Come help me marshal!

Next Sunday I shall once again be a sector lead for race company Go Beyond at Northampton Half Marathon.  I will be out on the same section of course as last year at Great Houghton between miles 7-9.5.

Yesterday afternoon I attended a briefing with the other sector leads and Race Director Steve Adams to ensure we understood what was to happen on raceday itself and that we were able to relay any information down to marshals within our section.Go Beyond crew hoodie

I am still a couple of marshals short across my stretch of the course so if you are free next Sunday (6th September), live near to Northampton and would like a race t-shirt and free entry to another Go Beyond race then please leave a comment on this post, drop me an email or send me a tweet.

Go Beyond host a variety of races across the year from 10ks to duathlons to ultras to triathlons.  The Shires and Spires 35m race is always one of the first to be added to my race calendar each year, but I have also marshaled at Coombe Abbey and Northampton Running Festivals, Mud & Mayhem Duathlon in Thetford, Thames Trot and Country to Capital.  (Click links to read my blog posts).  Take a look at the Go Beyond full events calendar to see if any events take your fancy in the upcoming year.

The marshaling itself won’t be too taxing and will involve standing on a corner and warning runners about a turn or traffic as they approach.  It would be lovely to meet some more runners from the area so if you are available to help, please let me know!  Also, entries are still being taken so if you wanted to enter and then wave at me as you zoom past somewhere along the Great Houghton stretch, I would be sure to wave back too!  :)

Changing subject slightly, has anyone downloaded the new parkrun app yet?  It’s currently only available for Apple devices annoyingly, but I have an iPad for work so I downloaded it to test it out.

iPad screenYou can set yourself targets that you wish to achieve and the app also lets you hunt out other parkruns near to you, telling you details about each of the courses so you can assess whether or not they have PB potential!parkrun app for iPadYou can keep track of all of your parkrun times and volunteering weeks.  It also lets you ‘make friends’ with other parkrunners so you can see their progress easily.

parkrun app for iPad

It’s a shame there isn’t an Android version yet, but I’m sure the demand for one will be high enough that one will be developed soon.

Are you free next Sunday for a few hours and fancy helping me marshal?
Do you have the parkrun app on your phone/iPad?

6 thoughts on “Come help me marshal!

  1. I saw about the app on the panshanger parkrun page, but I only have android things so no use for me- I did say hopefully android is coming, as did a lot of other people, so fingers crossed. I have my parkrun results page bookmarked on my phone, so I can check it quickly, but I wish it displayed all results and not just the most recent.
    I am marshaling at a triathlon this weekend, but am not really looking forward to it now. I was meant to be doing the running course (they had asked our running club for people as they were good when they did the local half marathon) but I was the put down as a bike course marshal. I was going to run there, but of course the bike course is miles. The person did tell me I could do a transition between the run and bike, but I was just emailed pages of stuff with google photos of the different junctions on the bike course. I am hoping to still do the transition, but the latest info said they will decide on the day, which doesn’t seem very organised. Plus, if you are doing the bike course, they will be going so fast (it says in the pages of info) that they won’t hear you if you shout, so you just have to stand still and point. Sounds really boring! I like to cheer!
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    1. I think there are lots of non Apple users (this would be me included if it wasn’t for my work iPad) so hopefully the demand will mean that an Android app will be out soon.
      I hope the marshaling went well (now about to head over to your blog!) There is so much to organise and so many people to organise for a tri, that you really can’t be unorganised in any way going into it. I marshaled at Pitsford Tri last year and absolutely shouted out lots of encouragement to the bikes as they zoomed by!

  2. WOW I did not know there was a parkrun app *downloads immediately*
    Very cool!
    Good luck with the marshalling :-) I always start to panic I’m repeating myself when I’m cheering people on, but remember that each person I’m cheering didn’t hear what I cheered 2 minutes earlier…and my hands hurt clapping. But if you’re giving directions and instructions that’s a bit easier than coming up with new things to say each time!
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    1. I think parkrun should do an app announcement. I only discovered it by chance on Twitter, and that person’s feed then had hundreds of questions about where to get it from, so it seems like hardly anyone knows about it yet.
      I feel like a proper wally repeating myself when marshaling. Very good point about people not knowing you’re on a 2 minute loop though!

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