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May 12, 2021

Teaming Up With The Friends Of Roundhay Park To Volunteer At Aj Bell 2021 World Triathlon Leeds

Volunteers are crucial to making AJ Bell 2021 World Triathlon Leeds happen for the thousands of participants who will take part in activities throughout the event weekend, with a group from the Friends of Roundhay Park once again getting involved to support those racing.

This year’s event will see all races start and finish in Roundhay Park across 5-6 June as the popular park takes centre-stage once again in the world of triathlon, however it takes centre-stage in the lives of many people all year round.

The Friends of Roundhay Park (FoRP) is a charitable organisation that was formed in 1994 by a group of residents who wanted to get involved in looking after and improving the park alongside the council.

Across the years they’ve supported a variety of events, hosted regular litter picks and helped fundraise for new additions to the park, and are again showing their support for AJ Bell 2021 World Triathlon Leeds with a team of volunteers.

“It’s giving something back, both to the park and to people in general,” commented John Ferguson, Trustee of FoRP. “We’re always keen to have publicity for our wonderful park and by volunteering for the events, you’re helping to raise the profile [of the park].

“It’s interesting to talk to visitors and athletes from all over the country and, almost without exception, they’re appreciative of what Roundhay Park has to offer. The attendees at the triathlon are well-behaved in terms of litter. My experience of the previous events is that triathlon visitors are much better at putting stuff in bins than normal weekenders.”

Ferguson has been a member of FoRP for the last 10 years or so and currently serves as a trustee and membership secretary. As a whole, they have around 600 memberships made up of individuals, couples and families who all want to support the park.

As a regular volunteer at the event, Ferguson has also helped others from FoRP to get involved with this year’s event.

“The first two years [of the event] I was in charge of a team of two or three manning an information point,” Ferguson continued. “Providing them with directions to the transition area and signing in and so on. At previous years I’ve usually met at least half a dozen others [from the FoRP] volunteering.

“We appreciate events [in the park] for two reasons. They bring in a small amount of cash, some of which ends up in the park, but also it encourages people from all over to appreciate what a wonderful facility those of us lucky enough to live close have all the time.

“ParkRun and rowing and canoeing on the lake and events like triathlon can only raise the image of the park.”

British Triathlon, in partnership with Leeds City Council, work to reduce the waste from the event with recycling and general waste bins around the site which as then taken away for recycling and to be turned into fuel.

The FoRP will be out on the Monday after the event alongside the council’s park staff to help make sure the park is clean and tidy for regular users to enjoy.

You can find out more about the Friends of Roundhay Park on their website here.

Due to the fantastic response to volunteering opportunities at AJ Bell 2021 World Triathlon Leeds, applications to volunteer at the event have closed. If you would like to be put on the reserve list, please email trimakersleeds@britishtriathlon.org.