As part of Volunteers Week we’re profiling some of the people who help make sport happen across South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire. First up, we meet Claire Higgins, who gives up to 10 hours a week to allow others to take part.
Who do you currently volunteer for and what is your role?
I volunteer as a run leader with the Bramley Breezers which involves giving about one-and-a-half hours on a Monday for the run, plus a few hours during the week planning routes, risk assessments and club admin tasks.
I am also Event Director for Bramley junior parkrun which takes place on a Sunday morning. I am responsible for the whole event from putting it on every week, health and safety, child protection, ensuring volunteer coverage, right through to processing results. I’m also part of the volunteer team at Bramley parkrun doing whatever role they need each week from marshalling, tail runner and barcode scanning.
How did you first become involved with volunteering?
By running with the Bramley Breezers and doing Bramley parkrun. I realised the Breezers needed more leaders to grow and parkrun couldn’t go ahead each week without an army of volunteers. And I didn’t want to lose out either, so offered to help.
How often do you volunteer on average?
About eight to ten hours a week I suspect.
Why do you volunteer?
I love to watch others improve and help them reach their goals. I find it really rewarding, much better than my day job!
What do you most enjoy about volunteering?
I love the community spirit and meeting new people.
What has been your proudest moment or achievement as a volunteer?
Watching one of the Breezers starting out on her running journey as a complete beginner to actually watching her complete the Leeds Half Marathon this year. It was an amazing achievement for her and made me so proud that we as a group of volunteers helped her on her journey.