The Join In blog: Tagged "running"

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.


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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…)

Mags has been a long time supporter of Join In - here she's helping out at the Tour de ITV in 2014
Mags has been a long time supporter of Join In - here she's helping out at the Tour de ITV in 2014

Local Leader Spotlight: Mags Mathieson

Name: Mags Mathieson

Network: Northern Ireland

Local Leader since: 2013

What have you been up to recently in your role as a Local Leader?

“Having been a regular volunteer in the Northern Ireland running community for the past three or four years, I am now trying to combine volunteering with my recent role as a Local Leader and also raise the profile of Join In here in Northern Ireland.

I help out at a local parkrun most Saturdays. If I’m not doing that, I’ll be helping out at some other running event that’s taking place. Volunteering for so long in one particular area of sport (running) has allowed me to develop a great deal of experience and knowledge and I find that I’m asked more and more often to come along and help out with local races, many of them for charity. In the past few weeks I’ve been involved in a dozen or so events but the highlight was being asked to take on the role of Race Director for a 10k charity run. I’ve also been involved in some of the bigger running events here including the NI Road Relay Championships, the Bangor 10k and the Belfast Half Marathon. (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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Join In's Top 10 blogs of 2015
What were your highlights from a great year in volunteering?

Join In’s top 10 blogs of 2015

In 2015, our blog covered everything from korfball to blind golf. We bring it to a close with some of our favourite blogs from the past twelve months.

10. Fat boy Slimmer

Ben Fairburn once weighed twenty-three stone, now he weighs fifteen. Ben wouldn’t have been able to achieve this without the help of volunteers. Here is his inspirational story:

Fat Boy Slimmer

The transformation of Ben before and after running is remarkable. (more…)

“By volunteering... I feel easier about approaching people and I've discovered more about myself" says Nilu.
“By volunteering... I feel easier about approaching people and I've discovered more about myself," says Nilu.

Nepal to Northala – a parkrunner’s tale

Nilu found friends and fitness at her local parkrun. Now she’s helping others do the same.

Born in Nepal, Nilu Dewan now lives in London and is a loyal volunteer at Northala Fields parkrun↑. In a bid to lose weight, Nilu took part in her local parkrun.

Having lost weight, lowered her blood pressure and been taken off the diabetes “at risk” list, Nilu helps inactive people address their health issues and motivates them to take up physical exercise.

What motivated you to start volunteering at parkrun?

I became aware of parkrun through Santosh, a member of the Nepalese community who does a lot of voluntary work. parkrun events aren’t complete without volunteers. I like helping people and I think it’s a good way to encourage not only runners but non-runners to keep themselves fit and healthy. (more…)

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…)

Pete Swann, left, outside Intersport Herne Hill with Join In Local Leader Malcolm Chevin
Pete Swann, left, outside Intersport Herne Hill with Join In Local Leader Malcolm Chevin

60 seconds with… Pete Swann

Pete Swann, Intersport Herne Hill↑ store manager, already has some great links to grassroots sport in his area. He’s been chatting to Join In to tell us why he thinks the partnership can connect his store even more with the community.

How is your store at the heart of community sport?

“We deal with many clubs, schools and local associations in different forms. The club members can often be customers and our network has grown organically that way. We sponsor lots of events – usually with a prize to help alleviate the cost of running the event or to raise money for a good cause. From a local 5K run to the Sport Relief Mile↑, we like to get involved with the local area.

How would you like to play a bigger role in the local community?

I think companies have a duty to support local events – sport has much more of a community feel than other retail sectors and that is why we work a lot with the local sporting people. If we can act as a hub for the community then it is mutually beneficial.


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…)