Your core event team met recently to discuss various updates and news in the parkrun world. We try to do this a few times a year to ensure we're all up to speed but often life gets in the way and this was the first time we'd got together in a while.
As well as all the routine stuff that Bob and myself needed to share, Simon also announced his decision to step down from the core team. Simon is a busy bee, he's involved in numerous other community and social groups and, having been voted chair of one of those, he has reluctantly decided that his commitment to parkrun is the one that has to be forfeit.
I remember one of Simon's very early runs, where I was pleading for more volunteers to come forward. At that time he was completely new to running. He told me that as soon as he managed to finish in under 30 minutes he would volunteer and, true to his word, just a few weeks later he did. Very soon after that we were recruiting for a new member of the core team and Simon, having just stepped down as chair of another group, barely hesitated to volunteer. I distinctly remember his wife, Lorraine, standing just behind him with an expression that appeared to be saying, "oh no, here we go again"!
Here we are, 3 years later, both Simon and Lorraine have over 200 parkruns between them, are both members of Tiptree Road Runners and take part in numerous races, both fun runs and races.
Simon has a couple more stints as Run Director coming up and he'll still be a regular runner at Maldon Prom parkrun.
On behalf of the rest of the core team, and Maldon Prom parkrun, I'd like to thank Simon for his valuable contribution and wish him well with his latest, beer related, venture!
Of course, this means we'll be recruiting for the core team and we'd like to take the opportunity to review the structure of the team and consider introducing some new roles. To date the core team have all acted as Run Directors however we're coming to the conclusion that there are a few key roles which would benefit from being carried out by regular volunteers who are equally as passionate about our event but perhaps don't want to take full responsibility for an event on the day as a Run Director. This should mean that we can run a slicker operation without increasing the commitment for the Run Directors.
So, if you'd like to become more involved with your event, as a Run Director or another key member of the core team, please come along and have a chat. Any of the team can tell you about being a Run Director, if you're interested in the other, new roles, please talk to either myself or Bob as they're still in development and maybe you have the secret!