By: Lyn Evans (Co-Event Director and parkrun Volunteer Ambassador)
As our successful 5k parkrun at Barry Island approaches its 100th run in a few weeks, I’m pleased to share the news that plans are now well advanced to bring a 2k junior parkrun to Barry in 2017. Working in partnership with the Vale of Glamorgan Council, we’ve identified a great 2-lap course in a superb location at Romilly Park in Barry.
junior parkruns are free, timed 2k runs, held at 9:00 a.m. every Sunday morning in parks around the country. They are for runners from 4 to 14 years old, who can run on their own or accompanied by an adult.
The essence of every parkrun is that it’s a community-led event. They are organised entirely by teams of volunteers from their local communities.
This is where you come in…
The crucial next step in setting up a Barry junior parkrun will be to put in place a ‘core’ organising team of 10-12 volunteers (or more), to ensure that the event is run correctly, is sustainable, and that workloads can be shared.
Most importantly, we’ll need a volunteer Event Director and 3 or 4 Run Directors. The Event Director has overall responsibility for the parkrun, while the Run Directors take on responsibility for organising individual weekly runs, on a periodic basis. The Directors of a junior parkrun all need to be undergo a DBS safeguarding check.
Other core team members typically share the various other roles such as timekeeper, barcode scanner, course marshal and help with run set-up and take-down. We’ll provide training for individual roles and for the core team as a whole.
You can find some basic information about operating a junior parkrun on the parkrun wiki: Operating a junior parkrun
If you’d like to be part of the team, then please drop me an email at email@example.com with the role(s) you’re interested in and I can answer any specific questions you might have.
Volunteers don’t need to be a member of a running club/group, or a runner at all, to be able to contribute to the team. As over 300 people have already found out at Barry Island parkrun, volunteering is great fun and very rewarding.
Thanks for reading this far.