Celebrating the real heroes of parkrun... the volunteers!
Every parkrun only happens because of the time and dedication of our volunteers. Many thanks to all of them, past and present. We are always looking for new volunteers. This page explains how to get involved.
How to get involved
Finding out about Whitstable parkrun volunteering opportunities couldn't be easier. Simply open a recent parkrun newsletter, results email or volunteer email, click on 'manage my profile', then 'email options', then select the events you'd like to hear from and click 'save opt-in events list'. You will then receive regular emails from those events letting you know all about their volunteering opportunities.
You can see an event's future volunteer roster via their specific future roster page
. To get in touch with the event directly, just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
What would I do at the Event?
First, and most importantly, we never ask anybody to do anything they're not comfortable with. If you don't want a particular task, please let us know and we will happily give you an alternative job. Nevertheless, none of our tasks are too stressful. You could be organising the finish funnel, operating the timer, or scanning the runners' barcodes with our simple barcode readers; we try to start people out on a general marshalling type job, so they get a feel for how we operate. But if you really want to do something in particular, please let us know and we'll see what we can do.
Remember as a volunteer you are the eyes and ears of parkrun. If you have any concerns that arise at a parkrun event, whether involving children or adults, you should discuss those concerns with the Event Director on the day, as soon as possible thereafter or email Head Office at email@example.com
Do I get my name in lights?
We like to recognise and publicly thank all our volunteers, and your name will appear on our home page in the This Week's Heroes section. We also keep a log of what tasks everybody has done. To do this you need to be registered on our system. If you have not registered, it's really easy to do so: just go to the parkrun registration page
and fill in the simple form.
Many thanks to this week's heroes
Adam COWPER-SMITH • Aeron WRAIGHT • Andrew GASKIN • Andrew THORNS • Ann BODIMEADE • Brian PALMER • Brian STOKES • Carole NORRIS • Charles DARBY • Christopher PAYNE • Colette THORNS • Dan COUGHLAN • Dave PARRY • David KENNING • David OLIVER • David SIBLEY • Dennis GILL • Elizabeth SMITH • Fraser JAMES • Gabrielle KAY • Jacky MACDONALD • Jacqueline BUCHANAN • James FLANAGAN • James MACDONALD • Jane HADLER • Jonathan PAYNE • Justin FANTETTI • Karen EARL • Lance WHITE • Lesley LITTLE • Linda Anne WHITE • Lucy CLARKE • Max BODIMEADE • Michael PYM • Peter YARLETT • Philip HADLER • Rob MACDONALD • Sian SMITH-KEARY • Susanne Jenifer YOXALL • Terry BRIGHTWELL • Timothy B ROBINSON
The core team
Whitstable parkrun happens largely because of our fantastic volunteers, who are almost all regular runners like you. The weekly team of volunteers are led by a small group of parkrun enthusiasts who form what we call the 'core team': They make sure the event is setup and packed away each week, the results published, the tokens resorted, event reports written and so much more.
- Dave Ralfe - I joined the parkrun family here at Whitstable back in May 2013 and was almost immediately hooked.
When I first started I loved the idea that it wasn't a race, that suits my style of running perfectly.
parkrun has become a real community and I hope it will continue to reach out to an even wider audience.
I'm proud of Whitstable junior parkrun and it's been great seeing it grow in popularity every year.
parkrun more than a run "it's a fun, run or walk, family and friends event in the park".
- Jacky MacDonald - I started running in my 30's round the streets and along the sea front with friends in Whitstable. I joined Canterbury Harriers in 2003 improving and enjoying until a skiing accident in 2006 put paid to any serious running. A chance remark led me to parkrun with Bromley being the nearest. A round trip of 5 hours on the train!. I was hooked on its simplicity, ease of registration, friendless of volunteers and other runners and thought it would be good to have one in Whitstable. Along with Peter and Tina that's exactly what we did with Whitstable, and Kent's, first parkrun took place on 6th November 2010.
- Tina Jones - I started running in 1998 as I wanted to run a marathon for charity which I did in 1999, I was lucky enough to run the London marathon. I have been hooked on running ever since! I have been a member of Canterbury Harriers since I moved back to Whitstable four years ago having grown up in the town. I have recently done a course to become a Leader in Running Fitness. I am delighted to be involved in the setting up of the parkrun in Whitstable and I am sure it will become a very popular event in the town.
- Peter Yarlett - Running has been part of my life since starting at school and still continuing well into my late 50's. Although PB's are now a thing of the past I still get excited at the challenge and pleasure of training and the odd race. The Whitstable course is beside the sea and so the different seasons will provide plenty of variety and interest for those taking part. These days I get equal pleasure from encouraging others new to running and the parkrun offers plenty of scope for offering advice and seeing others improve their health and fitness.
- Fraser James - I have carefully avoided running ever since school and actually became involved with parkrun to support my daughter, Chloe, who does run. I admire the folk who do, especially the slower ones who show such determination and always finish. I'm an IT consultant/manager normally, so I expect standing around on Tankerton slopes for half an hour every week does me some good. The clapping can get quite strenuous.
- Brian Forbes-Turner - I have never run (well hardly ever) but I get a real buzz from being around those who do. It’s their energy, good humour and zest for life that I find so infectious. So becoming involved in the start up of Whitstable parkrun with my partner Tina Jones continues to be great fun. I had always worked in retail on Saturdays and now being retired I relish the prompt for being down on Tankerton Slopes at 8.30. Setting out the finish area with other cheery volunteers or greeting regular and new runners is a grand start to a day, whatever the weather! Best of all is sensing the achievement all around from those involved plus their supporters, families, friends, even dogs ? it is such a brilliant concept. Long may it run.
- Marilyn Yarlett - There is nothing better than an early Saturday morning start to the day knowing that I am meeting my local parkrun group. It is a normal part of the week to help support the run organisation and then afterwards relax with a coffee and chat about the run and life generally. Long may parkrun continue.
We're very grateful to the help provided by everybody, both now and in the past, who've helped make Whitstable parkrun happen.
Please opt-in to the volunteer email if you'd like to join us and get involved!