April Update

Volunteering

We've been blessed with running club takeovers at Gibside for the last 2 weeks, which means we've had loads of volunteers on the roster. If you're part of a club or group who wants to take over all our volunteer spots one week, just drop us an email. You don't have to be an affiliated running club, just a group of people who like helping out their fellow parkrunners.

We're always looking for new people to get involved. If you've never done it before it gives you a better appreciation for what goes on before you arrive at 8.45 and the hard work that our volunteers put in every week. You don't need any special training as you'll be shown how it all works on the day. If you want to know more about the roles, check out our support site: https://support.parkrun.com/hc/en-us/articles/200566523-What-do-the-volunteers-do-

We're also always looking for parkrunners to join our team of Run Directors, who are responsible for looking after the event on the day. We're only a small existing team so the more there are of us, the more sustainable the event is.

Gibsidehelpers@parkrun.com

In Case of Emergency

An excellent percentage of UK parkrunners across both our 2k and 5k events have now completed the emergency contact section of their parkrun profile. Ideally we'd love this to be 100% and for you all to carry a printed barcode every parkrunday. We don't just ask you to carry your barcode to get scanned, it also has the advantage of displaying your emergency contact details (if you've completed them) and having them easily available rather than being locked away behind password protected phone screens.

Please take a moment to check your printed barcode to see if your ICE is displayed.

If not, then check the details on your profile at - https://www.parkrun.com/signin/ and click on 'update' to access your own details. You can also print off a new set of barcodes if you need to.

PROVE project (parkrun: Running or Volunteering for Everyone)

The PROVE project is sponsored by the Department of Health and has been initiated to make parkrun more accessible to people with disabilities or long-term conditions. In addition to our Event Support Ambassadors, we have a specialist volunteer team of Outreach Ambassadors who do some fantastic work in breaking down specific barriers to participation.

There are existing Facebook groups and Strava clubs for the following: asthma, blood pressure conditions, deaf and hard of hearing, dementia, diabetes, endometriosis, heart conditions, learning disabilities and autism, obesity, sight loss.

Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you want to know more Gibsideoffice@parkrun.com