Volunteer Roles: What do our volunteers do?

Volunteer Roles: What does “Finish Tokens” do?

The finish token role is fairly straightforward, and if you've run at parkrun before, you've definitely run into this guy/girl. This volunteer is the one that hands out your finishing position token once you have crossed the line. Simple as that!

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Volunteer Roles: What does "Barcode Scanning" do?

The barcode scanning role is another that you've definitely dealt with if you've run at parkrun before. The barcode scanner volunteer scan everyone's barcode and finishing position at the end of the run, or manually record details if there is a problem with scanning. The scanner unit has only one button to press, so hopefully nothing can really go wrong! If it's appropriate, these volunteers may also help sort the finishing tokens into order for the next week's event.

The best part about this role is getting to know all the other runners.

 

Volunteer Roles: What does "Timekeeper" do?

Timekeeper is one of the easiest jobs at parkrun, but also one of the most feared. The timekeeper is in charge of the stopwatch for the event, and whilst the role is just pushing one button every time someone finishes their parkrun, the responsibility of recording everyone's time can make this feel much more difficult than it actually is. Our timekeeper also works with "Finish Token" volunteer to keep everything in sync and ensure the right athletes get the right time.

As with all of our roles, we keep a "cheat sheet" of instructions in the box with all of our run kit, and our run director has a reasonable knowledge of how to operate the stopwatch and is available to help whenever needed.

Key attributes that we look for when filling the role of timekeeper are:
- enjoys parkrun and encouraging runners over the line
- can press a button
- knows left from right

 

Volunteer Roles: What does "Photographer" do?

"Wait!" I hear you say. Isn't it obvious?

Well, yes it is. The photographer takes photos. As simple as that. The photographer is the most autonomous role we have, free to roam the course as they like and take complete creative license with making a pictorial record of each event. The only guidelines are really that we want to capture both the community and park parts of parkrun, and as many runners as possible.

 

Volunteer Roster: How do you know if we need more volunteers?

There are a few ways that you can find out how the schedule for volunteers is looking. Email aveleyoffice@parkrun.com or facebook message both work to get in contact with us, and we can tell you what the current plan is.

We also keep the future roster on our website, and keep it as up to date as we possibly can. You can check the website roster at any time if you are thinking of helping and want to see which roles have been filled.

If you are interested in any volunteer role, please email us at aveleyhelpers@parkrun.com