News - 4th October 2022

Tail Walker to Run Director


My first volunteering role was as Tail Walker, the Saturday before my first City 2 Surf since taking up running. 


Having a volunteer position that allowed me to contribute to the event while still getting a run credit was really important. I’d never been a runner before and I know it wouldn’t have taken much for me to get out of the habit of running, so having a role which enabled me to keep the momentum in the early days was invaluable even though I didn’t realise it at the time.


I went on to do a few of the other roles, including barcode scanning, marshalling and timekeeping. Then our parkrun did a callout for people to become run directors, and it was a pretty easy step to take. I’m now run director at beautiful Dolls Point parkrun about once a month and will shortly hit my Volunteer 50 milestone. I would not have predicted that the first time I did tail walking.


Tail walking is the contribution I was able to give at that time, and it was the way I learned about how easy it is to do some of the other roles.


Ingrid Botha

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