LET'S START AT THE VERY BEGINNING ... ?
'Good Morning EBies. And welcome to the East Brighton Mud Run!!'
And that's where it starts, right? Loudhailer in hand, explaining a revised course to the 71 brave souls who have gathered to take part. Hoping to be heard above excitable dogs (one of them my own!). Forgetting to "launch" the nine Brighton and Hove Councillors who are running to launch "Councillors for parkrun", promoting health and wellness across our city.
Really it started half an hour earlier, re-organising the course to avoid a too-muddy slope. Watching the volunteer team switch up a gear to learn the new route and make the alternative course work.
Or maybe it began at 8am? When half a dozen phones across East Brighton flashed with the following message: "Decision Made. It's the Mud Course" A whats app from two volunteers out walking the course and deciding how likely they were to land on their respective bums. Answer: Very! Running down the slope by the trees
This one feels like it began two weeks earlier, when right up until the day we didn't have enough volunteers to do all the roles that make a parkrun possible. Pete's been coordinating volunteers for the past two weeks, so here's his version of events:
EB parkrun, Volunteer Coordinator: It's funny, some weeks you're scrabbling around, and other weeks you can put your feet up and chillax. The role of Volunteer Coordinator can be a feast or famine affair - most of you have seen them, busy at the table handing out bibs and lanyards, striking off names from list, but what I suspect most of you don't appreciate is the effort that happens prior to that point.
By Sunday night the event of the previous day is distant memory as sights are set on the following weeks event. This is where the magic happens as the VC role begins, the week before.
In essence it's simply a case of doing a shout out for volunteers and then slotting them into positions using the special digital tools provided by parkrun. But happens when there are no volunteers?
Like the week before last, by Thursday the roster was looking very bare - this is when it's all hands to the deck and everyone has a go at mustering up support, but it is daunting, touch and go, there are moments where you worry you might have to cancel which no one wants to do.
Then there's this week, we had an over abundance of volunteers, beating them off with sticks! By Monday night our roster was full (which is unheard of!) and still they came, not one to look a gift horse in the mouth (and quite fortuitous as it turned out) we bloated out our roster further and added more Marshals.
By Friday, reminder emails are sent out and the roster is freshly printed off ready for the morning and the scrum of managing all the lovely volunteers, handing out bibs, detailing roles and pointing to where the Marshals need to go.
This week was easy, last week was a rough ride - a week where the VC's role can be nail biting... If you are considering volunteering and haven't done so yet then talk to any volunteer and you'll no doubt hear that it's sometimes demanding, sometimes uncomfortable, but it's so rewarding - being part of a community has many benefits - making friends and helping each other out is a great feeling.
If you are interested in volunteering, we need you! To keep in touch please opt-in to East Brighton emails and keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter pages. You can contact us at: email@example.com Or as Pete suggests come and talk to us on any Saturday about roles available and ways to get involved.
Run report by: Catherine Considine and Pete Ranson
Their EB parkrun roles this week: Run Director and Volunteer Coordinator
EB parkrun PEOPLE: This week 71 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 19 were first timers and 5 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 9 different clubs took part.
These 17 lovely folk put their thinking caps on along with hi-vis jackets to make our alternative "mud course" work: Chris NAYLOR • Mike NAYLOR • Caroline WOOD • Peter RANSON • Terry James AVEY • Bob PAGE • Mark CONSIDINE • Amelia CULSHAW • Nancy PLATTS • Catherine CONSIDINE • Dave BAILEY • Sarah LEWIS • Sally HEWITT • Kiersten SIMMONS • Alix MACFARLANE • Martha BRADLY • Michelle FURBER
EB RESULTS and (amazing!) RECORD HOLDERS: This week's full results and a complete event history can be found on the East Brighton parkrun Results Page. Our current course record holders are listed in the event stats below.
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the East Brighton parkrun Results Page.