27 volunteers from Top Church in Dudley served as the volunteer stewards at Dudley Parkrun on Saturday morning. The team lined the course to make sure everyone got through safely, timed the runners and even provided cake at the end! The Archdeacon of Dudley, Nikki Groarke also helped out, sorting the runners ‘tokens’ after she herself had completed the run.

James Treasure starts Dudley ParkrunJames Treasure, Vicar of the Top Church resourcing church, was the run director for the day, giving the pre-run briefing for new participants and starting the runners. He said:

“It is part of Top Church’s vision to be a blessing to the community so are always looking for ways in which we can be involved in things outside of the church. Quite a few members of the church run at the event most weeks, so it seemed like a good opportunity to volunteer as stewards.”

Directing the runnersThe team of volunteers was co-ordinated by Carlo who has been participating in Parkrun for almost a year. He said: “This is a great chance to get us out of the pews and into the community as well as a good team building opportunity. Parkrun has a great atmosphere and promotes fitness, activeness and health, which can only be a good thing. Volunteering is also a lot of fun!”

Top Church at Dudley ParkrunAround 300 people took part in the 101st Dudley Parkrun. Volunteer Event Director, Steve Coldicott, said: “It’s great when a group of people get involved like this as it means I don’t have to find the 30 volunteers needed at the event! It’s really nice that Top Church wanted to give something back and having people smiling and cheering the runners along makes a big difference. I find that volunteering at Parkrun is just as rewarding as running.”

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