Over the last few years it has become increasingly difficult to get enough marshals, if this continues it could put the future of the event at serious risk.
Due to the increase in traffic, along with increased pressure from new Health & safety regulations that have been imposed on such events in recent years we now need even more marshals to maintain the high safety standards that are required for such events.
Anyone can volunteer to be a marshal, all you need is your own transport (it doesn’t have to be a bike) to get you to the start at the Britannia Stadium by 10am & then to your designated marshal point.
If you feel you would like to help, contact us using the form below or by phoning Ant on (01782) 414831.
Below are some guidelines that all Marshals must be aware of & some detail of what is required as part of the duties.
- You will & should be fully briefed on your duties prior to the event.
- You will be allocated a point of duty to control.
- In certain cases some marshals may be allocated 2 points to control.
- At the start of the parade marshal crews will be dispatched to their relevant points where each marshal or the team marshaling their point must wait for the parade to pass fully before leaving this point.
- All marshals will be issued with reflective marshals jackets prior to the event – you must wear a reflective jacket at all times whilst the parade is taking place.
- All reflective jackets issued must be returned at the end of the parade at the Kings hall. You can hand your jacket in to one of the committee or hand it in at the Merchandise stall.
- A check of the route prior to the parade taking place will be made to ensure no hiccups or problems or other wise are likely to occur, you will be advised & briefed on any such problems.
- A Police motorcycle or vehicle will ride ahead of the main parade. This motorcycle will stop at EACH marshal point & alert the marshal crew at that point that the parade is almost at that point of the route & advise of any problems or any last minute changes or diversions to the route if there is an emergency. The police motorcycle will stop the flow of traffic for you & then the Rider / Police officer will ask you (the marshal) to take over the point & in turn they will ride to the next point & repeat the process.
- Marshals must not stop traffic without police assistance unless it is absolutely necessary.
- Once the parade has passed your marshal point & the chasing Police patrol & the collection bus or truck have passed you, then you may proceed to let waiting motorists move on. If you wish you may now join the parade or Marshal the parade further as an outrider as the parade continues & arrive with the parade at the finish point. You can also make your own way back to Kings Hall if you so wish.
- Upon arrival at Kings hall ensure maximum safety & also if required you may be asked to help with gathering donations or collecting presents & gifts as well as distributing raffles.
- If you opt to marshal alongside the main parade or as an outrider, please ensure all motorcycles & participants are not doing stunts or tricks which are likely to endanger the safety of the parade… if you see such an act you are initially asked to issue verbal warning to the rider, or if you wish you may make a note of the riders registration number & report the offense to a police officer as soon as convenient.
- You are also required to ensure pedestrians or other vehicles do not become mixed or entangled within the parade, The route is now subject to road closure orders during the time of the parade & the Highway code states that if you are a designated marshal you are allowed to enforce the road closure order while that order is in place, to which motorists must comply with your request. You have the legal power to stop traffic once the Police have asked you to do so & we urge all marshals to report any road traffic violations from motorists failing to conform or comply with your instructions to a Police officer – please make sure to note down the registration number of any offending vehicle.
- As marshals you are free to join the parade once the entire parade has successfully passed you at your duty point.
These rules to ensure people’s safety and ensure the run can continue for the future.
If you want to become an event marshal, please submit your details using the form below, or if you prefer you can download an application form to post or hand in at our events.
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