We'd like to take this opportunity to say a huge 'THANK YOU!' to all of you that have volunteered over the past few weeks at Margate parkrun. Without your help, there simply wouldn't be a parkrun each week and we're all very grateful for your assistance. Recently we have had a few weeks where there has been some doubt in the core team on Friday evening if we would have enough 'hands on deck' on Saturday to ensure the event can happen safely; thankfully you've all stepped up to the mark to help out, but we have been perilously close to cancelling through lack of volunteers.
It takes a minimum of 11 people to safely put on Margate parkrun each Saturday morning, including the Run Director, the finish line team, our barcode scanners, Tail Walker and of course our wonderful marshals who look after you so well out on the course and it would be great to see the roster full each week. (Don't worry if you don't think we'll have a job for you, we never say no to a volunteer and we can always find extra positions for course marshals!)
Therefore, we're appealing to you to help us out on a Saturday morning. Whether you have one, or several Saturdays, that you can volunteer to ensure the event can happen, we would love to have you as one of our hi-viz heroes. Please take a look at our volunteer roster to see where there are gaps and let our volunteer coordinator know if you're able to fill any of them.
We're also on the lookout for some new Run Directors. These people are essential to the event each week as, without a trained run director, we are unable to hold the event. Ideally, we would like a team of 6-8 RDs who would take it in turns to be responsible for the event on a rotation system. We currently have a very small team of Run Directors, who can't cover each week because of other commitments they have outside of parkrun (and occasionally we would like to run too!). As this is a position of responsibility, you would need to be trained before taking the reins on your week, but it's not a scary process, we just need to make sure you know what to do in the event of something happening and, whilst we like to do the training for everyone in one session together, this can also be done at parkrun on a couple of Saturday mornings and you can shadow one of our already experienced run directors at the same time. It's fantastically rewarding to be the run director and see the event happen under your control on your week and you really get to see the good that parkrun can do to people. If you'd like to know more about the role or are interested in signing up to be a run director, please do drop an email to email@example.com or have a chat with one of the core team on a Saturday morning.
Finally, we're in the process of updating our register of first aiders. If you hold a valid first aid qualification and you would be happy to be included on this list (you can still run if you're listed as a first aider), please do drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know. We hope we never have to call for your assistance, but it's good to know that you're there if we ever need you.
On behalf of all the core team Margate, I'd like to thank you all for your parkrun passion and look forward to seeing our wonderful parkrun family grow in the future.
Dennis Brandrick, Event Director