Meet the volunteers- Jenny

This week's volunteer doesn't really need introducing as she's one of the most familiar faces at Worsley Woods. In case any of you don't know her by name- this is Jenny. 20200911_224615 20200911_224749

 

1. When and why did you first choose to volunteer with parkrun?
It was my new year's resolution for 2015; get out & meet new people. So a chilly January morning saw me standing in the middle of a field shouting words of encouragement. Over the next 250 Saturday mornings I think I have covered most of the roles available.

2. Which is your favourite volunteer role at parkrun?
Barcode Scanning, being able to put names to faces once I became a regular. Closely followed by the game of token sorting over a well needed coffee at The Coffee House or The Honeypot cafes in Monton.

3. What would you say to someone who is unsure if volunteering is for them?
Talk to someone who is in Hi-Vis either before or after your run/walk/jog, some roles only need action once everyone has set off so they will have time for you. I think funnel managers are great to start as you see everything, keep clapping and smile, plenty of 'well done’s' are greatly received too.

4. What are you doing when you're not at parkrun?
When away from work I am often found on 2 wheels, another, more recent New Year's resolution.

5. What song would be your parkrun anthem (either for volunteering or walk/jog/running)?
‘Moving on up’ by Mpeople; parkrun is such a positive event, inspiring everyone to go outdoors on a Saturday morning.

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Meet the volunteers- Ian

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I first became aware of parkrun when I was on the loop line one saturday morning and was passed by all these runners, I wondered what was going on. I was then away in Majorca and people ran past our hotel on the boardwalk and it made me think I could do that, it looks good. So when we returned on the friday night I signed up to Parkrun and had a go the next day, what a great move! Am a make the numbers up runner and won't ever be better than that but LOVE the community spirit, exercise and friendliness of the whole set up, so many new friends been made, even though lots of them are 'parkrun friends' without me knowing their names

1. When did you first volunteer with parkrun?
I started running in 2016 and volunteered not long after first run as had a race that afternoon, swimming rather than running and didn't want to be tired.

2. Which is your favourite volunteer role?
No favourite, I have enjoyed each role I have had. Was down to funnel one day and I thought it would be a bit boring but found it great as you get to see everyone so no missed hellos and watching all the different experiences of the run from total exhaustion, through pride at finishing and affirmations of friendship with fellow runners, to marvelling at the relaxedness of some of the runners that I can't even imagine running as fast as.

3. What would you say to someone who's thinking about volunteering at parkrun?
Volunteering adds another layer to the parkrun experience and is a great way to feel more 'joined in'. Support is always there when you're not sure and everyone is so friendly. As well as having a full explanation of the role from the organisers help comes from your fellow marshals like you would get from friends rather than formal 'training", a sense of belonging to the team seems instant.

4. What are you doing when not volunteering at parkrun?
When not at park run most of my interests are exercise based. I still try to compete at swimming, outdoors mainly, and enjoy cycling, indoor rower and walking. I love to food shop and messing around in the kitchen is always time well spent.

5. What would be your parkrun anthem?
I have never run with music, I'm keener on enjoying the fuller experience (as I see it) and being aware of my surroundings. I also can't follow a beat to save my life so don't get any help from the metronome type effect. I do enjoy jazz and soul but music has never been a 'thing' for me.

 

Meet the Volunteers- Carolyn

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1. When and why did you first choose to volunteer with parkrun?
I joined parkrun in 2013. I live just 3 miles from Worsley Woods, via the loop line, so it is my home parkrun. I also love the course. I started volunteering soon after I joined because I wanted to give something back. I know how important the volunteers are. Without them we'd have no parkrun.
2. Which is your favourite volunteer role at parkrun?
That's hard, because I've enjoyed all the roles I've done so far. Marshaling is great because you get to cheer people on and give them a boost up hills, or to the finish. I also like barcode scanning because you can congratulate everyone who has finished their run. I used to help out at a local junior parkrun too, and I loved tail walking, complete with my rainbow tail. The kids liked trying to pull it off!
3. What would you say to someone who is unsure if volunteering is for them?
Don't worry, all training is given on the day, non of the jobs are hard and you'll have loads of support from your fellow volunteers. Adam, Jenny and the team are very friendly! You'll also get a great buzz from doing it. ☺️
4. What are you doing when you're not at parkrun?
Running!! I'm a freelance illustrator by day, which gives me the freedom to train for races when I want to.
5. What song would be your parkrun anthem (either for volunteering or walk/jog/running)?
I don't run to music, I like to be able to hear what's going on around me, but I used to love hearing the theme to Chariots of Fire as we set off at Worsley Woods. That was some years ago now!
 

Meet the Volunteers- David

David1. When and why did you first choose to volunteer with parkrun?

I've no idea when, but its about paying back the parkrun community in time, which is something that money can't buy

2. Which is your favourite volunteer role at parkrun?
Any role

3. What would you say to someone who is unsure if volunteering is for them?
Pick a nice day and give it a go

4. What are you doing when you're not at parkrun?
Eating breakfast!

5. What song would be your parkrun anthem (either for volunteering or walk/jog/running)?
It's got to be Paint it Black by The Stones or Chariots of Fire

 

Meet the Volunteers- Andy

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1. When and why did you first choose to volunteer with parkrun?

My first ever parkrun was in April 2012, I think the 7th event at Worsley Woods, and I volunteered for the first time later that year, simply because it was and is only fair to give something back to something that gives you so much pleasure. Usually when I volunteer it is following a ‘big’ night the night before, and I know volunteering is the better option than running!

2. Which is your favourite volunteer role at parkrun?
I enjoy marshalling most, giving encouragement to the runners, particularly to my friends who are taking part

3. What would you say to someone who is unsure if volunteering is for them?
I would simply say if you enjoy parkrun you ought to help out occasionally…and it really is good fun. Do it with a mate if that helps.

4. What are you doing when you're not at parkrun?
I work for a local brewery, and am a season ticket holder at Anfield, the home of the Premier League Champions

5. What song would be your parkrun anthem (either for volunteering or walk/jog/running)?
‘You’ll Never Walk (or run) Alone’

 

Meet the Volunteers- Rebecca

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1. When and why did you first choose to volunteer with parkrun?

I first got involved in parkrun way back in 2010 before Worsley Woods parkrun had started and first volunteered in 2011 at South Manchester parkrun which was my home run back then. Like a lot of runners, I first decided to try volunteering one weekend when I had a race on the Sunday so wanted to take it easy on the Saturday but still go along and be a part of parkrun. My first volunteer role was as a marshal and it was a great opportunity to see the whole field of runners and support everyone as they ran, jogged and walked past me, some clearly gunning for a PB and others enjoying a more social morning out.

2. Which is your favourite volunteer role at parkrun?

I love barcode scanning. I’ve been lucky enough to be able to both run and then barcode scan at Worsley Woods the past two Christmas days and it’s such a lovely way to start the day getting to see everyone after the run in celebratory mood and wearing some amazing fancy dress. Although Worsley Wood is my home run (if those still exist?), I do a lot of parkrun tourism so I’m not “at home” very often and barcode scanning when I am is a great way to catch up with people.

3. What would you say to someone who is unsure if volunteering is for them?

Give it a go! There are lots of volunteer roles available, some you can even do and still get a parkrun in. I know some of the roles – time keeping and barcode scanning especially – can seem a bit scary. I know the first time I acted as time keeper I was worried I might mess up so badly no-one got a time! But even these are actually quite simple and there are always lots of more experienced volunteers around if you need help. Plus, if you’re worried about doing something “technical” there are always other roles which are more straightforward.

4. What are you doing when you're not at parkrun?

Professionally, I’m a solicitor (currently based at my kitchen table!) When I’m not at work (or working at home) I am mostly involved with running in some shape or form. I’m a member of Swinton Running Club and currently act as Ladies Captain. I love competing and take part in races from 400m right up to marathon (the phrase jack of all trades master of none springs to mind). I’ve also made lots of amazing friends through running and I enjoy the opportunity to catch up with them and rehydrate with some wine (don’t the professional runners do that?)

5. What song would be your parkrun anthem (either for volunteering or walk/jog/running)? 

So, this will take a little explaining! When my group of tourism friends are travelling to other parkruns, our driver usually has an 80s music radio station playing. Because of this, I now associate a lot of 80s hits with parkun. There are several tracks I could choose but I think I’m going to go for “(I’ve had) the time of my life” by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warner as it’s a great song to sing along to (which I do, very enthusiastically if not especially in tune!) plus isn’t parkrun the time of everyone’s life (or at least everyone’s week)?

 

Meet the Volunteers- Adam

Meet the volunteers- This is Adam.
I have really enjoyed reading this every week. Its been a great way to find out more about other volunteers and their take on parkrun.
When I 1st heard about parkrun many years ago my initial thought about a FREE 5K run/walk every Saturday at 9 am organised completely by volunteers was "It will never catch on" OOPS.
Very glad I was totally wrong, as many parkrunners have told me how much parkrun has become a big part of their lives and helped them in so many different ways.
1. When and why did you first choose to volunteer with parkrun?
I've been parkrunning for over 10 years now (parkrun birthday24th April 2010) but I 1st volunteered at Worsley Woods very first event. So that was over 8 years ago. I was a marshal at the 3 bears cottage. The why is easy to answer "injury".
2. Which is your favourite volunteer role at parkrun?
Due to the fact, my running days are probably behind me now I have been lucky enough to have volunteered in many different roles (18) and looking at my stats it says I have volunteered 535 times at 289 runs. All the roles are rewarding and fun but if I have to pick then timekeeping is the one I would choose, although when numbers are high and using the phone volunteer app with battery down to 13% it can get interesting.
3. What would you say to someone who is unsure if volunteering is for them?
I was one of those unsure people but volunteering has proved to be a big positive for me as you get to meet so many nice people and learn lots along the way. So give it a go. Lots of 1st-time volunteers have said to me after how great and enjoyable it was.
4. What are you doing when you're not at parkrun?
Thinking about the next parkrun which at the moment could be a while off. I also love to exercise but have had to find other ways of keeping my CV up to scratch as running is not an option at the moment. So the indoor rowing machine and static bike get a hammering now.
5. What song would be your parkrun anthem (either for volunteering or walk/jog/running)?
Was not a music lover when running but have been training recently with Pink Floyd " Shine on you crazy diamond "and "Wish you were here" amongst others.
I have to give a special mention to two Worsley Woods parkrunners who sadly are not with us anymore but gave so much to Worsley Woods parkun for many years. So a big thank you to the lovely Carol Gorton and Nigel Burke you are both missed by many.

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Meet the Volunteers- Colin

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When and why did you first volunteer with parkrun?

I completed the same Swinton Running Club beginners course as our Co-Event Director Becky at the end of 2015, and then started running parkrun regularly. I volunteered a couple of times after that but then ended up injured in April 2016 so started volunteering every week from then on. Once I was fit again I carried on volunteering every week as I enjoyed it, and I’m currently around about 170 volunteering days so far.

Which is your favourite volunteer role?

Barcode scanning is my first choice, but after that anything else at the finish area.

What would you say to someone who is unsure if volunteering is for them?

You won’t know unless you try it, have a go at a few different roles and you’ll find something you like. I did it every week as it was just like having a laugh with your mates, then you go to the cafe afterwards and have a big breakfast.

What are you doing when you're not at parkrun?

When I’m not working or involved in family time I try to keep injury free so that I can run. My other hobbies are a tank of tropical fish, trying to turn small shrubs into bonsai trees, and I’ve recently rediscovered something from my childhood years in the form of model kits.

What would be your parkrun anthem?

I’ve never ever ran with music so I’m stuck for an answer for that one, it’d probably be something from either Iron Maiden or AC/DC though.

 

Meet the Volunteers- Becky

This is Becky- our other co-event director

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1. When and why did you first choose to volunteer with parkrun?

I first came to parkrun at the end of the Swinton Running Club beginners group (couch to 5k) and soon after the club was doing a volunteer takeover so I decided to marshal. Since then, like many of our volunteers, I got injured and decided that volunteering was a less painful way for me to keep in touch with my old running buddies. I must apologise to all those who have endured me complaining about my sore foot for the past 2 years!

2. Which is your favourite role at parkrun?

I like handing out the tokens as you get to speak to every single runner as they finish (except the naughty funnel duckers!)

3. What would you say to someone who is unsure if volunteering is for them?

There's a volunteer role at parkrun for everyone and the team can help you find something that you will enjoy doing, so just get in touch and have a chat with us.

4. What are you doing when you're not at parkrun?

I work as a speech therapist with adults with learning disabilities and I am lucky enough to be able to say "I love my job". At home I'm happiest when I'm baking or in the garden watering the veg patches.

5. What song would be your parkrun anthem?

I'm not a morning person at all and I need something to wake me up to get down to Dukes Drive for 08:30 on Saturday mornings so it has to be Wake up Boo- The Boo Radleys

 

 

 

Meet the Volunteers- Jane

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When and why did you first choose to volunteer with parkrun?

 I started volunteering in 2018. Basically I wanted to help out and give something back after starting parkrunning in May 2017.  WW were asking for volunteers so myself and two of my Swinton Running Club/parkrun friends decided to help.  My first role was marshal.

Which is your favourite volunteer role at parkrun?

I don't really have a favourite but I think I have been barcode scanner more often than any other role.

What would you say to someone who is unsure if volunteering is for them?

If anyone is thinking of volunteering when things eventually get back to normal I would say go for it!  It's a great experience seeing everyone run/walk and helping and encouraging everyone.  The other volunteers are all super friendly and going for a coffee after with friends is a must!  parkrun is great way to start a Saturday and I'm really missing it right now!

What are you doing when you're not at parkrun

When I'm not volunteering, which is obviously a lot currently, I run with my chums from Swinton running club (at a two meter distance at the moment of course).  I was training for the Manchester Marathon before Covid arrived and we have a little social running team called TTT (Team Turbo Tortoise) who are mainly running club chums, it's where we give help and support to each other and post runs and challenges which has been a godsend recently. I'm not the fastest runner and have struggled to run alone during lockdown as I like company.

What song would be your parkrun anthem (either for volunteering or walk/jog/running)?

I don't really listen to music when running (too busy talking) but I do love anything 80's.  I'm really looking forward to the day when I can cheer everyone on again.

Don't forget to check out the (not) parkrun virtual 5k.

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