550 volunteers wanted for eighth MK Marathon

    The 2019 Rightmove MK Marathon Weekend is fast approaching and organisers are looking for volunteers to help ensure everything runs smoothly on the day.

    From ‘mile marshals’ on the course route, to stadium volunteers at the start and finish areas, and people handing out medals, the 2019 Rightmove MK Marathon Weekend on 5-6 May needs you!

    Volunteers are promised a fun and rewarding experience, while giving something back to running and to our much-loved Milton Keynes on Bank Holiday Weekend. Every volunteer will receive a free boot bag, a high-quality technical volunteer t-shirt, a volunteer badge – and a free Subway lunch on race day. Plus, all volunteers are invited to join in the wrap-up celebrations at Wetherspoons in Midsummer Boulevard.

    The marathon race alone requires 550 volunteers, and more are needed for the rest of the 2019 Rightmove MK Marathon Weekend events, including 50 for the family-friendly Rocket Race. The volunteers are supported by professional race managers and course directors who help to ensure that nothing goes wrong. Volunteers come in all shapes and sizes, from individuals, businesses, and charities, to community groups, running clubs, sports clubs and groups of friends.

    Businesses are invited to man a mile close to their premises. With the race route passing through, around or close to Bletchley, Mount Farm, central Milton Keynes, Tongwell, Willen, Knowlhill and Linford Wood, there are plenty of opportunities for local businesses to lend a hand.

    The 10 water stops are largely being manned by charity volunteers, with one being looked after by local business The Holiday Inn, Milton Keynes which approached organisers to see how it could help. Local running clubs are also being invited to offer their support, with organisers saying they are known to offer the “perfect volunteers”!

    Race Director and Founder Andy Hully - who has himself volunteered at other marathons so he knows what he is asking of his own volunteers – says, “We always like it when running clubs put forward volunteers too – they are the perfect volunteers really, as they know how to support the runners because they know just what it’s like to be taking part in the race! We look after all our volunteers well as the event couldn’t take place without them. They do a brilliant job, put in so much effort, give so much support and make it all possible. We give them their briefing, t-shirt, badge and a free Subway lunch! They always enjoy it; it’s fun and rewarding – especially if you do it in a big group with your colleagues or friends.”

    If you’re a business, individual, or community group that’s interested in volunteering, email run@miltonkeynesmarathon.co.uk

    Alternatively, visit www.mkmarathon.com/eventcrew/ to sign up, view FAQs or get further details about volunteer roles and responsibilities. Or visit www.mkmarathon.com for all other enquiries.

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