Celebrating the real heroes of parkrun... the volunteers!
Every parkrun only happens because of the time and dedication of our volunteers. Many thanks to all of them, past and present. We are always looking for new volunteers. This page explains how to get involved.
How to get involved
Finding out about Goole parkrun volunteering opportunities couldn't be easier. Simply open a recent parkrun newsletter, results email or volunteer email, click on 'manage my profile', then 'email options', then select the events you'd like to hear from and click 'save opt-in events list'. You will then receive regular emails from those events letting you know all about their volunteering opportunities.
You can see an event's future volunteer roster via their specific future roster page
. To get in touch with the event directly, just send an email to email@example.com
What would I do at the Event?
First, and most importantly, we never ask anybody to do anything they're not comfortable with. If you don't want a particular task, please let us know and we will happily give you an alternative job. Nevertheless, none of our tasks are too stressful. You could be organising the finish funnel, operating the timer, or scanning the runners' barcodes with our simple barcode readers; we try to start people out on a general marshalling type job, so they get a feel for how we operate. But if you really want to do something in particular, please let us know and we'll see what we can do.
Remember as a volunteer you are the eyes and ears of parkrun. If you have any concerns that arise at a parkrun event, whether involving children or adults, you should discuss those concerns with the Event Director on the day, as soon as possible thereafter or email Head Office at firstname.lastname@example.org
Do I get my name in lights?
We like to recognise and publicly thank all our volunteers, and your name will appear on our home page in the This Week's Heroes section. We also keep a log of what tasks everybody has done. To do this you need to be registered on our system. If you have not registered, it's really easy to do so: just go to the parkrun registration page
and fill in the simple form.
Many thanks to this week's heroes
.andrea WILSON • Alistair COOPER • Andrew PROCTOR • Ben LONGSDEN • Carol SHILLINGS • Denise LAUGHTON • Gill WOODALL • Isabelle GOULDEN • Jean FRANKS • Katie HOLDEN • Neil STEAD • Nigel HOLDEN • Rob FEASBY • Tony DOWNING • Voirrey WALSH
The core team
Goole parkrun happens largely because of our fantastic volunteers, who are almost all regular runners like you. The weekly team of volunteers are led by a small group of parkrun enthusiasts who form what we call the 'core team': They make sure the event is setup and packed away each week, the results published, the tokens resorted, event reports written and so much more.
- Chantelle Smith - Event Director - Always loved sports but only started running after having children & has since taken part in many runs & triathlons and her first Marathon in Edinburgh. Running has taken her on so many journeys... physically & emotionally and helped achieve so many personal goals. At her first parkrun in Doncaster she loved everything about it & now she loves volunteering at Goole. Her favourite role is photographer where she sees the many emotions on the faces of runners & achievements that parkrun brings them. Saturday mornings wouldn’t be the same without parkrun now! #loveparkrun
- Tanya Davies - Run Director - Became involved with Goole parkrun believing in it’s great ethos and great community spirit where volunteers help in all weathers. A long suffering asthmatic who thought she’d never run (even upstairs), until 5 years ago started jogging/walking with a friend, completing her first 10k in 60 minutes with no looking back. Now a regular runner completing the Great North Run half marathon & numerous triathlons her fitness improved as did her asthma, inspiring her to encourage others within the community who never believed they could, to try jogging/running. It’s amazing for mind/body helping relieve the days stresses.
- Tony Downing - Run Director - Only started running at the tender age of 58 when somebody challenged him to run a half marathon in the Kruger National Park in South Africa! A friend pointed him in the direction of parkrun and he incorporated this into his training schedule which was great having other runners around him including similar age group. Recently he’s been more involved in volunteering at Goole in an effort to get the new parkrun here going - and because it's easier on the legs!
- Carren Taun-Jackson - Run Director - A runner for many years & member of local running club Goole Viking striders, she has competed in 10k races, 10 miles and half marathons. She has always helped at their run events and loves it, that's why she enjoys volunteering & being part of the core team at Goole parkrun. Carren enjoys seeing people achieve there own goals and believes it’s great for the community.
- Mel Walker - Run Director - Enjoys playing hockey for Goole Ladies, cycling with Goole Roadies and running with Goole Viking Striders. Mel has cycled Coast to Coast several times; on two occasions in one day & cycled from Lands End to John O'Groats twice. Mel also ran The London Marathon in 2016. She is keen to support Goole parkrun and volunteer, really enjoying the opportunity to give something back to the community whilst also catching up with friends. It’s also a great reason to get out of bed on a Saturday morning!
- Robbie Smith - Run Director - Ex boxer Robbie, took to running to keep his fitness up & soon became a regular volunteer at Goole parkrun. He sets out the course each week & loves the fact that parkrun allows all the family to get involved & even the dog! He has made lots great friends not to mention his running has come on leaps and bounds. He has completed many distances including the Edinburgh Marathon but says his biggest goal is achieving his parkrun PB.
- Mike Harper - Run Director - Having served in the Army, Mike has always enjoyed rugby and running since leavening school until he faced a major setback having open heart surgery in 2013 which involved a replacement Aorta valve & again in 2014 having 3 cervical discs removed from his neck. Suffering loss of confidence Mike was encouraged to try parkrun to help his recovery where he is now a regular volunteer and parkrunner with his fitness improved incredibly. He says “if I can get off my sofa on a Saturday morning after 2 major operations I am sure anyone can do the same without being afraid!"
We're very grateful to the help provided by everybody, both now and in the past, who've helped make Goole parkrun happen.
Please opt-in to the volunteer email if you'd like to join us and get involved!