On the shore of Lake Windermere in the Lake District, the Fell Foot parkrun is one of the most beautiful courses in the country. Come rain or shine a small group of committed Dallam boarders rise early and take to the start line to run. Parkrun schemes have been growing in popularity and the ‘free, for everyone, forever’ tag line has attracted our young athletes. Last year, instead of running, our group, joined by their non-running boarding friends, took every volunteer position to help facilitate the run – taking up positions including starters, timers, marshalls and bar code readers. They provided music at the finish line and baked cookies for all 250 participants. The weather was kind and whether they were regular runners of the parkrun or tourists, everyone commented on how engaged the Dallam boarders were. Selflessness and belonging to something special is a key ingredient in the Dallam boarding journey and something that came alive on that crisp day in Fell Foot Park.
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