My name is Kay and I am 12. I have been a Woking (UK) parkrunner for three years and I try to volunteer a few times each year. At any parkrun it is super easy to volunteer, there are even lots of roles you can do and still run. I was talking with my mum and we were trying to think of as many volunteer roles you can do whilst also running at the same event. We decided I could do six as well as running, so I set myself the challenge.
That’s how I found myself in Woking Park at 7:30am setting up (volunteer role 1) with Vicky, Jonathan, Alan and our run director, Alex. While Alex and Alan sorted out the cones and tapes in the woods, Vicky, Jonathan and I set up the finish funnel, flag and scanning stations.
8:50 and time for our new joiner’s briefing (volunteer role 2). I was a bit nervous at first, but the briefing card told me everything I needed to say and mum helped out a bit too. If you’d like to do this role, I would recommend listening to the briefing the week before. This particular week we had 42 first-timers at Woking.
Woking parkrun is a three-lap course with a variety of terrain. Another role you can do and still get a run time is to be the Tail Walker, or if you’re a speedy finisher you might also be able to help with the barcode scanning (volunteer role 3). Barcode scanning is my favourite role because it is extremely easy to do and it is very sociable, and it is really easy to learn people’s names because they are printed on their barcodes.
After the event you can help pack up all the equipment and put everything away (volunteer role 4). After parkrun we met for a coffee and a chat while our run director Alex loaded up the list of volunteers and the results, while I sorted the finish tokens ready for next week (volunteer role 5). Then last but not least, I wrote the run report (volunteer role 6).
Now that you can see how easy it is to volunteer, why don’t you have a go and become a parkrun high-vis hero? If you would like to volunteer, simply click on the link in your results email or get in touch with your local event via their website.
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