggys as a means to keep fit and runners with their four legged friends. Some were effortless, some struggled and some walked/ran but everyone of them deserved every bit of encouragement and to feel like a winner. I spent the whole time with a massive grin on my face as I shared their achievements. The fastest lad did the run in 15.47 an amazing time I will never myself see and the last in 51.59 which was equally as much effort. 5k is 5k regardless of the time taken to get there and we do it for ourselves. So don't be afraid of parkrun and do try to volunteer to give something back.