The Join In blog: Tagged "Athletics"

Meet some of the Runners

I was there…

An army of volunteers is needed to make any event run smoothly – particularly a major event. Below are some of the experiences in a variety of roles that the Runners, (or ‘pink army’ of volunteers) for the IAAF World Championships 4-13 August in London, had when they joined in to make 2017 “the best world championships ever”.

Alice Martin was part of Competition Delivery Team, which involved putting out the lane markers and blocks for each race. She also helped with jobs such as putting out the steeplechase hurdles and setting up equipment for the field events.


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Fuelling local sport in one London community.

Herne Hill community of sport

Herne Hill in southeast London is one of the most physically active areas in London, where sport is thriving. It takes the dedication of hundreds of volunteers to create such an active, healthy and connected community.

Herne Hill Harriers is a community running club that prides itself on being inclusive and welcoming. They set up a Join In page in 2015 and have attracted more than 10 new local volunteers since then. “We’ve had some great volunteers come through from Join In,” Barbara, the Club Secretary said.

One such local volunteer is Sarah, who lives very close to Tooting Bec, the club’s main training ground. She volunteered at the Cerebral Palsy World Games as an athlete marshal and in the call out room. After that, she was interested in officiating and getting involved regularly at a local club, so she searched for opportunities on the Join In website and found the Herne Hill Harriers.


Runners on start line
Tie up your joggers for these great running events

Top running events for volunteers

Get the UK running this spring, summer and autumn. Here are 10 great events that need your help.

London Marathon

After all those winter runs and tireless fundraising, the participants will be ready for the biggest event on the running calendar on 24 April. You can do your bit by cheering the runners; or if you’re a masseuse, why not salve those weary limbs.

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Through her volunteering, Lucy Tickle helps make her local parkrun happen.

parkrun’s junior volunteer – one year on

In 2014 we spoke to Lucy Tickle, one of parkrun’s youngest volunteers. We caught up with Lucy again to see how her volunteering and running are going.

Do you still help out at your local parkrun?

Yes, when I have a running event at a weekend, it’s the perfect time to volunteer at parkrun.

Have you tried out any new volunteering roles? Were they fun?

I have tried token sorting, which involves sorting them into order ready for the following week. This role is fun as we do this in the café and get a hot chocolate with marshmallows! (more…)

Remap engineers help make sport more accessible to all.

Designing for disabled athletes

Engineers. Artisans. Designer-makers. Peter Vielvoye joined them to make a difference in disability sport.

Peter Vielvoye happened across a notice in a local magazine. It asked for those with workshop experience to help disabled people lead more independent lives.

For the recently retired Design and Technology teacher, it was perfect. He would join 15 other engineers on Remap’s Gloucestershire panel in designing and tailoring equipment to fit individual needs.

The process is straightforward. People from the community send their requests and one of the charity’s engineers solves the problem. These innovations span the breadth of the imagination from a wheelchair with reversing mirrors, to an easy-to-use electronic toy switch for a child with cerebral palsy. For Peter Vielvoye, it involved creating the Throwster. (more…)

Our year in pictures.

Our favourite photos from 2015

Here at Join In, we’re lucky to receive photos of our volunteers on a regular basis. Over the course of this year, we’ve worked with a handful of professional photographers and also received loads of pics taken by just about everyone with a smartphone.

Here are our favourite photos of the year. Look closely to see if you can spot anyone you know!

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Leamington Athletics Academy Summer Camp. Peter is the one carrying the Olympic torch
Leamington Athletics Academy Summer Camp. Peter has the Olympic torch.

My Big Help Out story – Peter Frazier

Peter Frazier overcame adversity to become the world’s first transplant survivor to run a marathon. Last July, he signed up to the #BigHelpOut to give something back to the sport he loves.

In 1978, Peter Frazier had a kidney transplant, and after six years of dialysis he became the first transplant survivor in the world to run a marathon. He then ran seven more and went on to represent Great Britain six times in the World Transplant Games, winning two gold medals. To top it all off, he carried the Olympic torch through Leamington Spa in 2012.

But, like many athletes before him, Peter’s story started at grassroots level. “I joined a local jogging club to get fit,” he said. “The club was called the Centurion Joggers. My club organised a mass marathon in 1980 in Chelmsley Wood. I ran my first marathon – the People’s Marathon – there in 1981. This is where I did most of my training for the Transplant Games.” (more…)

Clubs need your skills.

The volunteering professionals part II

People’s work skills can be hugely beneficial to sports clubs. In the second part of our volunteering professionals blog, we see how three BT employees raise funds and balance the books.

Part 1 | Part 2

Anthony, accountant


Full name: Anthony Raisbury
Day job:
Former Management Accountant and now Sales Account Manager

Volunteers at: Welford Mixed Hockey Club (more…)

Clubs need your skills.

The volunteering professionals

Your workplace skills could make a real difference to a local sports club. In the first of our two-part series, we see how BT employees put their professional savvy to effective use.

Part 1 | Part 2

Tori, web designer and social media whizz


Full name: Tori Brady
Day job:
Customer Experience

Volunteers at: Ponteland Rugby Club in Newcastle upon Tyne (more…)

Ken embodies what a Local Leader is all about.

60 seconds with… Ken Aigbe

Ken Aigbe encapsulates everything that is great about our Local Leaders. Our East London Volunteer Coordinator is pro-active, likeable and dedicated. He’s also very busy; but we managed to catch up with him for a quick chat..

Why did you originally decide to volunteer?
I wanted to do something very significant in my community.

What are your main duties as a Local Leader?
Helping at local sport clubs and events, identifying potential opportunities and recruiting other volunteers. (more…)