News Year’s Day, Volunteer of the month award and volunteering news

Hello All

New Year Runs

We are very pleased to announce that Shelly has agreed to direct a run on new Year's Day, starting at the unusual time of 11a.m. This is due to the staggered starts being offered so runners can log 2 runs in one day.


As Bideford parkrun is in  between the Barnstaple and Tamar they will be starting at 9a.m as usual, and Tamar Lakes parkrun will be starting at 10.30a.m. This gives all runners the chance to run Bideford at 9 and car share to Tamar or Barnstaple parkruns to log an extra cheeky run!


This means you can log THREE runs in one weekend for a very Happy parkrun New Year from all of us.


Volunteer of the Month Award

Huge well deserved congratulations to our very own remarkable Shelly who won volunteer of the month in the Active Devon monthly volunteer celebration awards.


Here is what a few of us had to say about this amazing lady we are privileged to have as a Run Director;

Louise Harris;

"Shell is the membership officer at the mo on the club committee. She makes sure the membership is paid, and reminds people if they haven't, and comes along to every committee meeting to add her views and vast experience. In the past she has been secretary (you know what that involves. Pretty much everything!) Shell runs the club Xmas aquathlon and does registration and sorts prizes for that race, as well as for Bideford tri and Ilfracombe tri. She also does registration for barny marathon and most NDRR races like Arlington/Hartland heartbreaker etc. Shell also goes to almost all of the club swim sessions to collect the monies and liaise with the coach then banks the cash for our treasurer, every week sometime twice a week at the mo. And she has done this level of volunteering at the club for more years than I can remember. Just writing that was exhausting she is one amazing lady!"


Mark Read

"She has been the 'backbone of NDT' for many a year. She is always happy to help, responses amazing fast to any email sent to her. There is also registration & time keeping in the. huff & puff events up Codden hill. Is this lovely lady ever without a stop watch at many event like Hartland Hartbreaker. She is amazing, selfless, humble & a truly unsung heroine of the sports volunteer world"


Iain Hindes

"Never heard of her..." 


Sonya Webb

I have nominated Michelle as she has been volunteering as part of my parkrun team for nearly 4 years at Barnstaple parkrun. I cannot state enough how much she has done for this event and how she has often carried me when I have been struggling to keep on top of everything. She keeps up to date with everything parkrun, she runs when she can but more often than not she is too busy volunteering to do any running herself. She is so totally selfless and all the volunteering she does is her hobby.

She is always smiling and giggling and nothing is ever too much trouble. I do not know anyone who deserves to win this more as she has volunteered locally for many years, she is very dedicated.

She makes Barnstaple parkrun a real pleasure to attend and has supported and encouraged runners from the Tri club and North Devon Road Runners to attend and make the most of the event."

Volunteer News

As some of you may have seen we have added pacer weeks and volunteer theme weeks to our Barnstaple parkrun. Please see dates and details below. If you fit any of our theme weeks please notify us as soon as possible and we will add you to the roster to fulfill any role you please. If you fancy becoming a run director then have a chat with Sonya to see what is involved, the more the merrier!!!

10th Sept - Volunteer theme = 100+ parkruns
17th Sept - Pacer week
1st Oct - Volunteer theme = Marathon finishers
8th Oct - Pacer week
22nd Oct - Volunteer theme = Jnr 10+ parkruns
29th Oct - Pacer week
12th Nov - Volunteer theme = 1st finishers
26th Nov - Pacer week
3rd Dec - Volunteer theme = Club runners, wear your club t-shirt with pride
10th Dec - Pacer week
24th Dec - Volunteer theme = Families and....
Fancy dress run, it is Christmas Eve so the theme has to be... Christmas.

1st January - New Year's Day special run at 11a.m All volunteers greatly received

Kindest regards one and all

Sonya Webb

Event Director