Get involved and volunteer

Have you ever wondered how Serpentine is run?

We are a huge club, catering for all ability levels, offering advice and training, team events and road races and many other things besides.

Well, you probably knew this before. But are you aware that every single activity is organised and managed by volunteers – people who work, have families and don't spend the whole day in running shoes (although, ok, some do).

All volunteers are reimbursed for reasonable out of pocket expenses: Expense claims

Why do they do it?

  • They are passionate about running, triathlon and/or athletics.
  • They want to give something back to a club that has offered them a lot.
  • They want to help others to enjoy running as much as they do.

What can I do?

There are a lot of opportunities for you to get involved. You don't need any specific skills or background – just come along and join the others.Helping at track meeting

Contact the relevant people below, or for more advice try the Volunteers co-ordinator.

Marshalling and supporting runners at races: Give directions to runners and hand out water at our high profile races such as the Last Friday of the Month 5k and the New Year's Day 10k races. Contact: Race Organisation

Pacing at club runs (Wednesday evening & Saturday morning): Lead groups of runners along the 2, 2.5 and 3 Parks routes and help new runners to find the right group. Contact: Club runs

Leading the Beginners Group at club runs (Saturday morning): Make sure that nobody gets lost, motivate beginners, and advise on running-related questions. Contact: Club runs

Helping with other jobs involved in club runs: minding bags, setting off 2 and 3 Parks runs on Wednesday nights. Contact: Club runs or just come forward on the day!

Driving/supporting/organising team events (Welsh Castles, Green Belt etc.): Run and volunteer – support, drive, feed, entertain the other runners. A great weekend out, even if you don't want to run. Contact: Competition

Marshalling at the Club HandicapOrganising social events such as the Christmas and Summer parties. Contact: Social

Joining the Committee: Elections take place every autumn. Contact: Honorary Secretary

Website management & social media. Tasks include website maintenance, social media, serpiemail, events scheduling, results management, content development, database programming and web design. Contact: Communications

Other jobs currently done by volunteers in the club:

  • coaching at track sessions
  • selling kit
  • organising trips and weekend outings (Lanzarote, Isle of Wight, etc.)
  • keeping our results database up-to-date
  • adding events to the Race Planner
  • officiating at track & field meetings

So please, give it a try!