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A Day in the Life of a Runner

It’s 7:30am and I’m heading for Gloucester Road tube station to get the Piccadilly and Central lines east. I'm on a work experience as part of my course at university. I've been given training along with others who have volunteered to assist in all sorts of ways at the World Championships. We've been supplied with an Oyster Card to help out with travel expenses. We're either working at the Paras in July or the IAAFs in August.

I stand out from the workers crammed into the tube in my vibrant pink World Para Athletics Championships t-shirt. Volunteers for London 2012 were called 'games makers' – we're known as 'runners'. I don’t see any other runners on the tube but when I get into Stratford station a bubblegum coloured throng of people is travelling towards the famous Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

My journey's not quite finished. I use the DLR to Pudding Mill Lane and walk to the London Stadium. We've been emailed specific information about where to check in and what the procedure would be. I'm checking in at Bridge 4. It's 9am. My bag is searched on entry. I show my accreditation. It's got the worst picture of me printed on it. I make a joke about the picture, not for the last time. At the check-in we're given stickers that record how many shifts we have completed. And meal vouchers.

On my accreditation I have numbers assigned to the zones I’m allowed entry. I have access to zones 4 and 2 - the media centre and the mixed zone. Just before I enter the media centre I collect my daily competition schedule which shows me the start times of each event. I'm off to the press operations centre for a meeting. It's a briefing about which athletes are going to attract the most media attention and when competitors might be passing through the mixed zone, which is where reporters get a chance to ask athletes questions and do short interviews.

The atmosphere is incredible. The team I’m working with is so professional. They have a massive amount of experience. They've worked all around the world, on all kinds of sports events. We get on and they make me really welcome. Various journalists contact us and we ask them what sort of assistance is required while athletes are passing through the zone.

I get to work on interviews with Marcel Hug, Aled Davies, Irmgard Bensusan and Samantha Kinghorn who won two T53 golds at the championships with a world record in the 200 metres. We record the athletes' comments, or 'flash quotes' as they're called. The flash quotes are only about three paragraphs long but they have to be transcribed and formatted quickly and then sent in a blast email to over 200 members of the press who might want to use them.

I also see the Channel 4 and Radio 5 teams at work and I realise these guys have to nail everything they do live.

It's real adrenaline work and I can't stop grinning because I can't believe the fantastic situation I'm in. And I'm back later for the evening session.

Some of my friends doing the Sports Media degree are coming to work on the IAAF World Champs. I'm sure they'll have an amazing experience like I did and learn so much about the world we want to go into.