It has been fantastic to see how Barnsley junior parkrun has grown since we started back in December 2014. We have a wonderful community based around our weekly event and it's great for us to be part of the wider parkrun family too. A typical Sunday morning for us nowadays sees 80-odd juniors take part, with 40-odd parents joining them around the course, all supported by 15-20 volunteers who setup and marshal the course, timekeep, issue tokens, scan barcodes, close down, process results and manage our social media.
I need to ask for two things from you:
1. More Run Directors
2. A new Event Director
When we started up nearly five years ago, we always expected there to be a 'throughput' of junior runners and parents due to the age related eligibility. With this came an expectation that our pool of core volunteers would change over time. To an extent it has, but our Run Directors now are mainly those that were with us from the start.
For Barnsley junior parkrun to thrive, it is important that we bring new faces into the key roles in our volunteer team. You will have heard our RDs appealing for you to consider volunteering at most, if not every, pre-run briefing. parkrun is a community event and volunteering is open to everyone - and this very much applies to the RD and ED roles too. We really do need you to help out once in a while to keep our event going. To that end, it has been great for us to see lots of new faces donning a hi-vis vest over the past few weeks and months with us, and long may this continue!
However, we currently have just three active RDs. I would like that number to be at least 6, ideally 8, to ease the pressure on these key people and reduce the demands on their Sunday mornings.
On a personal level, I have been involved as a RD since we began and I have now been ED for nearly three years. My personal and working circumstances have changed over time and I now have other commitments that mean that it is increasingly difficult for me to fit everything into my week. It is time for me to hand over to someone new to bring some fresh ideas and enthusiasm to the role.
We would love to have a chat with any of you who are interested in getting involved, where we can answer any questions you might have. You can talk to any of our RDs on a Sunday morning, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact us on our Facebook page. We look forward to hearing from you!
Many thanks for your support,