Written by Max - Duke of Edinburgh bronze volunteer
Having run over 120 parkruns since it started in Bath, I was keen to volunteer as part of my Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award to see the other side of the event.
On Saturday 11th May my job was to sort the barcodes after runners finished, into numerical order, ready for the next week.
It was the 239th Bath parkrun, there were 401 runners and for 75 of them it was their first time running the Bath Skyline route. There were 63 personal bests.
My most enjoyable task is scanning barcodes as you get to congratulate the runners on their run. It’s also an important job as it scans each individual’s barcode and records their time to go on the results table which goes online. It is very rewarding for runners to see how they performed that day and see if they have improved their time or beaten their PB.
I would recommend volunteering to anyone as every week we need up to 30 marshals and you get a lot of joy out of volunteering and everyone is grateful to you.
Thank you to all the parkrun volunteers as without them the event would not be held.