It’s been a whirlwind few days for the Co-op colleagues selected to be Runners at the World Para-Athletic Championships down in the Olympic Park in Stratford, East London.
From collecting ID and uniform on Friday to taking up our positions on the park directing the tens of thousands of spectators, it’s been non-stop, hectic and amazing.
The atmosphere among the spectators and fellow volunteers has been electric. With the 4,500 other runners all kitted-out in matching uniforms, we’ve been able spot them from miles away, snaking their way across London to the park and taking up positions on the many approach routes to the stadium with a cheerful camaraderie – everybody gets a high-5!
We’ve checked up on the Co-op stand in the Hero Village on the park, always with a long queue outside.
We watched Carly as she raced on Friday night, saw World Records tumble. One of the team, Ben Skinner, even managed to grab a picture with new World Record holder and javelin gold medallist, Hollie Arnold.
And not only have we got involved, but our contribution has been noticed by the highest levels. Every drop of enthusiasm that colleagues use in their everyday roles has been put to great use here, so much so that Michael Cannon, Spectator Services Manager for the entire London 2017 organising committee, left us a personal message to say thanks:
The Co-op guys rocked.
Absolutely amazing night of Spectator Services. The Co-op guys were absolutely on point, smashed the entire evening. I couldn’t have asked for a better team.
David Stanyon, National Transport Planner said:
Energy has been great, the Co-op values are there for all to see and that’s backed up with great feedback from the organisers, team leaders and the public too.
Sarah Atherton, Store Manager from Milnrow added:
It’s an amazing opportunity and I’ve been blown away with the experience so far! The atmosphere at the stadium has been electric and I’ve loved spending time with fellow colleagues.