Charity & Volunteering

Have you ever wondered how to support others and our community? Our club would not exist without its volunteers. Volunteering can take up as little as a Sunday morning marshalling. Or you might want to take on a bigger role such as organizing a race or even shaping the club through one of the Committee roles.

Whatever you choose, your time supports more than just our runners: A key mission of LRR is to support local charities. Over the past 5 years, LRR donated over £6,000 to charities from monies raised at our 10k race, the Magic Mile series, kit sales and other donations to the club from members.

To see how you could donate your time to make a difference, check typical volunteer roles within the club.

Recent charity donations

YearCharityDonation
2020Run Talk Run£278
2020Different Strokes£1250
2019Guide Dogs for the Blind£50
2019Stroke Association£50
2019Friends of PICU£1000
2018Southampton Parkrun£50
2018Society of St James£1115
2018Sports Relief£25
2017Hampshire & IOW Air Ambulance£1277
2016Sports Relief£42
2016Friends of PICU£1240

Volunteer roles

The training, events, races and social activities offered by Lordshill Road Runners wouldn’t be possible without our fantastic team of volunteers.

We encourage all our members to consider offering a little of their time towards the running of our Club, and have a huge range of opportunities for you to get involved with. Whether you’re interested in coaching or run leading, are a dab hand with websites, love supporting runners, can cook a cracking chocolate cake or have a background in accounting – we’ve got something that’s perfect for you.

We recognise that not everyone has hours every week to give to the Club, and that’s OK! From regular commitments to one-off events, we can help to point you in the direction of a role that suits.

Our run leading and coaching team is the beating heart of Lordshill Road Runners. We welcome all members to consider getting involved with this side of our activities – whether you’re relatively new to the sport or an old-hand, a speedster or steady runner. Both of these roles can be undertaken by any runner, provided you’re enthusiastic, motivated and complete the required training with England Athletics.

What training do I receive?

You will complete the England Athletics Leadership in Running Fitness (LiRF) or Coach in Running Fitness (CiRF) courses. The Club will book you on a course at a time and location that suits you, and pay for your place on the course.

What commitment do I need to make?

We ask that you consider run leading or coaching as often as you feel able to. This doesn’t mean you have to commit to doing so every week – although, of course, you can choose to. You might choose to run lead every other week or an a rota with others. And we understand that you may need to take breaks from time to time, and will support you when you come back to run leading.

What exactly does a Run Leader do?

Run leaders lead sessions on a Monday, usually with another run leader for support. You’ll come up with a plan for eight weeks worth of sessions at a time, using the guidance and suggestions given during your training.

How is coaching different to run leading?

Becoming a Coach with England Athletics gives you the support and training to plan and deliver a wider variety of running sessions, including intervals and fartlek. It’s a great way to build your knowledge and allows you to coach a broader range of sessions. The training takes a little longer, but gives great insight and the opportunity to get involved with more activities.

Are coaches getting paid?

Lordshill Road Runners is a not-for-profit, volunteer-led running club that actively encourages runners to share their skills and support the club wherever possible free of charge. Check out our paid choaching policy.

Still unsure?

Being part of a race committee is the ideal if you’re looking to get involved with something but don’t want to commit year-round. The majority of the ‘action’ takes place for just a few months of the year, so you can work it around other events in your diary.

We need organisers for our 10k road race, CC6 and RR10 events. Roles on each committee varies from those which help with the forward-planning of the event to set-up and take-down on the day – as well as communications.

We organise several races a year, such as the Lordshill 10k road race, a CC6 race, and RR10 race. These events can’t happen without the generous help of you! Both in the lead-up to race day and on the day itself, we need your help. All members and their families are invited to sign-up for marshalling on the day, baking cakes for runners, manning our entries desks and finishing lines. It’s great fun and you can get to know the Lordshill family away from training.

To find out when these events are taking place, get in contact and keep an eye out on Facebook and Club emails.

Our Club Committee is elected every September and stands for one year. It consists of a wide range of members who support the administration and strategic development of the Club. Volunteering as part of the Committee provides an opportunity to get involved with some of the more diverse aspects that keep Lordshill Road Runners going – from book-keeping to website maintenance, social media communication to preparing training schedules.

What roles are on the Lordshill Road Runners Committee?

At present, the Committee comprises: Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary, Membership Secretary, Coaching Representative, Communications Officer x 2, Men’s Captain, Ladies Captain and Ordinary Members.

Find out more about the Committee roles here.

How much commitment is required?

The Committee meets for two hours about every 4-6 weeks. Depending on the role, you will have additional tasks – such as processing membership applications, responding to emails, updating our accounts or booking venues.

How do I join the Lordshill Road Runners Committee?

We welcome nominations from all members who are interested to stand in advance of our AGM. All existing committee members will step down on this day, and a new Committee will be elected. To stand for nominations, please contact us! We would love to have you on the team!

We’re always grateful for offers of help from members.

We’ve had generous support from members in the past for all sorts of activities including:

  • Storage of race equipment
  • Managing kit sales
  • Graphic design services
  • Supply of food and equipment for social events

We’d love to hear from you if you’ve got an idea for how you could involved.