This is your chance for a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience a major athletics event from the inside. As part of our sponsorship of the 2017 World Para Athletics Championships in July, we’ve got 20 spaces available for colleagues to be an ‘event runner’ for the entire event. Read more and enter now by telling us why you should represent Co-op as a runner at the event in 200 words or fewer. Entries close on 23 May, so be quick to be in for a chance to be one of them.

What’s on offer

Just like the famous ‘games makers’ who made the 2012 Olympics such a success, the championships’ runners are those who will keep everything running smoothly.

If you’re selected, then we’ll pay for your travel to London and back, B&B accommodation, food during the event and your usual salary for the time you’re there.

You need to be free for a training day in June (date tbc) and for the two weeks of the games itself (13-24 July) where you’ll be on duty for 8 out of the 10 days.

What you could be doing

The roles are assigned after the training day in June, and fall into four categories:

  • Accreditation Services – all about making sure the system/process behind the games runs smoothly
  • Activation – helping resolve queries and assisting the athletics activities in the stadium
  • Spectator team – being the face of the event – welcoming ticket holders as they come to the games
  • School escorts – collecting and hosting school groups.

We have no say in what you could end up doing – the organisers will determine those once they’ve met you and worked through what they thing all the 4,000 volunteers are best suited to.

More about the event

The 2017 World Para Athletic Championships will see around 650-750,000 spectators descend on the Queen Elizabeth Park in London (the site of the 2012 Olympics) and this year is the first time that the paras have been held before the able bodied event.

Our Co-op is a national partner of the games – supplying all the food for the athletes throughout the event. Our own Carly Tait is hoping to compete in the 100m, 400m and 800m T34 races. You may recall that we’re supporting Carly as she fulfilled her dream to compete at the Rio Paralympics last year.

So, if you can be free for the event, can be spared from your day-job (make sure you’ve asked your manager first!) and want to be part of what will no doubt be an amazing event and experience, get your entry in before 23rd May. Good luck.


PS – the URL for the competition entry details is: