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 providing a very professional website.
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).
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 dont need any specific skills or background – just come along and join the others.
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, Norfolk, 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
Organising social events such as the Christmas and Summer parties. Contact: Social
Joining the Committee (currently 15 members including Chair, Secretary and Treasurer). Elections take place every autumn. Contact: Honorary Secretary
Website management, e-group monitoring & social media. Tasks include website maintenance, egroup support, 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!