As we get ever close to Christmas time for an exciting announcement for Wimpole Estate parkrun
Debs White, one of our regular Run Directors has joined me as a Co-Event Director.
You might be wondering what the Event Director role is about since it is rarely mentioned.
The Event director is responsible for all that goes on in the background to your weekly run.
So for us that means all of the following:- we
• Lead the core volunteer team
• Engage directly with the Wimpole NT Estate in terms of routes, event clashes, safety, parking, other estate users and any estate related issue.
• Mark out, measure and get approval for route changes ( don’t forget winter route starts 7 January)
• Manage/ replace any equipment as required
• manage the risk assessments
• communications( email/Twitter/Facebook and website), dealing and IT security
• Dealing with the media
• fund raising – we hope shortly to commence a fundraising campaign to help us to buy a defibrillator for permanent placement at Wimpole Estate..
• Support Duke of Edinburgh volunteers through their award process
• Recruitment – we are always looking for new core team members, particularly those who are willing to try out Run Director of Volunteer Co-ordinator roles.
• Training –provision of training and instruction for any volunteers we have.
• parkrun led campaigns/ updates on any national issues
Please give Debs your support as we continue to grow year on year. I am very glad of the help.
Four other things to note:-
I said above about the winter route; we will be back across on Victoria drive from 7 January for about 8 weeks to allow the main course to rest during the winter months. Allow extra time to get to us and to the start for this course. Unfortunately dogs cannot be accommodated on the winter route as it is an out and back and there is an increased risk of trips with dog leads.
We are almost 4 years old! We will be celebrating our anniversary on 7 January, which is a few days early but there is a National Trust Volunteer recruitment day on 15 January so we need to give them space that week.
On 7th January, to coincide with our anniversary and with the temptation of cake, we are holding our own volunteer recruitment day. If you have ever thought about helping but feared the scanners, timers or what is involved it is a great time to drop in , meet the core team and we can show you just how easy and rewarding it is to be part of the team that makes this happen week in week out. We will have a side room off the restaurant that week so do drop in.
Finally, I am nearing my 100th parkrun and with a Christmas day run at Huntingdon should get to my 100th for New Year’s Eve. No doubt I’ll be dressed up a tad.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all.