With hundreds of people entering the Ricky Road Run every year, marshals are vital in keeping our runners safe and ensuring the race continues to be a huge success. Without their dedication the race would not be able to go ahead and so we would really welcome your support if you’d like to join our great group of volunteers.
To volunteer or find out more about marshalling email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Role of a Marshal
We’d love people from the local community to get involved and really appreciate volunteers who are willing to give up their time.
- All of our marshals are aged 16 and over
- A safety vest will be provided
- You will receive a ‘marshal pack’ when you sign in on race day and a goody bag
- No formal training needed
On the day:
- Please come into the main Club room at the starting venue to sign-in
- We’ll provide transport to get you to your marshalling point
- You will need to come back to the main Club room to sign out* after the last runners have past you
*Signing out after you’ve finished is important, so that we know everyone is back and safe. We’ll give you contact numbers for the organising team, so you can let us know if you are finished but not coming back to the starting venue.
Marshals help to ensure the runners and spectators remain safe by keeping the course as clear as possible. Our marshals are important to make sure the whole event runs smoothly, directing participants and informing the public about what is going on. In rare cases, if there is an accident that you have witnessed on the course, as a marshal you will be required to report this.
You’ll be given details of your marshaling point when you register. It’s worth just checking the area around, before and after your post, for any possible hazards, so you can advise runners. If you are at a crossing point or change of direction, you will need to give directions to the runners as they approach. Good, clear arm waving and shouting out any warnings or instructions is usually the best approach. You’ll need to do this for every runner or group of runners as they approach.
One of the most important parts of being a marshal is to support our runners, encouraging them along the route and shouting out directions as they come past you. Many runners have said that the motivation from marshals keeps them going, so get as much energy as you can and cheer them on!
We have four key water points along the route of the Ricky Road Run. These points are manned by our marshals and are vital to ensure our runners remain hydrated throughout the 10 miles. At these stations, marshals are required to fill cups with water and hand them to passing runners.
**Marshal tip** Hold the cup at the bottom so runners can grab them as they dash past.
Your safety and comfort
We have usually been lucky with the weather but it’s sensible to bring some warm clothes and comfortable, waterproof shoes. We’ll give you a hi-vis safety vest when you sign in but feel free to bring your own, if you have one. You’ll get a small snack in your goody bag but it’s a good idea to have something with you to drink and eat while you’re at your marshaling point. Some ‘regulars’ even bring a folding chair for before the runners get to you – you’ll be standing up and cheering once the runners start going past!
You’ll also need to pop back to the Club to sign out after the last runners have been past you and we hope you’ll stay to cheer the prize winners. Signing out after you’ve finished is important, so that we know everyone is back and safe. We’ll give you contact numbers for the organising team, so you can let us know if you are finished but not coming back to the starting venue.
Please join us for this year’s event and help us make it a huge success once again. Email: email@example.com
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