Bridget Dicker loves volunteering as a pedal medic for St John at the Auckland Marathon.
She gets a kick out of being outside on her bike and providing assistance to those who need it.
The Orakei resident has volunteered for the event for the last five out of six years.
The 4am start for the marathon on Sunday morning was not easy but she says it was well worth it once she got there.
"It was such a beautiful day. I was stationed up on the Harbour Bridge from 6.30am, so we got to watch the sunrise," she says.
Dr Dicker was there with other St John staff, looking after the welfare of the runners as well as the security staff on the bridge.
She followed the tail-end of the runners over the bridge and spent the rest of the race attending to about six people, mainly around Curran St. It was quite a busy day.
Runners usually seek help from St John staff for minor things such as bandages, plasters or Vaseline to help with chaffing. At the more serious end of things, they also treat people for heat exhaustion.
The St John team has varying levels of expertise. Dr Dicker is a paramedic, which means she had to do internal courses at St John and a number of exams.
She's the clinical research co-ordinator at St John and mostly works in the office. But she's contracted to do a certain number of shifts per month with the ambulance team to maintain her skills.
She feels lucky to work with a great team at the event, she says.
"Most of today I've been paired with my colleague Colin, which has worked really well. There's a good system of getting help to people quickly. We have ambulance vehicles, golf cars, motorbikes and cyclists so there's lots of support."
She plans to be back at the marathon next year.
"Every time I come I think it's such an early start but it's a great day.
"It's also really good for people to see St John representatives out in public and helping people."
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