Volunteering with Lordshill Road Runners

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.

On this page you can find out more about these opportunities;

  • Run Leading and Coaching
  • Lordshill Road Runners Committee
  • Volunteering at events organised by Lordshill Road Runners
  • Lordshill Race Committees
  • Other opportunities

Run Leading and Coaching

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 they’re enthusiastic, motivated and complete the required training with England Athletics.

What training do I receive?

You’ll need to complete the England Athletics Leadership in Running Fitness (LiRF) or Coach in Running Fitness (CiRF) courses in order to become a run leader or coach. 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. This might be signing up to run lead every other week, or 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 or Thursday night, 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.

So how is Coaching different?

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.

The Lordshill Road Runners Committee

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, 12 times per year. In addition to this, there is the time taken the complete tasks required for the role you take on – 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.

Our next AGM will take place on Monday 23rd September 2019 at 7.45pm at Tauntons College.

All existing committee members will step down on this day, and a new committee will be elected. To stand for nominations, please complete the form below, bring along on the evening of the AGM and hand to our Club Secretary.

Find Lordshill Road Runners Committee nomination forms here.

Volunteering at events organised by Lordshill

We organise three races a year – the Lordshill 10k road race as well as a CC6 and RR10 event.

These events can’t happen without the generous help of Club members – both in the lead up to the race day and on the day itself. We usually ask for a few hours of support, although we always welcome more.

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, you’ll be shown the ropes by other members and you can get to know the Lordshill family away from training.

You’ll find out when these events are taking place, as well as how to sign up to help, by email.

Lordshill race committees

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 have organising committees 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’ll usually send out an email several months before the event asking for volunteers. But don’t hesitate to let us know if you’re interested in being on a race committee at any time of the year. We’ll put you in touch with other members getting involved.

Other opportunities

We’re always happy to consider suggests and offers of help from members.

Aside from the opportunities mentioned above, 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.

Want to get involved or find out more? Contact us here.