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 King's Lynn 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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
Alyssa BAPTIST • Bharti PATEL • Brian PATON • Charlie PYATT • Charlie WAKEFIELD • Charlotte PATON • David DIMECH • Fabia POLLARD • Gary WALKER • Grahame PEACOCK • Ian WIGGINS • Isobel SHIPPEY • Jean STREETER • Joe KARREMAN • Jon PLUMB • Judith BERRY • Kevin FARQUHAR • Mark HOLLAND • Matthew THROWER • Pablo WALSINGHAM • Patrick WALKER • Terence GAMBLE • Verity WALKER
The core team
King's Lynn 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.
- Gary Walker -
Having been a member of HM Armed Forces until my recent retirement, fitness and running have been encouraged and part of my daily routine. I had no intention of stopping simply because I was no longer in uniform.
I do enjoy running (most of the time) and have competed in events from 5k to marathons. I enjoy the challenge and more importantly wish to maintain my general fitness. I have been a member of King’s Lynn parkrun from the beginning and became a Run Director to help support the parkrun team who have done so much to get the event established in King's Lynn and became its Event Director in 2017. It really is a great community event and it is good to be able to give back to something which is enjoyed by so many.
King's Lynn parkrun has grown from its small beginning in to arguably the largest community event in the town and our aim is to see it prosper for the benefit of the Community and local area.
- Fabia Pollard - I've been a member of the Lynnsport Ladybirds running club since 2006 which is when I really took up running regularly. I run because I want to stay fit and active and I like the people I meet. I decided to be a run director because I love the idea of a free, community event in such a beautiful urban park. I hope King's Lynn parkrun will flourish and encourage people of all abilities to turn up, have a go and enjoy the sociable atmosphere.
- Pablo Walsingham -
Although I'm not an avid runner, (my chosen sport is cycling) I'm a keen advocate of fitness and community spirit.
My wife and son are both regular park runners, of which I support them however I can. One way I found I could support my family's passion of running was to volunteer my time while they ran parkrun. I decided that by volunteering as run director I could help become a core member of the Kings Lynn parkrun community and help support people in doing something that they enjoy doing, while benefitting their health.
- Judith Berry - I have been taking part in the King’s Lynn parkrun since 2011, running and volunteering. I love running and encourage as many people as possible to take up running in some form due to the benefits to physical and mental health. I am a qualified coach for the King’s Lynn Community Runners and I am a member of Ryston Runners. I enjoy being a Run Director, as being involved helps to make this free and valuable event take place each week. It is great to meet such welcoming and social people who enjoy the after run coffee/cuppa at the cafe in the Walks.
- Hannah Fisher -
- Wendy Fisher -
We're very grateful to the help provided by everybody, both now and in the past, who've helped make King's Lynn parkrun happen.
Please opt-in to the volunteer email if you'd like to join us and get involved!