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Supporting Fife Cycle Park Junior parkrun

written by Ross, Senior Graphic Designer

It’s great to work for an organisation like eCom who value my involvement in our local community so highly.

On the starting blocks...

In late 2014 my brother set up a running club which took off in a big way in our local community. I was involved in the background since the beginning – designing the club’s logo, website, kit and marketing materials, but it wasn’t until 2018, when my brother and dad raced their first triathlon at St. Andrews, that I decided to try running for myself. There were people at all different stages of their fitness journey and seeing this gave me the confidence to sign up to race my first triathlon at Loch Tay.

I started running with the running club and found that, despite never having previously enjoyed running, I now loved it. The freedom of just being able to put a pair of shoes on and go, as fast as I wanted, was amazing. I got the runners bug and have never looked back.

Volunteering at parkrun

In May 2018, Lochore Meadows parkrun started and was run by a core group of volunteers from the local community, many of whom were members of the running club. Parkrun is a free weekly 5km timed run that happens in hundreds of locations around the world on Saturday mornings, run entirely by volunteers. Everyone is welcome, whether you run, jog, walk or volunteer and the great thing about parkrun is the sense of community.

Whether you’re a racing snake or just starting your journey, it doesn’t matter – you’ll never finish last as there is always a volunteer tail walker. I love spending my Saturday mornings at parkrun, and have volunteered on 30 occasions so far, covering various roles from time-keeping, to barcode scanning and course set up.

Junior parkrun

When I heard that there was talk of setting up a new parkrun in the local community I was really keen to get involved. Fife Cycle Park junior parkrun is a 2km circuit, specifically for 4-14 year olds, with strict safety rules in place. As a regular volunteer at Lochore parkrun, and loving being involved in the parkrun community, I felt that joining the core team at Fife Cycle Park was a natural progression in my parkrun journey.

My role at Fife Cycle Park juniors will be that of Run Director. This means I will be in charge of the running of the event on a specific day. This involves various tasks such as ensuring we have a full rota of volunteers who know what they are doing, completing the run briefing, processing results and ultimately having responsibility for deciding whether or not the conditions are suitable for the run to go ahead, taking on board advice from other volunteers. There will be a group of Run Directors and we will work on a rota basis.

eCom enters the race

The first task for the core team was to obtain funding for the event to go ahead. I asked if eCom would consider helping with the event start-up costs. Fortunately, eCom were delighted to do so and this is really appreciated by everyone involved with the Fife Cycle Park Junior parkrun.  It’s great to work for an organisation like eCom who value my involvement in our local community so highly and I’m looking forward to seeing the positive impact on the local community, for the children in particular.

eCom loves to promote physical activity both in and out-with work and in the community. Whether that be through supporting staff with opportunities that promote healthy living, through to flexible working practices, eCom love to go the extra mile. In recognition of this, eCom has recently received the Healthy Working Lives Bronze award, the highest level for those who new to the programme and are now on the path towards achieving the Silver award within the next year.

Fife Cycle Park Junior parkrun - What's Next?

The team aims to host the inaugural event in March/ April and weekly thereafter. The event will be hosted every Sunday at Fife Cycle Park, with the run starting at 9:30am and all 4-14 year olds are welcome to take part. Hope to see you there.

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