courses mean everyone wants to ride and not marshal or push-off. Courses like
Lawford, Napton, etc. have the opposite effect! With a few exceptions eg. Juniors)
the club has a system where everyone should volunteer once for every 10 rides.
Remember, a successful
club relies on the support of its members and competing cannot take place without
The reason for this is because
it makes sense from a safety point of view and the police and the CTT are pressing
for us to provide marshals on the course for club events. This is becoming ever
more important as the number of competitors has increased.
How it works
Many other clubs already
operate a rota system, whereas we currently rely on volunteers
- You can volunteer in
advance on the club booking system.
- Assuming the current
'despatch team' remains in place an additional 2 or 3 volunteers will be required
for most events. More may be required to cover absences.
- The organisers of an
event reserve the right to utilise volunteers as appropriate. When there are
more volunteers than necessary the organisers will prioritise.
- With the current level
of membership a ratio of one volunteer session to 10 rides should suffice
if everyone participates.
- In the (unlikely) event
of a member not volunteering the committee may take some action, eg. exclusion
from the booking system, or even barring the member from entering one or more
- A list of those volunteering
will be maintained and made available.
- Junior/juvenile members
are excluded from volunteering duties.
Advice on marshalling
If asked to help with pushing-off guidance will be provided by experienced riders.
If asked to marshal on the
course volunteers should note the following:
- Arrive for duty at least
15 minutes before the event is due to start.
- Wear hi-viz clothing
(this should be available at the start).
- Stand where riders can
see you as they approach a potential hazard.
- Your role is to warn
riders of possible danger (eg. a vehicle on a roundabout).
- You should be given a
red flag. You are not supposed to wave this at motorists, only riders if you
need to warn them.
- If there is an incident
be ready to warn other riders to slow down or stop.
- Assist as necessary at
- If you have a mobile
phone be prepared to use it, either by contacting emergency services, or the
- The club mobile no. is
07761 064 794
- Take down any details
and be prepared to report back to the organiser(s) what you have seen.