So, today’s parkrun was my first as a Run Director proper (rather than shadowing another RD), so I thought it would be a good idea to share “a day in the life” as a new Run Director. Here goes
Friday evening 9pm: Nervously check and double check I have everything ready to take in the morning... Open the All-Important “Directors Box” which was passed to me from the previous weeks RD – Liz T – who had assured me everything was charged and ready to go. [Note: This formal ceremony of passing the All-Important box from RD to RD has taken place every week since the very start of parkrun at Trelissick!]. OK … Check the laptop, the scanners, the timers, the finish tokens…everything! Note to self: Don’t forget All-Important Directors Box in the morning!!! Check that the Defibrillator is still there where I left it….2nd Note to self: Don’t forget the Defib. in the morning!!!! Make sure Son (James WILLIAMS) who is volunteering time keeping in the morning goes to bed early! 3rd note to self… Don’t forget Son in the morning!!! Watch TV… fall asleep watching TV… go to bed… set alarm for 6:00am.
06:00am: Wake up, get up, get dressed…remember to wake up Son!! Look outside … hammering it down! Yayyy!
06:45: Leave House…remembering to take All-Important Directors Box, Defibrillator, oh and Son. … oh and rain proof gear…oh and head torch… oh and a hat!
06:46: Forgotten gloves… doh!
07:00: Arrive at Trelissick Park. Trevor LEE patiently waiting to get going with Setup. Lovely Trevor already has everything ready to take around including all the direction boards, cones, tape, etc. Still hammering it down….(and it’s still dark). Head out to sort out set-up with head torches beaming.
07:10: Lovely Trevor goes back to put out little pink flags through the gardens to the start, as new RD completely forgets about this. Head out onto course…
07:11: Lovely Trevor goes back again to put Start signs up at the start as he’d forgotten…. Head onto course again…
07:20: Stops raining…and starts to get light! Yay!! Continue around course putting out the signs and cones. Its rather muddy … especially on the hill! Trevor reminds new RD to mention this in the runners brief!
08:15: Finish setup and get back to the start. Thanks Trevor. Great Job! Meet the lovely Jane WALL who is helping the new RD today as a Deputy. Get All-Important Directors Box and Defib out of car….
08:20: Marshals and other volunteers start to turn up. Start handing out volunteer vests … get into a fuddle attempting to give a tail walker vest (orange) to a marshal. Luckily all volunteers show up that said they were going to….The lovely Val ODWYER, Rita CUTTS and Kyra MARKS head out towards field. Defib nearly gets left behind… luckily the lovely Peter SOWERBY takes it and runs to entrance to field before going back to his marshal location by bridge. Next: Give instructions to bar code scanner volunteers…the lovely Rebecca DAWES and Anna GARMAN… so its finish token first then runners token….is that right? Hmmm… Ask Deputy Jane…. No! Runner token first!!!! Doh! Give instructions to time keepers, the lovely Suay BUCKLEY and of course, number 1 Son James WILLIAMS … right button first to start, then left button for each runner… is that right? Hmmm… Ask Deputy Jane… Yes! #Phew. Give instructions to Tail walkers lovely Kathryn THOMAS and James COFER …basically stay at back! Tail Walker Kathryn asks “Shouldn’t we also collect the boards and cones as we go around”… Oh Yes…sorry yes do that as well! Doh!
08:45: Time for first timers briefing. Over to the wonderful Richard MOORE to use his wonderful theatrical tones to deliver the speech!
08:50: Time for Runners Briefing… my turn… #Gulp… remember to include thanks to Volunteers and National Trust, remember to say hello to first timers and parkrun tourists! Remember to mention parkrun anniversaries and birthdays! Remember to tell everyone how muddy and wet it is! Remember 11 year olds and remember dogs not to through gardens…anything else??? Oh yes… Have FUN!
09:00: Tailwalkers ready… timekeepers ready…3…2…1… gooooooo!!!!!!!
09:01: In a new tradition started by the new RD, all volunteers have a guess at how many runners there are today… with the closest getting a free coffee from new RD! Guesses are 98 (new RD), 102 (Anna), 103 (Richard), 110 (James), 115 (Jane), 121 (Suay), 122 (Becky)!
09:05: Timekeeper#1 - “My timer has stopped….” Deputy Jane saves the day and gets it started again….we check the time difference…3 minutes… Note to self: Use Timekeeper#2 stopwatch at end. Keep a note of difference in time, in case I need to use #1…
09:20: First runner home! Well done to you!!!!
09:47: Last runner home! Well done to you as well!!! Every single runner is a superstar! Whether first or last! ….
10:05: Tail walkers arrive … hurrah… all boards and cones collected! All finished without any problems! Phew… no real problems during run other than the timer (good job we have 2!). Now onto the next job… processing the results! 126 runners all together. Becky DAWES wins the coffee with a sneaky guess of 122!
10:15: Get back to base – the lovely Nick JEANS is there to help out!! As the next RD Nick is happy to perform the formal ceremony of handing over the All-Important Run Directors Box straight after the results are processed and to help out even further he’ll put everything away whilst new RD gets going with processing…AND to take the tokens and get them sorted too. What a superstar!
10:20: Coffee shop. Buy Becky a Coffee for winning the “how many runners game”… and a nice hot Chocolate for superstar number 1 son James for a fantastic job. Get going with the processing of results. First get All-Important PC out of All-Important Directors bag (…this is the bag the All-Important Directors Box comes in!). OK... turn on PC, confirm roster, input scanners, input timer (just #2!!)... press the magic process results button…hey presto! All done! A few little niggles to sort out…but all in all … its worked! Needed 2 coffees but hey! A massive thank you to Deputy Jane and next RD Nick for helping out!!
11:15: All finished! Complete the formal RD handover ceremony with next RD Nick… finish coffee… head home! Well… all in all… a fun experience…. I think I will do it again sometime!
…and now here is the formal bit:
This week 126 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 17 were first timers and 6 recorded new Personal Bests including, Nick EDMEADES, Toby ANDERSON, Chris COWAN, Sophie LEIGHTLEY, Rebecca ANDERSON, Guy ATKINSON. Well done to you!
Representatives of 9 different clubs took part from across the country.
The event was made possible by the following volunteers:
Suay BUCKLEY • Kathryn THOMAS • Nick JEANS • Kyra MARKS • Trevor LEE • Peter SOWERBY • Rita CUTTS • Jane WALL • James WILLIAMS • Rebecca DAWES • Val ODWYER • Richard MOORE • Anna GARMAN • James COFER
Thanks to you all – you are all great…and lovely!!
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Trelissick parkrun Results Page.
Andy WILLIAMS (New RD)