Often the focus for parkrun is on the runners - first timers, PB smashers etc but what about our dedicated volunteers? I have finally reached my goal of volunteering 25 times (because my favourite colour is purple - it’s all about the shirt you know). Most of my volunteering has been done whilst injured, firstly with plantar fasciitis for which I was in a moonboot and then secondly when I fractured my ankle and in a cast for 6 weeks. Even though I couldn’t run, I was still able to be a part of the parkrun community.
So what is volunteering all about?
The volunteers make parkrun happen; they run the local events. They do all of the high-profile tasks at the event (like marshalling, timing, result recording, etc), and all the behind-the-scenes roles too. Without volunteers parkrun would be a non event.
Still want to run/walk?
No worries - you can still volunteer and run/walk too. There are roles where you can get the best of both worlds.
Pre event set up and post event close down
First timers briefing - a new but valuable role at Lower Hutt to welcome our first timers.
Photographer - walk the course whilst taking photos,
Token sorter - a tedious task but more enjoyable when done at BUZZ while enjoying your post event coffee.
Run report writer - maybe you have a story to share about what parkrun means to you?
If you want to be totally crazy be lead bike and then run the course and try get back to the finish before the tail walker.
Tail walker - bringing up the rear to ensure everyone gets back safely.
Volunteer only roles
What better way to meet new people while stood around waiting for 15 mins or so before the speedsters hit the finish line!!
Time keepers & Bar code scanners - no one would get a timed result without these fabulous people.
Funnel manager - to try and ensure a smooth operation at the finish shoot. Not an easy task when everyone sprints at the finish line trying to pass that person in front.
Run director - is in charge of the event on the day ensuring that everyone has a safe and enjoyable time. They are key to the smooth running of the event and ensuring all the volunteer roles are filled, the course is safe, pre event briefing, processing the results by bringing together the times and positions and uploading them to parkrun HQ for publication.
How to volunteer
At the finish line there is a board which shows the different roles and what role is available for a given date. Have a look and add your name.
Alternatively you can check out the future roster via this link future roster | Lower Hutt parkrun , then email email@example.com and let the team know which role you want to do and when. It also makes it easier if you can tell them your parkrun barcode number so they can find you easier in the system.
Volunteering is not compulsory but without volunteers parkrun would not happen. If you are able and interested in volunteering then don’t be afraid to do so. There are many experienced volunteers who will help you to do the role you want to try out. Don’t be afraid to try something new.
A huge thank you to all the volunteers who help and support parkrun to take place week after week come wind, rain or shine. Without you parkrun would not be possible.
A huge thank you to this weeks fabulous volunteers -
Mark Malone, Margaret Donovan, Kevin Biggins, Hailey Bouwman, Miringa Bouwman, Caroline Bray, Maria Jessa De Asis, Jonathan Eweg, Daxa Govind, Shona Humphrey, Enrico Monteclaro, Rob Stead, Stu Leslie & Heather Leslie.
Heather Leslie -
Volunteered 25 times, Ran/walked (or even hobbled on crutches) 157 times.