The first thing that I simply must say, is a HUGE well done to Hannah and Susie! This morning were their first ever solo appearances as Run Director /Volunteer Coordinator.
For Hannah- this involved her first briefing and first time processing the results. She did it all seamlessly. See below to find out what being a Run Director involves.
For Susie- this involved making sure that we had enough volunteers in the required roles so that we can let the children run, and it was her first time asking for volunteers, updating the roster, ticking people in and confirming it all so that those that helped us get their credits and so on. This is an role that often doesn't get the respect and understanding it deserves. It is quite possibly (asides from the Event Director role!) the role which takes the most time on a rolling basis.
I am honestly over the moon to have them both on my team, they've taken to it like ducks to water. I have another new RD and VC in the pipeline, it won't be long before we all get to give them a well done too.
As Event Director who has also been doing the Run Director role for recent weeks, it was a true pleasure to be able to stand back today and just watch it happen. Something which Debs (founder and my predecessor in the ED role) has mentioned before, it's truly quite overwhelmingly. The Core Team volunteers as well as all our volunteers deserve a big thank you so please try to take a moment to thank them each week.
Onto the children and the sole reason we are all here!!
Well, wow!! 159 children out up and early on a Sunday morning!!
Another good number of first timers, 14!! You'll never guess how many Personal Bests were recorded so I'll tell you - 38! We also had 6 different clubs represented, the juniors running under the club names were a true credit. If you would like your school registered as a club (following St Marys Lower Schools lead), get in touch and I'll get it sorted for you. It's free, and worthwhile for both the child and the school.
Jared is now just 2 runs away from achieving a staggering 100 runs, every single one he's done at Colchester junior parkrun.
Arlo and Lilly both hit the Marathon milestone, running their 21st junior parkruns with us this morning. Well done to both of you for running the equivalent of a marathon with junior parkrun!
Emily did her 11th run this morning, she finishes every time with an awesome sprint finish! That's the equivalent of a half marathon, a great feat!
It made my day to see Run Director Shawn's son and Colchester Harriers runner Harrison come over the line first with PB!
Don't forget our badge competition, only a handful in so far. Get a picture by our flag with the aim of highlighting how much the junior loves Colchester junior parkrun. Share the picture on our Facebook or twitter page and use the hashtags #LoveColchesterjuniorparkrun and #loveparkrun, the core team will pick who they think best captures us. The chosen junior will get a limited edition Colchester junior parkrun badge!
In recent weeks, the number of 'unknown runners' is increasing. Please make sure that you print off a barcode and bring it along. No barcode not only means no time at juniors, it means no wristband too. The wristbands ARE FREE, so please get their barcode printed so that they can work towards the milestones. If you haven't got access to a printer but want to get your junior logging their runs, please let me know.
Have a fantastic week!
The Run Director takes charge of the organisation on a particular parkrunday.
When undertaking this role the Run Director should not run or carry out any of the following tasks: pacing, tail walking, timekeeping, back-up timer, barcode scanning, finish tokens or marshal. Other ancillary volunteer tasks are allowed.
They have overall responsibility for event safety, will usually make the Pre-run Announcements, set the field on their way, and oversee proceedings during the event and at the finish line.
Most importantly, the Run Director decides whether the event should be cancelled or postponed or that an adjustment to the course is needed (because of bad weather or other circumstance). Such decisions will be taken with guidance from the other event organisers but the Run Director has the final say.
This role should not be confused with the Event Director (who takes a leadership role in the event's organising committee); while the Event Director may perform the Run Director role on a frequent basis, they are not the same.
Those under the age of 18 can be Run Directors, if accompanied by an adult Run Director.