Would you enjoy being a Mid Sussex Marathon marshal?

Mid Sussex Marathon mascot at St Georges Day in Burgess Hill on Saturday
Mid Sussex Marathon mascot at St Georges Day in Burgess Hill on Saturday

Mid Sussex District Council is looking for residents to support the Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend by becoming volunteer marshals.

The weekend features three races, one on May 3 in East Grinstead, another on May 4 in Haywards Heath and a final race on May 5 in Burgess Hill.

Haywards Heath town councillor Mims Davies said: “Volunteer marshals play a vital role in the Mid Sussex Marathon Weekend, without them this fantastic community event simply could not take place.

“As a volunteer marshal you will help to direct runners and spectators, guide people to the location of nearby facilities and provide assistance in the event of an emergency.”

Marshals are needed to look out for everyone taking part in the race and to provide help and advice to the spectators who have come along to cheer their friends and family on to the finish.

Volunteers are required to direct runners along the race route, monitor crowd activity, be aware of all entrances and exits, the location of toilets, car parks, first aid, lost children points and respond to direction from Chief Marshal Supervisors.

The Councillor added: “Anyone can do it; all that we ask is that you are over the age of 18, are comfortable with standing for long periods of time and can be ready to start at 9am.

“We need a few more volunteers, especially for the Haywards Heath and Burgess Hill races, so if you think you could spare a few hours to be part of this great event then we’d really like to hear from you.”

All three races will be organised by specialist race managers Nice Work on behalf of Mid Sussex District Council, with support from Burgess Hill, East Grinstead and Haywards Heath Town Councils.

Runners can take part in all three, run two or stick to just one race.

Combined, the three races cover the classic marathon distance of 26.2 miles.

For more information on volunteering email glen.wilkinson@midsussex.gov.uk or find out how to sign up for the races at www.midsussexmarathon.co.uk.

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