Have you ever wondered what the Run Director does on a Saturday at parkrun? Well are you sitting comfortably then let me tell you........
My Saturday starts on a Friday night: I charge the equipment (stopwatches, scanners and laptop), I remove the previous week’s data from the stopwatches and scanners, token sort if it’s not been done the last Saturday.
I then print off the rota ready for the morning, and remind myself who is doing what, and if they are first time volunteers, and pop on any milestones or notes that I need to let you lovely parkrunners know about.
I then make sure I have the keys to the store and car park, and everything is packed up!
phew that’s just a few hours on the Friday, Saturday morning and my alarm (s!) tends to go off early around 6.30am as I have the keys and I was meeting Ollie and Sam for pre-event set up at 7.40am.
I meet Ollie and Sam for pre-event set up and we get all the necessary equipment out from the store, and then off they go with the signs and I take all the other bits to the finish funnel, and then I pop back to my car for all the other equipment (watches scanners and laptop and speaker). I certainly get my step count up on a Saturday morning.
It was already warm at this stage!!
I start to set up the finish area before the volunteers start to arrive, and I tick everyone off the rota and then brief everyone on their roles; we had a few first timer volunteers and volunteers doing a new role.
With the summer holidays here we do struggle to get the minimum number of volunteers each week to safely go ahead with parkrun so when you do see our pleas (especially early on in the week) then we really do need volunteers. It is fun, you don’t need to be an expert and it’s great to cheer on fellow parkrunners (especially if you know their names!).
With the volunteers arrived they were soon out to their roles and before I know it its time to head to the start for first timers briefing (remember this can be done by a runner so you get a double bubble run and volunteer credit) you just let the new parkrunners and/or tourist know about the course, and what to do at the finish funnel (there's a script to follow if you get stuck.) We had a few first timers so hello and welcome to you all.
parkrunners were still coming through just before 9am and I started on the pre run briefing; no new milestones this week but do let us know if you have one coming up as we do love to give you a shout out, a H&S briefing, with it being hot and sunny there was no bog or slippery paths this week. 3,2,1 and runners were off.
We always try and do a guess the number of runners and I guessed around 140 in fact there were 157 of you this week with 20 PBs.
Walking back to the finish funnel and I go though some training with two of the volunteers before we see the faster finishers coming though for their 2nd lap, we stand and cheer everyone on, I do try and remember as many names as I can; as I know that does spur you all on, and I try and take as many photos as possible.
Before we know it, the faster finishes are almost coming through to the finish funnel and volunteers jump into position.
We didn’t manage to get a funnel manager (who helps keep everyone in order and liaises between the two timekeeper and finish tokens) I stayed in that area in case there were any issues…
Thankfully no issues occurred during parkrun but if they did then it would be me as RD who would need to resolve them.
I do love watching as all you runners come in; from the faster front finishers to those who are running for enjoyment with friends, those helping someone get around and complete their PB, and families aiming to finish and complete the course.
Before we know it, the tail walkers come in over the finish funnel and we start to pack up…although as we were rained on last week the hi-vis have come home with me to be washed for the next parkun.
Once packed up I do the results and token sorting at home – thankfully there were no issues - well actually there was – I forgot to clear the scanners from last week (doh!) and everything came duplicated, but it was a two second fix, phew!
If you do ever fancy giving volunteering ago just email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) as I have said there is no expectation that you should know what to do, we show everyone on arrival what they need to do and brief on any H&S too, and you do get to wear a fetching hi-vis. Once you have volunteered on 25 separate occasions you also get a milestone t-shirt – the coveted purple 25 t-shirt.
A reminder that parkrun Sat 10th August is cancelled as Art in the Park is happening - find out more here. This a great community event and free to attend
Photos can be found here https://photos.app.goo.gl/xgg4kNijfqqSGTJC8
We can't go without a few photos from Saturday.....
Dogs do parkrun!
We can't forget bella!
Dogs do parkrun - newly recruited volunteers!
Trying to dry the hi-vis!
Hands up if you love parkrun!
Barcode scanner at the ready!
smiles all round!
Event number 179
3rd August 2019
This week 157 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 15 were first timers and 20 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:
Yvonne CRAWFORD • Anita HOGBEN • Marc KAVANAGH • Karen SEYMOUR • Rynn KEMP • Sandra GARDINER • Fintan KAVANAGH • Dave WOOD • David RANDALL • Oliver PRYER • Samantha HEWITT • Nick FREEMAN • Isaac KING • Antony KING • Lesly CONROY • Michael BUTCHER • Michelle CRESSWELL • Lesley CLARKE • Richard CLARKE • Amanda CRAWFORD • Kristopher YATES • Lowry KEMP
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Sittingbourne parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Lilly COWARD who recorded a time of 18:09 on 14th July 2018 (event number 123).
The male record is held by James ALLCHIN who recorded a time of 15:52 on 22nd September 2018 (event number 133).
The Age Grade course record is held by Graeme SAKER who recorded 86.43% (17:56) on 11th November 2017 (event number 89).
Sittingbourne parkrun started on 27th February 2016. Since then 4,799 participants have completed 31,448 parkruns covering a total distance of 157,240 km, including 6,878 new Personal Bests. A total of 579 individuals have volunteered 3,998 times.