A SHOUT OUT FOR OUR SUPER DofE VOLUNTEERS
This week’s run report is about our Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme volunteers.
The DofE award involves three levels (Bronze, Silver and Gold) and within each level there are four distinct sections, one of which is volunteering to help people, the community or society. For this section they can choose to do their volunteering with our Southwick Parkrun. For Bronze they do 13 or 26 hours of volunteering over three or six months, for Silver its 26 hours over six months and for Gold its 52 hours over 12 months.
Almost 50 DofE participants have chosen to do one or more levels of their volunteering with our Parkrun. That’s a lot of volunteer hours!
At today’s Parkrun we had three DofE volunteers; Benjamin Hails and Gil Nott on barcode scanning and Alexander Ross on timekeeping. Thank you.
Today’s DofE volunteers, Gil, Alexander and Benjamin
Benjamin has just started his Bronze.
Alexander has completed his Bronze and is now on his Silver
Gil did six months for his Bronze and is now doing 12 months for his Gold. So for him a total 78 hours volunteering over 18 months. Great.
Thank you to our DofE volunteers
We often struggle to get sufficient volunteers for our parkrun to go ahead so your reliable and regular volunteer support is so important. Your support is really appreciated and you have covered every volunteering role except Run Director.
It is a joy to see the commitment you and your fellow DofE volunteers give to your volunteering. This week’s run report writer is an early (1959 vintage) DofE participant and I can say that you will never forget your DofE experience, the sense of achievement it gives you and most of all the sheer enjoyment.
We had 290 taking part, 32 volunteers, 43 PBs and 39 first timers. That’s all of 177 first timers since New Year’s Day.
So for those first timers new to parkrun: Welcome and hope you enjoy your parkrunning.
Our Top Tourist today was Sarah Offer from Tunbridge Wells, joining us with her Bradford on Avon friend, first timer Susie Kern. Hope you both enjoyed your morning.
I love to see the youngsters enjoy running with their families. What happy enthusiastic sounds you make. Amongst others, today we had seven year old Benjamin, nine year old Felix and nine year old Isobel, all running with their Dads. What a lovely start to a family weekend. Well done Isobel – thought you was wearing your Mum’s 50 milestone shirt but turned out to be you. Must be a few milestone records looming in years to come!
Well we are about to get new pink volunteer tabards – the old yellow ones will not be thrown away – they are being recycled.
The second change is to the ‘end of run’ barcode scanning. Our DofE volunteer Gil has been a bit of a ‘Barcode Scanner Ambassador’ and over the past few parkruns has been testing a new mobile phone app for barcode scanning. He says the new app is really good and he has not had a single barcode scanning failure or error. It is quick, helps volunteers ensure everything is correct, and is unaffected by sunlight.
So for we runners, providing we keep our barcodes in good condition, no more having to do manual recording and we will have faster scanning, less queuing and for our volunteers less hassle. And the biggest benefit of all? Every week volunteers stay behind to process the results. Manual recording of barcodes and correcting errors takes time to rectify. So the new app means our ‘post run’ volunteers can get off home earlier.
Thank you Gil for doing the testing.
And so back to our DofE volunteers
From we parkrunners to our DofE volunteers past, present and future: You are a great bunch and such a help to us; have fun, enjoy your DofE and thank you for choosing to volunteer with us here at Southwick Parkrun.