Many thanks for thinking about volunteering with Parkrun Uckfield.

Parkrun organise weekly 5km timed runs starting at 9am on Saturday mornings  The first Parkrun took place in Bushy Park in London on 2nd October 2004.  A total of 13 runners joined founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt for the inaugural event.  The idea has spread across the world and there are now more than 100,000 events, with regular runs occur in countries including Australia, Russia and Iceland.

The runs are free, safe and easy to take part in.

Parkrun is now coming to Uckfield in May.  The run will start at Uckfield Rugby Club and will continue around beautiful setting of Buxted Park.

Uckfield triathlete Jamie Bedwell has produced this promotional video, which has been shown at Uckfield College to encourage students to participate:

What do the volunteers do?

Every parkrun only happens because of the time and dedication of volunteers.  Without enough marshals then the event can’t go ahead.

Volunteers do all of the tasks at the event – including setting-up the start & finish area, placing signs to indicate the route, through to timing participants and handing out position tokens.  Click here to find-out more about the variety of volunteering roles.

Training will be provided in each of the roles and there is an opportunity to shadow an experienced person before taking on a new role.  No skills or experience required, you just need to come along on a Saturday morning 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 on who can be involved. Any age can get involved from teenagers to older people.  Children would need to be accompanied by an adult, but you can come along and volunteer as a family.

Whatever you want to do, there is a role for you.

You can register your interest via the national volunteering database or just contact the Uckfield Volunteer Centre.

Alternatively if you are already registered with Parkrun and take part in one of the other nearby events, such as in Tunbridge Wells, Haywards Heath or East Grinstead, you will soon be able to update your options on your personal profile to include volunteering at Uckfield Parkrun.

Uckfield Runners recently filled all the volunteer roles at Eastbourne Parkrun in order to gain experience before running their own events from May