Today was the 93rd Foster parkrun completed. We were visiting from Pegasus so a bit of an early start for us this morning – but well worth the visit to this lovely, flat and, for today, relatively wind free, course! Having read Foster's last Run Report there is no way I can compete with the amount of really interesting facts and info about Rolleston – so instead I shall talk about parkrun volunteers…
Today was International volunteer’s day, with a theme for 2020 of Together We Can Through Volunteering so a huge thanks to this week’s volunteers:
Reuben BEER • Lizzie CHARTERS • Stuart CHARTERS • Jackie HANCOCK • Sharyn HOULT • Roland PINCHES • Shannon ROSS • Neil WAREING
Every parkrun relies on volunteers, we cannot do it without you so a massive thank you to each and every one of you who has volunteered in the past, is currently an active volunteer and to all of parkrun future volunteers.
There were a few purple shirts out on the course today which was lovely to see – and thank you to the lovely lady who pointed out my purple shirt to your gorgeous girl and explained about volunteering – was lovely to hear you making it something exciting and special (which of course it is!).
There are a wide variety of ways to volunteer:
The Event Director takes overall responsibility for their event and can be considered the chair person of the local team. Most Event Directors (though not all) will act as Run Director on a pretty frequent basis.
The Run Director is in charge of a particular event on a specific day.
They have ultimate responsibility for deciding whether or not the conditions are suitable for the event and with advice from the other volunteers may decide to modify the course (because of new hazards, for example), delay the start, or even in exceptional circumstances cancel the event that day (very poor weather being the most common reason for this).
The Tail Walker stays right at the back of the field and should be the last person to cross the finish line ensuring that everyone is accounted for. They are encouraged to carry a mobile phone in case of emergencies. They also collect the cones and markers on their way through at Foster. Volunteers undertaking this role receive both a run credit and a volunteer credit.
The Timekeeper is responsible for recording the finish times of all the participants at the event.
The Finish Tokens volunteer is responsible for handing out position tokens to all participants.
Barcode Scanning volunteers scan your personal barcode, followed by the barcode on the finish position token.
The Results Processor is responsible for bringing together the times and positions and uploading them to parkrun HQ for publication.
The Run Report Writer produces a written summary of the event which is uploaded to the news page of the event website.
Photographers capture images of our events in order to help us to inspire other people to engage in physical activity and to redefine what it means to be active.
I think cake maker should be an option too…
Milestones (50) were achieved today by Scott Boyce, Mark Boon and Shayna Early– congratulations to you!
Well done to the following people who achieved a PB - Carl Edminstin, David Lewes, Dean Harrison, Derek Wallace, Karen Smith, Michael Wright, Sarah Coursey and Simon Roydhouse.
Welcome to Nick Johnson a First timer today and to Zygmunt Juchnowicz (162) Mike Asmussen (153) both visiting Foster for the first time today!
- Jackie Hancock, Pegasus parkrun