Every year a team from DMVAC marshals the “pre-start” of the London Marathon. This earns the club an extra entry for a member to compete in the race.
We meet in Dorking at 5.30 am on the morning of the race (this year – April 28), and carpool to drive to Blackheath, arriving around 6.30 am (some of the team meet us there).
We then take up positions in Greenwich Park to greet runners arriving from Greenwich and Maze Hill stations and direct them to the Start, answer silly questions (No.1 FAQ: are there any toilets? Answer: yes!) and generally provide a friendly and reassuring presence to athletes, some of whom are somewhat nervous.
It is good fun, a great atmosphere and our duties are usually over with by the time the race starts. As we are only a short distance from the Cutty Sark (around mile 7) we have plenty of time to wander down and join the crowds cheering the runners. Some of us also set off for other parts of the course.
If you would like to join our team of 20, I need 4 more volunteers, having already recruited 16 from last year’s team (proof of the popularity of the job!). Please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org - first come, first served. LM have stipulated that volunteers must be 14 or older.