Soggy Saturdays are a rare thing at Cambridge parkrun but the rain was a welcome treat for some after the scorching week we had.
I was volunteering at the finish this week as number checker. Juggling my clipboard and umbrella it was my job to keep track of the number of runners recorded by the timers compared to the number of finish tokens handed out. Any discrepancies between the timers and tokens can then (hopefully) be corrected when the results are processed. It’s a fun job if you like pretending to be important with a clipboard!
I love running at Cambridge parkrun but I also really enjoy the volunteering side. Marshalling is one of my favourite roles as you get to cheer for all the parkrunners and there’s nothing quite like all the smiles and ‘thank yous’ for a boost of positivity on a Saturday morning. I also really enjoy barcode scanning. I like meeting new people but I find small talk awkward. Barcode scanning allows me to have lots of mini chats with new people without the awkwardness and gives me a big confidence boost!
I asked some if my fellow volunteers about their favourite roles and what they enjoy most about volunteering:
Jenny Payne likes that volunteering means she gets to shout at people. Marshalling is a great is for shouting encouragement at other runners but if, like Jen, you like to unleash your bossy side then funnel manager may also be the job for you. Fiona McDaid enjoys the smiling faces of the runners as they cross the finish line, although she’s not so keen on all the sweat! Time keeping is Steve Buchan’s favourite role. This is a job that some people find a bit stressful while others really enjoy getting in the zone and being focussed on the task. Either way we always try to have two timekeepers so that there is a backup in case of any problems. Fiona MacDonald likes the fact that volunteering gets her off the sofa on a Saturday morning. Fie likes to run too but prefers to save herself for longer runs. Yesterday’s Run Director Helen Henry likes how volunteering makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside. I second that!
There’s a wide variety of volunteering opportunities at Cambridge parkrun, whether you enjoy shouting and being bossy or you’re more of a quiet focussed type, there will be something for you - so come and be a hi-viz hero!
Here are some impressive volunteer stats from yesterday’s parkrun.
35 volunteers carried out 43 roles yesterday. Between them, yesterday's volunteers have helped at Cambridge a huge 1,815 times! We welcomed five first time volunteers. The average number of times per volunteer was 52 and the most prolific volunteer is James Stocker who has volunteered at Cambridge a whopping 319 times! Thank you Jim for all your support of Cambridge parkrun.
A big big thank you to all of yesterday’s volunteers!
Anita LEWIS, Helen HENRY, Steve BUCHAN, Mike DIFRANCO, Jim HIGGINS, James STOCKER, Michaela JOYSEY, Katie TWEEN, Mary HOLMES, Fiona MCDAID, Edward COLBY, Lorna ANDERSON, William WINTER, David PIPE, Martin Daniel HORROD, Jo MCGOWAN, Fiona MACDONALD, Stephen CORNELL, Karoly ERDOS, Jenny PAYNE, Katherine REED, Nicola HORNEGOLD, Bob PEACOCK, Kevin SHELLIE, Martin KILDUFF, Stuart PAYNE, Antony KELLY, Paul FEETENBY, Naomi SHELMERDINE, Susan HORROD, Valerie MORGAN, Alice HOMER, Tamsin PAGE, Robert JONES, Rachel CONNOR and Fiona MCDAID.
Of course there wouldn’t be volunteering if it wasn’t for all our amazing runners, joggers and walkers. While puddles started to appear during the run, conditions were generally good underfoot and runners enjoyed the cooling effect of the rain. 439 of you completed the course yesterday. A big welcome to the 54 first timers to Cambridge parkrun of whom 21 completed their first ever parkrun (welcome to the parkrun family!). Well done also to the 42 parkrunners who recorded new Personal Bests this week!
There was one milestone to celebrate this week. Congratulations to Toby Robertson who completed his 50th parkrun on his first visit to Cambridge parkrun in a time of 26:58.
Since Cambridge parkrun began in January 2010 our runners have covered 869,200km. That’s approximately 21 and a half times around the globe!
We look forward to seeing you all again next week!