Celebrating the real heroes of parkrun... the volunteers!
Every parkrun only happens because of the time and dedication of our volunteers. Many thanks to all of them, past and present. We are always looking for new volunteers. This page explains how to get involved.
How to get involved
Finding out about Banbury parkrun volunteering opportunities couldn't be easier. Simply open a recent parkrun newsletter, results email or volunteer email, click on 'manage my profile', then 'email options', then select the events you'd like to hear from and click 'save opt-in events list'. You will then receive regular emails from those events letting you know all about their volunteering opportunities.
You can see an event's future volunteer roster via their specific future roster page
. To get in touch with the event directly, just send an email to email@example.com
What would I do at the Event?
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; we try to start people out on a general marshalling type job, so they get a feel for how we operate. But if you really want to do something in particular, please let us know and we'll see what we can do.
Remember as a volunteer you are the eyes and ears of parkrun. If you have any concerns that arise at a parkrun event, whether involving children or adults, you should discuss those concerns with the Run Director on the day, as soon as possible thereafter or email Head Office at firstname.lastname@example.org
Do I get my name in lights?
We like to recognise and publicly thank all our volunteers, and your name will appear on our home page in the This Week's Heroes section. We also keep a log of what tasks everybody has done. To do this you need to be registered on our system. If you have not registered, it's really easy to do so: just go to the parkrun registration page
and fill in the simple form.
Many thanks to this week's heroes
Aidan WALKER • Amelia RUSSELL • Becky ROGERS • Claire UPTON • Graeme HACKLAND • Greg HEATH • Helen INSKIP • Ian WALKER • Jack EATON • Jo WOODBRIDGE • Martin WEST • Michael DONOHOE • Michael ROGERS • Nick MACEY • Polly DAVIES • Richard MCMAHON • Sam YOUNG • Sera RELTON • Stuart HADEN • Suzanne TAYLOR • Thom RUSSELL • Thomas DONOHOE • Verity WEST • Warren HARRISON
The core team
Banbury parkrun happens largely because of our fantastic volunteers, who are almost all regular runners like you. The weekly team of volunteers are led by a small group of parkrun enthusiasts who form what we call the 'core team': They make sure the event is setup and packed away each week, the results published, the tokens resorted, event reports written and so much more.
- Event Director - Stuart Haden - Stuart and his wife Cheri regularly helped out until Stuart took the leap to progress into our core team. If not on the roster to help, Stuart is normally seen running around our course on a Saturday morning with the rest of his family. Stuart took on the Event Director role with Steve in 2019.
- Run Director - Claire Upton - Claire enjoys running, realising the buzz that you get and the sense of achievement completing a set goal and that all important sprint finish! Claire came along on the first Banbury parkrun, after 20 months off running due to an Achilles injury and was the first lucky winner of the Sweatshop monthly prize. With Claire\'s enthusiasm and willingness to help, we soon asked her if she would like to be a Run Director and she agreed to be more involved with Banbury parkrun. Claire is a stalwart member of the core team and can be found volunteering, at times pointing a camera, or running at Banbury parkrun most weeks.
- Run Director - Martyn Banham - Martyn started at Banbury parkrun by volunteering regularly and was determined to get to his 25 milestone before finally running with us. Martyn continued to volunteer as well as taking part in the run and we soon asked Martyn if he\'d like to join our team. Martyn accepted and can now be seen regularly holding the megaphone
- Run Director - Graeme Hackland - Graeme is an ultramarathon runner who loves parkrun - having started in 2013 with his youngest daughter (who stopped at 13 runs) - Graeme has also run parkruns in South Africa and Australia. A regular volunteer at Banbury parkrun, Graeme joined the core team in 2019.
- Run Director - Nick Macey - Having thought that parkrun sounded like a commendable idea for a number of years, Nick finally turned left (towards Spiceball Park) rather than right as he headed out on a Saturday morning run - and found the atmosphere even more welcoming than he\'d heard. Volunteering out of duty quickly became volunteering out of choice, and after a year he joined the core team of Run Directors to ensure that the event can continue for the steadily growing numbers attending each week. Despite telling anybody who\'s interested that he\'s a triathlete, Nick tries to avoid swimming but is a keen runner and cyclist. Nick is the newest member of our Core Team.
- Run Director - Sam Young - Sam first joined parkrun in Birmingham back in 2013 but made Banbury his home parkrun when he moved to the area. Now he can regularly seen pushing his young son in a running buggy (or more recently running with him). He was invited into the core team in 2019 after regularly joining them at the post parkrun coffee and finding they were looking to expand. Sam enjoys combining his hobbies of running and amateur photography by undertaking the photography volunteer role whenever possible.
- Run Director - Jo Woodbridge - Jo discovered parkrun back in 2014 after completing the C25K programme and hasn’t looked back since. She loves to volunteer just as much as participating and can often be seen completing the course with one or both of her sons. Jo became a Run Director in July 2019 after watching her eldest son successfully run an event of his own as part of his Duke of Edinburgh award. Outside of parkrun Jo enjoys walking her dog, retail therapy, travelling, collecting shoes and organising parties.
- Run Director - Becky Rogers - A late starter to running, Becky completed a first half marathon aged 61. Discovered parkrun in 2014 and loved the encouragement and sense of community and soon became hooked as a regular runner and as a volunteer. She joined the core team in 2019.
- Run Director - Sera Relton - Sera has been an active member of the Banbury parkrun community since 2014. She\'s a social runner and loves all the many fabulous friends she\'s made at parkrun. Sera is our volunteer co-ordinator and can be found at Spiceball most weekends in her very pink hi-viz bib, clutching her very orange clipboard or stroking dogs, or both (mostly it\'s both!!!)
We're very grateful to the help provided by everybody, both now and in the past, who've helped make Banbury parkrun happen.
Please opt-in to the volunteer email if you'd like to join us and get involved!