Volunteers to help rig, de-rig and marshal an adult event. Or Join the regular Team and get more involved in all aspects of staging an event.
If you can help at events then you will offer £10 towards your expenses(adult events only), drink and food voucher and a free race Sprint/ Supersprint entry (adult event), Kidstri place (children's event).
We also need some more people to join our regular Team at Hedgehogtri. If you can make a three or more of the dates and you don't mind and early start then get in contact email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Swim assistant - helping the swim starter lining up competitors in numbered order prior to start, watching the swim to ensure competitors go under the lane rope at the correct place and that competitors give way to faster swimmers at the end of the length. In children's event also assist in watching and advising children during transition on poolside.
Pool Exit - Ensuring competitors safe exit from the pool area to transition and if Children or no transition area then making sure shoes are on and tied/secure with tops on and number visible to the front
Swim Sacks - For mainly children races but some adult competitors also. After the swim, competitors put all items such as goggles in a black bin liner/bag which has their number on and this is left outside the exit door from the pool for them to pick up after the race. This enables belongings to stay with the correct person unless items are not put in the bag and then they are placed outside with other 'un bagged' items for competitors to claim after racing.
Swim out/Run Out timing (PDA Points) - PDA is a device used to electronically insert competitor numbers to get an accurate and swift time for each competitor over the whole race and each discipline. If ankle timing chips are in use then these interim stations are not used.
Timing will be with a team member most of the time with an assistant required to call out numbers of competitors as they pass and also keep a paper copy to back up the PDA system.
Transition - Assisting competitors with taking bikes off racking and putting back on racking after the bike section if required (Children events mainly)
- All competitors must have helmets on and fastened before picking up or taking the bike of the racking.
- The must keep helmets fastened until the bike is put back in the rack or on the floor after the cycle.
- If number belts are used:
Going into the cycle competitors need to have numbers on their back
Going onto the run competitors need to have numbers on their front
Non Racing entrance (transition) - Checking that numbers are on the helmets, bikes and competitors before they enter transition. Also checking helmets fit properly on the competitors head.
Also checking that all numbers correlate after the race on exiting transition so that the right bikes and equipment leave with the correct competitors.
Cycle Mount - There will be a coned zone/line just outside of transition for the mounting of bikes for the cycle section. No competitors can get on their bikes before this coned zone /line is entered/crossed
Cycle Dismount - There will be a coned zone/line similar to mounting area but this time all competitors must be either off the bike by the line/end of the coned zone.
Cycle course marshals - This role involves directing individuals in the correct direction, with a bit of support as well of course.
Drink Station - Handing out cups of water to competitors as they run past
NB: some cups may come back in you direction so prepare to get wet
Band Station - On the run section only, cycle bands is a health and safety disaster Hand out elastic run bands for runners to take in one of two methods:
1) Hold it in the air hanging loosely for the runners to grab and put on their wrist
2) Stretch out the band and hold it out so the runner can put their hand straight into the outstretched band
NB: No pinging at competitors, that is not a way to speed them up
Adults do not have to take the bands they are there to help with counting, whereas children completing more than one run lap do have to take the bands.
Run lap/finish director - On the run there will be a dividing sector where runners will have to go one way for going onto another lap and another for going to the finish.
The job here is to simple point and say 'laps' or 'finish'
NB: Competitors have to count their own laps so don’t tell them to go one way or the other and if asked if they have done enough laps or need to do more stay free from error and say you are not sure as you are not counting.
Pedestrian Crossing Points - This is where a course has been put across a road/path and there is a clear area where pedestrians are free to cross. There needs to be an alert manner at this position to keep pedestrians aware of oncoming competitors and at all times be polite and courteous.
Competitor crossing points - These are points such as paths or roads where competitors come in close contact with pedestrians. Cars have the right of way so if vehicles are moving through these points competitors MUST wait till the marshal gives the all clear. Make sure pedestrians and cars are not blocked as impeding them could result in not being able to use the same course structure ion the future.
Finish - Assisting with the team member using the PDA for final finish times.
Handing out drinks and refreshments to finishers.
Handing out medals to finishing competitors.
Recovering the ankle timing 'CHIP'
All Marshals/Volunteers - show support to the competitors, especially the children whom many faces will have a beaming smile with a little encouragement.
Frequently Asked Questions
Below is a list of frequently asked questions that marshals/volunteers will quite likely confront, with the answers next to them.
Where is the race briefing? This will take place at the race finish unless otherwise stated
What time is the race briefing? This varies from race to race but you will be instructed of times when volunteering for a role. The time will also usually be announced on the PA system so everyone knows
What happens with swim kit after the swim? (Kidstri) The kit, e.g. goggles is put into a numbered swim bag by the swimmer and they take that to the exit of the pool where they leave it to collect after the race. For adults, if it is not an aquathlon then swim kit is left in transition.
What time do I/my child start? This is all listed in the information to competitors and will be announced also at the race briefings
How many lengths/laps do I /my child have to do? This is all listed in the information to competitors and all volunteers/marshals will be informed of these details on the day of the race also. The distances can be found on this website.
Do you count the children's laps? Children, and adults are to count their own laps, to save on issues do not count laps for anyone [unless its your child, then we'll let u off :-)]
When is prize giving? This will be announced on the PA system
When will results be online? By 7pm on the day of the race
How do competitors now I am a marshal? You’re issued with a Hi-Vis jacket, detailed instructions and shown where to stand (or sit).
Is there any payment involved? Refreshment vouchers to keep you feed and watered, the adult events we can offer £10 towards expenses, and a free entry for you in an adult event (or your child in a Kidstri event)