We need volunteers

Why do we need you?

Race for Life needs inspiring and motivational people to join our amazing army of volunteers and make a difference at our events. Volunteers play a vital role at all our Race for Life 5k, 10k, Pretty Muddy® and Marathon events across the country, carrying out a variety of roles.

Without volunteers, our events simply couldn’t happen – your involvement will help us put on fantastic events and raise much needed money to beat cancer sooner. Find out more about who can volunteer.

Our 2015 season is now over. 2016 events will be listed soon - until then you can find lots of other events to volunteer at for Cancer Research UK.

What volunteer roles are available?

We have four exciting volunteer roles for you to choose from. Take a look at the volunteering profiles to find out how you can get involved.

Local Promotion Volunteer: This role is vital to the success of our events. To help us spread the word , you will need to place 200 flyers and 20 posters in your local area, promoting your local Race for Life event. You can place them in libraries, shops (particularly independent shops in your high street), at work and you can give them to friends and family to make sure your whole community knows about Race for Life. 

Event Day Volunteer: You’ll be supporting with all areas of the event – depending on what time you can join us. This could involve the set up (putting out flags, signage, banners and marquees) or start and finish line activities (getting the medals and water to the right place, helping to keep participants moving through all areas of the event as well as handing out medals and water at the finish line). We’re looking for volunteers with a proactive attitude and lots of enthusiasm to join the gang. 

Course Marshal Volunteer: You’ll help to cover marshalling points on the course where you will inspire, cheer and motivate participants. This crucial role will ensure the event runs smoothly and participants feel motivated. We are looking for team players with great communication skills who are able to use their initiative to make smart decisions to deal with any incidents that may occur on the course. 

Enquiries and Administration Volunteer: You’ll be responsible for setting up the administration marquees and helping assist participants and spectators with any queries. We’re looking for someone with great communication and organisational skills, a proactive attitude and, ideally, some administrative experience. 

If you’re happy to try anything, please select the ‘I’m happy to volunteer in any role’ option when registering. We also need volunteers that can assist with any lost children, however you can do this alongside other volunteering duties. If you are CRB checked and are happy to do this role please do let us know.

How much time do you need to commit?

Anytime you can give us would be much appreciated. If you can just let the event manager know how long you are able to be on site that would be really helpful but we need volunteers to both help set up and pack down so don’t worry if you can’t make it for the start of the event.

What support will you be given?

A member of the team will contact you before the event to discuss any queries you have about the event and/or your role, and you will receive briefing notes before the event and on the day. All volunteer teams have a designated manager, who will guide and support you in your role and answer any questions you may have.

What are the benefits?

The satisfaction of knowing that you are making a valuable contribution to Cancer Research UK and the experience of working with one of the UK’s leading charities on its premier national event series. You will also benefit from meeting new people in your local area and you will receive a volunteer t-shirt and light refreshments.

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