We've put together this list of tips to help all of our parkrunners have the best experience possible.
1. Remember your printed barcode
Without a printed barcode, we will not be able to give you a time, no exceptions. Barcodes on mobile phones are not accepted.
2. It's a run, not a race
parkrun is open to everyone, no matter how fast you are. All runners are expected to be courteous to one another.
3. Only cross the finish line once
When you cross the finish line, your time is captured by our volunteer timekeepers. Should you cross the line again (running in with a slower runner perhaps) this will upset the results.
4. Always take a finish token
When you've crossed the finish line, you must take a finish token. If you do not take a token, all runners after you will receive an inaccurate time for their run.
Once you have your finish token, take both it and your printed barcode to one of our volunteer barcode scanners.
5. Always give your finish token back
Even if you've forgotten your printer barcode, please return our finish token. They are waterproof, reliably scannable and guaranteed for five years.
When we lose one we have to replace it with a blank token and sticker which inevitably don't scan as well and wear out due to weather. Replacement original tokens cost 70p each.
parkrun is volunteer led. Without volunteers there is no parkrun and at Jersey we require 8-9 volunteers a week to stage the event.
Volunteering is extremely rewarding and very easy, full training is given for all roles and there are even roles you can complete and still run. You don't need to be scared of making a mistake as for all crucial roles we have two volunteers doing the same thing.
Finally, it's a great way of getting to know fellow parkrunners - contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved
7. Respect other park users
We do not have exclusive use of the park or it's paths. Please be polite to other park users.
8. Stay within arms reach of under 11s
Children under 11 must be within arms reach of a parent/guardian/designated adult at all times. This is a requirement of our insurance policy and is non-negotiable. We may remove the results of under 11s we find running without an adult.
9. Keep your dog on a short lead
You are welcome to run parkrun with a single dog. We ask that they are under firm control and on a short lead at all times. Please take extra care to avoid tripping other runners.
10. Go to the cafe afterwards
The Cafe des Sports café is within a few hundred meters of the start/finish line. We'd love to see you there after the event!
11. Check the results, find us on Facebook & Twitter
12. Milestones and more
parkrun and Tribesports provide free milestone t-shirts to parkrun in recognition of their achievements. As a junior, you can claim a t-shirt after 10 runs, and then claim another t-shirt for reaching 50, 100, 250 and 500 runs. There is also a t-shirt available when you have volunteered 25 times.
Sweatshop provide a monthly prize for each UK parkrun so each month we award the prize to a runner or volunteer based on dedication to parkrun, personal achievement or perseverance. The prize entitles the winner to a free pair of trainers from Sweatshop.
parkrunners can also purchase a discounted FitBit device.
If you love parkrun, you can donate to us to help us cover the costs of keeping the event running smoothly. 85% of your donation will come directly to Jersey, with 15% going to the new event fund - check out this link here for more details here