Pacer Week!

We are trying to organise a pacer week for the first Saturday of every month.  If you'd like to volunteer we will be covering 19-40 minutes.  Please email whitleybayoffice@parkrun.com if you'd like to be involved!

 

Public Toilet Closure

The public toilets located at Watts Slope are currently out of action.  The nearest conveniences are situated next to the Rendezvous Café on the lower promenade.

 

Whitley Bay Core Team

The Core Team at Whitley Bay (the group of people responsible for ensuring your parkrun happens safely every week) are looking to strengthen in numbers to ensure this event remains sustainable.

We are looking for a few people who would be willing to be trained as Run Director, and who would be able to do this about 1 in every 6 weeks, with a little supplementary support in between with some tasks such as results processing.

If you're interested please email the whitleybayoffice@parkrun.com and we can provide some additional information, or arrange to catch-up after an event.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

 

Reminder regarding Under 11s at parkrun

Every week in the pre run briefing we try to get some key messages across. One of those messages is about under 11s needing to run with an adult. This is a key parkrun safeguarding and insurance requirement.

The adult does not need to be a parent, but does need to be someone over 18 who the child and parent is happy they run with. If you can't keep up with your speedy children, do speak with other runners or members of running clubs - lots of our under 11s are registered with clubs.

We will be talking to any unaccompanied children this week and thank you in advance for your cooperation.

 

Duke of Edinburgh Blog on Volunteering

Lucy, who is currently volunteering with us to gain the service element of her Duke of Edinburgh Award, has written this short blog about volunteering. If you feel inspired to get involved, please let us know below or by emailing whitleybayoffice@parkrun.com

PARKRUN...
"parkrun is so much more than a run in the park; I volunteer on a weekly basis along with the other marshals, cheering on runners and congratulating them at the end is just part of the role, you feel a great sense of achievement (perhaps as much as the runners do) when everything goes to plan. My favourite job it timing because although it is a lot of responsibility, I enjoy seeing all the people finishing, especially if it's their first run!

What better way to start the weekend with fresh air, sun and smiling faces and ending it with a coffee all in the space of an hour?

parkrun isn’t a race: it’s a run, walk or jog affair and this is shown massively through the volunteers at Whitley Bay. To participate in the parkrun, you don’t actually need to run at all, so whether you are injured or new to the area it’s a wonderful way to contribute to the well-being of your community.

When I first saw parkrun I never imagined all the hard work and effort that goes on behind the scenes, and by taking park you too could learn to appreciate the hard work. It takes a lot to run the event each week, so go on, take the first step to start your volunteering at the Whitley Bay parkrun."

Thank you Lucy!

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