Another cold one at Rutland junior parkrun, but that didn’t quell the spirits of the young participants. This is clearly shown with our fastest time being William at 8minutes and 28seconds! We even had twelve new personal bests and Ellie S got her half marathon wristband!
And next week should be even better with the #ChildrensMentalHealthWeek run. The only run a year when everyone must wear pink or red for Valentine’s Day.
But as we know, this run wouldn’t happen with the amazing support given to us by our volunteers. I’ve had the opportunity to interview one of these volunteers to give us some insight on what it is like to be a part of the Rutland Parkrun.
Why did you start volunteering?
“If I’m going to be honest, the first time I volunteered was because Beth asked me to help out, I hadn’t planned on keeping going but 17 weeks later I am still doing it. I figured I was going to be at the run anyway – as my daughter was running – I may as well help out. “
What type of jobs have you done?
“Normally I run with my daughter so my volunteering is limited to after the run so I process the results. Basically it is my job to upload all the data that the time keepers and the barcode scanners collect, this can be a little stressful when the barcode readers decide they don’t like the cold. I have marshalled once too, I quite enjoyed giving high fives to the runners and keeping them motivated. Marshals are really important for keeping the littles one’s safe around the route.”
What has been your favourite part?
“I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know new people, and an excuse to stop for a cuppa and a chat after the run. In the summer the free parking pass will come in useful as we will start spending longer enjoying Rutland water”
What type of jobs do you want to do?
“ I have been asked to be a run director, but I’m not sure that I am ready for that yet.”
Are there any benefits of becoming a volunteer?
“As I mentioned earlier, all volunteers get a free da parking pass to Rutland Water, if you keep your Hi-Viz on you will also got 10% off at the café, but mostly I think the benefit of being a volunteer is knowing you have helped out, without volunteers the Junior Park run would not be able to take place, and it is the kids who would miss out. I like that you can choose what you want to do and that it will fit around whether or not you want to run, if you want to come early or leave a little later. Oh and after 25 sessions you get a FAB tee-shirt too. “
I would like to thank Tasja for letting me interview her, and I can safely say for the both of us: volunteering has been an amazing experience. I fully encourage it for anyone who can to do so, it helps us keep the run alive and also makes it more exciting for yourself. It truly is a great feeling, being a part of something that care so much about young people.