Something a little different today. Rather than running a race, I was helping out as a volunteer at the Frimley Park Hospital 10K. I've run this race 3 times in the past and is the race I currently hold my 10K PB at.
|For once I would be the other side of the barriers |
and not with the runners gathering for the race
I'm friends with one of the Race Directors, Bob who introduced me to Steve, who would be looking after me and giving me my orders today. Now Steve must sleep well every night, because I've never seen someone so energetic and enthusiastic as him. His energy made me feel quite tired, so just as well I wasn't running today. Steve organises the Frimley Lodge Park run, so I was in good hands.
|Steve (In red) briefing a fellow volunteer|
I think I was more nervous than the runners today. The briefing made things sound rather complicated. As the runners came across the finish line we would take it in turns between the four of us to pick out random runners, take down the runners finishing position and race number, follow alongside them as they made their way down the finishing funnel and relay the information back to Ann (From the Bushey Park Run) who would record the results. We would then run back to the Finish and repeat the process. At the same time stickers were being placed on the runners which had their finish position (which should be the same as what we recorded as they crossed the line the other end). They would then make there way past 4 tables where everything was finally uploaded......Phew! Sound Complicated?
|At the finish line. |
As the finisher came across the line we had to check their position on
that small device on the table and remember along with their race number
|You can see the finishes 'funnel' on the far left of the |
picture with Ann and Ray (Bushy Parkrun) in the centre