Shining a light on Volunteers - Cara Farley (Aber Harriers)

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Our sixth Article of the Week is about Cara Farley (Aberystwyth Harriers). As a qualified running coach, she, alongside the other club coahces help their members to achieve their invidivual goals. As the club’s president, she has also helped to grow the club and organise the club’s first Community 5k race back in November! Find out about her volunteering journey so far…


What does your club do?
Aberystwyth Harriers is one of the biggest and fastest growing sports clubs in Aber, we welcome all ranges of ability and experience. We are a friendly but competitive group of athletes ranging from beginners, coming to keep fit, right up to those competing at national level. We have a fantastic team of coaches to help all who are working towards their individual targets. We cater for a huge range of athletics and running events, including all track distances, throws, jumps, road, trail and cross country running. If athletes ate not keen on running, then we provide weekly circuit sessions and get a full body workout to keep athletes in great shape!
 

Why do you volunteer?
I am a qualified UK Coach in Running Fitness and since starting university in 2016, I have volunteered to coach as part of the club. I volunteer because I like seeing people achieve and if I can help in any way get them to that goal, then that makes me happy. With all the training I do in my sport I have a good supportive team of people who volunteer to help me achieve my gaols. Therefore I want to give back to those who help me and the wider running community. Volunteering gives me a sense of value in that what I do matters, and how I give back matters. It reminds of the things I have and people I have in my life, so it makes me very grateful to have all I have.


What’s the biggest feel good moment as volunteer?
The biggest feel good moment for me is seeing the smiles on people’s faces after helping them with something hard or even a simple thing. I feel happy when volunteering as I’m doing good for others and the community, therefore I feel a sense of accomplishment. Being a volunteer is good reminder that I am part of something bigger than myself. A smile goes a long way ??
 

What benefits have you gained from volunteering?
It’s given me an outlet for my passion in sport. I have been running since the age of 8 years old and since then I have competed regionally and nationally, and been coaching for 4 years. I love it! The Harriers have been large part of my university experience and there’s nothing better than being able to share my knowledge of the sport, and see the members achieve. Being part of a team and being able to give back to the club as a competitive runner, coach and president has given me so much knowledge and skills over the years, I’ve also gained some long-time friends.


Upcoming Events?
- We are heading to Edinburgh on the 31st January to compete in BUCS Cross Country.
- The Harriers are volunteering at Aberystwyth Parkrun on the 8th of February so come along for a morning walk, jog/run
- The Harriers are supporting ‘This Girl Can’ by providing women only session during the week.
- The Harriers have their RAG week in March
- After big success after our Town 5K in aid of MIND Aberystwyth raising over £1,100, we’re in discussion with a charity who’s raising awareness in mental health in sport and are fundraising for more support for athletes in all sports so there will be an event soon on that.
 

Current Committee: Cara Farley, Andy Hughes, Jack Westwood, Rhiannon Kamink, Ben Lee, Rhiannon Troop and Dylan Hall

 

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