Thanks GeeeM. Yes, perhaps a short email to past competitors might be a good idea. Thanks for that!
We have a section on our website for volunteers explaining duties, benefits etc. so already have that base covered.
Indeed, perhaps there is an opportunity for someone to create a volunteer database, so that people looking to get involved can get involved. I've volunteered at quite a few races organised by friends or my running club, helping out at aid stations and sweeping, and I've found it incredibly rewarding putting something back into a sport I love. Perhaps there are more people out there who would be keen to get involved, but just don't know about the opportunities available to them.
I'm the race director for an ultra marathon called the SVP100, which is scheduled to take place on 15th August in Suffolk / Essex. To ensure the smooth running and success of this event (and any sporting event), enthusiastic volunteers are absolutely essential.
Setting up and directing the race has been a learning curve, and I was surprised by the number of volunteers required to put on a running event. In the past couple of years, we have been lucky enough to have a good selection of keen helpers. However, as the race is growing, it's becoming more essential to ensure that the event is adequately resourced.
Are there any sites on the web for finding potential volunteers? I've taken a quick look, but have not found any sites beyond Gumtree. In the past we have relied upon word of mouth through local running clubs, in addition to social media groups on Facebook, but I feel like I might be missing out on something.
If anyone has any sensible suggestions regarding alternative ways of finding volunteers for races, I would be very interested to hear. Many thanks in advance.