Following on from England's Commonwealth Games marathon runner Steve Way taking part in Tollcross parkrun on 3 August, two-time Commonwealth Games gold medalist Liz McColgan volunteered at the Glasgow event last weekend (9 August). Liz gave her time by stewarding the run, timing the participants and starting the free 5k event as part of the Join In Summer Relay.
The nationwide tour of community sports clubs takes place throughout August and will see Commonwealth stars and top athletes muck in with the everyday volunteer roles that make sport possible in the UK. As part of the Join In campaign, parkrun is encouraging participants to bring a friend to events, so Liz was accompanied by former world record holder over the 5k distance, David Moorcroft.
Liz commented, “It’s really good to be a part of the first leg of the Join In Summer Relay around the UK, I think it’s really important to keep the momentum going around volunteering following the Commonwealth Games. We need volunteers to help at clubs across all of the sports represented at the Games. Volunteering is a fun way of giving something back to sport, I’m a volunteer myself and I love giving an hour of my time a week with kids to help keep them fit and healthy.”
Every world-class athlete starts at a grassroots sports club, but Join In research shows that 7 in 10 clubs need more volunteers. The Join In Summer Relay gives sports stars a chance to go back to where it started - the heart of the community, and work alongside the volunteers who are giving something back to sport.
For further information and to find local sports volunteer opportunities near you visit the Join In website.