Love volunteering, love parkrun

Conkers parkrun Event number 474     -   15/02/2020

Roses are red 

Violets are blue 

I love volunteering 

I hope you do too

It was Valentine’s Day on Friday. It’s fair to say we all love parkrun; we love running around Conkers. However, much as I love running, I actually love volunteering more than running. Last week I got my purple shirt (so today is number 26) and in December I got my 50 shirt (I am now on 53), so you can see I do quite a lot of volunteering as well as my running. These are the roles I have done so far and why I enjoy it:
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Barcode scanning (I have done this the most at 11 times), marshalling with Mum or Dad, number checker, sign holder with Mum or Dad, run report writer (I have done this one six times), tail walker with Mum and finally, token sorting.  For barcode scanning, I enjoy this because you can see what position everyone you know achieves. I have also shown other people how to scan too when they have not done it before. You have to scan barcodes so they can get a time on the results – don’t forget your barcode!  For token sorting you have to place the tokens on the table in the correct position so at the end when you put them onto the metal holders, they’re all in order ready for the next week. I love knowing that my help means parkrun can take place.

For number checker you have to follow somebody from when they pass the timekeepers up when they get the token.  You ask the timekeepers what number they have, then run up to the people who hand the tokens out and ask them what their number is so you can keep in sync with timekeepers and token people.  This is important so if there are any errors, the results processor can figure out where it went wrong and try to put it right.
I do like to marshal with either Mum or Dad, so you have to stand somewhere on the trail and cheer people on – it’s really impressive to watch hundreds of people taking part.  For the run reports, you have to do what I am doing right now – talk about parkrun! For sign holding, you have to hold the time sign at the start, so people know where to stand.  Some of the roles you can still run too.

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Volunteering is important because without volunteers parkrun would not take place.  There are a few roles I haven’t done yet, but I’ve said to Jen she can use me pretty much any week if there are gaps and if it’s a role I am old enough for.  If not, I will run. But I really don’t mind volunteering every week if I am needed.
I would like to say a massive thanks to:

Colin HOPE • Roger COBB • Janet HARDY • Jennifer CROSS • Jeremy MILLINGTON-PIPE • Sam MCDERMOTT • Darryl JOHNSON • Gregg MAYLES • Dyanne SARGEANT • Tony STONE • Alison MOSS • Phil VIBERT • Martha MILLINGTON-PIPE • Jo IORIO • Andrea ALLEN • Alexander MICHELSON • Adrienne COLLARD • Susan MAYLES • Nigel PALING • Sophie BOYES • Andrew BRUNT • Michael GREENE • Lisa WILLIAMS • Sadie OWEN • Lara PEACH • Barbara CULVER • Paul PARSONS • Karen BARKER • Richard FERNANDES • Joanne CRICHTON • Roman CRICHTON • Sally COLLARD • Christopher ALLEN • Kim HOLMES • Abigail DENNIS • Paul AVERILLO • Michael ADAMS • Naomi EARL • Kath PEBERDAY • Fraser CRICHTON for volunteering at parkrun today.

This week was a very wet one and I am sure it will be a bit muddy next week after seeing pictures of Conkers start line that my mum showed me earlier.  (The brick wall was missing!) 586 people ran, jogged and walked the course, 36 were first timers and 49 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 42 different clubs took part.

We also have some milestones to say well done to:

Alex Brockhouse                             10

Anthony Donnelly                            50

Teresa Swift                                    50

Manda Shakespeare-Ensor            50

Ann Hill                                           50

Georgina Johnson                          50

Grace Kennedy                              50

Philip Hadland                              100

Richard Nash                               250

Richard Womersley                     250

Fun fact: A total of 1,356 individuals have volunteered 11,426 times at Conkers.  Would you like to be the 1357th person next week?  Please let Jen know if you do.

Well done to Roger for being our run director he was brill. I shall see you next time for a nice swim if the weather carries on.

Chris Allen aged 11