Manchester race marshalling

Posted by Jim Garside on 21 August 2021

Hi Manchester Marathon Volunteers,

Thank you for offering to help by volunteering at the Manchester Marathon and Manchester Half Marathon on Sunday 10th October.  We really appreciate the role volunteers play in making the event a success and we couldn’t do it without you.

See the route maps for the Marathon and Half Marathon here.

Volunteer Briefing: 

There will be a volunteer briefing on the evening of Thursday 23rd September TBC. Timings will be confirmed nearer the time but it will be after 18:00. Only the group leader needs to attend this meeting. 

This year, the briefing is likely to be a virtual event with a live Q&A session, but details will be sent nearer the time. At the meeting we will give a presentation on the event, which we’ll also send on to you so this can be presented to your group members. 

Group numbers: 

You may have provided an estimate of how many people you expect to be able to recruit to help at the event. Please let me know whether anything changes in the number of volunteers you are able to provide. We allocate roles based on this and this means we have an accurate idea of how many volunteers we still need to recruit in order to fill all positions. 

With two events on one day, we need as many volunteers as possible to help ensure the safety and enjoyment of everyone at the event. So please spread the word within your group and beyond. Information about volunteering can be found here.  

Volunteer Registration: 

For health and safety, we need all volunteers to register individually and provide emergency contact details. Volunteers will need to select the group they are volunteering with in order for me to know they are with you. 

The link below is ready for you to forward to your group in order for them to register for the event. Please endeavour to have all your volunteers registered by Wednesday 1st September, in order for me to allocate roles prior to the volunteer briefing. 

Volunteer registration link: 

If you have any issues with using online registration, please let me know and I can send you an excel form to collate this information and return by email.

Zone Leaders: 

Some group leaders will be asked to be zone leaders for the event. This involves having a radio on event day in order to report into event control when all marshals are in position and if there are any issues on the course. Please let me know if you are happy to be a zone leader. 

Group Bank Details: 

So that we can pay a donation to your group/club, please send me the up-to-date bank account details for the group by Wednesday 1st September at the latest.

As our head office is in Paris, payments are classed as international. Because of this we will need the IBAN and BIC/SWIFT for the account in order to make the payment. 

ACT Awarenesss Course: 

We would like to ask all group leaders to complete a free online ACT awareness course prior to the event. We would also encourage your group members to do the course if possible.

Devised by Counter Terrorism officers and security experts, the ACT Awareness eLearning package was previously only available to staff working in crowded places like shopping centres and entertainment venues. Now Counter Terrorism Policing has decided to open up the training to anyone who wants to become a Counter Terrorism Citizen so they can learn how to spot the signs of suspicious behaviour and understand what to do in the event of a major incident. ACT Awareness eLearning will provide nationally recognised corporate Counter Terrorism guidance to help people better understand, and mitigate against, current terrorist methodology.* 

The eLearning Modules are the following: 

1.       Introduction to Terrorism 

2.       Identifying Security Vulnerabilities 

3.       How to Identify and Respond to Suspicious Behaviour 

4.       How to Identify and Deal with a Suspicious Item 

5.       What to do in the Event of a Bomb Threat 

6.       How to Respond to a Firearms or Weapons attack 

7.       Summary and Supporting Materials 

The course will take you 45 mins – 1 hour to complete. You don’t have to do it all in one sitting - you can save your progress and go back to it, so just make a note of a ref number and you can pick up where you left off.

When you do the training, please can you ensure that you log your attendance on the course under our pin code (see below), as for some events in the future we may need to show to stakeholders that some people in the team have done the course. 

Instructions to enter the course

  1. Click on link: 
  2. Click: Start new training session 
  3. Click: I am learning as part of a registered organisation 
  4. Drop Down Menus: 
    1. Are you delivering this training right now as a group session? Select “No” 
    2. Specify your area of business: Select “Major Events” 
    3. Specify your region: Select “North West”  
    4. Specify your job role: Select “Stewarding” 
    5. Type your company pin code: Type “032123” 
  5. Click: Start new training session 
  6. When you have completed all the modules then download your Certificate. 

*As a caveat just to say that whilst this course will be informative and useful, the individual processes for our events may be different to what is expressed in it at times, and so please always make sure that you do read and are fully aware of any event procedures that we provide for the event, and follow any instructions in those. 

If you have already done the course then you do not need to do so again. Please just drop me an email to [email protected] to let me know you have done it.

Covid precautions 

Although Covid restrictions are lifting, we are continuing to plan for a Covid safe event, to ensure all of our staff, crew, volunteers and runners feel comfortable at our event, and have an amazing day. 

If you have any questions about the event, please don’t hesitate to get in touch at [email protected] or give me a call on 07739 647 056. We look forward to having you as part of the team.    

Many thanks,  

Jo Dean 

Volunteer Manager and Operations Support 

Manchester Marathon and Manchester Half Marathon  

Human Race Ltd 

Mobile: 07739 647 056

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