Every week we need about 25 volunteers. We often have about 250 runners a week. (1 volunteer is needed for every 10 parkrunners running).
The success of our parkrun depends on all our park runners doing their bit by volunteering a few times per year. Have you volunteered recently? If not, why not give it a go. We are friendly and relax and its important everyone enjoys volunteering and not feeling under pressure. To volunteer...Please look at our volunteer rosta page > www.parkrun.org.uk/torbayvelopark/futureroster/ simply email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know what role you would like to do, please also let us know your personal barcode number. There are some volunteering jobs you can do and also run the parkrun....
Pre Event Setup or New Runners and Tourist Briefing (before you run),
Token Sorter or Run Writer Reporter, Event close down. (after you finished your run)
Please feel free to ask us any questions about any parkrun role.
Pre-Event Setup is a behind the scenes role, meaning you could both perform this role and run. Volunteers in this role help setup the event. We have stakes, cones and flags to setup and maps to help you. We try and send new volunteers out with experience volunteers. You will need water proof footwear for setting up the field.
Token Sorter is at the barcode scanning desk, the position token get scanned and they are placed in a plastic box, the token sorter will put them in order so they can be used again the following week.
The Run Report Writer is a behind the scenes role, meaning you could both perform this role and run. The role of Run Report Writer is someone who writes a run report after they have ran, See our news page www.parkrun.org.uk/torbayvelopark/news/
New Runners and Tourist Briefing is at 8:50am near the Velopark Green Reception Office, The First Timers Briefing volunteer will need to be experienced and will brief new participants on the course and what to do at the finish. Here is a guide to the New Runner and Tourist Briefing
Marshals guide and encourage the runners around the course warning them of any obstacles or hazards, as well as ensuring that other park users are aware of the run. They are also the eyes and ears of the run director out on the course. Marshals perform a crucial function; if there aren't enough marshals then the event can't go ahead. So if you're running and see them out on the course, please say thanks (particularly if it's wet, windy or cold) and always follow their advice. They'll most likely be wearing high vis - so they should be easy to spot. Marshal need to bring a mobile phone in case they need to call the Run Director during the event. Waterproof footwear is a good idea when the field is wet. We will give all marshals a hi viz bib and lanyard.
The Tail Walker stays right at the back of the field and will be the last person to cross the finish line ensuring that everyone is accounted for. They are encouraged to carry a mobile phone in case of emergencies. They let any marshal out on the course know that they can collect nearby signs and leave their post. This role is compulsory in the UK. Volunteers undertaking this role receive both a run credit and a volunteer credit. Tail Walkers wear a orange hi viz bib.
The Barcode Scanners are responsible for recording runners against their finish position tokens handed out by finish tokens at the end of the funnel. They scan in the runners personal barcode followed by the barcode on the position token. Barcode scanning is really easy, Our barcode scanners have simple instructions attached to them. VIDEO > www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdZM4HtpcNI
The Timekeeper is responsible for recording the times of all finishers. For every runner that crosses the finish line on their own two feet, the timer will record that time using a timing device. This data is then combined with the data from the Barcode Scanners. Our events are provided with multiple timers, so there will normally be someone operating a backup timer. The timers have simple instructions attached to them. VIDEO > www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYkYYozUJw8
The Finish Tokens person is responsible for handing out finish position tokens to all finishers in the correct sequence. This volunteer wears a belt bag for any unwanted tokens. Sometimes parkrunners may not have a personal barcode and may refuse a finish token. They will need to place that persons token in to the belt bag. The Finish Token Support holds the string of tokens and hands the Finish Token person about 10 to 15 tokens at a time in the correct order. The
Funnel manager is responsible for the smooth operation of the finish funnel. It's vitally important to our system that finishers are encourage to stay in the correct order after they cross the line, so we keep their time in sequence with their finish token. If anyone ducks out of the finish funnel with out collect their finish token its important they alert the Run Director or Finish Token person.
Pacers (First Saturday every month) Pacer volunteers then agree to identify themselves to the other participants by the start line and Pacers try as best they can, to run to the agreed time, as evenly paced as possible.
Pacers need to be very familiar with the course and ideally take on a time this is well within their ability.
Number Checker The Number Checker is responsible for recording (but not correcting) discrepancies that may arise between the timer and the numbers that are given out. This person is given a timer, clipboard and pen and tries to check on average every 10 to 15th person that crosses the finish line. He/She will first press button B on the timer and write down the time. Next will follow that finisher to the end of the funnel and nicely ask that person what finish token they have been given. The number checker will also ask the finisher for their first name.
The Run Report Writer is a behind the scenes role, meaning you could both perform this role and run.
The role of Run Report Writer involves writing and uploading weekly event news reports to the event's news page.
Photographers take pictures of the event and upload them to the event's Flickr page.
Photographers of all abilities and with whatever equipment they have at their disposal are invited to take pictures at our events.
Anybody wanting to get their photographs uploaded to the event website, should in the first instance approach the event organisers who tell them how to upload new photos and see the parkrun photography and video policy.
Please see our Flickr Tips for more information about how to upload photos.
WHERE AND WHEN TO MEET THE RUN DIRECTOR There are two meeting times for volunteers, 8:00am for pre event setup volunteers or 8:30am for all other volunteers. We meet at the brick building with yellow doors, inside changing room 6. Barcode scanning building.
We have a Volunteer club that rewards anyone who volunteers on 25 different occasions. Those who reach this milestone can claim a free 25 volunteer parkrun running t-shirt.
First, and most importantly, we never ask anybody to do anything they're not comfortable with. If you don't want a particular task, please let us know and we will happily give you an alternative job. Nevertheless, none of our tasks are too stressful. You could be organising the finish funnel, operating the timer, or scanning the runners' barcodes with our simple barcode readers but if you really want to do something in particular, please let us know and we'll see what we can do. Please feel free to ask any questions about any job. We have six Run Directors and they take it in turns to organising our volunteers, replying to emails, organise the run on a particular Saturday and uploading the results.
MEET THE SIX RUN DIRECTORS (in photo below)
Top from Left......Stephen Wilbraham, Roger Matthews, Simon Gilboy, Chris Reece,
Below from Left....Nick Robinsonand Jo Canham Thanks very much to everyone who have volunteered so far since the Torbay Velopark parkrun event started.
Pre Event Setup Maps
Pre Event Setup course kit. We have stakes with arrows (A1 to A6) 3 mile stakes, caution runners signs, under 11 signs, large, medium and small plastic cones, small flags, large parkrun flag, large parkrun banner, scanning table,