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Parkrun Volunteer

About the opportunity

Volunteers are required to help organise the Uckfield parkrun. The parkrun takes place every Saturday morning at 9am at Uckfield Rugby Club.

The free event is only made possible because of our fantastic volunteers. We always start volunteers with a simple tasks and then as you gain experience you can try different roles.

There are a range of opportunities, including marshals guiding runners along the route, people recording participants’ times and others handing-out finishing tokens.

Why not arrange to come down to the start at the Rugby Club and see what it is all about for yourself. Send us an email to let us know you are coming and someone will meet you and explain how you can get involved. Email uckfieldhelpers@parkrun.com.

What are they looking for?

You could be organising the finish funnel, operating the timer, or scanning the runners’ barcodes.

People start out on a general marshaling role or by giving-out finishing tokens, so they get a feel for how parkrun operates. A briefing is held before each race for new volunteers. Training is provided and there is an opportunity to shadow an experienced person before taking on a new role.

There is a rota (roster) system in place with volunteers saying which weeks they want to help. Many people walk/run the course some weeks and volunteer to help organise the event on other Saturdays. So just opt-in when you are free on a Saturday morning.

The 5km course across Buxted Park can be done by people regardless of experience. You can walk, jog or run the 5k. People wanting to build-up their fitness can take advantage of the NHS Couch to 5k app.

For more information see the Uckfield parkrun website: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/uckfield/

All volunteers and runners need to register (once) to get a unique barcode. Please set your home run to “Uckfield”. https://www.parkrun.org.uk/register/

Practical Considerations

No skills or experience required, you just need to come along on a Saturday morning (dressed appropriately for the weather conditions) and enjoy working in the open air.

We are looking for people with a friendly, positive disposition, who can cheer the runners on. It is a great opportunity to make new friends and help make this running event a great community success.

There are no restrictions about who can be involved. Any age can help from teenagers to older people. Children would need to be accompanied by an adult, so why not come along and volunteer as a family.

Ideal for

  • Under 16s
  • Over 18s
  • Older people
  • School students
  • Outdoor

Opportunity categories

Interests

  • Running
  • Sport

Activities

  • Outdoors
  • Administration
  • Stewarding
  • Marketing & Communications

Skills required

  • Outdoor work