Volunteers are the backbone of Inward Bound. The organising committee would like to thank all the wonderful people who assist in the smooth running of the race – your time, patience and willingness is what creates this event.
This year, it is a requirement that each college contributes at least 26 volunteers for IB.
If you would like to be a volunteer, the form at the bottom of the page will be live until Monday 17thSeptember. Please select all the roles you are able to complete, and preference your top three of these. We will endeavour to assign you to one of your preferences, but this will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. The roles to choose from are as follows:
The purpose of this role is to assist the runners. You are required to monitor the runners during their drive, help run the division drop and help organise toilet breaks during the trip. Participants will be blindfolded for the duration, so you will be their leaders and assistants. A full briefing will be given, however you can expect a fun night, with lots of good stories to tell the next day at End Point.
NOTE: you will not know the location of End Point until you begin driving, and it is against the rules and spirit of the event to speak with runners about the drop location.
Criteria: sensible individual with attention to detail
Time commitment: up to 8 HOUR SHIFT throughout the night (5th-6thOctober)
Our social media team will update Snapchat and Instagram feeds throughout the duration of Send Off. They will be responsible for building hype and sharing updates on these feeds to gain traction and broadcast the event to those who may not be in attendance.
Criteria: no experience required, but a strong caption game is appreciated.
Time commitment: 4 HOUR SHIFTS across the afternoon/evening of Send Off (5thOctober)
BUS BLACK OUT VOLUNTEERS
IB relies on secrecy for maximum effect, so the volunteers on this task will black our the buses on the day of the event with black material. This would suit somebody who is a little time poor but wants to contribute. It’s a great way to meet people by working together in a team.
Criteria:Easy physical labour – no experience required
Time commitment:1 HOUR SHIFT on the afternoon/evening of SEND OFF (5thOctober)
SEND OFF SCRUTINEERING
The purpose of this role is for volunteers to check through items in the runners’ bags as specified on the checklist of compulsory items, to ensure that runners are compliant with the safety requirements of Inward Bound, and have all the necessary equipment for the race. You will be provided with a checklist of items to match and a procedure to follow. There are STRICT requirements that you will need to enforce.
Criteria: No experience required and support will be given on the day, but please note that strict requirements will need to be enforced and treating runners with leniency is not acceptable in this role.
Time commitment: 3-4 HOUR SHIFT on the afternoon/evening of SEND OFF (5thOctober)
SEND OFF GENERAL ASSISTANT
On the day, the team will need volunteers willing to assist with a bit of crowd control, manning of particular areas and to act as a go-between. This may take the form of a security guard to ensure no contact between runners and residents, ensuring that the runners are able to board the buses safely and general assistance to the committee on the night.
Criteria: no experience needed
Time commitment: 3-4 HOUR SHIFT across the afternoon/evening of Send Off (5thOctober)
We cannot explicitly describe the requirements of this role, but in the past, night volunteers have been required to man highway crossings, water drops or checkpoints on the course, with assistance from committee members. Please note: you will NOT be required to camp out at End Point. More information will be given on this role when assigned. As with the chaperone role, you will have lots of good stories to tell the next day at End Point.
Criteria: no experience needed; support from committee members will be given
Time commitment: 8-9 HOUR SHIFT in the night (5th-6thOctober)
END POINT SCRUTINEERING
The purpose of this role is to check off items from the checklist of compulsory items at the close of the race, as each team comes into End Point. As with Send Off Scrutineering, this will be taken seriously and no leniency with runners will be tolerated. Please note that it is likely that arriving runners will be from your own college – you will be required to work with professionalism and refrain from engaging with the runners outside of the boundaries of the role.
Criteria: no experience required; you will be briefed and provided with a checklist and scrutineering procedure.
Time commitment: 3-4 HOUR SHIFTS on the day of End Point (6thOctober)
END POINT GENERAL ASSISTANT
These assistants may help in manning particular areas of End Point, ensuring safety for runners and spectators. They may also be used to help maintain the facilities, ensure End Point remains rubbish-free, or facilitate smooth updates regarding the runners on course.
Criteria: no experience required
Time commitment: 3 HOUR SHIFTS on the day of End Point (6thOctober)
END POINT PARKING
The purpose of this role is for volunteers to direct the traffic at End Point so that there are no large queues and parking remains efficient. This is an easy job for someone who know they will be in one of the first cars to End Point.
Criteria: no experience required; a positive attitude may be necessary
Time commitment: 2-3 HOUR SHIFTS between 6am and 6pm on the day of End Point (6thOctober)
If you would like to be a volunteer, please speak to your college coordinator and fill out the volunteer registration form. Please bring a signed copy of the indemnity form to the volunteers’ briefing on Wednesday 3rdOctober. If you are an ex-ressie or ex-runner and you would like to assist in volunteering, you are more than welcome to fill out the online form also.