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Voices from the Coronary heart of the Bathtub Half Marathon : A Volunteer’s Story


On the coronary heart of our occasion lies a crew of devoted and enthusiastic volunteers who work tirelessly to make sure its success. The Bathtub Half Marathon, a spectacular annual occasion that brings collectively runners from all walks of life, owes a big a part of its magic to the selfless efforts of volunteers from the area people, who use the occasion to boost funds for his or her chosen charity

Margaret has volunteered for the Bathtub Half Marathon, as a part of the crew from Bathtub Cats and Canine Dwelling, on quite a few events, contributing her vitality and dedication to varied roles inside the occasion.

What number of occasions have you ever volunteered for the Bathtub Half Marathon? 

I’ve volunteered about 4-5 occasions, I’ve helped on the Data Desk, within the baggage tent and the de-chipping space

How did you discover the volunteer expertise at Bathtub Half? 

Rewarding, humbling and a privilege.

Rewarding – We’re at all times thanked by ending runners for giving up our time, or enduring the pouring rain – although they’ve accomplished all of the arduous work in operating the race.  Thanks additionally to the organiser’s crew for locating time of their busy day to thank us.

Humbling – I get a buzz out of volunteering, however then I hear tales behind why a number of the runners participate – a woman got here into the de-chipping space in the direction of the top of the race one yr.  She began to turn out to be a bit “wobbly” and emotional.  I went as much as her and we linked arms.  She regained her composure earlier than telling me how she ran in reminiscence of an expensive good friend who had handed away and who had been supported by the charity whose brand she wore.  She recovered bodily and emotionally to gather her goody bag and medal, so happy with her achievements.

Privilege – to be part of one thing so massive in my house metropolis, assembly unimaginable folks and … volunteering for the Bathtub Half has been the closest I’d ever get to the end line!

Did volunteering for the Bathtub Half Marathon present alternatives to attach and spend time with fellow crew members who you won’t usually work together with in your each day routine?

Actually does, I volunteer at Bathtub Cats and Canine Dwelling often on a Tuesday, however the Bathtub Half offers a chance to satisfy others from the charity who maybe volunteer at weekends or different weekdays.  

It additionally provides us an opportunity to share different volunteering experiences we could have accomplished with BCDH which others might need been tempted by however maybe lacked the boldness to place their identify ahead as a result of they didn’t know what it really concerned.

Do you are feeling like there’s a social worth in assembly and spending time with different volunteers and workers at Bathtub Half?  

Certainly, it’s a good way to find out about a number of the issues that occur ‘behind the scenes’ in organising the Bathtub Half. The ambiance within the Runners Village is superb.

 It is usually a good way to seek out out extra about different charities represented by the volunteers, or the volunteers themselves, and people operating the Bathtub Half.

Final yr I met and labored alongside scholar volunteers from Bathtub College.  One chap was within the work of BCDH as he often passes the indicators on his technique to the college.  In flip, he advised me a bit about his course, his household, and the way Bathtub College recruits a few of their volunteers. We additionally chatted about a number of the native locations of curiosity he is perhaps excited by visiting (particularly throughout the river in BA1 as he lived in BA2) and different alternatives for volunteering at BCDH which could work round finding out.

Within the volunteer refreshment tent one yr I met one other woman who was new to the Bathtub space, it was her first time volunteering for the Bathtub Half.  She was sat with Jo from Working Excessive, who helps coordinate the volunteer crew. Jo recognised me from the earlier Bathtub Half and remembered I used to be from BCDH, and we have been capable of inform the woman in regards to the work of our charity and the annual WAGWALK occasion which she had sadly simply missed.  The girl additionally had a canine and we advised her the WAGWALK was an ideal alternative to stroll the well-known Skyline Stroll round Bathtub, with the reassurance of a begin and end level, and marshals alongside the route, in addition to supporting the BCDH charity.

It’s additionally one other alternative to unfold the phrase in regards to the superb, and infrequently difficult work, of Bathtub Cats and Canine Dwelling.  How superb the workers are and the way they go the additional mile to make sure the wellbeing of the animals and to try to discover the fitting house for the animals of their care.

Did you purchase any new abilities or uncover intriguing data?

Sure! I discovered easy methods to use a card reader when on the data desk (reasonably than simply zapping my card).

Additionally, I by no means knew there have been so many black backpacks! (Baggage Space). 

Did you make new friendships? 

I acquired to know extra about different BCDH volunteers and their dedication to the charity.  I acquired to see associates instantly after that they had completed operating for his or her numerous charities, while they have been nonetheless pink and euphoric.  Some knew I volunteered so got here to seek out me – made me really feel particular too.

Are you eager to attend the Bathtub Half Marathon once more in 2023? 

Most undoubtedly – it’s in my diary already.

Would you encourage folks to volunteer at a majority of these occasions?

Positively, the Bathtub Half is barely someday within the yr so give it a strive – I’m certain they’d be hooked.  

Some folks could have challenges which could prohibit the place they’ll volunteer, however there are such a lot of completely different roles which want filling so I’d urge them to be in contact with their co-ordinator, or Working Excessive.

As we draw the curtain on Margaret’s inspiring journey, let her story be a testomony to the profound transformation that volunteering can convey – moulding occasions, touching lives, and fostering a collective sense of objective.

Are you able to be part of this extraordinary expertise? Be a part of our devoted crew and play a significant position in bringing this outstanding occasion to life!

Be a part of us right here 

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